College News

06 June 2019
Issue Sixteen
Principal's Update
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Year 9 Outdoor Ed Camp
BUY NOW, BUY NOW Production FUNdraiser  
Sticker Collection
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Premiers Award 

Congratulations to one of our Year 12 students from 2018 who was awarded a Premiers Award for achieving 50 in English last year. On Monday, Acting Assistant Principal, Jo Greenhalgh (Annie’s English teacher) and I attended the special award ceremony held at the Melbourne Convention Centre. The awards recognise the very top performing students in the state last year who excelled in particular subjects and this is certainly an outstanding achievement for Annie! We were very proud to share in this significant celebration with her, along with Annie’s mum.


Future Facility Development

As all in the community are aware, Mordialloc College was promised $8.5 million by Labor in the lead up to the state election last year. I was hopeful this would all be allocated in the May state budget so we could immediately start our project given we already have the plans for the new Year 8 Learning Centre. However, we were only allocated planning funding for our future capital works projects (Year 8 Learning Centre, Senior School learning hub including classrooms and a senior study centre and upgrades to the Year 7 learning centre), with a commitment that the rest of the funding will come through in the next state budget to begin construction.  The planning process with the Victorian School Building Authority is a lengthy process and I will have more information once the official timeline is made available to me.


Staff Service Awards 

On the afternoon of Friday May 24 we held the Mordialloc College school service awards. This is an annual event we have held since 2016 to celebrate and recognise staff who have spent a considerable part of their career to date at Mordialloc College. It is a most worthwhile event sponsored by school council. This year we had six staff being recognised. All received a framed certificate, with any staff serving 25 years or more eligible for a small gift. Staff presented include: Justin Wischusen, Tim Wischusen and Lisa Ip for 10 years; Di Douglas, James Evans and Emily Court for 15 years. We also recognised Tracey Gabell with an official certificate from the Department of Education and Training for the time served on School Council (eleven and a half years).


DET 35 Year Service Awards 

Our school was asked by the SEVR region to provide the pre-ceremony entertainment at the SEVR 35 year service awards held during the evening of Thursday 23 May at the Dingley International Hotel. Congratulations to Sarah Carey and Bronte Taylor from Year 9 and Ava Collison and Noreigh Zuniga from Year 11 for providing such high quality entertainment. It was a fantastic experience for them to perform at a formal event outside school. Thanks to music teachers Demis Dandoudis and Kelly Ferguson for their support of the students in helping them to prepare, and their attendance with me on the night.


Student Attendance and Educational Outcomes

Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Studies show that absence does affect learning growth and that there are no safe number of days. A child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a year of school by the time they are in Year 10. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age. In addition, a student who is half an hour late each day misses the equivalent of 16.6 days of learning each year. This is not acceptable. It is not ok to be away or late without a medical certificate! School participation maximises life opportunities for our young people by providing them with education and support networks.  School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community. If you are having difficulty getting your child to school, please contact the Wellbeing Team at the College to discuss strategies that may assist you.


Sleep for Wellbeing and Academic Performance

Sleep is food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Skipping sleep can be harmful — even deadly, particularly if you are behind the wheel. You can look bad, you may feel moody, and you perform poorly. Sleepiness can make it hard to get along with your family and friends and hurt your scores on school exams, on the court or on the field. When you do not get enough sleep, you are more likely to have an accident, injury and/or illness. Sleep is vital to your well-being, as important as the air you breathe, the water you drink and the food you eat. It can even help you to eat better and manage the stress of being a teen. Biological sleep patterns shift toward later times for both sleeping and waking during adolescence. This means it is natural to not be able to fall asleep before 11:00 pm. Teens need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep each night to function best however unfortunately most teens do not get enough sleep. One study found that only 15% reported sleeping 8 1/2 hours on school nights. Teens tend to have irregular sleep patterns across the week, typically staying up late and sleeping in late on the weekends, which can affect their biological clocks and hurt the quality of their sleep.

Please see the article to follow for some helpful tips 


Student Attitudes to School Survey

We value student voice as a means to improving student engagement, wellbeing and quality instruction and are conducting a survey to find out what your child thinks of our school. The Attitudes to School survey is an annual student survey offered by the Department of Education and Training to assist schools in gaining an understanding of students' perceptions and experience of school. Our school will use the survey results to plan programs and activities to improve your child's schooling experience.
This will be the sixteenth year that the survey has been offered, now in its third year of being online. Students from Year 7 to 12 at our school have been participating in the survey over the last few weeks. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes to compete and all responses to the survey are anonymous. The survey results will be reported back to the school in July and will be communicated to parents through the Annual Report.



     Michelle Roberts





Important Dates


Thursday 06

  • Year 7 & 8 John Marsden Guest Speaker
  • Year 7 Parent Morning Tea 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Year 12 Elevate "Ace Your Exams" 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Monday 10

  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11

  • VCAL Hospitality and Tourism Cilantro Restaurant Excursion
  • Program Development Committee Meeting 3:30 pm

Wednesday 12

  • VCE GAT 9:30 am - 1:30 pm in the gym
  • Year 10 VCAL Chisholm TAFE Experience

Thursday 13

  • Year 10 Holmesglen & Monash Excursion
  • Production Trivia Night FUNdraiser 7:00 pm at Mordialloc Bowls Club start arriving from 6:30 pm

Friday 14

  • Pupil Free Day
  • Facilities meeting 8:00 am

Monday 17

  • Unit 2 begins
  • Southern Metropolitan Cross Country at Ballam Park Frankston
  • Finance Meeting 4:00 pm

Tuesday 18

  • Year 11 & 12 John Monash Science School Excursion 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • World Challenge Launch Meeting 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm in the Hubspace

Wednesday 19

  • Olympiad Maths Competition
  • Year 8 Camp to Phillip Island (returns Friday 21)

Thursday 20

  • VCE/VCAL 2020 Information Night (current Year 9 & Year 10 students and parents)

         Year 9 students 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre

         Year 9 SEAL students 6:30 pm in the PAC

         Year 10 students 7:00 pm in the Learning Centre

         Followed by a subject expo set up in the Enquiry Zone after each                   information session.

  • School Council Meeting 5:00pm

Friday 21 

  • Year 11 Vis, Media and Product Design Technology students Top Designs Excursion
  • Year 8 Camp returns

Monday 24

  • Year 10 Queensland Camp (returns Friday 28)

Tuesday 25

  • Year 11 Studio Arts Gallery Visit

Wednesday 26

  • Year 12 Analytical Chemistry Excursion

Friday 28

  • Year 12 Legal Studies Supreme Court Excursion
  • Year 10 Queensland Camp returns
  • Senior Formal 6:30 pm Dingley International
  • End of Term 2 Early Dismissal 

 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 Harry Maginness for always displaying the College value of personal bestHarry goes above and beyond to support his classmates. He is respectful, enthusiastic and a quiet achiever. His caring nature helps nurture and foster the student learning of his peer 'buddy' and he always looks for ways to help; from a kind word, sitting with someone who is by themselves, or assisting academically. Well done Harry.



Lana Paten


Year 9 Outdoor Ed Camp


On Tuesday 21 to Friday  24  May, our Year 9 Outdoor Ed class travelled to Nayook for our adventure camp at Rubicon.

After our near 2 hour drive, the first day consisted of finding our sizes for our wetsuits, thermals and clothing gear that the camp provided us for the week. We had to separate our clothes into hiking packs and hiked a tiring and painful journey to our huts and campsites. We had groups of 2 to 3 in a tent, and we worked together to pitch them  by ourselves. Both groups had their first activity of the day, which was orienteering through the forests with nothing but each other, walkie talkies, a whistle and a map, finding checkpoints around the bush. The best group (Fraser, Flynn and I) won of course. Afterwards we discussed group responsibilities and did some planning for the next few days.

One of the activities we did was river sledding on the Yarra. Not only was this one of the most enjoyable activities, but we also got the opportunity to learn about river health and a variety of elements effecting river life such as eddies, Vs, rapids and the spiritual values of the Yarra. We got our own small rafts to paddle on, and stopped at Warburton to make wraps for lunch.  For someone who doesn’t enjoy being around water - it was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone. 

Our next activity was caving but, before that, each group had to practise abseiling on small boulders - using carabiners, ropes, harnesses, helmets and more that we learnt about at school before going to camp. When we got off the bus the scenery was beautiful as we walked down a track to where the entry was. After abseiling into the cave, it was nothing but mud, rocks and a little bit of water. There were so many tight squeezes, climbs and deep crevices we had to get through, however we worked efficiently as a group to help each other and every one of us completed the cave without any injuries. Despite it being muddy and extremely difficult, everyone enjoyed the challenge and it was a great opportunity to focus on developing our personal character strengths. 

There were definitely people who stepped out of their comfort zones, opened up and tried new things they were unsure about which we were all proud to see. Working together with our trangia stoves, our groups made delicious dinners every night: butter chicken and rice, pasta and potato and sausage goulash - they all turned out pretty good. On our last day both groups reunited to cook our own pizzas, clean up all the gear and contribute  to the camp via numerous community activities. We then headed back to school, which was probably the worst part of camp.

We were very lucky to have the best weather and amazing instructors and teachers on this camp. Our Year 9 Outdoor Ed class can all agree on the amazing experience it was and have all got to know each other even better.

Thank you to Mr Wischusen Ms. Davies and Rubicon who helped and dedicated their time for us.


Jeneya Tran

Year 9 Outdoor Ed Student

Production 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.

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.

Free Trial

Claim a free tennis trial for one of the following tennis programs;

Cardio tennis

ANZ hot-shots 4 - 12 yr olds

Junior group class up to 18 yr old

Racket provided.

If you are interested please contact

Mobile 0439 616 748

Venue - Chelsea Heights Tennis Club, Thames Promenade

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