College News

21 February 2019
Issue Three
Principal's Update
Important Dates
School Council Elections
Student Awards                                                           
Year 9 SEAL Exploration Day
House Swimming Carnival
School Photo Ordering Process
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Leadership Induction Assembly 

On Monday 18 February we formally recognised our students who have been successful in achieving a leadership position for this year, in a whole school assembly with parents who were able to attend and special guest speakers and presenters, Mr Tim Richardson, MP, Member for Mordialloc and Mrs Monica Bladier representing Mr Mark Dreyfus, MP, Federal Member for Isaacs. Students were presented with their leadership badge from the College and a leadership certificate from Mr  Dreyfus. I am proud of the leadership structure we have in place at Mordialloc College, with many opportunities being available to our students. This includes School Captains, Middle School Captains, Year 12 leaders, House leaders from both sub-schools and SRC representatives from each home group/mentor group for a total of over 100 leadership roles. I congratulate all students who were prepared to nominate and go through the selection process.

The College community acknowledges the crucial role that leadership at every level throughout the school plays in continuing to provide a forum for student voice and opportunities for student led initiatives; and in inspiring pride in the College and in reinforcing the importance of setting high expectations in everything we do.

I expect all  our student leaders to be positive role models, both in school and out in the community. This will involve leading by example on a daily basis through proudly demonstrating our agreed College values of Personal Best, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility in all actions and behaviours; and inspiring others to seek leadership opportunities in the future.



Student Leadership Team


Senior School

College Captains – Levi Burns and Elizabeth Ng

Vice Captains – Ben Stewart and Sarah Sundstrom

VCAL Captain – Cailiosa Sarmento-Cardoso 

Sport Captains – Caleb Romeo and Charlie Davis 

Performing Arts Captains – Liam Canavan and Alex Unwin

Performing Arts (Music) Captain - Hunter Williams-Moses

Visual Arts Captain – Ella Harris

ICT captain – Billy Kruss

Special Events Captains – Zoe Unwin and Albert Alegre

Environmental Captains – Lochlann Kilkenny and Miranda Miller

International Captain – Toby Tan

House Captains – Adnan Abdul Mutalib (Yerlonga)

Jasmine Lloyd (Iwala)

 Lucy Faid (Bunurong)

Camille Nightingale (Kalura)


Middle School

Captains – Tim Whitford and Emma Schultz

Vice Captains – Daniel Loza, Laura Reeves and Rhianne Blavo

House Captains – Noah Crowe (Bunurong)

Tamsyn Russell (Iwala)

Willow Howard-Smith (Kalura)

Stephen Elkington (Yerlonga)


Student Representative Council


YEAR 12:

Lucinda Cameron, Liam Canavan,  Adnan Abdul Mutalib

Miranda Miller, Jasmine Lloyd, Ella Harris, Caleb Romeo, Toby Tan,

Lucy Faid, Albert Alegre, Camille Nightingale,  Elizabeth Ng,

Levi Burns, Alexander Unwin, Sarah Sundstrom,

Charlotte Davis, Zoe Unwin, Benjamin Stewart,

Lochlann Kilkenny,  Hunter Williams-Moses


YEAR 11:

Jack Philpotts, Alisa Kvashko, Jack Alacqua,

Noreigh Zuniga, Ava Collison, Carter Fox,

Ryan Nguyen, James Vicendese, Leo Faid,

Elisa Barone


YEAR 10:

Aiden Boyd, Spencer Halse, Chuong Leah,

Thomas Clarke, Meike Berg, Bernard Martin,

Rose Patel, Mieke Ypelaan, Bianca Davidson,

Ethan Capp



Kynan Gauci, Thorunn Millwood, Laura Reeves,

Noah Crowe ,Paige Anderson, Darcy Nicholson,

Vitaliy Rostov, Aston Hewet, Timothy Whitford,

George Gorbatchev, Harrison Kelly, Daniel Loza,

Andrea Jooste, Ashleigh McCulloch, Chantelle Ferguson,

Tomislav Krivacevic, Emma Schultz, Rhianne Blavo,

Rhiannon Vaksman-Stovern, Isabel Agar-Wilson



William Wade, Daniel Kaman, Jeremy Thai-Chan,

Summer Porter, Tyler Fox, Madison Galland,

Eva Coulton, Isikeli Uluikavoro, Cooper Smith,

Jessica House, Caeley Barnard, Reema Abaneh,

Taylah Lewis, Amelia Davidson, Nicole Kvashko,

Alex Goudy, Jomana Al-Janabe, Thomas Toth,

Jordan Shenouda, Lana Selthofer, Alicia Evans,

Owen Cogar, Adam Sellars, Reily Maurice


Year 7:

Amelia Askew, Isabelle Vicendese, Kyeden Rai,

Emma Medin-Dodd,  Lachlan Welsh,  Piri Faid,

Matilda May,  Olivia Cohen,  Courtney Brown,

Samuel Welsh,  Phillipa Letch,  Kaan Dyke,

Liam Smith,  Antoine Bernard



Attendance Booklet

All parents/guardians should have received an email from me this week through Compass with our new publication attached: Attendance Matters – A parent’s guide. As mentioned in my first newsletter article for the year, daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind, both socially and developmentally. Studies show that absence does affect learning growth and that there are no safe number of days. Please take the time to read this booklet and discuss with your child. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school, please contact the Wellbeing Team at the College or Year Level Coordinator to discuss how we can assist you.


Year 7 Information night

On Monday 18 February the Year 7 Parent information evening was held in the Year 7 Learning Centre. This was an opportunity for parents to be introduced to the key features of the Year 7 program (structure of a typical day, communication with home group teachers and leadership team, the iPad program, home study, learning tracker, Compass, google docs and assessment). Thanks to Laura Gorman, Year 7 Coordinator, and Director of Middle School, Daniel Williams, for organising this night along with Alice Leppin, Director of Pedagogy and Programs, and the home group teachers and members of the leadership team for their support and attendance to work with the parents on the night. 


Tips for new parents transitioning to Secondary School

We really value the home-school partnership and parents staying connected and engaged with their child’s learning in Secondary School. There can be a tendency for parents to step back from their child’s schooling but the best outcomes can be achieved when schools and parents work together to create the optimal supportive learning environments at school and at home for learning, aligned to shared values and aspirations. I encourage all parents to stay informed by staying in contact with their child’s main teachers, reading the College weekly newsletter and maximising their use of one of our main means of communication, the Compass parent portal. Through the portal you can do the following:

  • Monitor your child’s attendance, and enter in explanations for late arrivals or absences.
  • Communicate with your child’s teachers and update their family details.
  • Monitor homework, assessment tasks and view outstanding learning tasks.
  • Download and view your child’s progress on individual assessment tasks during the term, and end of semester reports.
  • View ‘My News’, a news feed of school announcements, alerts and updates.
  • View your student’s timetable and the school calendar.
  • Book parent-teacher meetings.
  • Pay and provide consent for events, excursions and school fees.

You can access Compass at If you have any trouble accessing, please contact the general office so your password details can be checked.

Regularly talk about school and the new and unfamiliar experiences. Assist them to develop organisational skills to plan and prioritise; and encourage your child to take advantage of the many extra-curricular opportunities to broaden their interests and talents. Above all else to have a positive attitude and be prepared to give things a go!


Student Planner

A reminder to parents and students about the use of our student study planner as a valuable organisational tool to support learning and as an important means of communication between school and home. Students should take their planner to every class and keep it graffiti free and tidy. Students should record home study, important dates e.g. upcoming excursions and due dates for class work. Teachers will use the planner to inform parents about matters of importance within their specific class. I ask that parents check their student’s planner on a regular basis.


Personal Property

The following is an extract from an official DET circular regarding ‘Personal goods brought to school at owner’s risk’. “Personal property is often brought to school by students, staff and visitors. This can include mobile phones, calculators, toys, sporting equipment, bicycles and cars parked on school premises. Please note the DET does not hold insurance for personal property brought to schools and it will not generally pay for any loss or damage to such property.”



Ms. Michelle Roberts









Important Dates


Thursday 21

  • Year 12 Geography Booran Reserve Field Work Excursion
  • Year 11 Elevate Session - Time Management
  • Year 9D MEX Community Placements
  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm
  • Year 10 English Enhanced Macbeth Production 6 pm

Friday 22

  • House Swimming Carnival - Whole School Event

Monday 25

  • Kingston Lawn Bowls Day
  • Year 9 C & E MEX City Experience Day 1
  • Year 10 English Romeo and Juliet Incursion

Tuesday 26

  • School Photo Day

Wednesday 27

  • VCE Drama Excursion
  • Year 9 C & E MEX City Experience Day 2

Thursday 28

  • Year 10 Forensics Excursion
  • Year 9 C & E MEX City Experience Day 3
  • Year 9D MEX Community Placements


Friday 01

  • Year 9 Advance Snorkelling and Swimming with the Dolphins

Monday 04

  • Year 9G Mex Community Placement 

Thursday 07

  • Police and Community Life Saving Carnival
  • Year 9 French Film Festival Excursion
  • Year 9D Mex Community Placements

Friday 08

  • Physics Excursion to Luna Park
  • Mop Up School Photo Day

Monday 11

  • Labour Day Public Holiday 

Tuesday 12

  • Year 7 Cricket Gala Day

Wednesday 13

  • Outdoor Ed Rock Climbing Excursion

Thursday 14

  • Kingston Division Swimming Sports

Friday 15

  • Year 8 Cricket Gala Day
  • Yr 7 & 10 Immunisations

School Council Elections

Would You Like to be Involved in your College Community?

It's that time of year again where the College Community is looking for support from the parent community. If you are interested in becoming a member of our College Council please see below for more details on how to become involved. Nominations are now being sought and nomination forms can be collected from the General Office. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the school on 9580 1184.


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.


Congratulations to the following students for displaying the College value of Personal Best when out on their SEAL excursion at Melbourne University.













Lana Paten


Year 9 SEAL Exploration Day

TAASS Year 9 SEAL Exploration Day – 15 February 2019

On Friday 15 February, four SEAL students and I ventured off to The University of Melbourne to participate in the Year 9 Exploration Day. Students were selected to attend the day based on written applications outlining the reasons why they would be the best candidates to represent our school. The day was run entirely by university students and it was an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in university life, whilst finding out lots about the different pathways and courses on offer.




Student highlights from the day…


I found it interesting learning about all of the different ways engineers help people - Monty

I was interested and intrigued by the Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program – Tristan 

I found the lecture on architecture and design from one of the creators of Federation Square to be rather fascinating from an art perspective - Eliza 

All I had to do was answer a question and I won Barry*! - Daniel

* Barry is a Melbourne University bear (pictured at the top)



Alice Leppin

Director Of Pedagogy and Innovative Programs Yrs 7 - 10

House Swimming Carnival


Invitation from the Wellbeing Team


School Photo Ordering Process

How to Order School Photos

School Photos are coming up on the 26th February


Aussie School Photos take multiple images of each student on photo day to provide you with more choice and greater value.

Order forms and envelopes will come home to you usually 2 weeks in advance of photo day.

There are 3 methods available when ordering photo packs:


1. Place your order on- line prior to photo day using the unique WEB LOG-ON CODE printed on your prepayment order form.  Complete details on back of order forms if ordered for more than one sibling and have each child hand it to our photographer on photo day.


2. You can complete the pre payment order form.  Include your cash, cheque or credit card payment in the envelope and have your child hand it to our photographer on photo day. 


3. You can choose to wait for 5 working days to go on-line to VIEW the images and CREATE a package to suit. Please tick the ‘order later on–line’ box on order form and hand to our photographer on photo day.   Orders must be placed within 14 days of photo day to avoid postage charges.


4. If you do not wish to purchase photos, please tick ‘not buying photos’ under pack selection  and have your child hand envelope to our photographer on photo day.     .   


Sibling photos are available – Students will need to attend the Glasshouse for these portraits at lunchtime. Students who do not attend will not have a sibling portrait taken.  It is the responsibility of the siblings to make a time to meet at the Glasshouse to have their portraits taken.                    

All queries should be directed to the                                    

Customer Service:  97076655.

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Please see below for extra opening hours

Sat 2 March  9.00am – 12.00pm

Sat 6 April  9.00am – 12.00pm


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.


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


Edithvale Fire Brigade Fun Run


CSIRO Open Night Invitiation


Student Exchange Australia New Zealand


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 2019 is Sunday, 31st March.

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:

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 on Thursday, March 7th 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     



College News
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