College News

13 September 2018
Issue Twenty-eight
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Student News
International Student Sporting News
Outstanding Kingston Division Athletics Results
Year 7 Netball Team
College Art Show
Teaching Awards
Year 12 Scholarships for 2019
Share the Dignity
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Principal's Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Instrumental Music Showcase 

On Thursday September 6, our Instrumental Music Showcase was held in a packed Year 7 Learning Centre with over 80 students performing from 7pm – 9.40pm! This was such a wonderful night of celebration for our instrumental and vocal students along with their family members.  It was a credit to our dynamic music team - Demis Danoudis Coordinator (and teacher of guitar, piano and voice), Nigel Maas (woodwind), Phillipa Edwards (brass), Michael Follent (guitar), Adrian De Luca (drums), Kelly Ferguson (voice) and Malcolm Abbott (drums) and I thank them for their ongoing support of our students.


District Athletics

Last Thursday Mordialloc College competed against a number of other secondary schools in the District Athletics. In what is an outstanding result we came second on the day, considering we are smaller than most of the other secondary schools across Kingston, Stonington/Glen Eira and Bayside. A number of our students are now progressing to the Southern Zone finals. Thanks to Sports Coordinator, Cory Watters and the PE team, and congratulations to all students who were selected to represent the College to compete on the day.


Funding Commitment 

On Wednesday Tim Smith, Shadow Education Minister and local Liberal candidate Geoff Gledhill visited the school again (after previously visiting earlier in the year) to speak to me further about our needs in terms of facility development given we are a rapidly growing school. It was very exciting to hear Mr Gledhill and Mr Smith announce a $9.5 million commitment to Mordialloc College if the Coalition is elected in November. This will allow us to complete stage 2 of our masterplan in the building of a new Year 8 Learning Centre, a new VCE study centre and Senior School learning hub, and some refurbishments in the two storey front building. Thanks to School Council president , Ian Fox,  for attending and to our senior leaders and some of our Year 8 students for joining us in this important announcement.

We now have both political parties committing significant funds for future facility development if elected in November.


Student Led Conferences

Another reminder, as we come towards the end of this term, all students should be preparing for their student led conference to be held on Wednesday 19 September 2.00pm-6.30pm where they have the opportunity to showcase their learning to their parents and mentor teacher/home group teacher. All students should be preparing a rich learning portfolio on which to base their conference. It is also a great opportunity to practise their presentation and interview skills that will be so important when going for a job in the future. This will still be a four period day with an extended recess. Lunch will be at 1.00pm. As this is a compulsory component of your child’s program at Mordialloc College, we encourage parents/guardians or another significant adult to attend the conference. If you or another adult are unable to attend, please ensure that your child registers and attends regardless. If there are any issues logging into Compass or if you have misplaced your parent password, please contact the General Office for assistance.


Awards Night Thursday 13 December 2018

This is one of the key events on the College calendar! Every year we come together as a College community to celebrate student successes in a variety of areas such as Academic Excellence, the Arts, Technology, Sport and Community Involvement.  There are many prizes awarded on the night, thanks to the generous sponsorship of many organisations in the school community. Students are nominated for these awards by their teachers, home group teachers and year level coordinators and these nominations are based on specific criteria for each award. I encourage all students to strive to achieve their best for the many awards celebrated at this important occasion. These include:

 Academic Excellence: The ‘Academic Excellence’ award is bestowed upon students who have demonstrated outstanding academic results within a subject. They have consistently worked above the expected level and/or have achieved a B or an A (in relation to Victorian Curriculum Achievement levels) on their reports where possible. At VCE level students need to be consistently attaining high or very high on all assessments.

Students also need to have demonstrated very good to excellent learning habits in their learning area.


Achievement- Endeavour: The ‘Achievement-Endeavour’ award is awarded to students in recognition of consistent efforts made to strive for their personal best.  They have demonstrated academic progress within a subject and have made significant improvements to reach their learning goals.


Community Service: The ‘Community Service’ award is awarded to students from across each year level who have served the College in a particular way. For example participation in a variety of school activities as determined on an annual basis, such as: SRC, House Athletics, House Swimming, School Production, subject competitions, contribution to the College Magazine, participation in Open Night, primary school visits, etc.


Sport Champion:  Awarded to one female and one male student from Year 7, Year 8, Intermediate level and Senior level in recognition of outstanding sporting achievements throughout the year.


Special Awards: These awards are contributed by particular organisations to recognise achievements made by students in particular categories. For example, City of Kingston, Rotary, Victoria Police, Australian Defence Force etc.


Year 12 Subject Awards: The ‘Subject Award’ is bestowed upon the student who has consistently attained the highest academic results in all assessment tasks within the subject (for each Year 12 subject).


Year 12 VCAL Awards: The ‘Year 12 VCAL Award’ is awarded to students who have demonstrated significant achievements and progress within the VCAL program.  A total of four awards will be given to four students in the subject areas of Numeracy, Literacy, Personal Development and Word Related Skills.


Year 11 VCAL Award: The ‘Year 11 VCAL Award’ is awarded to a student who has demonstrated significant achievement and progress within the Year 11 VCAL program. 


Art Award: Awarded to students across all year levels in recognition of outstanding art achievements and progress made throughout the year.


Quality Learner Award: Awarded to a Year 7 and a Year 8 student who has shown high quality commitment to individual learning excellence achieved through teamwork, a process of continual improvement and taking responsibility for their learning.


We look forward to introducing a new award category – DUX of each year level based on the number of Academic Excellence awards students have received and close examination of achievement data. The DUX for each year level won’t be revealed during rehearsals, it will be a surprise to all on the night!

This night is also a significant event for our Year 12 students.  It is here that we celebrate the achievements of the graduating class by presenting all students on stage in academic gowns. Students are presented with a graduation certificate in front of the rest of the College community. Subject awards for Year 12 and a number of special awards will also be presented. We look forward to this very special event, held at the City of Kingston Town Hall in Moorabbin on Wednesday 13 December at 7pm. Please enter the date into your diary now!


Assistant Principal Appointment

This term I advertised the substantive position “Assistant Principal: Curriculum and Pedagogy” state wide. After a rigorous application and interview process, I am pleased to announce that Marina Walsh has been appointed to this position. Marina is an experienced leading teacher having worked in a number of schools. She is currently the leader of Teaching and Learning at Mornington SC and also the Timetabler. Prior to this she was the leading teacher for student voice/leadership and also head of numeracy/maths. Marina teaches Maths and PE. We look forward to Marina spending some time with us early next term before officially taking up her appointment from Headstart, November 19. Jennifer Roep, who has been on leave without pay this year to take up an Acting Assistant Principal position at Melbourne Girls College, is now taking maternity/family leave to have her first child.


Staffing Term 4

We have a number of appointments that have been made for positions starting next term –

  • Cameron Young is replacing Rachael Pierce for the rest of this year and all of 2019. Rachael, due to personal reasons, will fulfil other duties here at the College.
  • Daniel Mayadas is replacing Katrina Doros to teach Year 8 and 9 Maths/Science. Katrina is taking maternity/family leave to have her first child.
  • David Bentley is replacing Matt Brooks teaching Physics and Maths. Matt is on LSL for Term 4.
  • Lauren Miosku is replacing Adelle Stevenson (teacher of Communication and Drama) who is taking leave from week 3 for the rest of the term.
  • Kaya Strzalka is replacing Ying Yang from 1st November teaching EAL in the Senior School.
  • Jesse Sibly is replacing Amber McHugh, Food technician, who is taking maternity/family leave.
  • Drew Cook has already started work at the College, taking over from long serving employee Eddy Roberts who has now retired after 14 years  as our Facilities and Grounds manager.

Fit to Drive Program

The College continues to fund this special annual program for all of our Year 11 students. It was held this year on Tuesday, and was  run by Victorian Traffic Safety Education and the City of Kingston. The program is facilitated by trained University students known as peer facilitators or Road Safety Ambassadors. Fit to Drive (f2d) is a community program for young people that concentrates on personal safety and responsibility, giving them strategies to make them safer on the road. The program actively encourages and empowers young people as road users to look after themselves and their friends, and assists young people to assert themselves in high risk situations where, for example, a driver is speeding or impaired. The program also features a Police presentation of factual information focussing on speed, drugs, alcohol and fatigue. Some of the activities involved the emergency services, (MFB/CFA) in delivering a real life case study where the young people make decisions about how to avoid dangerous outcomes. Thanks to Year 11 coordinator Dylan Piubello for organising this program. It was most worthwhile for our students to be involved in and they have been encouraged to discuss the content of the sessions and what they got out of their involvement with their parents.


French Study Tour

On Saturday 15 September, eleven French students from Years 9 and 10 fly out to France accompanied by Sehenaze Peerbux and Daniel Williams. The group is travelling to Paris via Bangkok and on arrival will then travel to Rouen where they will spend the first week. They return to Paris for a number of nights before returning to Melbourne on 29 September. During the study tour students will participate in language school and stay in homestay accommodation for part of the trip to truly immerse themselves in the French culture and way of life. There are also a number of significant tourist attractions that they will visit throughout the trip. My thanks must go to Sehenaze Peerbux for all of her planning for this trip over the past two years.


Ms. Michelle Roberts













Important Dates


Friday 14

  • VCE Drama Theatre Excursion
  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Rubicon camp return

Saturday 15

  • France Study Tour 2018 until 29/09/2018

Monday 17

  • Years 7 & 8 Student Led Conferences 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Year 12 Practice Exams
  • Student Leadership Applications due
  • Kingston Koori Mob Meeting

Tuesday 18

  • Year 12 Practice Exams

Wednesday 19

  • Years 7 - 12 Student Led Conferences 2pm - 6:30pm (early dismissal at 1pm)
  • Year 12 Practice Exams

Thursday 20

  • Year 12 Practice Exams

Friday 21

  • Year 12 Practice Exams
  • Period 4 Mordi Idol
  • Last day of term 3 - early dismissal at 1:30pm


Monday 8

  • First day of term 4
  • Year 9 A,B MEX Looking Around Data Collection
  • Tear 9 C & D MEX Community Placements

Thursday 11

  • Yr 6 – 7 2019 iPad Information Evening at 6:30pm
  • Southern Metropolitan Track & Field Athletics Day
  • Year 10-11 Incursion with the Moran Arts Foundation

Friday 12

  • Chinese  VCE Oral Exam

Student News

Congratulations to Max Reindel,  a Year 9 student at the College, on his recent award from St Johns. He received a Certificate of Merit for First Aid Skills at an awards ceremony this week.

Max and fellow life saving members assisted a family in distress at Bonbeach earlier this year.




International Student Sporting News

On Friday 31 August, after school our International Students started a new sports group. This was arranged by Mr Su Zhaoyi and supported by Mr Watters. The students played basketball and badminton. It is planned for teams to be formed and games played against each other every Friday after school.  There are already 22 students taking part.  If you are an International Student and you are interested in this activity, please let Li Ping or Winnie know as more players are most welcome.


On Thursday 6 September, two of our International Students, Shirley Chen and Ryan Yuan, took part in the Kingston Athletics Sports Day representing Mordialloc College. Both of them did very well, Shirley won two gold medals for the shot put and discus events. Shirley will now represent Mordialloc College at the Southern  Metropolitan Region Athletics finals on  Thursday  11 October.
Very well done Shirley and good luck.




Li Ping Virgo
International Student Coordinator

Outstanding Kingston Division Athletics Results

Mordialloc College finished the Kingston Division Athletics Carnival in 2nd place.  This was an amazing achievement considering the size of our school compared to some of the larger schools. We defeated Prakdale, Brighton, Sandringham,  Betleigh and Westall. Well done to all students and all the best to the students who have qualified for Southern Metropolitan Region Athletics on Thursday 11 October.



1st BOYS 15 YEARS – Leo Faid

1st GIRLS 14 YEARS – Abbey Tregellis

1st BOYS 18-20 YEARS – Alex Bailey





Girls 12-13 – 1500m  Millie Cardona 1st (6.00.83 secs)

Girls 12-13 - Shot Put  Summer Porter 1st (8.41m)

Girls 12-13 – 800m  Maya Whetstone 2nd (2.52.77 secs)

Boys 12-13 – Long Jump  Thomas Toth 1st (10.74m)

Girls 14 - 800m Charlotte Borkowski 2nd

Girls 14 – Long Jump  Abbey Tregellis 1st (4.37m)

Girls 14 – Triple Jump  Abbey Tregellis 1st (10.77m)

Boys 14 – Shot Put  Lachie Stacey 1st (12.99m)

Boys 15 – 800m  Leo Faid 2nd (2.37.28secs)

Boys 15 – 400m  Harry Weatherburn 1st (58.07secs)

Boys 16 – 800m  James Vicendese 2nd (2.16.71secs)

Girls 16 – Discus  Xue Qi Chen 1st (21.77m)

Boys 16 – 1500m  James Vicendese 1st (4.45.23secs)

Girls 16 – Shot Put  Xue Qi Chen 1st (9.51m)

Boys 17 - Javelin  Samuel Hartland 1st (31.79m)

Girls 17 – 100m Hurdles  Charlotte Davis 1st (22.23secs)

Boys 17 – 110m Hurdles  Caleb Romeo 1st (22.61secs)

Boys 18-20 – 400m  Alex Bailey 1st (1.03.24secs)

Girls 18-20 – 800m  Camille Nightingale 2nd

Boys 18-20 – 800m  Alex Bailey 2nd

Girls 18-20 – 1500m  Camille Nightingale 2nd

Girls 18-20 – 110m Hurdles  Sharlene Utulae 1st


Mr Watters

 Yrs 9-12 Inter school Sports Coordinator and Carnival Coordinator

Year 7 Netball Team

On Friday 10 August Mordialloc College sent our Year 7 netball girls to compete in the Southern Metropolitan Region finals. The girls had played extremely well in the lead up to the SMR finals, defeating all of the local schools each Tuesday afternoon and being the district winners. On the day, the girls were nervous and excited. They played tough teams, slowly gained confidence throughout the day and won two out of the three games they played. Congratulations to the team on an excellent day.


Charlotte BORKOWSKI        Millie CARDONA

Zoe COOPER                            Amelia DAVIDSON

Nina DAVIS                               Oceana PALLADINO

Summer PORTER                   Isabella SULLIVAN

Maya WHETSTONE                Kiani WILKIN


Miss Lenc and Mr Williams

College Art Show


Teaching Awards

The Commonwealth Bank are delighted to announce that nominations for the 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards are now open.

Offered through a partnership between the Commonwealth Bank and national charity Schools Plus, the Awards recognise and reward great teachers who are delivering transformative and measurable outcomes for their students.

Teachers who inspire curiosity, engage with their community and encourage their students to believe in themselves. Teachers like previous award recipient Steve Harrison from Huonville High in Tasmania, whose vocational salmon farming program has led to students securing dozens of jobs in the local aquaculture industry.

This year, 12 outstanding teachers and school leaders will be selected to receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship. The Fellowships include support for professional development as well as $30,000 for a school project that improves student outcomes. It’s a wonderful opportunity!

So if you know a teacher who’s transforming lives, put them forward for the 2019 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards.

Because great teachers do more than teach.

Nominations close 27 September 2018.

Year 12 Scholarships for 2019

Scholarships Available for Year 12 Students


Applications are open for financial support for your Year 12 students until 31 January 2019.

Close to 60 scholarships are available to students intending to undertake tertiary studies in 2019.

Many of these scholarships are made available through trusts for students who are studying in Victoria, with a focus on supporting disadvantaged students and creating opportunities for them to succeed, regardless of their circumstances. Scholarships are available for students intending to study teaching or fine arts, and for female Koorie students.

Eligibility is generally based on a student's financial need, academic results, and involvement in school and community activities.

Scholarships range in value from $600 to more than $2,600. Some scholarships are one-off payments; others are paid for the duration of the student’s course/study.


Apply now!

Applications for Year 12 scholarships opened on 25 July 2018 and they will close on 31 January 2019.

To explore the scholarships available and make suggestions to your Year 12 students and families, see: Year 12 scholarships


More scholarships available

The Department also offers more than 100 scholarships for students in years 4 to 11. Applications for these scholarships will open on 12 November 2018.


More information

For more information or questions, contact Student Scholarships Coordinator Andrea Constantino via phone: 9097 7375 or email: [email protected]


By Andrea Constantino

Share the Dignity

My name is Rebecca Block and I am the VCAL Captain at Mordialloc College for 2018. In Term 4 each student picks a community project that is their main focus. We put a lot of time and energy into our projects. The aim of each project is to raise awareness for a complex social issue. I decided that I wanted to help raise awareness for an organisation called Share the Dignity. Share the Dignity collects thousands of pads, tampons and personal hygiene products every year for women experiencing homelessness and poverty. They also fund funerals for victims of domestic violence and campaign for justice for women in Australia.

On any given night in Australia 1 in 200 people are homeless, 44% are female. Thousands of woman have to make a choice between buying food or buying feminine hygiene products. Share the Dignity  coordinates fundraising drives throughout the year and asks people to donate unopened boxes of pads and tampons to women in need. When women don’t have access to these products it can be uncomfortable and very unsanitary, blood carries all kinds of biological hazards.

Share the Dignity was founded by a woman called Rochelle Courtenay.  In just 3 short years she has made it a national charity that works tirelessly to provide sanitary items to women, from all areas of life, who cannot afford them. Over the past three years she has donated over 1,000,000 packets of pads and tampons to woman who feel ashamed and go without during their menstrual cycle. Share the Dignity have a wide range of ways you can get involved that range from simple donations to volunteering, organising fundraisers and even organising talks in schools across Australia to help break the shame around periods and providing information to young woman about how periods work. I believe this organisation does incredible work for women across Australia which is why I’m asking for everyone's help and for donations.


I have organised with Share the Dignity and Ms Roberts to run a drive at school, to collect unopened packets of pads and tampons to donated to women who are homeless or disadvantaged and women affected by domestic violence. Donations will be collected at the main office reception. You may also see donation boxes in your local supermarkets. Any and all donations will be very welcome and thank you for your support.


I will be collecting from the 30 August until 21 September.


Rebecca Block

VCAL Captain


Fundraising for Smith Family

The 5c collection for The Smith Family has now been successfully running for over a term! We encourage all students to keep bringing in loose 5c coins on a regular basis and add them to their House jar in the Hub. House points are awarded for reaching certain heights on the jars and a grand prize will be awarded to the House who fills their jar first. Currently, Iwala (Red House) is in the lead, having earned 30 points already! Kalura (Green House) and Yerlonga (Blue House) are following, battling for second place with 10 points each so far.

All money raised is being donated to The Smith Family to support their extraordinary work in supporting the education of disadvantaged children and breaking the cycle of poverty.


Sabrina Berg

School Captain


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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

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

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


Extended Trading Hours


Saturday 06/10/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday 27/10/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Saturday 03/11/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Saturday 01/12/2018     9:00 am -12:00 pm

Tuesday 11/12/2018       8:30 am - 12:00 pm     ORIENTATION DAY

Wednesday 12/12/2018 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm    LAST TRADING DAY FOR 2018


Please see the attachment for the most up to date price list including any specials that are available.


Chelsea Basketball


Student Exchange Australia New Zealand 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. 
We would like to inform you, that our deadline for Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts in 2018 is Wednesday, 31st October. 
We offer fourteen partial scholarships each year, for year and semester applicants only. Short program applicants are not eligible for a scholarship. 
All scholarships are valued at either A$2,500 (semester program) or A$3,500 (year program) each. The categories for entry are:

Your students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn more about our scholarships and discounts on offer by attending a local information session, or a LIVE online information session onWednesday, 19th September at 7.30pm - 8.30pm AEDT. Students can register here.

We enjoy seeing students thrive as they step into a new found independence when they are living as exchange students. Feel free to click here for full details




Yours sincerely,
Isabelle Piairo
                  Program Manager
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