College News

01 November 2019
Issue Thirty-three
Director Of Middle School Update
Important Dates
Year 7 Expo
International Students Melbourne Museum excursion
State Champion
Public Information about Cheltenham Road Works
Community News
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Director Of Middle School Update



Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


The end of Term 3 and start of Term 4 is always a busy time of the year, and that has especially been the case this year in the Middle School. As always, Middle School students have enthusiastically taken up many of the opportunities Mordialloc College has afforded them, including excursions, incursions, camps and sports days.


Year 9

As has occurred throughout the year, all Year 9 students are completing their Mordialloc Experience programs, with one group taking part in the City Experience and another group assisting community groups through their community placements.

Throughout the last two terms, Year 9s have taken part in a number of incursions including the AWARE drug and alcohol prevention incursions, where many students learnt important lessons regarding harm minimisation and strategies to assist them in later life. Students also took part in a Poetry in Action incursion, which was arranged by the English department and was based on the poetry of Wilfred Owen.

A group of Year 9 students had the opportunity to take part in the school annual Zoo Snooze experience. As this article is being printed, students will be experiencing the zoo in a manner that many people do not. Often the highlight of the trip is a night walk through the zoo, where participants can see many of the nocturnal animals being active, animals that many people don't  get to see during the day.

This semester, students in Year 9 will be completing exams for English, Humanities, Science and Maths. These exams will be taking place November 6 to November 15. The Year 9 students will still be attending normal classes during this period as per usual. We would like to wish every student in this cohort the best of luck in their exams.

For the first time, Year 9 students will be taking part in an excursion to celebrate the great year had by all in the year level. On Tuesday 19 November the Year 9 students will be making their way into the CBD and completing an Amazing Race style event throughout the CBD. Payments and consent for this event must be made by Tuesday 12 November, so please head to Compass to make these arrangements.


Year 8

In recent times, the Year 8s have had a number of exciting learning opportunities offered to them. One of the most popular opportunities was Medieval Day, where students not only furthered their knowledge of medieval times in Europe, but were able to experience some aspects including cooking, archery, weaponry, armour and clothing from this period. Every student who participated had a great experience.

In preparation for Year 9 next year, every Year 8 student was given the opportunity to apply for a Middle School Captain position. This process is a challenging, but also very rewarding one where students have to write an application letter, give a speech to the Year 7 and 8 cohort and attend an interview. This year we had 10 applicants who wrote amazing letters and performed outstanding speeches. Interviews will be taking place soon.

Year 8 are looking forward to the upcoming Year 8 Disco, which has been a staple of the Mordialloc Calendar for the last two years. It is a great way for students to let their hair down and help celebrate the end of the academic year. Tickets are on sale now from the General Office. They are $10 each, which includes entry, drinks, treats and a professional DJ playing all of the latest hits.

Like the Year 9s, Year 8 students will also be taking part in an excursion to celebrate the successes they have all experienced this year. On Tuesday 19 October the Year 8 students will be making their way into The O’Brien Ice House located in  Docklands where they will receive an ice skating lesson and a number of hours free skating. Payment and consent for this event must be made by Tuesday 12 November, so please head to Compass to make these arrangements.

The Year 8 cohort was introduced to the School for Student Leadership opportunity that three of our current Year 8s will be able to undertake in 2020. The School for Student Leadership is a school campus based in Marlo, which allows students to build their leadership qualities whilst meeting new people. More information will be given to students over the next few weeks.


Year 7

Year 7s have been working away busily in the Learning Centre, which was clearly evident during the Ancient Mediterranean Cultures expo that took place last week. It was great to see all of the learning and hard work that took place in this unit and to see the pride students took in their work was even better.

Despite being members of Mordialloc College for almost a year now, the Year 7s were further inducted into the College community by experiencing two firsts for them recently. On the last day of Term 3, all Year 7s were in the audience to observe the annual Mordi Idol event. It was a great event to watch, especially when members from Year 7 were participating on stage. The other annual event that the years took part in was watching the Great Debate. All 6 speakers (3 staff and 3 Year 12 students), did a great job, with the teachers taking the trophy this year.

On Friday, Year 7 students will be cheering for their local primary school, when they come to Mordialloc College for the It’s Academic competition. This event has run for a number of years and should be a lot of fun.

Just like the Year 8s and 9s, the Year 7 cohort will be celebrating their successes by attending an excursion. They will be travelling to Bounce for unlimited jumping and laser tag. Payments and consent for this event must be made by Tuesday 12 November, so please head to Compass to make these arrangements.


                                                                                                Daniel Williams

Director of Middle School


Important Dates


Friday 01

  • Facilities Meeting 8am
  • It's Academic with Grade 5 students period 1 to recess

Monday 04

  • Modified Program for Year 7 - 9 
  • Year 10 -11 Exam preparation / study at home

Tuesday 05

  • Melbourne Cup Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 06

  • Year 10 & 11 Exams begin
  • Year 9 Revision week

Thursday 07

  • MEX 9B & F City Experience Day 3
  • Year 7 Parent Morning Tea in Wellbeing
  • School Council Meeting 5 pm

Friday 08

  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Water Park Excursion


Monday 11

  • Year 10 & 11 Exams continue
  • Year 9 Exams commence

Thursday 14

  • Year 8 Disco 6 pm - 9 pm

Friday 15

  • Year 11 Mystery Tour
  • Last day of Year 9 - 11 exams

Monday 18

  • Headstart for Year 11 & 12 students 
  • Year 8 - 10 Student Led Conferences
  • Year 11 into 12 Information night 7 pm 
  • Elevate parent session at 7 pm

Tuesday 19

  • Year 9 Celebration Day Urban Adventures Amazing Race
  • Year 8 Celebration Day Ice Skating

Wednesday 20

  • Headstart for Year 10 students 
  • Year 7 Celebration Day Bounce

Monday 25

  • Headstart for  Year 8 & 9 students
  • Year 10 Information night 7pm
  • Chess Challenge 2

Tuesday 26

  • Year 12 Elevate session 2 pm - 3 pm

Year 7 Expo

On Wednesday 23 October we held our annual Year 7 Expo. It was a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase their learning about Ancient Mediterranean History (7A-7G) and Biology (7H). It was wonderful to see so many parents and guardians at the Expo. We would like to extend a big thank you to all the students, staff and wider community for supporting this event. Also, congratulations to the students below  who were selected as presenting the best expo stalls for their classes. All students should be very proud of their efforts!



Year 7 Team

International Students Melbourne Museum excursion

On Wednesday 30 October the  International students went to the Melbourne Museum for their final day of the Experience Victoria program. 

They got  the opportunity to listen to three amazing speakers and learn about what multiculturalism is and some of its misconceptions. Listening to Alan Harris, or Big Al, was by far the best. He is an Aboriginal Elder and some students did not know what that meant so he explained it very well. He also spoke about his personal experience of being taken from his mum and living in a mission. But his message is that he has a lot of hope and love for this country. 


Jenny Tran

Language Centre Coordinator

State Champion

Southern Metropolitan Region and State Schools Victoria Athletics

Congratulations to all students who competed in the Southern Metropolitan Region and the State Schools Victoria Athletics in October. The College had a strong representation and did well. Please see the photo gallery below for pictures of our athletes.


Special mention to Jakeb Pearson who is the State champion in 400m and he also came 2nd in the 200m -  a fantastic achievement!



Cory Watters

Sports Carnival Coordinator

Public Information about Cheltenham Road Works

This is important information for students, families and staff who use  Charman road in Cheltenham, and who use bus routes that travel along Charman Road.

 Students, families and staff who usually use these routes will need to detour and allow extra travelling time.



Charman Road, Cheltenham will be closed between Blagdon Street and Station Road from 2pm Friday 15 November to Friday 6 December 2019, subject to suitable weather.

Vehicles can detour via Nepean Highway, Bay Road, Reserve Road and Balcombe Road.

Detour signage and traffic management will be in place at both roads.

Due to the Charman Road closure, bus routes 600, 811, 812, 922 and 923 are being disrupted.

Bus stops on Charman Road, between Weatherall Road and Park Road will not be serviced.

Bus route 922 will also miss stops on Weatherall Road.

Passengers may use the existing stops on Charman Road at

  • Nepean Highway (northbound)
  • Cheltenham Youth Club (southbound),
  • Keith Street (northbound, Routes 600, 811, 812 and 923 only) and
  • Latrobe Street (southbound, Routes 600, 811, 812 and 923 only).

Passengers for Route 922 may use the stops on Reserve Road at

  • Erowal Street (northbound) and
  • Tibbles Street (southbound)

Passengers may experience delays due to the closure of the Charman Road level crossing in Cheltenham.

  • Please allow an additional 10 minutes for your journey.

For more information and to plan your journey, visit the PTV website.

You can see more details at the following links:


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 a

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Dobson's currently have a 'Buy Early and Save' offer available. Please see the attached document for further details.

Dobsons will be offering some extended opening hours over the coming weeks. Please see below for dates and times.

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.


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

Student Exchange Programs


Black Rock Life Saving Club


Volunteering In the City of Kingston


College News
FINAL 2019 Price list MDC.pdf