College News

20 April 2018
Issue Nine
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Athletics Results
House Cross Country Event
Wellbeing News
French Update
SEAL & Open Night Information
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update

Principal’s Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,

Welcome back for Term 2. It is very important that all students settle quickly into the daily routine of lessons as well as our expectations of home study.


School Council

At the AGM held on  22 March, the following parents were elected to the Council Executive:

Council President – Ian Fox

Vice President – Amanda de Boer

Treasurer – Tracey Gabell

I thank them for the extra commitment they are prepared to make to the College in taking on the responsibilities involved in these important roles.


Update on Staffing

Jen Roep is continuing at Melbourne Girls College as Acting Assistant Principal for the rest of the year. Therefore, Jo Greenhalgh will continue as Acting Assistant Principal here.  Robyn Wilson is now the Acting Director of Senior School and Dylan Piubello is our new Year 11 Co-ordinator. Andrew Fisher also joins the Senior School to team with Rachael Pierce as Year 10  Level Co-ordinators. Jo Greenhalgh will be the Assistant Principal overseeing the Senior School and Andrew Moffat is the Assistant Principal overseeing the Middle School.

We have welcomed two new staff this term. Dominic Newsome has joined the College as our new Language Centre Co-ordinator and EAL teacher. We are opening an International Students Language Centre mid-year and Dominic will lead this, along with teaching in the new arrivals language program. Catherine Boulton joins us on Reception, replacing one of our long serving staff members, Gloria Bendit, who has recently retired. We thank Gloria for her dedication and service to Mordialloc College over the past fourteen years.


Open Events

We look forward to meeting prospective students and their parents at our Open Events over the next week. This Wednesday we are holding our SEAL information night at 6.30pm in the PAC. On the evening of Thursday 26 April, the whole school will be open for our annual Open Night. Please note, this will be an early dismissal day to allow time for staff to set up displays etc. Students will be dismissed at 2:30 pm on this day. They will still have their normal four periods of classes, they will just be shortened. There will be a formal start to Open Night at 7:00 pm in the Year 7 Learning Centre with our School Captains hosting this occasion. I will address the audience followed by our School Council president, Mr Ian Fox. Then two of our Year 7 students, Jye Hollway and Amelia Davidson, will provide an overview of our Year 7 program. Attendees will then have the opportunity to be taken on a guided tour of the school to see the various learning areas in operation, to meet teaching staff and current students. Thanks to the many students who have volunteered their time to attend the night to act as guides. We also run tours of the school during the day for prospective students and their parents to see the College at work. People are able to book in for our weekly tour on Fridays at 9:30 am by contacting Reception.


Gnurad Gundidj Campus of the School for Student Leadership

In 2016 we had two Year 9 boys attend this school located in Glenormiston near Camperdown in Victoria's Western District during Term 2 and we were offered and took up four places last year. This year we have seven students taking part in this student leadership program. Congratulations to Meike Berg, Lauren Ditchfield, Matt Grice, Hannah Grieve, Rose Patel, Christopher Rodas and Matthew Wade. The School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative offering a unique residential education experience for Year 9 students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students' home regions. Thanks to Daniel Williams, Director of Middle School, for organising this fantastic opportunity for our students.


House Athletics Sports

On the last of Term 1 the College Athletics Sports were held on a very pleasant autumn day. The event was really well supported by students and staff who enthusiastically engaged with the busy program and it was a very successful day. Congratulations to Sport Coordinator Cory Watters for his excellent organisation of this event and to all students and staff for their wonderful work and positive involvement on the day. The final points and winners on the day, along with the age champions are announced later in this newsletter. Please read on!



Ms. Michelle Roberts








Important Dates


Friday 20  

  • SRC ANZAC Legacy Commemoration at the Shrine
  • World Challenge Overnight Training Expedition to Gembrook

Monday 23

  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Ranges Hike
  • Anzac Day Assembly
  • MEX 2.0 Looking Around Community Placements

Tuesday 24

  • Year 10 - 12 VCAL Excursion: The Career and Trade Expo at Cranbourne Racecourse
  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Ranges Hike

Wednesday 25

  • Anzac Day - Public Holiday

Thursday 26

  • World Challenge Fitness Session 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • College Open Night 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm





Friday 27

  • Year 12 Top Designs Excursion
  • SEAL registrations close
  • Year 10 - 12 French Play


Wednesday 2

  • Yr 8 Camp to Phillip Island return Friday 4

Thursday 3

  • SEAL entrance exam (grade 6 students)

Friday 4

  • VCE Top Arts and Alternative Gallery  Excursion
  • Yr 10 - 12 French Play Le Pere Noel est une ordue
  • Yr 8 Camp return

Tuesday 8

  • SEAL ICAS Digital Technologies Competition
  • All School House Cross Country Event - Period 4

Thursday 10

  • World Challenge Fitness Training Session

Athletics Results


House Cross Country Event


Wellbeing News

Bully Stoppers: Being Cool Online

Students achieve their best at school in safe and supportive environments, where they are free from bullying and disruptive behavior.  We put a big emphasis on making sure we provide a great environment for our students – one that promotes tolerance and is inclusive, harmonious and free from bullying.

We can work towards this goal through education in the classroom, intervention in the playground and a focus on promoting positive behavior.

With the rise of social media, bullying now occurs online, as well as in person.

Cyberbullying is just as harmful as face-to-face bullying, and online actions can have real life consequences.

Cyberbullying is an increasing issue in the wider community – and the best way to tackle it is for schools, students and parents to work in partnership.

If you would like to learn more about how to support your children to build resilience and prevent bullying, visit the Bully Stoppers website for fact sheets and resources.

Also on the website is an interesting series of ‘vodcasts’ for parents featuring Clinical Psychologist Andrew Fuller.  He is interviewed by Gail McHardy from Parents Victoria. In this series of six short interviews, Andrew discusses the role of parents in bullying prevention and the importance of building resilience in kids, see: Andrew Fuller and Parents Victoria Vodcast Series

If you have any concerns regarding your child, please contact the Wellbeing Team on 9580 1184 for advice or support.

Ann Marsh

Secondary School Nurse


French Update

Languages: French News

French Club @ Mordialloc College

Due to other school commitments for students, we have changed the French Club day.

When: Every Monday @ lunchtime (1.15-1.45 pm)

Where: Portable 1 classroom

Who can attend: Any students from Yr 7-12 learning French

What students can do: Poem practice for the Berthe Mouchette Poetry Competition, reading, short films viewing, informal speaking, board games and more…


Cultural Diversity Week Celebration 2018 @ Mordialloc College

Poster Competition: “What does it mean to be Multicultural? - We are pleased to announce our winners and runners-up for this activity.


  • Anna Kuppe (1st Prize)
  • Jurney Vanderwyk (2nd Prize)
  • Lucia King (3rd Prize)


  • Perizat Kurtulus
  • Jessica House
  • Tamia Houma


Our Principal, Ms Michelle Roberts, Middle School Director, Mr Daniel Williams and Year 7 Coordinator, Ms Elizabeth Evans proudly presented the certificates and awards to all the students at the Year Level Assembly – a great start to Term 2 for sharing their enthusiasm with their peers!

Sehenaze Peerbux
Learning Area Leader - LOTE




SEAL & Open Night Information



SEAL Registrations for 2019 are now open

We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2019 SEAL Program Entrance Exam. Please visit the College website to access the registration portal Registrations will close on Friday 27 April 2018.


In 2018, we will continue to use Edutest as our testing provider for their extremely comprehensive aptitude and ability based tests. Edutest also provides online practice tests for students, to help you and your child gain a better understanding of the style and format of the exams, and to make them feel more comfortable with the style of questions presented


Alice Leppin


Coles Vouchers Required

Coles supermarkets are offering a fantastic opportunity for us to build the sport resources available to our students. We are aiming to collect as many vouchers as possible to help with the purchase of new equipment.

For every $10 you spend at Coles you will receive 1 voucher. This can then be sent to school with your child and dropped into the collection box located in the HUB.

We appreciate and thank you for your support.


Mick Haber

Year 7/8 Sports Coordinator

Community News

Dobsons  School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 


Additional Hours for Uniform Shop

Sat 24th March 9.00am – 12.00pm

Sat 14th April 9.00am – 12.00pm

6th October 2018

3rd November 2018

1st December 2018


 *  Rugby tops and Trackpants have arrived and are now available for purchase. *


Private appointments are available on Wednesdays after shop hours.  Please call 9587 0738 for an appointment.


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

Phone 9587 0738

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

NDIS Dates for Information Sessions



WEP Student Exchange Opportunities


Aspendale Gardens Community Centre News


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