College News

31 August 2018
Issue Twenty-six
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Student Awards                                                           
French News
Deakin Oration
Year 12 Scholarships for 2019
Instrumental Music Showcase Invitation
College Art Show
Pick My Project Support Required 
Community News
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Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


School Production

Congratulations to all students (cast and crew) who were involved in this year’s school production, “The Addams Family”. I am sure everyone in our school community would agree with me that it was an outstanding show of the highest quality and so professional in every sense of the word (we even had the actual sets from Broadway in our very own Performing Arts Centre) and showcased our wonderful talent pool at the College. The production this year was held over four nights to assist in meeting the demand for tickets. Special thanks must go to our former school captain (in 2011), Josh Mulcahy, who returned to the College for the sixth time to direct the show the show in partnership with our wonderful teachers: Mara Sears – Production Coordinator and Producer, Demis Danoudis – Music Coordinator, Adelle Stevenson – Assistant Producer, Ariana Nickou – Stage Manager, Kelly Ferguson – vocal training, Andrew Fisher – technical direction, Liz Evans – rehearsal supervision, Stuart Mcintyre  - set construction and design, Jennifer Wunderle and Leah Bright - set painting. Highlighting the sense of community that prevails at the College, a number of former students returned to assist. They were Natalie Wood and Imogen Kane as Assistant Directors, Hannah Blavo as Assistant Choreographer, Finn Mc Henry assisting with the crew, and Rhian Wheel and Gemma Benci as part of the “pit singers”.


Stan Alves returns to the College

I invited former student, Stan Alves, to the College to speak to our Year 12 students on Tuesday 21 August. Stan played 226 games for Melbourne and was captain for four years. He also played for North Melbourne and coached St. Kilda in the 90s. Stan is well known on the public speaking circuit and as a commentator on radio. It is a critical time in the year as our Year 12s complete final assessments before preparing for the final exam weeks in Term 4. Stan spoke to students about getting the best out of themselves no matter what their career aspirations are and having no regrets - “If it’s to be it’s up to me”. It was wonderful to have Stan reconnect with the College and offer his services as a way of giving back to a great school that supported him many years ago. The students were highly engaged during his presentation and found it most worthwhile.


August is Education Support Staff Recognition Month 

On Monday we held a morning tea for all staff to formally thank all of our Education Support staff who work across the school in a variety of roles to support teachers, students and parents and thus are a vital part of our school community. The contribution they make is invaluable and without them the school would not run effectively!


Queen's Scout Award

Congratulations to Year 12 student and School Captain, Sabrina Berg, for achieving a significant milestone in a youth member’s scouting journey, the Queen’s Scout award. To attain this top award reflects initiative in tackling this challenge (including training courses, service to others, major expeditions), sustained effort over hundreds of hours, plus self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. Only a small percentage reach this level and represent the top achievers among scouting’s 47 million members globally. Well done Sabrina!


Student Led Conferences

As we come towards the end of this term, all students should be preparing for their Student Led Conference to be held on Wednesday 19th September between 2.00pm-6.30pm where they will have the opportunity to showcase their learning to their parents and mentor teacher/home group teacher. All students should be preparing a rich learning portfolio on which to base their conference around. It is also a great opportunity to practise their presentation and interview skills that will be so important when going for a job interview in the future. This will still be a four period day with an extended recess. Lunch will be at 1.00pm. Information about making appointment times through Compass from this week, has been sent home via an email to parents last week and a letter has been given to each student. As this is a compulsory component of your child’s program at Mordialloc College, we encourage parents/guardians or another significant adult to attend the conference. If you or another adult are unable to attend, please ensure that your child registers and attends regardless. If there are any issues logging into Compass or if you have misplaced your parent password, please contact the General Office for assistance.


Year 10 Camp

On Monday half of our Year 10 cohort (75 students) headed to Queensland - with Year 10 coordinator, Andrew Fisher, and Year 10 teachers, James Sadler, Georgia Davey, James Nicklen, Kim Lenc, Laura Gorman and Simon Cummins - and will return Friday night. Learning to surf and visits to a number of theme parks are bound to be highlights for our students and, of course, the beautiful 20 plus degree weather!! The rest of Year 10 this week have been involved in their normal teaching program with a couple of excursions running on Friday for students to select from – Tree surfing on the Peninsula or into the city to the movies.  Thanks to Andrew Fisher and Rachael Pierce, our Year 10 coordinators, for their excellent organisation of both programs and all staff involved in supporting the respective programs.


Encouraging Gratitude

Gratitude plays a key role in our happiness and wellbeing. Gratitude is a selfless act. Gratitude acts are done unconditionally to show to people that they are appreciated, not because people are looking for something in return. Read the following article to learn more about the importance of encouraging gratitude with kids and young adults and how this can be done in five simple ways.






Michelle Roberts




Important Dates


Friday 31

  • Year 10 Gold Coast Camp Return
  • Year 10 Alternative Camp Program - Movie Day
  • Year 10 Alternative Camp Program - Tree Surfing


Saturday 1

  • Music Showcase Rehearsal

Monday 3

  • Student Leadership Positions Advertised

Tuesday 4

  • Year 12 Physics Australian Synchrotron Excursion
  • VCE Chinese Revolution Museum and Lecture
  • World Challenge Compulsory Expedition Meeting 3:30pm -6:00pm
  • PDC subcommittee of Council 3:30pm
  • Year 11 VCAL Students Melbourne City Mission Frontyard Youth Services excursion

Wednesday 5

  • France Tour Pre departure meeting 6 pm - 7 pm

Thursday 6

  • Kingston Divison Athletics Day
  • Instrumental Music Showcase Performance Night 7pm - 9pm

Friday 7

  • Year 7 Second Round Immunisations
  • Year 8 SEAL Sovereign Hill Excursion
  • Year 10 Psychology DAX Centre Excursion
  • Facilities meeting 8am

Monday 10

  • Finance Meeting 4pm
  • Unit 3/4 Revision Week
  • Year 12 Business Management Yakult Factory Tour
  • Senior VCAL Go Karting

Tuesday 11

  • Year 8 A, C, D, G Medieval Day Incursion
  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Rubicon camp until Friday 14 
  • Year 11 Fit to Drive Incursion

Wednesday 12

  • International Student Program excursion to Arthur's Seat
  • Year 10 Maths Games Day at the MCG

Thursday 13

  • Year 8 B, E, F & 7H Medieval Day Incursion
  • School Council 5pm

Friday 14

  • VCE Drama Theatre Excursion
  • Year 7 Immunisations Round 2
  • Year 9 Outdoor Ed Rubicon camp return

Saturday 15

  • France Study Tour 2018 until 29/09/2018

Monday 17

  • Years 7 & 8 Student Led Conferences 3:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Year 12 Practice Exams
  • Student Leadership Applications due

Tuesday 18

  • Year 12 Practice Exams

Wednesday 19

  • Years 7 - 12 Student Led Conferences 2pm - 6:30pm
  • Year 12 Practice Exams

Thursday 20

  • Year 12 Practice Exams

Friday 21

  • Year 12 Practice Exams
  • Period 4 Mordi Idol
  • Last day of term

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 Jack Claypole for demonstrating his enthusiasm for reading and displaying his personal best.

Thank you to the following students for displaying the College value of personal best and putting in an enormous effort with their oral English presentations and doing a wonderful job.

Thank you to the following students for displaying the College value of personal best and working hard in their English classes and making fantastic progress.








Lana Paten






French News

Year 8 French Excursion to ACMI:

On Tuesday 21 August all the Year 8 students who study French took the train to ACMI to watch a film called ‘L’école buissonière’, which in English is known as ‘The School of Life’.


The movie is set in 1923, through the natural and lovely landscape of the country estate in Sologne where Célestine adopts Paul, a young boy whose father died during the war and his mother died during childbirth. 


Throughout the film, Paul becomes friends with a so called poacher ‘Totoche’, who teaches him a lot of skills, including how to count out how many 'points' on a deer’s antlers - which eventually helped him out as he soon came across a deer with '18 point' antlers thought to be a mere legend. Overall, this film was beautiful and highly enjoyable.


Eliza Wragg, Year 8 SEAL



VCE French Exams Revision Seminar:

As an annual event, on the last Sunday of August, the AFTV (Association of French Teachers in Victoria) offers a revision seminar to assist all students across the state to better prepare for their upcoming Oral Exams in October, as well as their written exams in November. This year the seminar took place on Sunday 26 August. The session was broken up into several smaller presentations including live practice of different parts of the exams (i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Role-plays of what to do/don’t do for the Oral part). One of the presenters was student, Anand Bharadwaj who obtained a perfect score of 50; he humbly shared tips and strategies that contributed towards his success. I hope that this will further motivate students for their individual preparation.


Here are what Elizabeth and Alex had to say about the session.

Alex: “The trip to the city for the exam revision seminar was very useful in not only helping me to understand how all the exams work, but also to build confidence.” 

Elizabeth: “I personally enjoyed the workshop. ’La matinee du Français’ was a rewarding and beneficial seminar, which further consolidated our understanding of the structure and various components of the VCE French Exam requirements for the end of Year 12.”



Le concours Berthe Mouchette 2018 – VCE Results:

We are pleased to congratulate these students for their dedication and achievement in the French Oral and Written tests competition organised by the Alliance Française de Melbourne.


Oral component:

Elizabeth Ng: Credit

Alex Bailey: Distinction

Naena Good-Jackson: Distinction


Written component:

Elizabeth Ng: Distinction

Alex Bailey: Distinction

Naena Good-Jackson: Distinction


Madame Peerbux

LOTE Learning Area Leader

Deakin Oration

We were privileged to have been able to attend the Deakin Oration at Parliament House where we were captivated by the oration presented by Dr Tilman Ruff, the founding co-chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) whose organisation was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2017 in recognition for their efforts to promote nuclear disarmament globally. Dr Ruff’s oration detailed the elimination of nuclear weapons as a humanitarian requirement, warning that the delay of nuclear disarmament will lead to long-term catastrophic ramifications including significant changes to global climate, which in turn, will compound existing global challenges such as food insecurity and malnutrition. ICAN was founded in Melbourne and Dr Ruff shared the advocacy efforts that were undertaken at the United Nations to establish the Treaty On The Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with 122 nations voting to adopt this global agreement to ban nuclear weapons - a momentous and historical achievement. It was unfortunate to learn that this treaty was the first weapons prohibition treaty rejected by Australia but also stimulating to have been able to engage with a significant contemporary issue our society is faced with, forming our own judgement about the actions of the Australian Government and our viewpoint on the implications of nuclear disarmament. We were inspired by Dr Ruff and the work of ICAN to make a difference in the world we live in as he concluded his oration on a thought-provoking note: “There can only be one answer to the question: will it be the end of nuclear weapons or the end of us? We all have a part to play to make sure it’s the right answer.”


Annie Ea

Year 12 Student

Year 12 Scholarships for 2019

Scholarships Available for Year 12 Students

Applications are open for financial support for your Year 12 students until 31 January 2019


Close to 60 scholarships are available to students intending to undertake tertiary studies in 2019.

Many of these scholarships are made available through trusts for students who are studying in Victoria, with a focus on supporting disadvantaged students and creating opportunities for them to succeed, regardless of their circumstances. Scholarships are available for students intending to study teaching or fine arts, and for female Koorie students.

Eligibility is generally based on a student's financial need, academic results, and involvement in school and community activities.

Scholarships range in value from $600 to more than $2,600. Some scholarships are one-off payments; others are paid for the duration of the student’s course/study.

Apply now

Applications for Year 12 scholarships opened on 25 July 2018. They will close on 31 January 2019.

To explore the scholarships available and make suggestions to your Year 12 students and families, see: Year 12 scholarships

More scholarships available

The Department also offers more than 100 scholarships for students in years 4 to 11. Applications for these scholarships will open on 12 November.

More information

For more information or questions, contact Student Scholarships Coordinator Andrea Constantino via phone: 9097 7375 or email: [email protected]

By Andrea Constantino

Instrumental Music Showcase Invitation

Annual Instrumental Music Showcase

Our talented music students have been working very hard to put together an evening of musical performances that will resound through the ages.

Please come along and support our music students as they deliver their best! 



Where: Mordialloc College Learning Centre

When: Thursday 6th September 7:00pm start - approx 9:00pm finish

Arrive early to ensure a seat


Demis Danoudis

Music Director

College Art Show


Pick My Project Support Required 

Please Support the Mordialloc Alumni Association

This is a project relating to Mordialloc College History. The Mordialloc College Alumni Association has partnered with City of Kingston Libraries to create this project idea. Our project has been selected to go through to this voting round. We would like to record and honour the memories of our elderly and pioneer residents, especially those with connections to our school. Do you have family and friends in the district who we can contact to collect their precious memories? Please help us achieve the funding for this project by voting for us. We are planning to publish a history of Mordialloc College. Please help spread the news of our Mordialloc College history project - and also vote via the link below. Once their story is gone, we'll otherwise never ever know.


Fundraising for Smith Family

The 5c collection for The Smith Family has now been successfully running for over a term! We encourage all students to keep bringing in loose 5c coins on a regular basis and add them to their House jar in the Hub. House points are awarded for reaching certain heights on the jars and a grand prize will be awarded to the House who fills their jar first. Currently, Iwala (Red House) is in the lead, having earned 30 points already! Kalura (Green House) and Yerlonga (Blue House) are following, battling for second place with 10 points each so far.

All money raised is being donated to The Smith Family to support their extraordinary work in supporting the education of disadvantaged children and breaking the cycle of poverty.


Sabrina Berg

School Captain


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 3 2018

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 Click and Collect ordering now available.

Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.


Extended Trading Hours


Saturday 06/10/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday 27/10/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Saturday 03/11/2018     9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Saturday 01/12/2018     9:00 am -12:00 pm

Tuesday 11/12/2018       8:30 am - 12:00 pm     ORIENTATION DAY

Wednesday 12/12/2018 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm    LAST TRADING DAY FOR 2018


Please see the attachment for the most up to date price list including any specials that are available.


Aspendale Life Saving Club


headspace Parent and Student Information Evening


Parents and Student Information Evening


Mentone Little Athletics Club


Aspendale Gardens Basketball Club


Aspendale Gardens Community Centre Women's Health Week


College News
Mordialloc College Price List 2018.pdf
Work submission policy.pdf