Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
This week we commenced our full school rollover (Headstart) into the 2019 academic year. This is a three week program for students in Years 12 and 11 for 2019 and a four week program for students in Years 8-10 in 2019. On Monday we began the day in Year Level Assemblies where students got to meet their new Year Level Coordinator - Year 12 – Mr Randell, Year 11- Mrs Wilson, Year 10 – Mr Davis, Year 9 – Ms Rodrigues, Year 8 - Mr Cummins and Year 7 (we will meet on Orientation Day on 11 December) – Ms Gorman. On Wednesday we held a Whole School Assembly to officially launch the 2019 academic year and our expectations of students for the remainder of the year in this program. We expect all students to be taking the next three-four weeks of Headstart seriously, and their attendance, work in class, assigned homework and completion of benchmark tasks will count towards their report for Semester One next year. There will also be a progress report published on Compass for each subject at the end of Headstart. We expect that our four core values of Personal Best, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility continue to be evident in how we all work together as a community, with students demonstrating our core values on a consistent basis. All classes have been involved in developing Codes of Cooperation with their respective teachers this week.
During the assembly I also introduced our 2019 student leadership team and our new College Captains, Vice Captains and Middle School Captains all gave their first speech in their respective new roles. See below for our new team!
One of the initiatives of our 2018 College Captains was the introduction of the College Crown Awards. All students had the opportunity to submit an entry into one of three categories: Creative Writing, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. All participants were recognised and awarded a certificate in the assembly and the winners of each category and the overall winner was announced. Thanks to Director of Student Engagement, Sally Mitchell for supporting the College Captains in this initiative. It is to become an annual event run by our student leadership team.
We would like to thank all the students for their entries and encourage them to submit a piece again next year.
Congratulations to this years winners:
Ella Harris - Visual Arts
Jack Crowe - Music
Max Nowak - Creative Writing
The Overall Winner was Max Nowak, congratulations!
Student Leadership Positions 2019
We conducted our selection process for many of the student leadership positions earlier than usual so these positions could be formally taken up from Headstart. I congratulate all students who went through an extensive application process where candidates delivered a speech to their year level, wrote a short application and were interviewed by a panel of three members of the College leadership team. I am pleased to announce the successful candidates who will form the new student leadership team.
College Captains – Levi Burns and Elizabeth Ng
Vice Captains – Ben Stewart and Sarah Sundstrom
VCAL Captain – Cailiosa Sarmento-Cardoso
Sport Captains – Caleb Romeo and Charlie Davis
Performing Arts Captains – Liam Canavan, Hunter William-Moses and Alex Unwin
Visual Arts Captain – Ella Harris
ICT Captain – Billy Kruss
Special Events Captains – Zoe Unwin and Albert Alegre
Environmental Captains – Lochlann Kilkenny and Miranda Miller
International Captain – Toby Tan
House Captains – Adnan Abdul Mutalib (Yerlonga), Jasmine Lloyd (Iwala), Lucy Faid (Bunurong), and Camille Nightingale (Kalura).
Captains – Tim Whitford and Emma Schultz
Vice Captains – Daniel Loza, Laura Reeves and Rhianne Blavo
House Captains – still to be selected
Congratulations to all students who were nominated and went through the selection process for these important positions. Thanks to Robyn Wilson, Dylan Piubello, Daniel Williams and Simon Cummins for being on the respective selection panels with me. In addition to these positions, students still have the opportunity to nominate for Middle School House Captains and Year Level SRC positions soon.
Welcome New Staff
We will again have a large number of new staff starting with us in 2019, to cover the staff on leave and a number of extra staff to cater for our increase in student numbers. The majority of these appointments have been made and we will have a two day induction program later in December for all of our new staff. We are fortunate that three of our new staff were able to commence in Headstart. This week we have welcomed:
Marina Walsh – new Assistant Principal. Marina has come from Mornington Secondary College, where she was a Leading Teacher – Teaching and Learning. She was also the Timetabler. Marina will be overseeing the Middle School and Andrew Moffat will return to overseeing the Senior School.
Thanks to Jo Greenhalgh for taking on the role of Acting AP during this year. She has done a terrific job. Jo now returns to her leading teacher role – Director of Senior School.
Megan Dixon – relocating from the country and teaching Senior Humanities.
Kate Mottershead – a graduate teacher who will be teaching Middle School English and Humanities.
As we move towards the end of this school year, preparations for one of the key events on the College calendar are underway. Mordialloc College is holding its Awards Night at the City of Kingston Town Hall, Nepean Highway, Moorabbin on Thursday 13 December. Every year we come together as a College community to celebrate student successes in a variety of areas such as Academic Excellence, the Arts, Technology, Sport and Community Involvement. Not only are awards given on this evening but high quality entertainment is provided by students in the areas of music and dance.
It will also be a significant event for our Year 12 cohort as we celebrate the achievements of the graduating class for 2018 by presenting all students on stage in academic gowns. Students will be presented with a graduation certificate on stage in front of the rest of the College community. Subject awards for Year 12 and a number of special awards will also be presented.
We understand that this is a busy time for parents but we also know that you understand the importance of coming together as a group to acknowledge all the wonderful achievements of your children throughout the year. Memories of school include both every day activities and friendships, as well as grand events such as Award Nights. I look forward to a high attendance from our community in support of this very special event. Award recipients will be receiving their invitation to attend this week.
Mordialloc College Alumni Association (MCAA)
The past students recognition board located in the Hub has recently been updated to now feature Stan Alves OAM and John Bertrand AO. I am continuing to work with the Alumni on the best storage option for all of our archives.
On Tuesday 13 November I ran our annual tour of the College for former students, followed by a morning tea. This is always a popular event and this year we had another great response with plenty of people turning up interested to connect with their old school, tour the facilities and share stories with other former students about their time at the College.
Ms. Michelle Roberts
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 for displaying the College value of Personal Best in our school debating team recently. They have been very successful with the guidance of Peter Vicary. The students involved were Elisa Sarsini, Andres Moreno-Molina, Jack McLaren, George Newton and Lauren Ditchfield.
The annual College awards night is fast approaching. Tickets are available to purchase from the General Office for $10 per ticket. Please come to the General Office accounts window or contact the office on 9580 1184 to arrange your tickets.
The year has come and gone for Year 11 students who have now finished their end-of-year examinations and who have dived straight into their Year 12 Headstart. As a testament to the enormous amount of effort these students have put into their academic studies across the course of the year the entire year level spent the day participating in an end of year mystery celebration. Students arrived at school in fancy dress clothing with a colourful mishmash of hot dogs, bogans, a beetle, Napoleon Dynamite and crew, princesses, superheroes, historical figures, sports players, pilots, nuns, jail birds and many more characters. With the destination and activity still a mystery to students the group travelled by train, with a couple of platform changes to keep the group guessing, and finally arrived at Sidetracked Entertainment Centre. The rest of the day was spent racing go-karts, winning arcade games, playing mini-golf, dominating at laserforce, eating food and bowling over some pins, which provided the perfect opportunity to blow off some steam and celebrate the end of year.
Thanks to all the students and staff who attended the Mystery Tour excursion. A final congratulations to Year 11 students for completing what has proven to be a challenging year and I wish you all best of luck for your studies in Year 12.
Year 11 Coordinator
Congratulations to the Year 8 girls' Super 8 team who recently won the Kingston Division Super 8 championships. They defeated McKinnon Secondary College 97 - 94 runs in the grand final. It was a fantastic effort. Well done, girls, on a great win.
The 2019 planners have arrived and can be collected from the Payments Window at the General Office. Price: $20.00 unless previously paid. Please send your child to the Payments Window to pick up their planner.
From Monday 3rd December through to Sunday 23rd December there will be Service disruptions for planned works due to upgrades along sections on the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines. Bus Replacement Services will operate between Pakenham / Cranbourne to Westall Station during this period. This may impact upon your plans for activities whilst the upgrades are taking place.
Please click on the link below for Bus Replacement information and which sections will be affected during the upgrades.
Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am
Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Private appointments are available after shop hours. Please call 8587 0570 for an appointment.
Visit the new, improved website Dobsons.com.au. Click and Collect ordering now available.
Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.
Please see the attachment for the most up to date price list including any specials that are available.
Sue runs a second hand English book business. She has advised the College that she has the following novels for sale, all in fantastic condition, for $10 each. If you are interested please contact Sue directly on 9583 4448. Please see below for details of books available.
Lord of the Flies
Of Mice and Men
Romeo and Juliet (Oxford)
Year 10 (Enhanced)
Of Mice and Men
Romeo and Juliet
Year 11 (EAL)
Growing Up Asian In Australia
I Am Malala - Year 12
Old World/New World
* Please note the College newsletter is not available for parents to sell second hand books.