Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

09 May 2019
Issue Five
Important Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Student Leadership
Junior School News
Middle School News
My Migrant Story
Theatre Productions
Music & Performance 
Top Designs 2019
Celebrating student success
2020 Year 7 
Earn & Learn
In our community
School information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Important Dates


6 to 10 May

Year 10 Work Experience Week


Monday 13 May 

10.30am, House Performance competition 

Year 7 2020 Enhancement Program applications due


Tuesday 14 to 17 May 

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN testing


Wednesday 15 to Saturday 18 May

7.30pm, Year 10 Drama production


Saturday 18 May

Year 7 2020, Enhancement Program entry testing 

9am to 12pm, Friends of the Garden Working Bee


Monday 20 to Thursday 23 May

Year 7 & 9 NAPLAN testing


Monday 20 to Friday 24 May

Year 8 Camps


Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 May

Year 12 Theatre Studies production week 


Monday 27 May

Intermediate Round Robin


Tuesday 28 May

9am, College Tour 


Wednesday 29 May

7pm, Junior Music Showcase 


Thursday 30 May

SRC Free Dress Day - Go Grey


Friday 31 May

Year 11 exams commence


Monday 3 June  to Friday 7 June 

Year 9, 10 & Year 11 exams 


Wednesday 5 June

7pm, Music Soiree 


Monday 10 June

Queen's Birthday Public Holiday


Tuesday 11 June 

Report Writing Day (Student Free Day) 


Wednesday 12 June

GAT for Unit 3 & 4 students


15 to 22 June

Year 10 Central Australia Tour


17 to 21 June

Year 10 Tasmania Tours


Wednesday 26 June

3.30pm, Reports available for parents online


Friday 28 June

Last day of term. Early finish at 2.15pm 


1- 7 July 

Senior Music Tour to New Zealand 


Use Compass for individual student's schedule 

Principal's Message

Dear parents, families & guardians

We are now in week three of Term 2 and the school is in full swing again. In our first week back from holidays we held the Anzac Day Assembly. As always, our student leaders, Ruby Crofts, Amethyst Parlanti  (College Captains) and Haidee Sharpe (Middle School Humanities Leader) spoke eloquently about the sacrifice and bravery of the armed forces. We were reminded that Anzac Day commemorates what comes after the struggle of war which is peace and reconciliation. 


We annually pay our respects on Anzac Day at memorials, assemblies and marches and in doing so remember the loss and grief that is experienced when we lose friends and family. Each name etched on a memorial represents a person who did not return from war; every medal worn represents the struggle that comes with personal sacrifice – of placing country before self. We all paused for a minute’s silence with the Last Post being played perfectly by Erin Sanford.


On Sunday 21 April Wendy Harvey, Director of Girls’ Leadership and Engagement accompanied Annie Zhou (Senior EAL leader) and Lily West (Middle School Captain) to the Beaumaris RSL Anzac memorial service.  Annie and Lily paid their respects by laying a wreath and three books donated by the school. I thank them for representing the college on this important occasion. 


Last week we held our Open Evening for families considering enrolling their daughter(s) at MGSC. The attendance on the evening was excellent with roughly 700 people attending.  Whilst, my full speech can be found on the website, I will summarise some of the key benefits of attending MGSC.


At MGSC we continue to challenge the traditional views of what girls and women can achieve and we have an excellent track-record of our students entering into further education. Research into girls’ self-confidence and self-esteem in their adolescent years shows that, in a co-educational environment, that boys have a higher degree of these qualities than girls.  However, this is not the case in an all girls’ school – it is much higher. 


We instil in our students the knowledge that they are equal and that nothing is beyond their reach if they work hard for it.  Every leadership position here is held by a girl and our students won’t see a glass ceiling. Your daughters are more likely to be confident in their own abilities than they would be in a co-educational environment.


Like all government schools, MGSC has a designated neighborhood zone. However, we take a significant number of students from well beyond our local area with students travelling from over 71 different suburbs. Our students travel from places such as Somerville, Frankston, Port Melbourne, Elwood, Dingley Village, South Melbourne, Chadstone, Keysborough and the list goes on. For this reason, we encourage families to apply no matter where they live. As the only government girls’ school in the south eastern suburbs we feel we have a responsibility to fulfil the needs of families seeking to enrol their daughters in an affordable and high achieving government girls’ school regardless of whether they live in the zone or not.    


Our reputation for providing a learning environment where every girl from everywhere can experience success is based on fact and is visible in our results. The proof of our effectiveness is in our results. Our NAPLAN results are excellent compared with the state average. Our VCE results remain consistently above the state average with the number of students receiving a VCE ATAR over 90 having doubled in the last two years. 


Whilst co-educational schools may offer girls’ only mathematics and science classes to encourage girls into these subjects, we provide this to all of our students every single day. 


But as they say in the commercials, there is more. MGSC is regarded as one of the top five sport schools in the state. We have developed a strong sporting culture over the past 15 years to be now regarded as the top single sex sport school in the state. Over the past eight years, we have had state finalists in football, soccer, netball, badminton, hockey, squash, tennis, softball, basketball, cross country, swimming, athletics, diving, golf, aerobics and cycling.


We look forward to completing our new projects of the STEAM Centre and the all-weather running track by the end of the year so that our current and future students will have access to more state-of-the-art facilities.


Kind regards

Linda Brown 

College Matters

Student Attitudes to School Survey 2019


At MGSC we value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing, and quality instruction, and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School Survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. We will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child’s schooling experience.

Students from Years 7 to 12 at our school will participate in the survey. Your child will complete the survey online during school hours using a purpose built secure online survey tool.  It is important to note that we are not in any way “testing” your child. Your child has the right to refuse or withdraw from the survey at any point before, during, or after completion of the survey.


Your child will be provided with a unique login to complete the survey. The student login is an assigned identifier that may be used to link data for statistical and research purposes only. All responses to the survey are kept anonymous in the response file. Personal identification data will not be recorded in the survey response file. This ensures that the confidentiality of your child’s responses is protected at all times.


This year the Attitudes to School survey will be conducted at our school over the period Friday 10 May to Friday 7 June. The survey only takes up to 20 minutes to complete and occurs during your child’s class time.

The survey results will be reported back to the school before the end of term 2. All survey data that is made available in reports are for groups of students only so that no individual student can be identified.


Last year we used the survey results to inform our Strategic Review (our 4 year action plan. We have incorporated more student voice, through a revised student leadership structure. We have also increased the number of surveys that we are asking teachers to complete in the their classes. The questions they are asking are taken directly from the 2018 Student Attitudes to School survey in key areas where the responses indicated that we needed to improve.


If you would like more information about this survey, please contact Bronwyn Moline at the school or visit:


Garden Working Bee 

There will be a Friends of the MGSC Garden community  working bee on Saturday 18 May from 9am to noon. If you can commit to a small amount of time and bring a wheelbarrow, shovel and rake, we will be focusing on mulching, planting and weeding. Come to vote. Stay to garden.  Please RSVP to Carol Duggan on  [email protected] by Tuesday 14 May.


Parents and Friends’ Association (PFA)

MGSC Open Evening - Tuesday 30 April

The PFA provided assistance by answering questions from prospective parents and serving tea and coffee in the JLC. Thanks to Ales, Elizabeth, Michelle, Rosa, Sam and Sujo for their assistance.


PFA funds - FlipRobot competition

The PFA is funding the purchase of 10 robots so our Year 7 to 10 students can enter the FlipRobot competition, as part of our STEAM program. The robots can then be used in Digital Technology classes. This will benefit the school for the future, and will help to promote opportunities for women in robotics.


Next PFA meeting - Tuesday 16 July at 7pm

At the meeting we will be discussing:

  • using PFA funds to support school initiatives
  • ideas for more social events

All parents are welcome to attend.

Mid-year exams

Year 11 Exams: Friday 31 May to Friday 7 June

Year 10 Exams:  Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June (this includes Year 10s doing a Year 11 subject)

Year 9 Exams: Monday 3 June to Friday 7 June

No drop offs inside school grounds

Parents and families are reminded that students are not to be dropped off or picked up inside the school grounds. This applies at all times, including early morning. The additional traffic poses a safety risk to students and staff. Please use the designated drop off zones in Charman and Balcombe Roads. 

Free dental checkup for eligible students

For further information please contact Sue Gravina (First Aid) [email protected]

Carol Duggan & Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals

Student Leadership

Anzac Day memorial service

On Sunday 21 April  I had the pleasure of attending the Anzac memorial service held in Beaumaris together with Annie Zhou (Senior EAL leader) and Lily West (Middle School Captain). It was a lovely service with a very strong sense of local community demonstrated by strong attendance. Both students enjoyed taking part in the afternoon laying a wreath and the three books donated by the school.

We have since received acknowledgement from the Beaumaris RSL for taking part in the annual ANZAC Commemorative March and Service.  The books we donated and laid on the Cenotaph have been donated to various local schools.


VASGSC  Year 10 Student led conference, 2019

The two Year 10 student representatives working as part of the planning team for the conference are Lily West (Middle School Captain) and Nisha Makam (Middle School Languages Leader). Both students travelled to Geelong Tech last week to attend the first planning day for the conference hosted by Mathew Flinders Girls’ College. These students are working with pairs of students from each of the seven government girls’ colleges to organise and execute a full day conference for just over 100 students to be held in September. Thanks to Sian Sharpe (SRC Coordinator) for accompanying the students for this first trip.

Student leadership conference opportunities.

On May 23, a group of student leaders will attend the World Vision Youth Conference.  The World Vision Youth Conference is an immersive one-day experience designed to inspire and empower current and emerging student leaders to become active global citizens and a voice for justice in the world.

Reaching thousands of students across Australia, the conference supports learning outcomes that align with the Australian Curriculum and will also support programs within our Personal Learning curriculum Years 7 to 10.


Students come from all over the state to attend this event to develop the confidence to put their skills into action by leading this year’s 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge here at MGSC.

SRC Fundraising 



Through the World's Greatest Shave the SRC and MGSC community raised over $2000 for blood disorder cancers. Congratulations to the three students and one teacher with warm hearts and cold heads who gave up their crowning glory for a very worthy cause.  Well done Marko Berkhourt, Amethyst Parlanti and Matilda Liu who took the shave and Derinsu Bulut for donating her long hair.  More thanks to the  Ms Sian Sharpe, Charlotte Stokes (Year 9)  and our skilled volunteer professional hairdresser, Brigette Dixon. 


The SRC will be supporting young people and their families going through cancer treatments with their 'Go Grey in May' Free Dress Day at the end of the month.

VIC SRC Congress – July 9 - 11

We have the opportunity to send three delegates to the VIC SRC Congress again this year. Congress is the annual three-day explosion of student voice! Students gather from all around the state to talk about the biggest issues in education and how students want to work together to fix them.

In 2019 Congress is being held on the 9, 10 and 11 of July at Ormond College, part of The University of Melbourne. The cost of attending this conference will be covered by the school for up to three students; however, a firm commitment to attend is required with delegate tickets costing $210 each. Delegate ticket price includes accommodation, meals, delegate pack and t-shirt. Any interested students should have a look at the details via the link below and contact Ms Harvey. Tickets for this event will sell out fast.


Wendy Harvey

Director of Student Leadership & Engagement


NAPLAN will be conducted online this year and run over two weeks. 


Year 7 testing is on Tuesday 14 May, Thursday 16 May, Tuesday 21 May and Thursday 23 May.

Year 9 testing is on Wednesday 15 May, Friday 17 May, Monday 20 May and Wednesday 22 May. 


All sessions will take place during periods 1 and 3 in the JLC. Students will be asked to enter through specific doors - see below. 


Students are expected to bring the following materials to the NAPLAN tests.

  • A charged device with the lock down browser installed.
  • A set of headphones for each test except reading (Airpods are acceptable).
  • A pen / pencil (used for working out or planning, anything handwritten will not be assessed).
  • A book to read if they finish early. .

All other books and materials should be placed in lockers. 


The testing schedule is: 




Period 1

Period 3

Tuesday 14 May


7A, 7B, 7C, 7G

7D, 7E, 7F

Wednesday 15 May


9A, 9B, 9C, 9D

9E, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9I

Thursday 16 May


7A, 7B, 7C, 7G

7D, 7E, 7F

Friday 17 May


9A, 9B, 9C, 9D

9E, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9I

Monday 20 May

Conventions of Language

9A, 9B, 9C, 9D

9E, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9I

Tuesday 21 May

Conventions of Language

7A, 7B, 7C, 7G

7D, 7E, 7F

Wednesday 22 May


9A, 9B, 9C, 9D

9E, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9I

Thursday 23 May


7A, 7B, 7C, 7G

7D, 7E, 7F



Entry points

  • 7A enter via door near J3
  • 7B enter via door near J5
  • 7C enter via door near tennis courts
  • 7G enter via door near courtyard shade cloths
  • 7D enter via door near J3
  • 7E enter via door near J5
  • 7F enter via door near courtyard shade cloths
  • 9A enter via door near J3
  • 9B enter via door near J5
  • 9C enter via door near tennis courts
  • 9D enter via door near courtyard shade cloths
  • 9E enter via door near J3
  • 9F enter via door near J5
  • 9G enter via door near tennis courts
  • 9H enter via door near courtyard shade cloths
  • 9I enter via door near courtyard shade cloths


If a student misses a test for any reason the student and parent(s) will be contacted by email with the date of a catch up session. These will typically occur during a Period 4 lesson. 


For more information about NAPLAN Online, please visit the VCAA website at or the NAP website at If you have any concerns or queries with regards to NAPLAN, please contact Bronwyn Moline (Assistant Principal) via email [email protected]


Rochelle Dickson
Director of Assessment and Analytics

Junior School News

Welcome back to term 2 

I hope you all had a rested break.


Open Evening was a success last week and the Junior School students who were involved in the night did a great job. Their roles ranged from tour guides, speakers or subject helpers and the parents were very impressed by their confidence and knowledge. Thank you to all of the teachers who contributed to this night.


The Junior School has a busy term coming up. Everyone should have received an email which has an outline of the topics the students will be covering throughout their subjects this term. We have Year 8  camp in week 5, interschool sport and some incursions planned for both Year 7 and 8.

Year 8 Camp

We are all looking forward to the Year 8 camp coming up in week 5 of this term. All permission forms should have now been submitted. It is time to start checking the clothing list and to start putting aside older clothes that can get dirty, ready to pack for camp.


If you would like to watch a video clip on the camp please go to


Emma Holman

Director of Junior School 

Middle School News

Year 10 Work Experience

Year 10 students have immersed themselves in their work experience this week and we have had lots of positive feedback from students and employers. A number of students have expressed interest in potential job opportunities in the field they have chosen and this has given students wonderful insight into potential career pathways as they move towards the subject selection process for their VCE courses next year.

Year 10 Camps

Itineraries have been finalised and sent out to students to share with their families for both the Central Australia and Tasmania trips in June. There will be school meetings for students in the lead up to camp to go over important information including departure times and packing lists.

Year 9 City Experience

Year 9 students will be heading into the city in August for their city immersion experience  from 19 to 21 August. Students will be travelling into the city by train with their classes and participating in a range of activities throughout the city, staying in the city for the two nights. This provides students with a great opportunity to navigate their way around the CBD as well as learn a lot about Melbourne’s history and culture. 


Further information will be sent out to families shortly, including payment information. Payments of $245 will be due by the second last week of Term 2.


Deb Jarvis

Director of Middle School 


Steam newsletter is here

Congratulations to the STEAM Domain leaders and especially Casey Boswell for the successful launch of their newsletter.  To subscribe email [email protected] 

CSIRO STEM professionals

MGSC has been partnered with David Manallack for the CSIRO STEM professionals in schools. David is a  Senior Lecturer in Chemistry and Pharmacy at Monash University.  David gave a presentation to two Year 7 Science classes in which Chemistry was explored through the elements of the periodic table, pharmaceuticals, and common molecules. Here are some of the student's responses: 


I found it interesting. I learnt about what he does in his job. I liked how he explained everything as it was easy to understand and how he let us contribute. I enjoy learning about Chemistry.

Sriya Amara


The talk was very informative. I found it interesting because he was funny and kept us engaged. I learnt about different particles and the periodic table of elements. The best part was building the particles.

Ella Bennett


I found it very interesting and also learnt a lot!

I learnt more elements of the periodic table and also learnt more about cells and different medicines.

The best part for me was listing all the medicines and learning all about them.

I also think David was very entertaining and that helped when trying to learn these new things!

Ana Botsioulis


In the talk with David Manallack we got involved with activities, such as creating our own molecules, and discovered facts about how certain molecules are formed and how the particles within them act. I found it quite interesting and learned some new things along the way. Everyone got involved and had an input towards the activities and we all enjoyed our time during this session.

Ava Gryszan


I did learn a lot more than I thought I would have and it was very interesting to say the least. I learnt about new elements in the periodic table that I had never known existed. I think the best part was making the atoms with the kit, I also quite enjoyed the talk he gave - it was interesting, fun and precise.

Amira Jolly


I found the Chemistry talk very interesting because I learnt that there are so many different types of medicines that are all essentially made from the same thing. Definitely the best part was at the start, when we were naming all of the elements on the periodic table, and I knew a lot of them, but I had no idea that there was just so many of them!!

Ella Macdonald


It was quite interesting learning some new things about the periodic table and how many of those elements we need to stay healthy. I liked making atoms.

Isabelle Newell


I found it interesting that the elements of the periodic table had different names instead of the initial e.g. FE = Iron. I learnt that molecules look much different e.g. H2O = having 3 molecules 2 hydrogen and 1 oxygen. My favourite part was when we got to play with molecules kits!

Sammy Roberts


I found the part about the molecule sizes very interesting. I never knew about some of the different types of medicines. I would say that the best part was the free handouts! But I also really enjoyed making my own molecules. I like how he got the group of 10 girls to act like atoms it was more interesting than just talking about atoms moving!

Jemimah Stewart


I thought that the talk was informative and interesting. I learnt that (from Alyssa’s drug questions) lots of drugs are used for medicinal purposes and not just for “other reasons”. The best part was the free stuff.

Wendy Wang



Dahli Briedis

STEAM Domain Leader 

My Migrant Story

Year 9 project

The Year 9 My Migrant Story project was filled with stories and journeys of people from different backgrounds and cultures. We had four weeks to work on our project before our diligence and hard work were on display. The Year 9 students came and presented their ancestor' stories, for the school to enjoy.


Let me tell you my migrant’s story.

On the 27 February, we received our assignments. To be completely honest I had no idea of what to do. I had so many ideas rushing around in my head, but I just couldn’t put it down on paper. However, with help from my Humanities teacher, Ms Smith, I was able to come up with an idea. We had the choice of what artefact we were going to use, to display our piece. I chose to use a suitcase. Thanks to my best friend, who had previously done the same assignment the year before, and was able to lend me her family's suitcase, that was actually used when her Aunt migrated. It was perfect! Using a suitcase, I felt, would give a more personal effect for my project. For this project we were to research a family member that migrated, however, due to unfortunate circumstances I was not able to do my own family. On the other hand, I was able to explore the story of a very intellectual woman from Vietnam, named Tan Le, who immigrated in 1940.

After I chose my person, I filled my suitcase with similar belongings that she may have brought over with her, from Vietnam, like an Ao Dai (traditional Vietnamese dress and pants), a traditional straw hat, a teddy bear and a diary. To make the diary I bound some pieces of paper together with string - like they did in the olden days - and then used a wet tea bag to dampen the pages. This created an old and worn-out effect. Then on the night I dressed the part thanks to a good friend of mine who is Vietnamese, and had a few outfits that she lent to me to wear.


Doing this project, helped to shed a light on what some migrants have to face when migrating to other countries. In the case of my migrant she and her family had to face the daily fear, of whether they were going to be attacked by pirates, raped or even killed. Most who live in Westernised communities can often take for granted the easier life that we live. Most of us don’t live our day wondering if we’ll have food to eat, clothes to wear and a home to take shelter. But a lot do.


India Fairweather  (Year 9) 


Theatre Productions

Year 10 Drama 

Year 10 Drama students present

An Evening with Noel - three short plays by Noel Coward

Wednesday 15 May to Saturday 18 May at 7.30pm

Nina Carr Hall

All tickets $5

Bookings are essential

There are no ticket sales at the door and seating is limited.

Book through

Year 12 Theatre Studies

Year 12 Theatre Studies presents 

Much Ado About Nothing 

Wednesday 22 May to Saturday 25 May at 7.30pm

Nina Carr Hall

Tickets $8  & $5 concession

Bookings are essential

There are no ticket sales at the door and seating is limited

Book through


Music & Performance 

House Performance 

Rehearsals are underway for the competition on Monday 13 May at 10.30am. The very special adjudicator is Alicia Gardiner.  House Music has evolved into House Performance and include a choral work, ensemble piece, music soloists, dance and performance.  It will be a feast of MGSC music and performance talent. 

Upcoming music events

Monday 13 May - House Performance 


Wednesday 29 May – Junior Music Showcase (Year 7 Band, Year 8 Band, Junior Strings, Junior Guitar Ensemble & All Star Choir)


Wednesday 5 June – Music Soiree (Soloists and small groups)


1 – 7 July – Senior Music Tour to New Zealand


1 – 3 August – Music Camp (All students who take part in the music program are invited to attend)


Tuesday 27 August – Winter Concert (All ensembles)


Wednesday 4 September – Vocal Night


Tuesday 10 September – Mentone RSL (Funkadelics/Stage Band/Guitar Ensembles)


Wednesday 18 September – Music and Theatre Soiree (Soloists and small groups)


Thursday 10 October – Grade 6 Information Night (Year 8 Band)


Tuesday 15 October – Grade 6 Music Information Night (Year 7 Band)


Tuesday 10 December – Orientation Day (Year 7 Band and All Star Choir)


Tim Veevers

Director of Performing Arts 

Top Designs 2019

Top Designs celebrates the innovation and creative problem-solving of Victoria's youngest designers and features the work of outstanding VCE and VET design students. The work of two 2018 Year 12 students are included in Top Designs 2019 -  Nicola Reeves' Media work '...So a vegetarian walks into a BBQ' and Helena Ces' visual communication design project using dog accessories. 


Their very proud teachers Lisa Blumenstein and Jessica Rogosic attended the opening with Linda Brown. They were delighted to catch up with our former students and see their work expertly displayed. Current Media and design students followed days after for their own special tour of the exhibition.  


Top Designs 2019 runs until 14 July at the Melbourne Museum.


Lauren Caridi

Head of Digital Technology


The 2019  competitive season has begun.


On Monday 29 April our seven teams, one pair and three soloists performed to their families and parents. This showcase also served as a dress rehearsal before the first competition on Saturday 4 May. The work of the students and coaches paid off. The quality of the competition was extremely high and the Aerobics team achieved outstanding results. 


Five teams and two singles are through to state finals on  Saturday 1 June. Congratulations to all performers: 

Stage 1 - Sparklers 

Stage 2 - Masters 

Stage 2 - Invincibles (Year 12 team) 

Stage 3 - Dynamos 

Stage 3 - Supernaturals 

Singles - Tara Ash & Bella D’Adamo 


Tess Molina

Aerobics Coordinator 



Welcome back to a busy term in our sporting calendar.


On Tuesday 30 April the Senior Netball teams competed in their round robin. Both teams came away as the overall winners and will now play in the SMR Round Robin in July.


On Wednesday 1 May the Year 7 Volleyball team accompanied by Mr Hall competed at the Southern Metropolitan Regional Finals and the Year 8 Volleyball players accompanied by Mrs Mathews competed on Thursday 2nd May. Although all played well and gave it a shot on the court the results at the end of the day did not reflect this.


On Thursday 2 May the AFL teams played in the Beachside round robin with a junior (Year 7 & 8), Intermediate (Year 9 & 10) and a Senior (Year 11 & 12) team. Congratulations to all players involved for the good sportsmanship displayed on the field throughout the day. The Intermediate team have successfully qualified to compete in the next round. Thank you to the following staff coaches for braving the wet conditions – Mr Day, Ms Sharpe, Ms Jager, Ms Kosack and Mr Hull.

On Wednesday 8 May, the Year 8 Softball team competed in the Southern Metropolitan Regional Finals accompanied by Mrs Harvey. Good luck to the Year 7 tennis team accompanied by Ms Holman playing on Friday 10 May. 


As the colder months approach together with the winter based sports, students are reminded that correct PE uniform is still expected when heading out to represent the college. No additional items such as hoodies or leggings are permitted and will be confiscated for the day if they do appear. In the instance that uniform items are provided to students, a sign out sheet is recorded with the staff coach with the expectation that these items are then returned at the conclusion of the day to be washed.

Please continue to keep an eye out on Compass and your emails for sport related information as the term rolls on.


Congratulations to Cara Jenkins for competing at the Nationals Swimming Competition over the holidays. Before the meet Cara hoped to “make finals in one or both of the backstroke events which means I will swim again in the evening BUT more importantly I just wants to enjoy my last meet”.


Cara had a wonderful attitude after the meet: "Nationals didn’t exactly go to plan. The results weren’t what I aspired for, but I had so much fun and wouldn’t trade it for the world! Goodbyes were extremely hard to give as this was my last meet!" 


Congratulations on an impressive swimming career while at MGSC. 

Ilana Parker

Interschool Sport Coordinator


MGSC 2019 School swimming sports was held early in Term 1, many girls excelled on the day.

 2019 MGSC age level champions are:

13 age level Jenna Morley (Year 7)

14 age level Matilda Pettersson (Year 8)

15 age level Georgia Macmillan and Mya Winnell (Year 9) 

16 age level Maia Lafferty (Year 10)

17 age level Cara Jenkins (Year 11)

18 age level Ayannah Blazek (Year 12) 


These girls will be recognised at a school assembly later in the year. 


Beachside Division

Beachside Division swimming was held on Thursday 28 March at MSAC. Thank you to Mr Julian Day who took seven of our students. Eva Byrden came first in both of her races; 16-20 years freestyle 200m and 17 years breaststroke 50m. Georgia Macmillan  came second in both of her races; 12-15 years freestyle 100m and 12-20 years freestyle 400m. Megan Blignaut, Eva Byrden, Gabby Hall and Jemma Johnson came third in the 17-20 years medley relay. Gabby Hall, Pia Gade, Poppy Ward and Jemma Johnson came third in the 18-20 years freestyle relay.


Huge congratulations to all girls involved.


Fiona Faulkes

Carnivals Coordinator

Celebrating student success

National Champion

Congratulations to Emily Ryan (Year 10) who is the national U17 discus and U17 shot put champion. Emily competed at Australia Junior Track and Field Championships held in Sydney at the start of April. Winning both events makes her the under age national champion in two events.  This is a fantastic achievement. We look forward to following more of Emily's athletic exploits. 

Local Heroes

At the end of last term students Lucy Webster (Year 7) and Tash Scandizzo (Year 9) helped an elderly man on their way home from school.  Mr Healey had fallen heavily breaking his shoulder and collarbone. They propped him up (he was quite disorientated), called an ambulance and waited with him until his wife and medical assistance arrived. Mrs Healey was very impressed and thankful for their calm and thoughtful  responsive in a difficult situation.  Thanks Tash and Lucy for representing our school so well.  


2020 Year 7 

Year 7 2020, Enhancement Program 

A reminder that applications for the Year 7 2020 Enhancement Program close next week. This may affected families already in our community or anyone you know considering joining MGSC and the Enhancement Program next year.   


Applications close Monday 13 May

Entry Testing is Saturday 18 May


For more information about the Enhancement Program see the website or contact Mr Sam Haines, Director of Curriculum and Enhancement on [email protected] 

See our school zone online

The Department has released a new website that helps parents identify their local public school online. launched in April and shows every school zone across the state. The new website highlights the choice of public schools available to the Victorian community.


Earn & Learn

Collect your stickers 

MGSC is participating in the Woolworth's 'Earn and Learn' promotion.  The money raised will go towards art and technology supplies and resources.  We would be most appreciative of any stickers collected. There is a collection box at the General Office.  The program runs for the next few months. 


Amy Willett

Acting Visual Arts Domain Leader

In our community

Free tutoring 

Fridays 4 to 6pm at Highett Neighbourhood Community House. 


St Hilda's Open Day 

Saturday 25 May, 11am to 1pm 
A great opportunity to discover St Hilda's residential College offerings, meet our students and see our facilities firsthand. Visit for more information



Have your say!

The City of Kingston needs your feedback on how it spends its multi-million dollar budget.


Come along to an information session on Wednesday 15 May at 6pm where Kingston’s CEO will be available to answer your questions.   Register here:


Can't make it? You’ll also be able to have your say and make a formal submission online from Wednesday 8 May at: yourkingstonyoursay/2019budget


School information 

General Office

8.15am to 4.15pm

Monday to Friday 

Tel 03 9581 5200

Principal Team & Sub-School Directors

Principal - Linda Brown

Assistant Principal - Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principal - Carol Duggan


Director of Junior School - Emma Holman

Director of Middle School - Deb Jarvis

Director of  Senior School - Sylvia Christopoulos

Attendance & Absences

Students should aim for a 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 are asked to use Compass to log absences. 

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 VCE student returns and handed into the VCE Office. 

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.


It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school every day. Learn about your responsibilities and what you can do to help your child's attendance. Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 -17 years. School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams.

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. 

For more information see:  DET Attendance and missing school.


Second Hand Uniform Shop hours:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Friday  8.15am - 9.15am

Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank transfer.

Please label all items for the second-hand uniform shop clearly with: 

  • Seller's name and contact details
  • BSB and Account Number

Please hand in items to the General Office.  If you have any financial queries please, contact the school. 


Official Uniform Supplier  

Bob Stewart Uniform Specialist Mentone 

93 Balcombe Road, Mentone

T:  9036 7367

Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm & Saturdays 9.30am - 12.30pm

Assessment & Reporting

A parents' guide to assessment and reporting can be found on Compass under School Documentation, which is located in the Community tab on the menu at the top of the page. The guide is also on the website under the Curriculum tab.  Guide for parents.

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 Peterson, Facilities Manager on 9581 5200.

Drop offs & pick ups

Students should be dropped off and collected from the designated zones on Balcombe Road and Charman Road. For safety reasons, they must not be dropped off inside the school grounds. 


Online ordering is available through the canteen operators, Bocca Foods. Orders must be placed before 10am on the same day and receive a 5% discount. Register at

  1. Select “Register now” to register yourself as a parent account.
  2. You will be required to complete all relevant details within the parent account before selecting to register your child/children. This will ensure that we have a way of contacting you should it be required for any reason.
  3. Select the checkbox “I will l be ordering for multiple students” (Even if you will only be ordering for 1 child).
  4. And select “Add Student”.
  5. Complete their details ensuring you select the correct school for your child, (multiple schools can be entered for multiple children) and fill in their year level and class information.
  6. Here you should also complete any relevant dietary requirements or options that will ensure the food provided to your child meets their specific needs.
  7. Once completed select “Save” and you are ready to begin ordering.

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover and private property brought to

Parents are reminded that the Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.

Statement of commitment to child safety 

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has zero tolerance for child abuse. Mentone Girls’ Secondary College is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.  Please refer to our policies on our website: for detailed information.

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