Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

16 August 2018
Issue Twelve
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
School Musical
Getting Girls on Track
2019 Japan Trip
ELC and EAL news
VCE Expo
Senior School News
World Challenge
English news
Recording in progress
Competitive Opportunities 
In our community
School Information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Key Dates



Friday 17 August

Year 8 Round Robin


Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 August 

School Musical Wonder in Aliceland  performances


Wednesday 22 August

Year 7 Round Robin

Author visit


Sunday 26 August

National Aerobics competition, Gold Coast


Monday 27 August 

Symphonic Band Music Festival 


Tuesday 28 August

Student Free -  no classes

1.30pm to 8pm, Year 7 to 10  Parent Teacher Student Interviews


Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 August

Year 10 Camp


Tuesday 4 September

7pm, Winter Concert


Wednesday 11 September

7pm Dizzy's Jazz night 


Friday 14 September

SRC Free Dress Day 


Wednesday 19 September

Music and Theatre Soiree


Thursday 20 September

College Assembly 


Friday 21 September 

Last day of Term 3

Early finish. 

Term 4

Monday 8 October

First day of Term 4



Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Families

We received some exciting news over the weekend that our school has been shortlisted for the Community Grants “Pick My Project”.  Our project was in response to a need to upgrade our oval facilities, which are, by comparison with other schools, in need of improvements.  Unfortunately, Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has not been the recipient of any funding for new buildings and upgrades for many years now and this has meant that the oval has not been developed.


With your assistance, we hope that we can great a level playing field (excuse the pun) for our girls who are deserving of sporting facilities of a high calibre.  However, we cannot do this alone and we need the help of the school community to vote for this project.


There are more details in our newsletter but I thought I would mention this in my report because without your assistance we may not be able to achieve this worthwhile goal. The project idea is titled "Getting girls on track".  Voting is open until 5pm on Monday 17 September. Many of our students have great success in athletics and field events, however, we do not have facilities on-site for the students to access or offer to our wider community.


Voting is open to anyone who is 16 years or older. So spread the word and let us see what we can do to give our students and members of the local community state-of-the-art facilities at Mentone Girls’ Secondary College.


MGSC continues to build school pride through self-funding facility upgrades so that every student who attends our fine college is educated in a pleasant and modern environment. It is because of this that we are currently paying for upgrades to the Junior School portables out of our locally raised funds. Over the next holiday period, windows which are currently inoperable will be removed and replaced. It was hoped that the existing portables would be replaced with new portables or at least have the windows replaced by the Department of Education.  Disappointingly, MGSC is not currently in line for any assistance in this area. The portables are quite old but will be painted and repaired so that they become more pleasant spaces. 


The library is continuing to be enhanced with the recent addition of new furniture and fittings and we have upgraded another corridor of lighting to LED lighting recently.  Tammy, our wonderful gardener, has also been busy planting more trees around the perimeter of the oval. 


Ms Linda Brown 

College Matters

Year 7 to 10 Parent Teacher Student interviews

Friday 24 August - Year 7-10 interim reports available online at 3.30pm.
P/T/S bookings open for Year 7-10 parents at 3.30pm.

Monday 27 August - Bookings open at 3.30pm for VCE parents who were unable to book an appointment on Wednesday 15 August.
Tuesday 28 August - P/T/S bookings close at 9:30am.
Tuesday 28 August - P/T/S interviews 1.30pm to 5pm, 6pm to  8pm

There are no scheduled classes on this day.

Parents & Friends' Association

Support for the production of Wonder in Aliceland


Traditionally the PFA looks after Front of House and Canteen duties for the college production. Many PFA members have already signed up, but we are seeking some more volunteers. If you are able to assist, please sign up on this Google doc. The vacant spots are marked XX.

Front of House involves:

  • checking tickets
  • selling tickets, if any are available (someone from the school will be there to log on to the ticket booking site to check)
  • showing people to their seats
  • admitting latecomers
  • turning on the urn

Canteen involves:

  • Serving tea and coffee ($1)
  • Selling drinks and chips
  • Cleaning up
  • Locking up the kitchen

Thanks for your support.


Ms Carol Duggan & Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals 

School Musical

Wonder in Aliceland next week 

Tickets now on sale now! Follow the links from 


The enduring classic story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the theme for this year's school musical.  "Since 1865, when it was first published, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has enchanted young and old, in books, on films and cartoons and in many kids’ stage musical adaptations. This latest excellent version adapted by Jo Denver with music by Don Woodward is thoroughly entertaining.  The songs are fun, tuneful and memorable and the script is fast-paced, funny and wholesome; this Alice is above all entertaining!"


Information about the production  is available from the 'Wonder in Aliceland' link on 


Performance dates: 

  • Wednesday 22 August 7.30pm
  • Thursday 23 August 7.30pm
  • Friday 24 August 7.30pm
  • Saturday 25 August 2pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: $25 (Adults) and $15 (students/children) 

Venue: Nina Carr Theatre


Bookings through Fleximeals:  Wonder in Aliceland tickets.


Thanks to Casey Boswell (Year 11) for creating the wonderful production logo. 

Getting Girls on Track

Pick our Project - vote for your school

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. 





2019 Japan Trip

Expression of Interest

Discussions and planning for a trip in 2019 to Japan and a homestay visit to our sister school, Nakamura Senior High School, are now underway.


It is proposed that the ‘Japan Trip 2019’ will be approximately 17 days in duration and during that time, students will stay both with a host family and at hotels or traditional inns. The suggested itinerary at this stage will include visiting the Peace Park in Hiroshima, World Heritage sites at Miyajima, Kyoto, Nara and Tokyo, and other culturally interesting place like Shibuya, Harajuku, Akihabara and Disneyland! The dates proposed are:

Depart:  Thursday 12 September (evening flight)

Return:  Saturday 28 September (morning arrival)


If you, as parents and students, are interested in finding out more about the Japan Tour 2019 (the students involved will be studying Japanese in Years 10 or 11 in 2019), please send an email with subject “Expression of Interest – Japan Tour 2019” to Mrs Petra Witt  - [email protected].


This expression of interest does not mean a final commitment, but will help identify the numbers of students wanting to be involved so that the costing for the tour can be made.


Any questions or other queries are also welcomed. Please get in touch.


Ms Petra Witt

Japan Study Tour Coordinator 



Year 10 Social

On Friday 3 August, the Year 10 Social was held in the Nina Carr Centre. The theme was Starry Starry Night and the evening certainly lived up to it. The girls looked glamorous and their partners were dashing. There was the opportunity for professional photos and dress ups in a photo booth. Everyone danced the night away and enjoyed treats and pizza. Girls received awards for Best Dressed, Most Unique, Social Queen and various other acknowledgements. The night ran smoothly, with thanks to the many staff who helped. In the months leading up to the event, and on the night, the SRC and Social Committee showed commitment and initiative in their organisation and dedication to ensuring everyone had a unique and memorable Social.


Angela Sassone

SRC Leader


Making  A Difference Conference

On the 11 and 12 August, Diane Luo (10), Sinead Garry (9), April Thomas (10) and I had the lucky experience to go to the MAD (Making a Difference) conference which is an event run by the team at Ylead on behalf of the Alliance of Girls’ Schools Australasia.


We had four inspiring guest speakers that inspired us in many ways.

  • Hannah Easton from ‘Thank you’ who taught us how important teamwork and sharing your story helps your plans to thrive.
  • Christy Hildyard from ‘Grace pads’ who inspired us by saying that nothing changes if you don't try to change it and to remember “If not now when, if not me who?”.
  • Amy Pearce from ‘Oaktree’ who explained the different fundraising techniques Oaktree uses.
  • Tim Baxter from ‘Who gives a crap” explained how important customer relationships are and how to use social media as a free, positive marketing source.

The conference also taught us many valuable skills such as to find our passion and strengths and how to network. We were able to explore these skills with the opportunity to interact with the representatives from six different companies. On the last day of the conference, we were able to use all that we had learnt by going into a group to create and pitch for an idea that would strive to make a difference in the world.


It was so incredible to be able to have this experience with so many other passionate girls. We are all excited to bring our newly found knowledge and connections to MGSC.


Emily Howells (Year 9)

World Vision Backpack Challenge – Go Team Mentone!

Students from MGSC have been getting behind this year’s World Vision Back Pack Challenge with the College now positioned at 59th of all schools in Australia. We have been steadily moving up the ranks of fundraising to support the plight of people overseas displaced particularly by the conflict in Syria. Our involvement follows twelve of our student leaders attending a major conference earlier in the year. These students have worked together to raise awareness and contribute to supporting others.


On Friday 17 August, the whole school is asked to come together to live out of their school bag or back pack for the day. It is a small gesture to acknowledge the fact that so many around the world flee their homes with only what they can carry on their backs and avoid using their lockers. Students are asked to donate a gold coin, which will be added to the Mentone Girls’ SC team registered for the challenge. Students can take their bags into classes on that day only. The following Monday, the Back Pack team will be holding a book sale out in the courtyard at lunchtime. All books are in great condition and are a random selection of novels suitable for all ages. Funds raised from the books sale will also go towards the Backpack Tally.


Ms Wendy Harvey

Director of Student Leadership & Engagement

ELC and EAL news

New students 

Last week, Ms Xanthopoulos took us for a walk to Mentone beach and we learnt about Australian trees and bushes. We saw the waves and learnt that we should not swim unless there are two flags, yellow and red. We also had a running race. Alice and Chan came first. I came third but Ms Xanthopoulos and the others were very slow.


Leah Chen, ELC



Bridging – The Garden Project

The garden is underway. Today the students roped off the area and started digging. It took twenty minutes to dig a hole for the tree they wish to plant. However, now that they have learnt how to wear gardening gloves and hold a spade properly, their progress will increase. Several of the students were excited to find worms in the ground, and they realised that even though the ground is fairly hard, it must be quite healthy. A huge thank you to Tammy, our gardener, for her advice.


Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos

ELC and EAL Coordinator


VCE Expo


Another successful VCE expo was held at our college this year with representatives from many of the tertiary institutions. Students and parents had another opportunity to liaise with them and get valuable information. Thank you to all who helped make this annual event a success once again.


Ms Rebecca Poulos

Careers & Pathways Coordinator


Senior School News

Success and SACS

We congratulate Marianna Sampani, Year 11 student, competed and won first place at the National Karate Championships in Caloundra, Queensland. Marianna has been dedicated in her sport and competed in one of the competitions toughest categories.


Marianna demonstrates the message we try to give all our students that if they establish goals, work hard and consistently, they will surely achieve their goals or something very close.


The Year 12 students are now preparing for the final SACs and beginning the process of selecting courses for 2019. Ms Poulos, the Careers and Pathways Manager, informed the students about the VTAC process for course selection. It is expected that each student will make an appointment with Ms Poulos to discuss their plans for 2019.


Ms Sylvia Christopoulos

Director of Senior School



Past students

Some wonderful past MGSC Media students returned to the classroom last week to help the current Year 12 class with important changes to the 2018-22 study design.


‘Feedback and reflection’ is a new inclusion to the SAT criteria for Media at Year 12. The alumni ranged from the graduating classes of 2013 through to 2017. Having completed VCE Media, combined with their expertise studying and working in Media they gave much needed feedback on the state of the girls’ production work.


A huge thank you to Carina Florea (2013), Ashli Celik, Kidist Williams (2015), Shanon McKenzie, Charlotte Byrne, Bec Marquis (2016) and Lauren Bisignano (2017).


The media students will use this formal written feedback to make amendments and/ or consider the final direction of their photography, film and print work in the weeks leading up their due date.


The Year 12 class also greatly appreciated hearing what the former students were doing now, which ranged from marketing to visual effects design.


Ms Lisa Blumenstein

VCE Media Teacher



SMR Netball Finals:

Congratulations to the Senior B netball team and Intermediate B netball team who competed on Monday 13 August at the SMR finals. Both teams played fairly and hard all day to come away as the overall SMR B Champions for the day for both of their age groups. Well done to all players and thanks to Ms Dixon for coaching and accompanying the teams on the day.


Beachside Athletics:

The team has been compiled and team members have been notified. Just a reminder that the event will be held on Monday 17 September at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Athletics Track. This will be an all day event however, there may be an opportunity for the senior members of the team to be shuttled back and forth from the venue as required. Team members are reminded to attend the team meeting scheduled for Monday 20 August in G3 at 1.15pm.


If you are unable to attend, please notify Ms Parker asap.


Ms Ilana Parker

Carnivals Coordinator

Intermediate Soccer 

The Intermediate (Year 9 and 10 students) soccer team competed in the Southern Metropolitan Region finals held at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex on Thursday 9 August. They encountered a formidable Parkdale SC team in the first match and a 1-1 draw against Gleneagles Secondary College in the next.  Parkdale went on to win through to the State finals. We wish them well.


Mr Marko Berkhout

Team coach

World Challenge

World Challenge

Between now and December, challengers should be:

  • seeking out final kit list items but please think carefully about buying versus hiring, particularly for the sleeping bag and backpack as both may never get used again.
  • completing their training log by entering any physical activity occupying 45 minutes or more.

The teachers will be attending a conference next weekend where we hope to clarify information relating to the use of tents, the duration of trekking and assistance from Andrew Kumai - the in-country agent.


Hint #15: Review the itinerary to determine when accommodation and transport needs to be booked as this is the most important stage


Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

English news


On Tuesday 7 August, all Year 9 students enjoyed the performance Romeo and Juliet by Eagle's Nest Shakespeare Company. This allowed them to see live dramatic action and take part in a workshop with the actors which gave them an opportunity to ask pertinent questions.


Ms Anne Gamble

Head of English and Literacy

Recording in progress

MGSC Podcast coming

Two former students, Katherine Powell and Georgia Higgins, have been working with students and staff to create an informative and entertaining MGSC podcast.  The first will have a performance theme and in its final edit stages.  We will will give more details on accessing the podcast when it's ready for distribution. Stay tuned! 

Competitive Opportunities 

Ink About It writing competition

Open to young people 13-18 years of age who study in the City of Kingston. Compose a short story or poem based on your interpretation of the winning image from the Picture This photography competition. Find out more and see the image to inspire your writing at: 

Ink About it Entry and information 

The winner will receive a $500 Westfield gift card and the invitation to participate in a short course on different styles of creative writing.

Entries close Saturday 22 September

Apex Australia Teenage Fashion & Arts (AATFA) Youth Festival

Design, manufacture, and showcase your own traditional or art-based garments in a unique national festival,  More information atL


In our community

Soccer clinics here

Football Star Academy is adding more soccer clinics at MGSC  with a new Girls Only session. 
If you are interested in being part of our award winning clinics run by qualified and experienced coaches of the largest academy in Australia or would just like to try it out, please click on the link below and answer a few short questions and hit the SEND button to help identify the most
suitable days and times for these new sessions to run.


Family Life workshops


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.


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 do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Page, Finance Manager.


Uniform Supplier - Costume World 

Shop 5 1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

T: 9584 7006

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 Petersen, Facilities Manager

on 9581 5200.


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