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21 September 2018
Issue Eight
Principal Report
Points of Interest
International Students
Special Events
School Information
Mullauna College
(03) 9874 3422
456 Springfield Road
Mitcham, Victoria, 3132



Friday 21 September

Last Day for Term Three

- early dismissal - 2.30 pm



Monday 8 October

First Day for Term Four - 8.35 am


Tuesday 9 October

School Captains Selections





Thursday 11 October

Art Show Opening Night 7.00 pm

Exhibition Opening Times:

12 - 17 October: Weekdays 9.00 am - 4.00 pm


Tuesday 16 October


School Council Sub-Committee 


Wednesday 17 October

Art Show Closing night


Thursday 18 October

Theme Concert


Principal Report



These last few weeks of term have showcased the many opportunities that our Mullauna students have available to them to join in and ‘have a go’! It’s a joy to see the talent and enthusiasm of our students as they challenge themselves to achieve their personal best in their academic and co-curricular endeavours. One of the many advantages of belonging to a school our size is that when students show an interest or aptitude in a particular field, they have a very good chance of being selected to participate whether it’s in sporting teams, debating, public speaking, music ensembles or leadership positions. Their choices aren’t restricted by being allowed to do just one of a selection of opportunities, but rather, students can be included in a variety of activities according to their interests and abilities.


Congratulations to our VCE Co-ordinator Penny Nevill who represented Australia in the World Triathlon Age Group Championship held on the Gold Coast last week. Penny competed against 90 athletes in her age group in the in the sprint distance (750 Swim, 20km bike ride & 5km run). Penny was placed 4th in Australia, just 15 seconds behind 3rd place, and she was ranked a very impressive 8th world-wide! After a couple of weeks for recovery Penny’s sights are set on Lausanne, Switzerland in 2019. Congratulations and best wishes to Penny whose perseverance and self-discipline exemplifies our college values of Curiosity, Courage and Community for our students!


Congratulations to the members of the Mullauna track and field team who participated in the Mullum Division Athletics competition on 13 September. Principals from the seven schools in the Mullum Division are invited to present the ribbons to athletes throughout the day. During my time at the track, I was pleased to see the enthusiasm of all participants as they competed on a gorgeous spring day. Congratulations to Jarrod Powson and Zac Sandow who were the champions in their age group and to Abbie Plant and Sammi Song who also won several events. Several students qualified to progress to the Eastern Region finals in the first week of term 4. Thank you to Neil Burke, Sean Weatherill and Dane Stammers for their work in training the participants and contributing to the running of the many events on the day.


The Mullauna Community was treated to three exhibitions of students’ work completed in term 3. The year 9 [email protected] evening was the conclusion of many opportunities students have had to travel to tertiary institutions such as universities and TAFE’s, to investigate the vast array of courses and trades that are available to them post-secondary schooling. The students then conducted research on the particular career they may like to follow in the future. They then developed and presented informative displays on their chosen career. The quality of the year 9s’ research was evident in their final displays and in their ability to answer curly questions about their chosen career and the courses available to achieve this possible pathway.


The year 8 Humanities students’ presentations were on the theme of ‘the Medieval Manor’. Students presented their research on the lives of people in feudal times and they seemed to take delight in emphasising particularly gruesome details of specific aspects of society back in the day! The year 8 students’ enthusiasm, costumes, artefacts and quality of presentation was very impressive.


The theme for term 3 in the year 7 Challenge Program has been ‘A Night at the Museum’. Students studied ancient civilisations in depth and focussed on one aspect of a particular society that tweaked their individual interest. The students were able to re-create artefacts using our Makerspace technology with the 3D printer being particularly popular! The wide choice of topics was very impressive and the year 7s’ depth of knowledge was commendable.


Thank you to the many families who came on these evenings to support their children and to the many staff who contributed to the success of their students’ celebrations.


Congratulations to our Year 10 Co-ordinator Ms Tamsin Davidson and the students’ social committee who organised a fabulous evening on 6 September. It was a very happy night with lots of dancing, delicious food and great music. Every now and then shouts went up as our Richmond and Hawthorn football fans saw the score change! The social is one of the many Mullauna events that builds students’ connections with their class mates and creates long term memories of good times at school.


The parent, teacher and student learning conferences were held in two sessions yesterday from 12:00 to 5:00 and from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  It’s important that we have these opportunities for conversations about our students’ progress with their learning, so that we can support our young people to achieve their potential. We trust that these discussions with teachers will stimulate further chats at home regarding student’s strengths and potential areas for improvement. Thank you to parents and carers for your participation and support of your children through these Learning Conferences.


The year 12 study night was held on Tuesday evening with guest speakers and study tips. The pizza dinner is always a popular addition to the evening! The study night is but one of a suite of activities that we conduct to assist our students to be ready for their exams  During the first week of these coming holidays the year 12 practice exams will be conducted. The college employs the same supervisors to conduct the practice exams as we use for the GAT and Unit 3/4 VCAA exams.  During the second week there are many Year 12 revision classes being conducted by Mullauna’s dedicated teachers. The practice exam and revision program will provide the Class of 2018 with invaluable preparation for the exams that commence on Wednesday 31 October. It is imperative that all Year 12 students take the opportunity to utilise this opportunity for revision and to work under exam conditions, because when we return after the term break, the time will fly by with only twelve school days until the Year 12s last day on 24 October.


The message from all of us to the year 12 students in the coming weeks is to make sure that you find that essential balance between study and rest. Using the simple and effective strategy of a study timetable will help you to pace yourself and give you that reassuring feeling of having things under control.


Term 4 commences on Monday 8 October at 8:35am. On behalf of the Principal Team I wish all students and staff a very happy, safe and revitalizing holiday. Come back to school with your batteries charged and ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that term 4 will bring.


Barbara Laidlaw


Points of Interest

Penny Nevill










Outstanding weather matched by outstanding efforts of Mullauna athletes

On what was a perfect day weather wise, Mullauna sent a team of 64 students to the KNOX Athletics Track.  Mullauna finished the day with several students qualifying for next term’s EMR finals which will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 12, 2018.  (First Friday in Term 4)

Highlights on the day were multiple wins by school captain Jarrod Powson,  Abbie Plant and Sammi Song.  Jarrod also won his Age group, as did Zac Sandow.   Congratulations to all!



Three Mullauna basketball teams had a fantastic day at the Dandenong Basketball Centre on Tuesday, 18 September.  All members of the squad should be proud of their efforts on the court and their behaviour off the court.


Many thanks to Dylan Sinosich and Daniel Fitzsimons from Year 9 who coached the boys teams on the day and did an outstanding job ensuring great participation.


The best performed team was the Girls A who won two games and narrowly missed out on the final by a count back.

Mullauna Year 8 Basketball teams


Mr Neil Burke

Sport Education Teacher


International Students



As our year 12 students approach the last days of their schooling at Mullauna College they were asked to reflect on their time studying here and living in Melbourne.  Their most memorable moments included:

  • An excursion to the Cuckoo.
  • Studying with Mr Lee.
  • Hanging out in the ‘common room’. 
  • Great teachers who are positive and have a caring approach.
  • Melbourne is a great city with great weather.
  • Spending time with friends, both International and local.
  • Playing basketball after school.

Future goals and careers paths include being admitted to a university in Melbourne to study disciplines such as architecture, engineering and accounting.


Recommendations for future International students are study hard, work hard (even though the Melbourne life style is relaxing) and spend less time playing on the mobile!


These sessions are compulsory for International Students. It is here that students are given important communications about IED requirements such as visas; VCAA requirements and fees; plagiarism; how to be safe; student code of conduct etc. In these sessions there are opportunities for individual conferencing with students and EAL, and homework support.


Ms Judith Jesser

International Student Coordinator

Special Events


What an accolade! Laura Harman has been invited by the Region to put her artwork on display at the Regional Office. Laura's Studio Arts paintings were selected for Top Arts at the National gallery of Victoria from March - July this year.

After seeing her amazing paintings at out Art Show last year, Barbara Crowe, who is the Area Executive Director  of the Inner East North Eastern Victoria Region, asked if Laura could display her work at their offices in Glen Waverley once they were available.

Laura and I organised a display in the foyer which looks fabulous. Congratulations to Laura yet again!



SAVE THE DATE - Opening night, Thursday October 11 @ 7pm PAC

Come and view the fantastic artworks and films created by our talented VCE Visual Arts students. Light refreshments will be served

See you there !


We will be running a raffle to raise money for the Art department - bring along some cash.

Up for grabs!

(Prizes kindly supplied by our sponsors.)

1 x $200 DigiDirect voucher

1 x$100 Frame City Voucher

2 x $50 Bunnings Vouchers




Ms Rebecca Holmes

Visual Arts Coordinator


Subject: YEAR 12 BIOLOGY


On Friday 14 September the Year 12 Biology students visited the Gene Technology Access Centre in Parkville to conduct a DNA manipulation experiment. The students were able to use the state of the art technology to produce specific proteins required for industry and research. They spliced and recombined DNA from a bacterium with DNA from different organisms and then reintroduced this 'recombinant' DNA back into the bacterium. The students were able to transform E.coli with the plasmid which was demonstrated by the glow of the Green Florescent Protein.


This program gave the students a good understanding of how a research lab works and enhanced their level of learning into Genetically Modified and Transgenic Organisms.


Corinne Barr

German Faculty

Students at GTAC - Gene Technology Access Centre


Check out the latest @ Mullauna Career News

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  • Career as a Youth Worker 
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  • Alternative Schoolies Program with Projects Abroad
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  • Federation University – Courses at Berwick Campus
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    • Monash Maths Bridging
    • Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Science
  • Career in Public Relations  

CareerNews 7 Sept 2018

  • Course Updates at Deakin University
  • Guaranteed Entry Scheme at ANU
  • News from the University of Melbourne
    • Extension Program Information Evening
    • The Melbourne Juris Doctor (JD) Showcase
    • New Bachelor of Commerce Achievement Scholarship
    • Mission Discovery Program – September School Holidays

Interested in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths, take a look at this week’s STEM Careers

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School Information


Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Telephone:     9874 3422

Parents should always make contact with the General Office first when visiting the school or trying to  make contact with their children.

Appointments with teachers can be made via Compass.



Student absences should be reported to the school via Compass Parent Portal on the day of the absence before 9:00am.



If your child is late they must report to the Year Level Coordinator at the General Office.  

Students are expected to be at school at 8:35am.  A locker bell rings at 8:35am and class begins punctually at 8:45am. 








If your child needs to leave school early for any reason please notify the school via Compass Parent Portal.  Teachers will not allow any student to leave their class unless there is prior notification.



Please ensure that all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student's name.  This will ensure that property can be returned to the correct person when it is lost.




The uniform shop at Mullauna is now closed. Our new uniform supplier, Primary School Wear(PSW) is now open and is located at:

 Unit 8A, 51 Lusher Road, Croydon.

Opening hours are as follows:

Regular Trading Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Extended Trading Hours

(Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Saturday 9 March 2019)

Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm



All payments should be paid via Compass Parent Portal.  














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