College News

22 August 2019
Issue Twenty-five
Director of Student Engagement Update
Important Dates
 Elevate Information Session   for Parents and Students
Year 7 & 8 Japanese Film Excursion
Community News
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Director of Student Engagement Update



Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


In terms of student engagement, 2019 has been a busy and exciting year thus far. We have continued to offer an array of engagement opportunities for our students and we have made some significant changes to our programs.


Student Led Conferences

In response to feedback, we have changed the structure and delivery of Student Led Conferences in 2019. Parent Teacher Interviews for all year levels will now occur in Week 7 of this term, replacing the traditional Term 3 Student Led Conferences. Bookings are now open. Please book your appointments via Compass.

In the Senior School, there will be no scheduled evening for Student Led Conferences. In lieu of this, students in Years 10-12 will participate in an ‘On Track’ meeting with their Mentor teacher. This will occur during Mentor lessons over a number of weeks, without parent attendance. The aim of on track meetings is to facilitate meaningful discussions between students and their Mentor teachers in regards to their short and long-term goals, achievements thus far and future actions students should implement to assist in achieving their goals. Student preparedness and participation in on track meetings will be reported on as a Learning Task.

In the Middle School, Student Led Conferences will occur in Week 6 of Term 4, which is the final week of the 2019 academic year. Students will have dedicated preparation time and will attend a 10-minute conference with their Home Group Teacher or another significant teacher. Parents are welcome to attend, but students can complete their conference without a parent in attendance. Their conference will provide students the opportunity to celebrate their achievements in 2019, reflect on their progress and consider their goals for 2020. All students are required to complete a conference and their participation will be reported on as a Learning Task on Compass.



MEX 2.0

The Mordialloc Experience program is comprised of four units- ‘Looking Within’, ‘Looking Out’, ‘Looking Around’ and ‘Looking Beyond.’ Each unit has a specific area of focus. This year, we have continued with a number of our traditional programs, including community placements and the City Experience, which is a highlight for many students. In addition, we have made some significant changes to the ‘Looking Within’ unit; by partnering with various local organisations we have provided students with the opportunity to participate in practical activities such as functional training and yoga, guided meditation, and have arranged for guest speakers present to our students about various topics related to positive wellbeing. We are also looking forward to this term's ‘Looking Beyond’ project, where students will design, make and sell their own ethical and/ or sustainable product in the final week of Term 3. This will provide students with the opportunity to practise the enterprise skills they have been learning in class.

Within the MEX program, we have also developed a strong partnership with the Mordialloc Neighbourhood House. Each term, a number of our students have contributed to various special projects, including sewing activities and creating bags of books and blankets to distribute to children in need.


House System

This year we have an extremely dedicated team of House Captains. As well as promoting major school events such as swimming and athletics, we meet on a regular basis to develop lunch- time house activities. Our team has worked closely with the College’s Youth Worker and Kingston Youth Services to develop activities that coincide with key community events. A highlight this year has been our Environment Day. Students were able to assist us in cleaning up rubbish around the school, and participated in a competition to guess the amount of plastic (in tonnes) in our oceans. This term we will be celebrating Book Week, RSPCA Cupcake Day and AFL finals with an array of lunchtime activities.


Parent Engagement

A key area of focus for Semester 2 will be on parent engagement opportunities. If you would like to provide any feedback regarding current opportunities for parent involvement or make any suggestions, please contact me via e-mail,



Sally Mitchell

Director of Student Engagement

Important Dates


Thursday 22

  • 9B MEX Community Placements
  • Production Footloose arrive at 6:30 pm for a 7:00 pm start

Friday 23

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

Saturday 24

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

Sunday 25

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

Monday 26

  • MEX 9A & 9H City Experience Day 1
  • Year 7 Chinese Museum Incursion

Tuesday 27

  • MEX 9A & 9H  City Experience Day 2
  • Year 12 Physics Excursion to the Australian Synchrotron

Wednesday 28

  •  VCE English Ticking Minds 40+ English Workshop Session 2
  • Year 7 - 12 Parent Teacher Interviews from 2pm - 7:30pm (altered bell times with four lessons running 8:55am - 1pm)

Thursday 29

  • MEX 9A  & 9H City Experience Day 3
  • Year 12 History - Chinese Revolution Lunch

Friday 30

  • VCE Drama Professional Performance Viewing

 Elevate Information Session   for Parents and Students

Dear Parent and Carers,

Have you ever wanted to better support your child with developing effective study habits? The Mordialloc College Student Voice Committee has the perfect event for you!


In partnership with Elevate Education, the Year 7-9 Study Skills - Parent Information Evening is going to be held on Tuesday 17 September at 6pm in the PAC.

This is a wonderful opportunity to guide your child to study success. You will gain many skills that will help you to better support your child with their studies. The study techniques that will be shared during the session will reinforce great study habits for your child at home.

Bring your child along to the night to share this experience and develop a shared understanding of successful study techniques through an interactive session. The outcomes of this seminar are: to help you to get your child motivated, manage their time effectively and learn practical study tips. Please visit the link below, to register your interest:

Register here:

Proudly brought to you by

 Mordialloc College Student Voice Committee and Elevate Education.

Year 7 & 8 Japanese Film Excursion

Okko’s Inn - Japanese Film Excursion

On 8 August it was a windy start for the Year 8 & Year 9 Japanese classes at Mordialloc College. Through the cold, we met in the Enquiry Zone building, where we gathered  to figure out who was present or absent from each class. ベイーカ 先生 (Baker Sensei) and さとみ先生 (Satomi Sensei) called our names, and soon afterwards we made our way to the train station.

Upon our arrival, we tapped on our Myki Cards and were instructed to await the forthcoming of our でんしゃ (densha - train). The train ride was filled with excitement towards the movie we were yet to see, but we managed to keep it pretty sensible around the general public - a few of us willingly giving up our seats for those who appeared to need them more than us. Some of us shared our little bit of knowledge gathered from the trailer of the film - Okko’s Inn - as we passed time on our trip to the city.

We managed to all stay together, and were now on our way to watch the film we had travelled so far for. It was a devastating start - a young girl who was involved in a preventable car accident. Lucky to survive, her luck diminishes once we discover her parents did not make it, and she must now move to her お婆さん’s (obaasan - grandmother) Japanese inn. Later in the film, we find out she only survived as she was saved by the spirit of her grandmother’s childhood friend, and he had sent her to take care of the inn due to the old age of her grandmother. Throughout her stay, Okko becomes acquainted with various other spirits, befriends them, befriends a guest staying at the inn, and even meets the man who drove the truck that eventually led to the death of her parents. This, of course, is incredibly emotional - not just for Okko, but for the audience! A collective sigh was heard as this news was revealed - especially since Okko had been so generous towards the man beforehand.


After the film, we all dispersed around the food-court - making sure to meet back at 13:45pm. We explored the shopping centre, realising we had much more time than we anticipated. By the end of it, we were all just as excited for the train ride home as we were for the film. We made our way back, discussing some aspects of the film amongst friends and teachers on the carriages.

Overall, the opinion of the movie seemed positive, and we made our way back to Mordialloc with new memories forming.


Rhi Vaksman-Stovern, 9B

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.

Aspendale Gardens Community Centre


Brown's Reserve Pump Station Update

The Brown's Reserve Pump Station upgrade is ongoing. There is a temporary fence up around the area and it is important to remind the community that this area is still a no go zone. Please remind your children, if they use this part of the park, to NOT ride through the fenced off area as it is dangerous. In coming weeks there will be large trenches dug and cranes on the site.  Please do NOT go inside the area for any reason. If you are given instructions  by construction or South East Water staff follow them as it is your safety they are concerned  about.

Please see the attached document regarding the works.


Bonbeach St Chad's Baseball Club


Chelsea Heights Community Centre Art Classes


Chelsea Baseball Club


Parkdale Cricket Club


College News
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