College News

26 April 2019
Issue Ten
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Careers News
Year 9 Advance Lorne Surf Camp
Athletics Carnival Wrap Up
Yr 7 Parent Morning Tea Invite
Trivia Night FUNdraiser
House Cross Country
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update



Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Welcome back for Term 2. It is very important that all students settle quickly into the daily routine of lessons as well as our expectations of home study.


Open Events

We look forward to meeting prospective students and their parents at our Open Night next week. On the evening of Thursday 2 May the whole school will be open for our annual Open Night. Please note, this will be an early dismissal day to allow time for staff to set up displays etc. Students will be dismissed at 2.30 pm on this day. They will still have their normal four periods of classes this day, they will just be shortened. At 6 pm we are holding our Sports Excellence Program (SEP) information session in the PAC.  Matt Brooks will be overseeing this new program with my assistance and supported by Katie Loynes, Andrew Fisher and Kym Lenc. Then the formal start to Open Night will be at 6.30 pm in the Gym with our School Captains hosting this occasion. Last year we were not able to fit all attendees into the Year 7 Learning Centre, hence why we have moved to the Gym for this part of the night. I will address the audience followed by our School Council president, Mr Ian Fox. Then two of our Year 7 students, Mirabell Milner and Jackson Mould, will provide an overview of our Year 7 program. Visitors will then have the opportunity to be taken on a guided tour of the school to see the various learning areas in operation and to meet teaching staff and current students. Thanks to the many students who have volunteered their time to attend the night to act as guides. We also run tours of the school during the day for prospective students and their parents to see the College at work. People are able to book in for our weekly tour on Fridays at 9.30am.


School Zones

You may have read in the media recently that all schools are to be provided with a zone. This is correct - a special website has been released this week and is now accessible to the public. I want to reassure parents that all current students, even if residing outside our new zone, will still have a place at the College, along with any siblings in the future. For new enrolments coming into Year 7, I anticipate that we will have sufficient capacity to be able to take students from outside our zone following the Department’s placement policy. To view our new zone click on this link:


Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews

On Wednesday 24 April our parent/teacher/student interviews were held and we had a very positive attendance rate. We hope that parents and students found these to be valuable in terms of the feedback received. If you weren’t able to attend the interviews and wish to discuss your child’s progress with a particular teacher or teachers, please contact them via email to organise a time to discuss on the phone. If you have any feedback regarding the interview set up and process, please don’t hesitate to email me or my Assistant Principal, Andrew Moffat.


Anzac Day Assembly

On Friday 26 April at 9.30am, the College will be holding a whole school assembly to recognise Anzac Day and to commemorate the 104th year of the landing at Gallipoli. This will be organised and led by our school captains and middle school captains, including the schedule of service and all readings. I am sure they will do a wonderful job and thank them in anticipation.  Congratulations to Elizabeth Ng, Levi Burns, Ben Stewart, Sarah Sundstrom, Tim Whitford and Emma Schultz for preparing for this important event.


House Athletics Sports

On the last day of Term 1 the College Athletics sports were held on a very warm autumn day. The event was really well supported by students and staff who enthusiastically engaged with the busy program and it was a very successful day. Congratulations to Sport Coordinator Cory Watters for his excellent organisation of this event and to all students and staff for their wonderful work and positive involvement on the day. The final points and winners on the day, along with the age champions are announced later in this newsletter. Please read on!


Mobile phone addition and impact on relationships

Simon Sinek provides an interesting perspective on the impact of mobile phones on our relationships. This will be of interest to parents and provides some useful discussion points to engage all of the family. See the following clip on youtube:



Ms. Michelle Roberts



Important Dates



Friday 26

  • ANZAC Day School Assembly
  • SMR Senior Golf
  • Monash International Student Experience

Monday 29

  • Year 7 Taiko Drumming Incursion

Tuesday 30

  • SMR Golf Qualifications


Thursday  02

  • Early dismissal at 2:30pm for Open Night Preperations
  • VCE Career Expo All Year 11 students
  • Year 7 Parent Morning Tea 9 - 10 am in the Wellbeing Office
  • VCAL Excursion to Ricketts Point
  • Sports Excellence Program (SEP) Information Evening 6:00pm - 6:30pm for prospective parents and students in Performing Arts Centre
  • College Open Night 6:30 pm - 8:30pm. Presentation in Gym at 6:30pm, tours begin at 7:00pm.

Friday 03

  • VCE Careers Expo Year 10
  • 2020 SEAL Applications close via the College website 

Monday 06

  • Equal Opportunity Day
  • 9f & 9H Aware Drug and Alcohol Incursion
  • Girls Footy and Boys Netball Day

Thursday 09

  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Rangers Hike
  • 2020 SEAL Test
  • Intermediate Round Robin & Senior Table Tennis Competition
  • 9A & 9B Aware Drug and Alcohol Incursion

Friday 10

  • Year 11 Food Studies Excursion to Victoria Market
  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Ranges Hike returns

Careers News

VCE Careers Expo Excursion for Year 10 and Year 11 Students

Year 11 Excursion – Thursday 2 May – Meet 8.20am at Mordialloc Station, return to school at lunchtime

Year 10 Excursion – Friday 3 May – within school hours

All Year 10 and 11 students will be attending this key event next week at Caulfield.

Students need to consider their future career and school and post-secondary program to ensure that their subjects meet the prerequisites for their future career and course pathways. This is the largest Career Expo in Melbourne and is the best opportunity to explore their options.

Exhibitors include all the universities, TAFEs, various trade and public service organisations and will offer:

  • Information and resources for the VCE
  • Information about university, TAFE and training courses
  • Career advice
  • Study advice
  • Employment advice and opportunities
  • Apprenticeship and traineeship advice
  • International exchange and gap year programs

There will be free seminars on VCE subjects, tertiary courses, careers, employment opportunities and gap year options.

Students are asked to bring a small bag only (no school bags) with their lunch as there are few and costly options to purchase food and beverages at the event. They also need to bring a MYKI with credit already loaded. Further information is available on Compass or please contact Emma White, Careers Coordinator on  9580 1184.


Year 9 Advance Lorne Surf Camp

On Wednesday 27 March, the Year 9 Advance class embarked on our first camp for the year. After a long bus ride winding along the Great Ocean Road all the way to Lorne, we finally arrived to set up our tents and have lunch. We then hopped back on the bus to go to Urquharts Bluff for a surfing lesson. Everyone had an amazing time, even if some people weren't able to stand up on the paddle boards. After dislodging ourselves from our wet suits we went back to the camp site for a shower and dinner. After ignoring all the cockatoos at dinnertime we wrapped up warm and went out for a night walk and some scary stories. Some of us struggled to sleep that night after hearing Mr Evans' stories.


After a quick breakfast we all jumped back on the bus and headed off to the initiative course. This was a series of activities where we all had to work together to complete it. After that we headed into Anglesea and the local shops for lunch. Our next stop was Point Roadknight for a 2 hour session of sea kayaking. With 40 minutes to spare we did a couple of run, swim, runs ( of which we had 12 to complete). We began the sea kayaking by battling against the breaking waves, out where we could catch them. It was a challenge to catch any at first but as we continued it became a lot more simple and fun.  Everyone caught a lot of waves, some of which made us capsize. It was lots of fun. After another 2 runs, swim, runs we headed back to camp. After a long dinner and an attack from the cockatoos we walked down to the local park for some games of 44 tag and shark tag. We all had a great time that night and we were extremely tired by the end of it.


The following morning we woke at 7:30 am for breakfast and the packing began. We also did another 2 run, swim, runs,  in this time which was brisk with the freezing Lorne surf. After packing our bags and tents we left Lorne, all very tired from the past few days. We can safely say that everyone thoroughly enjoyed their Lorne surf camp experience and we were able to take away so  many skills, stories and great times to share with our family and friends. It set a very high bar for this being our first Advance camp and we are all very excited about our camps and excursions to come. Thank you Mr Evans, Mr Nicklen and Ms Howler for making this great experience possible.


By Max Nowak and Noah Crowe

Athletics Carnival Wrap Up

Congratulations to Yerlonga (Blue House) for taking out the 2019 House Athletics Carnival by 83 points from Iwala (Red House). Well done to all Age Group Champions and to all students who participated on the day. Thankyou to all staff for their assistance on an enjoyable day of House Athletics at Sandringham Athletics Club.


House Results


(Green House)


(Yellow House)


(Red House)


(Blue House)

686 (4th)

901 (3rd)

915 (2nd)

998 (1st)


Overall Female Champions

(most points)

Overall Male Champion

(most points)

Charlotte Davis – 68 points

Leo Faid – 92 points


Age Group Champions

Age Group



12-13 Years

Tulip Hutchinson


(60 points)

Cooper Russell


(48 points)

14 Years

Charlotte Borkowski


(44 points)

Thomas Toth


(41 points)

15 Years

Abbey Tregellis


(58 points)

Samuel Remedios


(28 points)

16 Years

Eliza Borkowski


(46 points)

Leo Faid


(92 points)

17 Years

Lucinda Reekie


(62 points)

Taiyo Sekine


(42 points)

18-19 Years

Charlotte Davis


(68 points)

Caleb Romeo


(50 points)

Mr Watters

Sports Carnival Coordinator

Yr 7 Parent Morning Tea Invite


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


House Cross Country


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Please see below for extra opening hours

Sat April 6  9.00am – 12.00pm

Wed April 17 10.00am – 3.00pm

Tue April 23 8.30am – 11.30am (Easter Tuesday)

Wed April 24 12.30pm – 4.00pm (return to normal)


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.


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