Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

28 February 2019
Issue Two
Important Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
Uniform Supplier
Student Leadership
Junior School News
Music & Performance
Environmental Science
Swimming Carnival
Cultural Diversity Week
2020 Enrolments 
In our community
School information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194

Important Dates


Monday 4 March 

9am, College Tour


Tuesday 5 March 

Beachside Swimming Carnival

SRC Free Dress Day 

7pm, Parents & Friends' Association AGM


Friday 8 March

10.15am, International Women's Day Assembly 


Monday 11 March 

Labour Day Public Holiday 


Friday 15 March 

Year 8 Round Robin

6pm, Year 7 Parents & Students Welcome Picnic


Tuesday 19 March

Year 7 Round Robin


Thursday 21 March

9am, College Tour


Friday 22 March

2.15pm, Year 7 & 12 Fancy Dress Dance Comp


Monday 25 March 

All day, Athletics Carnival, Dolamore Reserve


Tuesday 26 March

6pm, Year 9 My Migrant Story Expo


Wednesday 27 March

2pm to 6pm, VCE Parent Teachers Student Interviews

Classes finish at 1.05pm (No period 4 classes)


Thursday 29 March

SMR Swimming Carnival


Friday 29 March - Student Free

Staff Professional Development Day

6pm, VCE Ball


Thursday 4 April - No scheduled classes 

1.30pm to 8pm Year 7 to 10 Parent Teacher Student interviews

(dinner break 5-6pm) 


Friday 5 April - Term 1 ends

Early finish

Principal's Message

Dear parents, families & guardians

We are half way through Term 1. Five weeks done and five more weeks to go. As you read this I will be attending the Inner Southern Region Principals Conference. 


This is a particularly busy period for the school as many events are planned and held. In just the last two weeks: over 30 students performed at the Beaumaris Festival; Year 9 students visited the Immigration and Chinese museums; there was an information evening about the Elevate program for Year 8 parents; Year 7 students had a round of immunisations; Senior and Intermediate levels had Round Robin interschool sport competitions; Year 9 Outdoor Education students had an afternoon of sailing; Year 12 English and Literature students were entertained by a group performing aspects of the play Extinction which is an English text; Year 10 Drama and VCE Theatre Studies students attended a performance of Twelfth Night at the Royal Botanic Gardens; over 70 people – parents and children - attended a morning College Tour ably led by our student guides; the annual House Swimming Carnival was held at Carnegie Pool and the Year 7 Camps are still underway at Arrabri Lodge with Year 10 Peer Support leaders making a day trip to Warburton to lead students in activities.  Plus there has been the usual classes and staff meetings and the planning for more special activities ahead such as the Athletics Carnival and VCE Ball.


Making these co-curriculum and extra curriculum activities happen requires many resources to plan, prepare and run successful events. My thanks to the teaching and support staff for all of their contributions to making the school a place where every student is provided with a wealth of opportunities. 


My special thanks to Fiona Faulkes who has taken on the responsibility of coordinating the school’s sports carnival program this year. Fiona’s attention to detail and organisation was demonstrated at the smooth running of the Swimming Carnival. Many times over the day, she said to me “as long as the students are enjoying the day” and this was evident in their participation and their cheering.  It is always difficult to take over from someone (many thanks to Ilana Parker and PE staff for their past work) and have it run smoothly, but Fiona pulled this off with a smile on her face and precision perfect planning.


You may remember that I recently called for parent nominations for School Council. We were fortunate to have had just the right amount of candidates to fill the available parent member vacancies. I would like to congratulate Luiza Levenfus and Andrea Webster who are the new School Council parent members who join our re-elected members, James Malliaros and Rachael Angus. Darren Hawkless will remain on the School Council as a co-opted member of the Council.  We will be saying farewell to Richard Elstone (parent member) and Louise Rieniets (staff member) at our next meeting. They have been on our School Council for many years and have contributed to the continuing success of our College. We are yet to hold the election for the student representative position. This will be held next week and all students will be able to vote in the election.


So, it is onwards and upwards for our school. I thank you all for your contribution to the school, and as a result, the excellent reputation that our school holds in the community.


Kind regards

Linda Brown 


Our gardener, Tammy Schindler-Hands, preparing a new flower bed while students were at the Swimming Carnival. 

College Matters

School Council Report

 I could not be prouder of being part of the MGSC community and delighted to have been to re-appointed as a Parent Member of Council. 


The past two years have seen such positive changes occurring within the school, from upgrading and beautifying our school grounds, to planning exciting new building projects, as well as seeing some outstanding increases year on year in the students’ academic and ATAR results.


Council Members certainly hit the ground running at our recent February Council meeting, with a packed agenda covering loose ends from 2018 along with all of the new business arising from the commencement of the 2019 school year.


 We heard how our school has welcomed many new teaching staff after MGSC farewelled a number of dedicated and well-loved teachers who retired at the end of 2018. We also spoke about the overall promising staff and parent surveys feedback the school received in 2018.  


2019 will see the School Council working harder than ever on many projects, including the realisation of our new STEAM Centre - the construction of which we hope to see commencing later this year. This building, which will be 100% funded by school raised funds, will provide state-of-the-art spaces for our students to engage in the STEAM subjects of the future.


As you may be aware, the second half of 2018 saw myself and our Council President James Malliaros actively lobbying our State political representatives to seek funding for much needed renovation and or replacement of our aging buildings at MGSC.  Sadly, we did not secure promises of funding from both parties which is why the school is self-funding the upgrading of our facilities.


School Council is committed to continuing our fight for fair funding, and will be welcoming both Tim Richardson MP and Brad Roswell MP to our May Council Meeting - where we hope to communicate our concerns and re-affirm our intent to continue to lobby the government moving forward.


In closing, I wish all of our staff and students a fantastic year ahead and hope to see another productive school year producing wonderful outcomes for all.


Rachael Angus

Vice President 


Compass is now being used for payments and to give approval for excursions/events. To do so, log into your parent portal. Any payments and consents that are due will be visible on your home page, above the news items. These items are highlighted in green. If all payments have been made and all approvals given, there will be no items to view.


We are continuing to use Compass for news feeds, monitoring attendance, providing feedback on learning tasks and booking parent/teacher interviews.

Please ensure that only you are the only one to access the parent portal, especially when entering student illnesses and appointments.

If you do not recall your Compass ID and/or password, please send an email to the ICT Helpdesk to request your Compass login and password[email protected]

Parents and Friends’ Association (PFA)

All parents are welcome to attend the PFA AGM at 7pm on Tuesday 5 March in the staffroom.

Refreshments will be provided. We will be electing the committee and planning for the Year 7 Welcome Picnic and Open Evening.

Year 7 Family Welcome Picnic

Friday 15 March on the school oval from 6pm - 8pm

This is an opportunity for Year 7 families to meet one another. BYO picnic dinner and drinks, picnic rug/chairs.

MGSC Book Swap and Sell Facebook page 

This Facebook page has been administered by PFA volunteers. Thanks to Emma and Jo for their work. This page will stay open until end of February and will then be closed down. It will reopen late in 2019 in readiness for the 2020 school year

Carol Duggan & Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals

Uniform Supplier

Change of Uniform Supplier 

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has appointed Bob Stewart Uniform Specialist Mentone as the College’s uniform supplier. The uniform is not changing, only the official supplier. 


Bob Stewart's Mentone store will have all MGSC uniforms items available to purchase from Saturday 13 April. Costume World will continue to sell MGSC uniforms until 30 March. There will be a two week period when new uniforms cannot be purchased from either supplier.


The Department of Education and Training (DET) requires schools to undergo a tender process before entering into contracts over a certain value. This is to ensure that the school and the community receive the best value for money. As a result of our procurement process undertaken in 2018, Bob Stewart were appointed as the MGSC uniform supplier on the expiry of the current contract with Costume World. Bob Stewart is an experienced and specialist uniform supplier with stores serving schools across Melbourne. They supply a number of schools in the local area and have a store in Balcombe Road, Mentone. Bob Stewart met a number of critical criteria in the tender including price, location and support for school families.


Costume World has provided excellent service over many years as the official uniform supplier.  This was a period of significant changes to the uniform including the introduction of a new logo and additional uniform options such as shorts and pants. We thank Sherrin and the Costume World team for their work and support for our community and wish them well.

Costume World is having a clearance sale of all uniform items (summer, winter, sport) offering significant savings. This is an opportunity for students and families to purchase for the season and years ahead and replace any items with the old school logo. The sale runs from 1 to 30 March while stocks last. 


From the start of term 2 all new uniform supplies will be from Bob Stewart Mentone.


Carol Duggan

Assistant Principal


Costume World stock clearance sale

Every item on SALE from Friday 1 March to Saturday 30 March (or until stock sold out)

All current laybys, credit notes and SSR Vouchers MUST be finalised prior to 30 March


Summer Dresses $55                                

Summer Blouse  $35                                

Summer Shorts  $32.95                           

Navy Jumpers (10-16)  $65             

Navy Jumpers  (18-24) $75              

VCE Jumpers  $69.95                          

Blazers  $150                             

Spare Blazer Buttons   50 cents                        

Socks (Short)  $5.50       

Socks (Long)  $6.50                         

Winter Long Sleeved Shirts  $35      

Winter Skirts  $65 

Navy Slacks  $45 

Tights (Microfibre) $7 

Sports Polo  $33.95                       

Sports Shorts  $25

Track Pants  $29.95

Rugby Jumper (Large & XL Only left)  $45                                

Sports Jackets (Large & XL Only left) $77                                

Sports Hats  $10                               

School Bags $65



Attached is Costume World's sale price list


Where to get your uniform

Costume Worlduntil 30 March

1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

9584 7006 

Monday 10am - 6:30 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 10am - 6pm

Thursday & Friday 10am - 7pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm


Bob Stewart Mentone from 13 April 

93 Balcombe Road, Mentone

9036 7367

Monday to Thursday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Saturdays 9.30am - 12.30pm


PFA Second-hand Uniform Shop - during term

Tuesday afternoon 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Friday morning 8.15am - 9.15am


Student Leadership

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." 

Henry Ford


The Junior School Leadership team should be determined within the next week  with the Year 7 students electing their Class Captains and SRC representatives while on camp.


This year for the first time, our Peer Support Leaders (Year 10) will be attending one day of each Year 7 camp to work more closely with students and to lead activities.


Year 8 Class Captains and SRC representatives will be finalised during Personal Learning classes.


All student leaders have the opportunity to attend various Leadership Conferences to learn and further develop the necessary skills to be a strong leader. Twenty-one senior students will be attending the GRIP conference in March with a group from the Middle and Junior School teams and SRC to attend the VIC SRC Student Voice workshop on 25 March.


Wendy Harvey

Director of Student Leadership & Engagement

Introducing the Middle School Captains

Lily West: Middle School Captain

My name is Lily West and I am one of the 2019 Middle School Captains. Before coming to MGSC I attended Aspendale Gardens Primary School. When I started Year 7 I knew that leadership was something I was wanting to do. Over my past three years here I have been lucky enough to receive the roles of SRC representative, Class Captain and Middle School Leader in 2018. As I have previously been a part of the Middle School leadership team, I knew that Middle School Captain was a role that I wanted to pursue. Through the leadership roles I have held at MGSC and outside of school, I have been fortunate enough to partake in many life-changing experiences that I will forever remember and be grateful for. This year I hope to bring the Middle School together and implement plans and programs suggested by the students here at MGSC, I also hope that my peers feel comfortable to come and express their ideas and thoughts to me so that we can improve the school and make a difference that will be remembered for years to come!


Olivia Gryszan: Middle School Captain

Hi I’m Olivia Gryszan and I’m one of your 2019 Middle School Captains. Out of school, I volunteer and help team manage at Mordialloc Life Saving Club. I also play and umpire netball. I have been in leadership positions in the past and those roles have taught me that hard work pays off and that many hands make light work. This year, as one of your captains, I am hoping to share my thoughts and the thoughts of the middle school cohort, with the school’s leadership team.


This year I wanted to have more involvement in the school and get to know a whole new group of people so, I decided to sign up for the role of Middle School Captain. Last year I was a Visual Arts Domain Leader and really enjoyed having meetings and working with the others members in that team.


This year I would like to implement more ways for students to voice their opinions comfortably and happily so that they cannot say they don’t have anywhere to share their thoughts. There is only so much we can do as leaders, so why not get others on board? I love working with fellow students so feel free to come and talk to me anytime. I am super thrilled to have been appointed to this role and I will try my hardest to fulfill all tasks in 2019. 

Student Representative Council 

We are already half way through Term 1 but that means exciting things are well underway.


The SRC has decided to support a different not-for-profit charity each term.  They will be raising funds and raising awareness of each cause within our school community.


Term 1 will be dedicated to supporting Geri Sumpter (mother of a MGSC student and School Council member) who is raising money for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) by participating at the Moomba Birdman Rally. 

Did you know that the RFDS conducted 16,209 Nurse, GP and Dental clinics across Australia last year so image the help that as a community we could provide to the RFDS and better yet the people who live in rural or remote areas that rely on the service.


The SRC is showing their support by raising funds through a Free Dress Day on Tuesday 5 March.


MGSC has a student population that well exceeds 1000 students, which means the potential to raise over $1000. If we reach this amount the Royal Flying Doctors Service will bring a simulator to the school and for students to try, which is a fantastic opportunity. 


Please assist the SRC and the RFDS in reminding your daughter and having a conversation that maybe giving up one coffee or hot chocolate a year and donating one dollar each free dress day we can help support those that a little can go a long way as well as for donating one lucky student will win a movie voucher. 


Sian Sharpe 

Girls' Leadership & Engagement Support Leader 

on behalf of the 2019 SRC

Junior School News

Year 8 Study Skills

All Year 8 students recently participated in a study skills session run by Elevate Education on ‘Time Management.’ During their Personal Learning class the students were shown how to set up a study timetable, how to use the timetable to make it successful, how to break down tasks and assignments into manageable steps and the difference between revision and homework. The Year 8 teachers will be reinforcing these principles in all of their classes to further support your daughter with her study habits.Your daughter should have a study timetable from the session to show you.


The Year 8 parents who attended the Elevate Education Parent Night thought the presentation was very worthwhile. Some of their feedback included:


“Very practical”


“Very informative and useful information”

“I can’t wait to apply some of these ideas at home with my child”

Year 7 Camp

Year 7 camp is in full swing with 7A, D and F returning Wednesday and 7B, C, E and G away at the moment. So far there have been plenty of positive attitudes, enthusiasm and fun.


A huge thank you must go to Mr Philip Hull and Mrs Petra Witt for their organisation of the camp. This is also extended to all staff who attended. It is a big sacrifice for staff to attend as they leave their families, prepare classes which will be missed and then be on duty caring for your daughters. Thank you to the families who took the time to thank our staff.


Emma Holman

Director of Junior School 


Interschool Round Robins 

Congratulations to the Senior students who competed in either Tennis, Lawn Bowls or Volleyball at the Round Robin held on 15 February. The enthusiasm amongst all competitors was infectious and very pleasing to see them so keen to represent the college. Although none of the teams have progressed to the next level, it was still very pleasing to feel the enthusiasm amongst the students.


On Monday 25 February, the Intermediate students participated in their Round Robin in Softball, Lawn Bowls and Volleyball. The students were actively involved in all their sports with determination and displayed fair behaviour on and off the field.



Year 7 & 8 Round Robins

Fast approaching are the Year 7 and 8 Round Robins who are in either trial or training mode at the moment. Interested students are asked to please keep an eye on Compass, their email inboxes and the screens for any trials or training sessions that will be held.

Year 7 & 12 Fancy Dress 

A reminder for our year 7 students as the rehearsals for the annual Year 7 and 12 Fancy Dress dance event are to begin soon. It is important that they attend both Fancy Dress rehearsals and sport trials as they will be alternating over the lunchtimes for the weeks ahead.

Victorian Schools Triathlon

Best wishes to Mackenzie Scott (Year 9) who will be competing at the Victorian Schools Triathlon at Elwood Beach this Sunday 3 March.  


Ilana Parker

Interschools Sports Coordinator

Music & Performance

A Day on Oak Street Beaumaris Festival 2019 

The Funkadelics and Stage Band put on a tremendous show to open the entertainment program at the Day on Oak Street Festival on Sunday 17 February.  Congratulations to the students and staff for the their fine and entertaining performances.  Special thanks to music staff Mr Stuart Campbell and Ms Sue D Cook for leading the groups and Mr Tim Veevers for a guest appearance with the Stage Band. 


Environmental Science

Excursion to Werribee Zoo

I’m sure when you hear it’s Valentine's Day you don’t imagine an hour bus ride to the Werribee Zoo, or collecting scats (as the zoo calls it) in grassland, but that’s exactly how Ms Bendall’s Year 12 Environmental Science class spent this romantic day.


We spent the week prior learning about the state of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (who are extinct in the wild) and despite the bandicoot being at the vet when we got to Werribee we were able to sample a potential enclosure for him using quadrats and determine that it was unfit. The highlights of the day included eating lunch with the meerkats and then travelling through the African safari section of the zoo where we saw multiple animals on the savannah and in the water.


Ms Bendall and Ms Rieniets were on hand to link everything we saw back to our studies in the classroom on the importance of biodiversity and the impacts of species extinction as well as providing us with an incredibly worthwhile and entertaining excursion.


Grace Grimmer, Rebecca ReubenichtEmily Ryan (Year 12) 



Swimming Carnival

The Swimming Sports was a fun day, the colours and outfits were wonderful. Thanks to all staff and students for participating and helping. Many students competed and house points were given. The winning house was Jackson with 687 points followed by Mackellar with 593 points, Melba with 427 points and Kenny with 305 points. Congratulations to all! 


The top three form groups that competed in the most events on the day were; 7B, 12D and 8B.


The winners of events now compete in the Bayside Division swimming. Good luck girls.


Fiona Faulkes

Carnivals Coordinator 

Photo: 2018 Food Stalls

Cultural Diversity Week

Photo: 2018 Food Stalls


Cultural Diversity and Multicultural Week - 18 to 22 March 


The food stall festival on Thursday 21 March is a highlight of our celebrations. We are seeking students to organise a food stall festival.


For more information see Ms Feng or Ms Chang in the International Students Program office by Tuesday 5 March. 


2020 Enrolments 

Open Evening - Tuesday 30 April 


The annual Open Evening is an opportunities for families and the community to gather information about the 2020 enrolment process and to see our school and students 'on show'. We encourage any families considering MGSC for their secondary schooling, especially those with daughters in year 5 and 6, to attend the Open Evening or one of the regular College Tours.  The website has a list of tour dates. 


Year 7 2020, Enhancement Program 

Introduced this year, the Enhancement Program will run from Years 7 to 9 and will provide students with the opportunity to learn through higher-order thinking, inquiry and rich tasks as part of an enhanced curriculum in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Science.


For more information about the Enhancement Program see the website or contact Mr Sam Haines, Director of Curriculum and Enhancement on [email protected] 


Victorian School of Languages classes have commenced at Mentone Girls' Secondary College.

We are delighted that the VSL has chosen our College as a venue for their classes from 2019.

This a great program: 

  • Classes are open to all school-aged students - not just MGSC or girls
  • Runs Saturdays 9am to 12.20pm 
  • Low cost 
  • Years 1 to 10  - $80 per  year
  • Years 11 & 12 (VCE) - $95  per year
  • Offering Chinese First Language
  • Offering Chinese Second Langauge
  • Languages offerings will expand to meet demand
  • Enrolments are open now
  • Contact Area Manager Kon Papas on 9558 5566 or [email protected]
  • Further information to enrols online visit
  • Spread the word! 

See VSL's flier for more information.


In our community

Our local theatre group

Directed by former student Kirsten Page


Family life workshop


I feel I can fly 



Gnome Festival - Sunday 17 March


Footy is coming


Cricket goes indoors for winter 


School information 

General Office

8.15am to 4.15pm

Monday to Friday 

Tel 03 9581 5200

Principal Team & Sub-School Directors

Principal - Linda Brown

Assistant Principal - Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principal - Carol Duggan


Director of Junior School - Emma Holman

Director of Middle School - Deb Jarvis

Director of  Senior School - Sylvia Christopoulos

Attendance & Absences

Students should aim for a 100% attendance record. They are expected to attend school regularly and remain at school and in class until officially dismissed.

Year 7-10 absences: Parents/guardians are asked to use Compass to log absences. 

VCE student absences:  Parents/guardians contact the VCE Office on 9581 5231 before 9am and update attendance on Compass. If contact is not made on the day of absence, an explanatory note must be brought from home on the day the VCE student returns and handed into the VCE Office. 

Late arrival - after 8.50am

Years 7-10 must sign the arrival book at the General Office and take the white late slip to class. 

VCE students sign in at the VCE Office.


It is your responsibility to ensure your child attends school every day. Learn about your responsibilities and what you can do to help your child's attendance. Schooling is compulsory for children and young people aged from 6 -17 years. School participation will help your child develop important skills, knowledge and values to further their learning and participation in the community. Attending school every day also helps your child develop crucial social and emotional skills such as good communication, resilience and the ability to work in teams.

Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. 

For more information see:  DET Attendance and missing school.


Second Hand Uniform Shop hours:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Friday  8.15am - 9.15am

Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank transfer.

Please label all items for the second-hand uniform shop clearly with: 

  • Seller's name and contact details
  • BSB and Account Number

Please hand in items to the General Office.  If you have any financial queries please, contact the school. 


Uniform Supplier - Costume World - until 30 March 

Shop 5 1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

T: 9584 7006

Assessment & Reporting

A parents' guide to assessment and reporting can be found on Compass under School Documentation, which is located in the Community tab on the menu at the top of the page. The guide is also on the website under the Curriculum tab.  Guide for parents.

Library hours

8.30am to 4.30pm, school days

Facilities Hire

Many of the school's spaces are available to hire including the gym and lecture theatre. 

For information on hire rates and availability, contact Bronwen Peterson, Facilities Manager on 9581 5200.


Online ordering is available through the canteen operators, Bocca Foods. A 5% discount and order until 10am on the same day. Register at

  1. Select “Register now” to register yourself as a parent account.
  2. You will be required to complete all relevant details within the parent account before selecting to register your child/children. This will ensure that we have a way of contacting you should it be required for any reason.
  3. Select the checkbox “I will l be ordering for multiple students” (Even if you will only be ordering for 1 child).
  4. And select “Add Student”.
  5. Complete their details ensuring you select the correct school for your child, (multiple schools can be entered for multiple children) and fill in their year level and class information.
  6. Here you should also complete any relevant Dietary Requirements or options that will ensure the food provided to your child meets their specific needs.
  7. Once completed select “Save” and you are ready to begin ordering.

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover and private property brought to

Parents are reminded that the Department of Education does not provide personal accident insurance or ambulance cover for students. Parents and guardians of students, who do not have student accident insurance/ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students, including the cost of ambulance attendance or transport as well as any other transport costs.

Statement of commitment to child safety 

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has zero tolerance for child abuse. Mentone Girls’ Secondary College is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.  Please refer to our policies on our website: for detailed information.

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