Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

21 July 2017
Issue Ten
Important Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Sub School News
Subject Matters
Year 7 Excursion
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Important Dates


Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 July 

Music Camp 


Monday 24 July

6pm, Year 9 into Year 10 Information Evening

VCE Theatre Studies Excursion


Tuesday 25 July

Intermediate Round Robin

Year 12 Biology Excursion

6pm, VCE Information Evening


Wednesday 26 July

6pm, Year 8 into Year 9 Information Evening


Thursday 27 July 

Dare 2B Year 11 Leadership Conference 


Monday 31 July 

9am, School Tour

VCE Media Excursion

Victorian School Music Festival  - Concert Band


Wednesday 2  to Friday 4 August

Year 9 Camp - City Experience 


Friday 4 August

Year 10 Course Counselling 

Year 10 Social 


Monday 7 August

Victorian School Music Festival - Symphonic Band


Tuesday 8 August

College Assembly


Friday 11 August

Year 8 Humanities Excursion


Friday 18 August

Year 8 Round Robin


Wednesday 23 August

Year 7 Round Robin

Winter Concert


Thursday 24 August

9am, School Tour


Friday 25 August

Free Dress Day - Footy Theme


Tuesday 29 August

1.30pm to 8pm, Parent Teacher Student Interviews


Wednesday 30 August  to Friday 1 September 

Year 10 Camp 



Thursday 14 to Thursday 28 September

Japan Study Tour


Wednesday 20 September

VCE Recital Evening


Friday 22 September

Term 3 ends

Principal's Message

Welcome to Term 3


Dear Parents/Guardians 


I hope your daughters had a restful and re-energising break and have returned ready to embark on Term 3.


We welcome back from leave Ekaterina Xanthopoulos, Helen Perks, Martine McLeod and Rebecca Poulos and we welcome (or re-welcome) new staff Jan Tallarida/Peter Box, Monica Meng, Meral Simsek, Danielle Tankovich, Sarah Jacobs, Alexia Samiotis and Rebecca Ford who are replacing the following staff on leave, Randy Marshall, Leah Liakos, Adrianna Welniak, Allan Trigellis-Smith, Geoff Earle (from late Term 2), Viv Tate and Peter Blick respectively. I would also like to echo Linda Brown’s sentiments in congratulating David Russell on his appointment to the principal position at Parkdale SC and wishing him all the best.

Congratulations also to the following staff members for their appointments as Student Managers for Term 3 – Emily Price, Year 9 and Mel Erwin, Year 12. They are looking forward to supporting their cohorts of students.


This term, a number of international students will be enrolling in our English Language Centre, prior to embarking on undertaking their VCE next year. Our International Student Program enhances the college through recognising and celebrating our ties with the broader educational community. Linda Brown and Doanvy Roberts, our International Student Program Coordinator, are currently undertaking a recruitment drive in Vietnam and Thailand. Their visits to agents and expos are going well and we hope to welcome students from these countries to MGSC next year.


Now that we have completed the Semester 1 assessment and reporting process, we are seeking your feedback via this quick survey, which we are asking you to complete by Monday 24 July:


There is a similar survey for the students:

Your comments will help us to refine our assessment and reporting processes.


The process for subject selection begins soon. The Year 8 and 9 student sessions will be held during Personal Learning time, providing detail about the elective subjects being offered in 2018. The parent information sessions will be held next week:

  • Monday 24 July – Year 9 into 10
  • Tuesday 25 July – VCE Information/Expo Evening
  • Wednesday 26 July – Year 8 into 9

All sessions commence at 6pm in the Nina Carr Lecture Theatre. 


We look forward to seeing you at these sessions to help your daughter to make informed decisions about her educational pathway.

We wish our Music staff and students a successful Music camp from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 July as they prepare for the upcoming Winter Concert. I know parents always look forward to their performance on the Saturday afternoon.


Wishing everyone a productive term.


Bronwyn Moline

Acting Principal



College Matters


As was recently announced by Linda Brown via Compass Newsfeed I have been offered and have accepted the position of Principal at Parkdale Secondary College.  The timeframe of this appointment was very short and meant that I did not return to MGSC at the start of Term 3.

I take this opportunity to thank all members of the MGSC community for their support over the last two and a half years in my role as Assistant and Acting Principal.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at MGSC and wish everyone the best for the future.

David Russell 

Assistant Principal

School Council Report

This is my first year on the Mentone Girls’ Secondary College Council. My daughter Madison is in Year 11 having transferred across from Kilbreda College for the 2017 academic year, due to the wider range of subjects Mentone Girls’ offers. I have been most impressed with the workings of the Council, with the insights and input from the Principal, Assistant Principals and staff and parent representatives.

Being on the School Council provides a greater appreciation of what the College achieves on a daily basis, a snapshot of examples include:

  • The recent 10 Year Reunion indicates a strong alumni of past students wishing to remain connected to the College.
  • Mentone Girls’ association with both the Alliance of State Girls’ Schools and Alliance of Girls’ Schools (State and Independent) strengthens the College’s focus on how young women learn best.
  • Recent Performing Arts events.
  • The Year 7 Famous Women in History Expo.
  • A visit to the College by local Member of Parliament Murray Thompson.
  • The mid-year exams and student reports.
  • On-going ground and building works.

I would encourage all parents to support the initiatives of the Principal and her Management Team.


Paul Thorne

Parent Member, School Council 


International Student Program

Again we have another exciting week as our new students from China commence in the ELC for their intensive English language learning. At the same time, a Study Abroad student from Brazil, Mariana Amaral do Prado Castro, will begin Year 11 classes. Mariana will be with us for six months. The College will have the opportunity to welcome our new students at the next assembly, however, I know that the whole school community will welcome our new students and support them in the coming weeks.

Last week, both Ms Brown (Principal) and Ms Roberts (International Studenet Coordinator) departed for two weeks to Vietnam to advertise our College to potential international students, parents and agents. This is our first time to Vietnam, and we wish them a safe and successful venture.


Ekaterina Xanthopoulos

ISP and ELC Manager

Disabled parking on grounds

There are two disabled parking bays in the main carpark. They are needed and frequently used by MGSC families with official disabled parking permits. Please only park in signed disabled bays if you have an official disabled parking permit. There are four visitor parking spots in the main carpark and many short and long term parking options on Charman Road. 


Sub School News

Middle School

We hope the Middle School students have returned to school well rested after their two week break. Term 3 is a busy term in the Middle School with Course Counselling for Year 9 and 10, Year 9 City Experience, the Year 10 Social and Year 10 Camp.

Course Counselling

Year 9 students and parents will need to attend a Year 9 into Year 10 information evening on Monday 24 July at 6pm in the Lecture Theatre. This evening will provide families with information about subject choices for Year 10 and how to submit these into the online system.

Year 10 students will need to attend a Year 10 into Year 11 information evening on Tuesday 25 July at 6pm on the Lecture Theatre.  They will be informed about the VCE Course selection process and student's personalised instructions and log on details for the web preferences. ollowed by a subject Expo in the VCE area where students and parents can speak with subject teachers. There will also be a number or tertiary organisations represented who can also answer questions regarding post-secondary study options.

Year 10 Course Counselling Day

This will be held on Friday 4 August. Students have been able to access their appointment time with their course counselling teacher. The counselling session provides students and their parent opportunity to discuss subject selection with the course counsellor before final submission of subject choices is required by the end of the day. Students should be considering their pathway post-secondary school and looking to choose subjects that are prerequisites for tertiary entry, or subjects which cover a number of options they may be considering. Students should take the opportunity to meet with Rebecca Poulos, Career and Pathways Manager,  to discuss their options and any questions they may have. It is compulsory for all students to attend their course counselling appointment. Students who do not attend their appointment will not be able to attend the Year 10 Social that evening.

Year 9 City Experience - Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 August

The City Experience is fast approaching.  Students will need to make their own way to Sandringham Station on the  Wednesday morning.  More information about arrangements to meet at the station and their itinerary will be distributed soon. 


Deb Jarvis

Middle School Leader


Senior  School 

Welcome to Mel Erwin who is replacing Leah Liakos while she is on Long Service Leave. Mel will partner Emma Holman managing the second half of the Year 12 students.

This is a very busy term for all the students and teachers. Year 12 students are heading toward the completion of their studies and revision for the VCAA exams in Term 4.

By the end of the first week Years 10 and 11 students will be able to access the handbook to start their investigations for the 2018 academic year.  At the information evening on Tuesday 25 July they will be informed about the VCE Course selection process and student's personalised instructions and log on details for the web preferences. After a short formal presentation the students and parents will be able to visit an Expo in the VCE Centre. There will be representatives from various tertiary institutions and VCE teachers available to answer any questions.

We wish everyone a productive and satisfying term.


Sylvia Christopoulos

Senior School Leader

Subject Matters


This term, in addition to studying texts, all students in Year 7 to Year 10 will have some emphasis placed on public speaking in preparation for the traditional competition which will occur early in Term 4. Year 10s will study a novel in conjunction with First World War poetry, which will help them in respect of the new VCE study design.


Anne Gamble

English  Domain Leader



Planning for Improvements   

We hope all ourMmaths students enjoyed a great break over the school holidays and are now ready to embrace the challenges of Semester 2 and the final 100 school days of the year.  Planning for improvements at school involves a number of key actions.  These include students:

  • Reflecting on their school reports and taking note of what has been done well and the suggested areas for improvement.
  • Setting up specific actions and targets to implement these improvements.
  • Working with teachers and fellow students to assist in these endeavours.
  • Spending time to reflect on progress towards these goals.
  • Asking for advice and assistance as they go.

Many students find it difficult performing well in exams and have this as a common area for improvement.  Some of our students only experienced their first formal exams in June this year.  Whatever the situation, having a plan and preparing well for exams is a skill students refine over their years at school.  As they progress into Semester 2 studies, we ask all students to reflect on their study habits and target improvements related to preparations for tests and exams.

All our VCE Year 12 Maths students should be continuing to prepare for their end of year exams. They can access trial and past VCAA exams and support video tutorials via our MGSC Maths Google and Classroom sites.  Teachers will also be preparing revision packages for each of our Year 12 Maths subjects.


ICAS Maths Competition

We are keen to involve our students in a range of Maths competitions. This exposes them to some very useful exam type conditions and a rich set of more challenging maths problems. A key element of this co-curricular program is the ICAS Maths Competition which involves thousands of students from across Australasia. This will be held during Period 2 on Tuesday 15 August 2017, with participation from our Year 7 to Year 10 students.  Specific papers are set for each year level. They comprise 35 multiple choice  and five free response questions to be completed in 60 minutes. (Year 7 without calculators, others with calculators). Students are able to practise using resources on this site


Maths Domain Team

Maths Makes a Real Difference

Year 7 Excursion

Our day at the Melbourne Museum

On Wednesday 14 June 2017, the Year 7s went on an excursion to the Melbourne Museum. The day consisted of fun activities and visits to the different exhibitions. Some different exhibitions were the Human Body Exhibition, Melbourne Story Exhibition, Ancient World Exhibition, Wild Exhibition and the Forest Gallery Exhibition.


At the Melbourne Story Gallery we explored the old Melbourne townhouses. My favourite part about this exhibition was how vivid and real the houses were. This was shown by how the information was provided throughout the rooms in the houses.

At the Human Body Exhibition we were asked to answer some questions about the interesting side of the gallery. My favourite part of this display was how the information was shown though the fun and creative activities. For example there were mirrors that changed your height and shape.


In the Wild Exhibition we picked one animal and discovered all about; its scientific name, diet, native environment and native habitat. In the Forest Gallery Exhibition our activity was to select a plant that appealed to us and discover its common and biological name, which part of the world it was native to, what environment conditions it thrives in, its appearance, main threats and any other interesting information we could find.


Overall I highly enjoyed the Melbourne Museum excursion and enthusiastically agree that in the future the Year 7 students and teachers should do it again.


By Cassidy Jackson 7D


Cross Country 

Millie Belleville (Year 9) competed at the Victorian All Schools Cross Country Championships on Saturday 17 June. Millie did an amazing 4km run in 14.58min and has qualified for both the Athletics Victoria and SSV teams for Nationals – SSV in Hobart & AV in Wollongong (both in August). Best of luck to Millie in the upcoming events. Go Mentone!

Anthony Bruhn

Carnivals Coordinator


Cheer Championships

At the end of last term Courtney Anderson took three teams to the State Basketball Centre in Wantirna South to complete at the Cheer championships.  The Pom team did an excellent job! Level 1 came third and Level 3 came first.  Congrats to all the students who competed. 

Tess Molina  

Head of Dance


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