College News

03 May 2018
Issue Eleven
Principal's Update
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Successful Open Events 

Last week we held a most successful Open Night for prospective students and parents, with up to 700 visitors to see the whole school in action on Thursday 26 April from 7pm. The success of such events is testament to our strong sense of community where staff, students and parent representatives from our College Council all played important roles. The level of support and enthusiasm from all involved was extremely positive and affirming. My sincere thanks to Mr Daniel Williams, Director of Middle School and Mrs Joanne Greenhalgh, Acting Assistant Principal who were the main organisers. I would also like to thank all staff for their attendance out of school hours and for organising some terrific displays and highly engaging interactive workshops; to all the students who acted as tour guides or assisted with the interactive workshops, they were so proud to showcase their school; and to the parent representatives from College Council, who were very enthusiastic and proud to speak about Mordialloc College to prospective parents.

A special thanks to our student speakers in the formal presentation part of the evening. They all did an outstanding job articulating what it means to them to be a student of Mordialloc College. Congratulations to Sabrina Berg and Bailey Bocksette, speaking in their capacity as School Captains; and Amelia Davidson and Jye Holloway representing the Year 7 cohort and speaking so confidently about their experiences to date. We had an overwhelming response to our request for feedback. Please see  just some of the feedback from prospective parents via this link

Congratulations to Layla Stephens who won the $100 Westfield gift voucher, one of many who went into the draw for completing the learning journey passport on the night.

On Thursday 3 May we are holding the SEAL entrance exam for Year 7 next year and we are again overwhelmed with the interest in this program and very high calibre of applicants. All applicants (74 students) are also being interviewed between 10-16 May with myself and Alice Leppin on the panel, as part of the selection process.


Anzac Day Assembly

On Monday 23 April, the College held a whole school assembly to recognise Anzac Day and to commemorate the 103rd year of the landing at Gallipoli. This was organised and led by our school captains and middle school captains, including the schedule of service and all readings. They did a wonderful job and I would like to congratulate Sabrina Berg, Bailey Bocksette, Annie Ea, Bianca Davidson and Spencer Halse. I would also like to congratulate all students for their exemplary behaviour during the assembly which was held in the Gymnasium.


School Council Elections – Student Representation

The Department has recently introduced a new category of membership to College Council for students. We have always had student representation on Council, with our two School Captains each year coming on as Community Members. As such, we would like to retain the school captains on Council and will open up two other positions through this new process for any student in Years 7-12 to nominate for. Information is attached here for parent and student referral and I will advertise the process through Year Level Assemblies next week. For 2018 only, one student will be elected for a one year term of office and one student will be elected for a two year term of office. From 2019, students will be elected for a two year term of office. Nominations will open on Monday 7 May and close on Monday 14 May. Students will need to collect a nomination form from me. If we get more than two genuine nominations an election will be held. Students must have parent permission and they will be required to attend all College Council meetings (held twice a term on a Thursday 5:00 - 6.30 pm). Please see the links below for more information for both parents and students.

Ride safely to and from school

A reminder to all students who ride their bicycles to school, it is mandatory that helmets are worn for your own safety. Cyclists are required to obey the same road rules as car drivers plus some bicycle specific rules e.g. wearing a securely fitted and fastened helmet whether you are riding on the roads, bike paths or shared footpaths.  You can be fined for not complying and, most importantly, we value your safety and don’t want to see any of our students end up with a major head injury.


NAPLAN: National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy

On the mornings of Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May all students in Year 7 and 9 will be sitting the national tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Numeracy. It is important that students treat these tests seriously and strive to achieve their Personal Best.

The results will be used to:

  • help teachers identify students who require greater challenges or additional support
  • help the College identify strengths and if any gaps in teaching programs and to set goals in Literacy and Numeracy
  • provide additional feedback to students and parents about individual achievements and progress


Any parents with any concerns or questions about the tests should contact Assistant Principal, Andrew Moffat.


All parents of students in Year 7 and 9 will receive a NAPLAN report on their child’s progress later this year. The report is only one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and does not replace the more extensive and informed judgements made about your child by their teachers.


Celebration Weeks

During Term 2 and 3 each of our Learning Areas will stage a celebration week to include a range of activities for all to get involved in at lunchtime and a daily quiz. Thanks to Health/Physical Education Learning Area leader, Katie Loynes and the PE team for a host of activities this week to celebrate Health and Physical Education Week.


Screen Guidelines for Students

This article was recently published in “The Conversation” and may be of interest – “Eight things that should be included in screen guidelines for students" —


Ms. Michelle Roberts







Important Dates


Friday 4

  • VCE Top Arts and Alternative Gallery  Excursion
  • Yr 10 - 12 French Play Le Pere Noel est une ordue
  • Yr 8 Camp return

Monday 7

  • 9D Mex Looking Around Data Collection
  • Yr 9 MEX 2.0 Looking Around Community Placements
  • Senior Table Tennis

Tuesday 8

  • SEAL ICAS Digital Technologies Competition
  • All School House Cross Country Event - Period 4

Thursday 10

  • World Challenge Fitness Training Session 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Yr 10 Science Excursion to Melbourne Museum and Imax

Friday 11

  • Le Concours Berthe Mouchette French poetry/written competition
  • Facilities meeting




Monday 14

  • Yr 10 Work Experience

Tuesday 15

  • Yr 7 & 9 NAPLAN
  • Yr 10 Work Experience

Wednesday 16

  • Yr 7 & 9 NAPLAN
  • Yr 10 Work Experience

Thursday 17

  • Yr 7 & 9 NAPLAN
  • Senior Round Robin
  • Yr 7 Drumming Incursion period 4
  • SEAL Australian Geography Competition
  • Yr 10 Work Experience
  • School Council Meeting

Friday 18

  • Yr 10 Work Experience


 Student Awards

Student Values Awards

Personal Best - Work to the best of your ability. Pursue excellence, try hard and constantly seek to improve.

Integrity  - Be true to yourself by doing what is right. Be honest and trustworthy.

Respect  - Treat everyone with equal consideration. Be accepting of others and their differences.

Responsibility - Be accountable for your actions. Contribute positively to the school and wider community.


Thank yo to the following students for displaying the College values of Responsibility and Personal Best at our recent Open Night.


For displaying exceptional speaking skills while presenting at our Open Night.




For speaking so proudly about the College during Open Night presentations.








Lana Paten





Coles Vouchers Required

Coles Supermarkets are offering a fantastic opportunity for us to build the sport resources available to our students. We are aiming to collect as many vouchers as possible to help with the purchase of new equipment.

For every $10 you spend at Coles you will receive 1 voucher. This can then be sent to school with your child and dropped into the collection box located in the HUB.

We appreciate and thank you for your support.


Mick Haber

Year 7/8 Sports Coordinator

Community News

Dobsons  School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


*  Rugby tops and track pants have arrived and are now available for purchase. *


Private appointments are available on Wednesdays after shop hours.  Please call 9587 0738 for an appointment.


Visit the new, improved website Click and Collect ordering now available.

Phone 9587 0738

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

Moorabbin Rugby Club Recruitment Flyer


Exchange Student Opportunities

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ. We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. 

Student Exchange Australia New Zealand would like to invite students and families to a FREE Information Evening in Melbourne on Thursday, 3rd May at 7.00pm. The session is being held at the Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments, 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne. 

Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2018. Please note the deadline for Scholarship and Early Bird Discounts is 31st October.

"You come back a different person, with so much more confidence & you feel that you can conquer the world"  Jessica, Semester Program to Italy.

Hear from returned students, find out more about
discounts and scholarships available and ask questions.

Thursday, 3rd May - 7.00pm
Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments
15-21 Therry Street, 

or call 1300 135 331 for more information



Bollywood Dance Classes at Aspendale Gardens Community Centre


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