College News

16 May 2019
Issue Thirteen
Director of Pedagogy and Innovative Programs Yrs 7 - 10
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
House Cross Country Results
Intermediate AFL
Trivia Night FUNdraiser
Sticker Collection
Frankston Train Line Changes
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director of Pedagogy and Innovative Programs Yrs 7 - 10


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,

It has certainly been a very busy start to Term 2, with lots of extra-curricular opportunities on offer for our Year 7-10 students. Some of the extra opportunities to date have included:


Year 7

  • Liveability Excursions
  • Taiko Drumming Incursion
  • Project Rockit Incursion

Year 8

  • French Film Excursion
  • Coastal Excursions to Cape Schanck

Year 9

  • Wellbeing Day
  • Aware Drug and Alcohol Incursions
  • French Film Excursion

Year 10

  • SEAL – Macbeth Play Excursion
  • French Film Excursion
  • VCE Careers Expo


Student Voice Committee

Half way through Term 1, Mordialloc College formed the Year 7-9 Student Voice Committee to enable students to have more say in what, how and where they learn. Currently we have a number of keen committee members, however  we are looking to expand the group to ensure that we capture student voice across Years 7, 8 and 9. At this stage, the team meets three times per term during lunchtime. If students are interested in joining the committee, they should come and speak to me about this fantastic opportunity to make meaningful change in the College community.


Study skills

We are constantly exploring avenues to promote the development of study skills across the Middle School.

In order to develop a well-rounded home-study routine, it is imperative that students learn the difference between homework and study. Homework includes finishing classwork activities and/or completing consolidation tasks set by the classroom teacher,  whereas study includes things such as active revision, summarising notes and consolidating knowledge/skills through a variety of means. If students do not have set homework tasks to complete, you can rest assured that there is always study to be done.

For students who are looking for a little bit of extra assistance with their studies, the Middle School Voluntary Home-study Club provides an excellent opportunity to engage with more 1-1 support. There is a Communication and Discovery teacher  present at each session and other teaching staff members are often willing to attend on request. Home-study Club runs every Thursday in the EZ 3:15-4:15pm.


2020 SEAL Program

On Monday 1 April, we welcomed many prospective parents and students to the College for the 2020 SEAL Information Evening. SEAL is a Select Entry Accelerated Learning program designed for gifted and high achieving students who are looking to accelerate and extend their learning. Our SEAL Program has been running at the College since 1997 and we are proud members of The Academy of Accredited SEAL Schools (of which there are only 40 member schools across Victoria).


A big thank you to three of our SEAL students who shared their experiences during the presentation and stayed back to answer questions from prospective students and parents. I am sure parents and students appreciated hearing about the program from a student perspective – thank you!


Last week we had 77 students sitting the SEAL Exams and this week Ms. Roberts and I will be interviewing all applicants. We are very proud of our accelerated program and the rigour in our selection process. As of this year, we have also incorporated a teacher reference as part of the process.

 Please see below a summary of our SEAL enrolment process.  We have added a teacher reference as we greatly value the input from Grade 6 teachers and their assistance throughout the application process.


SEAL Geography Competition

In Week 9 of Term 1, 32 students across Year 7-10 SEAL tested their geographical skills and knowledge against students from around Australia in the 2019 Australian Geography Competition. We eagerly await the results and look forward to the many national competitions that will run across Term 2 and Term 3.


Alice Leppin

Director of Pedagogy and Innovative Programs 7-10

Includes SEAL coordination

Important Dates


Thursday 16

  • Year 7 - 9 NAPLAN Numeracy
  • Senior Round Robin Sports Day
  •  Year 9A & 9B Looking Within Globe Athletic Excursion
  • Year 9D MEX Looking Around Data Collection
  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm

Friday 17

  • Year 7 - 10 Berthe Mouchette French Poetry Competition

Monday 20

  • Year 10 Work Experience Week
  • Year 9E Mex Community Placements

Tuesday 21

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience

Wednesday 22

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Kingston Cross Country at Karkarook Park

Thursday 23

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 9A MEX Looking Within Excursion to Mordialloc Community House
  • Year 9C MEX Community Placements

Friday 24

  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp returns

Monday 27

  • Year 9 D & G MEX City Experience Day 1
  • Year 9E MEX Community Placements
  • Middle School Student Voice Committee Meeting
  • Year 9 SEAL, Year 10 and Year 11 Revision Week
  • SEP (Sports Excellence Program Year 7 2020 only) closes

Tuesday 28

  • Year 9 D & G MEX City Experience Day 2
  • Year 11 Elevate Session

Wednesday 29

  • Year 7 ANTaR Sorry Day Presentation

Thursday 30

  • Year 9D & G Mex City Experience Day 3
  • Year 9C MEX Community Placements

 Student Awards

Student Values Awards

Personal Best - Work to the best of your ability. Pursue excellence, try hard and constantly seek to improve.

Integrity  - Be true to yourself by doing what is right. Be honest and trustworthy.

Respect  - Treat everyone with equal consideration. Be accepting of others and their differences.

Responsibility - Be accountable for your actions. Contribute positively to the school and wider community.


Congratulations to the following students - Lily Petraitis, Teegan Coats and Cailisoa Sarmento - Cardosa - for displaying the College value Personal Best for their wonderful assistance at the Marine Education Science Community Centre Art Show. The centre were very impressed with the girls' involvement and enthusiasm during the art show.

Congratulations to Rhys Downing for displaying the College values Integrity and Responsibility when he assisted a teacher last week.





Lana Paten



MESAC Art Show and Excursion to Ricketts Point Sanctuary

On Thursday 2 May, the Hospitality and Tourism VCAL Community Project group organised and participated in an excursion to Ricketts Point Sanctuary to meet with Ray Lewis and explore the Sanctuary. Ray is the MESAC (Marine Education Science and Community Centre) President, who had volunteered to take the class on a tour of the beach during which we learnt about the sea life and Aboriginal communities from the time before white settlers came to Australia until present day. We also had the chance to go walking on the beach to see some of the creatures in action.

As the tour finished and Ray concluded his presentation he gave us a 3 million year old fossilised echinoderm each to take home. The whole talk opened my eyes to all the different creatures that are in the ocean that we didn’t see.


Then on the weekend our project group organized to volunteer at the MESAC Annual Marine Art show. On Friday 3 May Lily and Teegan (intermediate VCAL) travelled to Beaumaris with Miss Sears to help set up the evening soirée. They used their RSA certificates to serve drinks and food and help out in the kitchen.  On Saturday 4 May I helped out from 11am- 2pm. The art work that local artists had submitted was wonderful. There was a whole range of different materials used and styles of art that showed many different ways that people visualise things.  I was helping out at the front desk - meeting and greeting guests, selling raffle tickets and talking with some of the artists about why they had entered their artwork and what message they wanted to convey to the public through their pieces.

I loved the whole experience from organizing the excursion to participating in the art show. I really enjoyed working in a professional way with a team of my peers to put this project together and I am very proud of the way both the excursion and our volunteer work turned out. I have learnt many valuable skills about project organisation and developed my personal learning skills in order to achieve my learning outcomes for VCAL PDS Unit 1.

By Cailiosa Sarmento-Cardoso Senior VCAL


On Friday 3 May Lily and I travelled to Beaumaris to attend the MESAC Marine Art Expo as part of our VCAL community project for PDS Unit 1. As Lily and I both have acquired our RSA through Intermediate VCAL this year we were able to help serve the alcohol. We also helped out with the nibbles and cleaning duties. The art work on display was amazing and a lot of it looked like the artists were really thinking out of the box. Lily and I met a lot of the artists and other Bayside community members and everyone was very friendly.  We had a great evening and we were proud of our contribution to this fantastic annual event.

By Teegan Coats and Lily Petraitis Intermediate VCAL

House Cross Country Results

House Cross Country 



1ST IWALA (Red) – 767 points

2ND BUNURONG (Yellow House) – 754 points

3RD YERLONGA (Blue) – 617 points

4TH KALURA (Green House) – 445 points



12-13 Year Female – Roma McGoldrick

12-13 Year Male – Isaac Remedios

14 Year Female – Maya Whetstone

14 Year Male – William Robinson

15 Year Female – Laura Reeves

15 Year Male – Jake Souroop

16 Year Female – Leo Faid

16 Year Male – Eliza Borkowski

17-20 Year Female – Charlotte Davis

17-20 Year Male – James Vicendese



Intermediate AFL

This week saw our Intermediate AFL boys head to McKinnon Reserve to play AFL in typically blustery autumn conditions.

Having a bye in the first round, the boys took in the strengths and weaknesses of their opponents as they battled out the first round of pool matches.

In their first game against McKinnon, the boys struggled to come together as a team and allowed the powerhouse that is McKinnon to get a 5 goal to none head start in the first half. After a bit of a rev up at half time, they really played well and managed to keep McKinnon to only 2 goals in the second half, whilst scoring one themselves.

The second game against Bentleigh was quite a physical affair, with both teams disappointed by early losses and knowing they could not make the final. In the end, Bentleigh were too strong, running out easy winners.

Their final game against Brighton saw the boys really dig deep to avoid finishing last, and their efforts were rewarded with some outstanding link up play resulting in a quick succession of goals. Brighton rallied in the 2nd half and came within 7 points before a late goal saw us over the line.


Michael Haber

Sports Coordinator


Trivia Night FUNdraiser

One of the most exciting events to feature on the Performing Arts Calendar this year is our upcoming College production of ‘Footloose – The Musical’. Rehearsals are well underway and the show is really taking shape.

In order to make this production the best the College has seen yet, we are raising some much-needed funds to help us hire costumes, build sets, as well as create an outstanding visual experience. In order to do so, the cast and crew are hosting a FUNdraising Trivia Night, and we want you to come along and get amongst the action!


Date: Thursday 13th June, 2019

Time: 7pm kick off, arrive from 6:30pm

Location: Mordialloc Bowls Club - 38 McDonald St, Mordialloc VIC 3195

Cost: $15 per ticket purchase via Try Booking website


There will be drinks (alcoholic) at very reasonable bar prices from the Bowls Club Bar and tea and coffee (provided free) on the night. Grab a group of friends and a plate of nibbles (as much or little as you like) to share with your team for a great night out. Aside from a great night of trivia, there will be fantastic giveaway prizes, bonus games, great music, silent auctions, and a major raffle. In addition to all of this, you will be privy to a sneak peek of the show!

So start getting your Trivia Team together (teams of between 8 and 10 adults would be great but if you don’t have enough, don’t worry we will partner you up on the night). Parents, teachers and the wider community (all welcome) will all be competing to take out the title of ‘The Smartest Table’. Questions will be appropriate to challenge people of all ages and areas of interest, so feel free to bring along the History Buff, the Movie Buff as well as the Random Fact Buff!

If you have any questions, or would like to donate some prizes for the event, please contact Miss Stevenson on 9580 1184, or via email or Miss Sears on


Mara Sears

Peforming Arts Coordinator


Sticker Collection


is registered and collecting the

Woolworths, ‘earn and learn’ stickers.

Please send any you receive into the school, either to reception or the Hub.

Thank you for your participation in this initiative.

Frankston Train Line Changes

This email is to notify you about changes to train services on the Frankston line in May, while maintenance and level crossing removal works take place.


  • Buses replace trains between Caulfield and Frankston from 8.10pm to last service Tuesday 14 May. Allow up to 45 minutes additional travel time.
  • Buses replace trains between Mordialloc and Frankston from 9.15pm Friday 24 May to last service Sunday 26 May. Allow up to 25 minutes additional travel time.


  • A range of different bus services will be operating to help make your journey as direct as possible.
  • Regular maintenance on the Frankston line may also impact train services.

 We are here to help you travel during major construction projects and will endeavour to get you to and from your destination as quickly and easily as possible.
For journey planning and service information, please call PTV on 1800 800 007 or visit


Most train replacement buses will be low-floor models to assist passengers with mobility requirements. Alternative transport can be arranged for passengers who need mobility assistance and cannot board train replacement bus services.

For passengers with a communication disability or difficulties, Metro Trains has introduced a text message service which can be accessed by texting 0428 789 329 (7am – 7pm weekdays, 9am-5pm weekends and public holidays). This can be used for general enquiries relating to Metro Trains and information on service changes.
Should your clients or members require assistance with alternative travel they should call PTV on 1800 800 007 from 6am – midnight (all night Friday & Saturday), or you can do so on their behalf.

If anyone within your organisation would like to speak directly to a project representative about the upcoming rail disruption they can contact us on 1800 105 105 or email

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 2 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.

Browns Reserve Construction Update

Please see the information below regarding the Browns Reserve construction update. Some of the paths will be closed.


Art Tour Through Kingston

Six Moments in Kingston

Curated by David Cross and Cameron Bishop


Six Moments in Kingston is a multidisciplinary public art project unfolding across the City of Kingston, led by six contemporary artists with  over 200 local participants. Six extraordinary local stories drawn from the period 1976-1981 form the genesis of six installations, each set in the site of the original story. The project is experienced via a public art bus tour, with on-board broadcasts and the occasional stop to interact with the artworks. Artists are drawing from multiple arts disciplines including performance, video, animation, sculpture, music, textile art and craftivism.


  • The mysterious disappearance of pilot Fred Valentich and his plane following sightings of a UFO
  • The story of Julie Cooper, Moorabbin’s first female mayor
  • A celebration of local Parkdale rocker Rick Springfield’s worldwide number one hit, Jessie’s Girl
  • Two local protests that mirrored national and international protest movements
  • The infamous headbutting incident between troubled VFL footballer Phil Carman and umpire Graeme Carbery
  • And the contentious demolition of historic manor, The Grange

Artists: Field Theory, Laresa Kosloff, Shane McGrath, Spiros Panigirakis, Steve Rhall, Tal Fitzpatrick


Sat Sun 18 19 25 & 26 May 2019

Tours depart Kingston Arts Centre, 979 - 985 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin VIC 3189

9:30am | 11:30am | 1:30pm | 3:30pm

Wheelchair Accessible Tours available Saturday 25 May 11.30am

Tickets: Full $10 | Conc. $7.50


Book online at or 9556 4440





Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation registered with all state and territory Departments of Education around Australia and with the Ministry of Education in NZ. We are the first and only secondary exchange organisation in Australia and New Zealand to be certified to ISO 9001 (Quality Management System) and we ensure the highest standards of care and support to our participants. 

We would like to invite your students and families to a FREE Information Evening in Melbourne on Wednesday, 29th May at 7.00pm. The session is being held at the Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments, 15-21 Therry Street, Melbourne. 

Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2019. 

"You come back a different person, with so much more confidence & you feel that you can conquer the world"  Jessica, Semester Program to Italy

We would appreciate if you could please mention our upcoming information session in your newsletter or place a notice on the study room noticeboard. You can copy the below text.


Hear from returned students, find out more about
discounts and scholarships available and ask questions.

Wednesday, 29th May - 7.00pm
Ibis Melbourne Hotel and Apartments
15-21 Therry Street, 

or call 1300 135 331 for more information

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