College News

08 August 2019
Issue Twenty-three
Assistant Principal Update
Important Dates
Production Information
Chess Competition with Leonid Sandler
Year 8 Camp  Report
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Assistant Principal Update



Dear Students, Families and Community Members,

It is extraordinary to think that we have only seen three weeks pass in Term Three, given the amount of activities and events that have already occurred. 


2020 Subject Selections

Year 9, 10 and 11 students have now had their Course Counselling Days where they have submitted their 2020 subjects.  To ensure all students’ needs are considered, each student attended a meeting with a key staff member to discuss their current results, prerequisites for further studies and their preferences for 2020.  Any students who missed their appointment or were not able to attend their day are to speak with either their Year Level Coordinator or one of the Assistant Principals to complete the course counselling session.

Our Year 8 students attended their Course Information Session after school on Tuesday 23 July where they learned more about Year 9, its unique programs such as MEX 2.0 and Student Leadership as well as our Advance and Outdoor Education courses.  Year 8 students have until midnight on Thursday 8 August to submit their preferences.  This can be done by going to and entering a unique WebCode.  Information sheets containing their unique WebCode were distributed in Home Group Meetings on Wednesday 31 July.  If any student has misplaced their information sheet, they can ask Beth in the EZ Office for a new one. 

Tuesday 23 July was a huge day for our Year 8 students as this was also when their Marketing Madness Expo was held.  And what an expo it was!  I was so impressed by so many creations.  They were well-constructed items, highlighting various ways of using their imagination, interpersonal skills and marketing prowess. 

From here, all of our students’ subject selections will be collated and placed into blocks to maximise student satisfaction.  Other factors in creating next year’s timetable include facilities and staffing.  We need to maximise the use of all our rooms and staffing expertise while factoring in that we are continuing to grow in student numbers. 















Year 7 Discovery

Our Year 7 students have also had an exciting start to this term when they were able to attend the Melbourne Aquarium as part of their Discovery Course.  They went on a guided tour and learnt about classifications of different species and ecosystems. 


Winter Uniform

As it is Term Three, all students are expected to continue wearing the correct full winter uniform - this includes to and from school each day.  Girls' grey pants are being introduced this term.   If you are interested, please enquire at our Uniform Shop.  Our Student Representative Council members will be asked to review other aspects of our uniform including the school bag and the possibility of a school beanie and/ or scarf.


Learning Area Weeks

Last term we saw our Health and PE run a very successful Learning Area Week and our Language Learning Area held their Cultural Diversity Week in Term One.  This term, we have many more Learning Areas highlighting their subjects and skills through various activities and events.  Numeracy  Week has already been held, Literacy Week is currently happening. Still to come are:

  • Week 5 (12/08/19 – 16/08/19)          Science Week
  • Week 7 (02/09/19 – 06/09/19)          Humanities Week

Keep an eye out for further details via Compass Newsfeeds and upcoming Newsletter articles. 


College Production – Footloose (Wednesday 21 August – Saturday 24 August)

It is official.  We have now sold out all four evening performances in Week Six of this term. Congratulations Production Team! We have 60 students involved in the production this year which is a fantastic representation of our student population. I am very much looking forward to seeing my first production at Mordialloc College. 


Parent Teacher Interviews

This term, we will be conducting interviews for all students across Years 7 – 12.  Parent Teacher Interviews will be held on Wednesday 28 August from 2:00 pm until 7:30 pm.  Further information will be made available for all families in coming weeks.  We hope to see as many families as possible on this date.


Marina Walsh

Assistant Principal



Important Dates


Thursday 08

  • Year 7 Parent Morning Tea 9:00 am -10:00 am in Wellbeing
  • VCE Berthe Mouchette French Oral Assessment
  • Year 8 and Year 9 Japanese Film Festival Excursion
  • Year 10 Applied Learning Beast Fitness Excursion
  • Mex 9A Looking Around Data Collection at Southland
  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm

Friday 09

  • Year 12 Drama 1 VCE Drama Solo Workshop
  • Year 9 SEAL Science Melbourne Museum and Imax Excursion

Monday 12

  • Senior School Assembly

Tuesday 13

  • VTAC Information Session at Parkdale Secondary 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm (compulsory for Year 12 students)
  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp returns Friday 16

Wednesday 14

  • Australian Poetry Competition Eco Slam! Heats

Thursday 15

  • Year 8 SEAL Sovereign Hill Excursion
  • Year 12 Elevate Session - Finishing Line 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Friday 16

  • Student Free Day

Monday 19

  • Sports Excellence Program Trials until 23 August
  • World Challenge Itinerary Meeting 3:15 pm  to 6:00 pm

Wednesday 21

  • Primary School Matinee Performance of Footloose 
  • Production Footloose Opening Night arrive at 6:30 pm for a 7:00pm start
  • Intermediate Round Robin Sports Day 
  • 2019 Olympiad Competition

Thursday 22

  • Production Footloose arrive at 6:30 pm for a 7:00pm start

Friday 23

  • Production Footloose arrive at 6:30 pm for a 7:00pm start

Saturday 24

  • Production Footloose Final Night arrive at 6:30 pm for a 7:00pm start

Sunday 25

  • VCE French Exams Seminar "La Matinee du Francais" 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Production Information

Footloose the Musical

It's not long now until our talented students hit the stage for Mordialloc College's version of Footloose - the musical.

Please arrive at 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start. The canteen will be open for you to purchase all your snack and drink requirements before the start of the show.

The staff would like to remind patrons that the seating is tiered and folds down. Please do not lean on them when you are going up and down the aisles to your seat.

Enjoy the show!

Miss Sears

Performing Arts Coordinator

Chess Competition with Leonid Sandler

On Monday 29 July International Chess Master Leonid Sandler visited Mordialloc College to challenge students and staff in a 1 versus 22 Chess simul-match. Leonid put on a fantastic display of skill and concentration and was ultimately too strong for the collective chess strength that Mordialloc College participants had to offer. After his victories, Leonid graciously offered his tips and strategies to help us improve. We are looking forward to developing our skills at Chess Club and hopefully challenging Leonid again sometime in Term 4.



Chris Tze

Year 7 & 9 Discovery Teacher


Year 8 Camp  Report

On Wednesday 19 to Friday 21 June, the Year 8 cohort travelled to Phillip Island for our
camp at the Phillip Island Adventure Resort.
After our near 2 hour drive, we reached the San Remo Bridge. We had approximately forty
minutes to eat and play. We saw vehicles come and go on the bridge. We looked at the
beautiful water underneath the bridge - it was an amazing view.
Afterwards, we went to Phillip Island Adventure Resort. The first day consisted of completing
a range of activities such as raft building, giant swing, team rescue, high ropes course and
archery. Later that night we went to the A Maze N Things, which was only a short walk from
the camp. There were many attractions. Students attempted the maze, mini-golf
and the puzzle island. They were scratching their heads in disbelief.
There were many activities completed on the second day. At night, we travelled to
the Penguin Parade. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Wearing thick clothing in the freezing
cold we witnessed the penguins arrive on the sand. We watched them arrive and waddle
across Summerland Beach to their homes. It was a memorable experience that students and teachers
will remember forever.
On the last day groups completed their last activities. After we left the adventure
resort, we went to the Phillip Island Wildlife Park. Everyone saw the wildlife and fed them. We had close encounters with the animals which was an amazing experience. We saw many
animals like kangaroos, emus, koalas, wallabies, owls and cockatoos. We then
headed back to school.
One of the activities we did was raft making. It was a great team-building and
problem-solving activity. This activity brought students much closer together. Students had
 wooden planks, rope and PVC pipes to build the rafts. We raced each
other on the ten-acre lake. We had around ten minutes to build the rafts. Some groups
successfully made it back around the buoy however the other groups’ rafts were severely
damaged. We were required to bring all the equipment back. 
Another activity we did was a walk down to Smith's Beach which was about a twenty-minute
walk from camp. It was quiet and fun. As we walked to the beach, we could hear the sound
of the waves crash along the shore. It was so beautiful. I was absolutely speechless. We
walked down the long ramps to the beach. The beach was big. Students had the best time of
their lives playing around with each other. It was an enjoyable experience.
The Phillip Island Adventure Camp was a great experience for the Year 8 cohort. It was a bit
of a long drive, but it was well worth it. There were definitely people who stepped out of their
comfort zones, opened up and tried new things they were unsure about which we were all
proud to see. I wouldn’t have missed it.
We were lucky enough to have good weather and amazing instructors and teachers at this
Thank you to Mr Cummins, Ms Glover and teachers who helped and dedicated their
personal time after school hours with the Year 8 camp.


 Jeremy Thai-Chan 

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


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


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

Visit the new, improved website for information and pricing 'Click and Collect' is available.

Kingston Art Competition


Aspendale Gardens Community Centre


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