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
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)
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
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
Jack Philpotts, Alisa Kvashko, Jack Alacqua,
Noreigh Zuniga, Ava Collison, Carter Fox,
Ryan Nguyen, James Vicendese, Leo Faid,
Aiden Boyd, Spencer Halse, Chuong Leah,
Thomas Clarke, Meike Berg, Bernard Martin,
Rose Patel, Mieke Ypelaan, Bianca Davidson,
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
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
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 https://mcsc-vic.compass.education. 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!
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.
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