Mentone Girls' Secondary College Newsletter

02 August 2018
Issue Eleven
Key Dates
Principal's Message
College Matters
School Musical
Nakamura High School visit
Sport
Assembly Address - 31 July
Leadership
Student success stories
World Challenge
Music 
Emerging Sciences
English
ELC and EAL news
Pass the Baton
In our community
School Information 
Mentone Girls' Secondary College
(03) 9581 5200
Corner Balcombe Road & Charman Road
Mentone, Victoria, 3194
AU

Key Dates

IT'S NOT OKAY TO BE AWAY

 

Thursday 2 August

6pm, 2019 New Zealand Music Tour Information Night 

 

Friday 3 August

Year 10 Course Counselling

7.30pm, Year 10 Social 

 

Monday 6 August

Intermediate Round Robin

 

Tuesday 7 August

7pm, PFA  meeting

 

Wednesday 15 August

Early finish at lunchtime

2pm to 6pm, VCE Parent Teacher Student interviews

 

Thursday 16 August

Year 8 Band Music Festival

 

Friday 17 August

Year 8 Round Robin

 

Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 August 

School Musical Wonder in Aliceland  performances

 

Wednesday 22 August

Year 7 Round Robin

 

Sunday 26 August

National Aerobics competition, Gold Coast

 

Monday 27 August 

Symphonic Band Music Festival 

 

Tuesday 28 August

Student Free Day 

1.30pm to 8pm, Year 7 to 10  Parent Teacher Student Interviews

 

Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 August

Year 10 Camp

 

Tuesday 4 September

7pm, Winter Concert

 

Wednesday 11 September

7pm Dizzy's Jazz night 

 

Friday 14 September

SRC Free Dress Day 

 

Wednesday 19 September

Music and Theatre Soiree

 

Thursday 20 September

College Assembly 

 

Friday 21 September 

Last day of Term 3

Early finish. 

Term 4

Monday 8 October

First day of Term 4

Principal's Message

Dear Parents & Families

 

Many of us have family who live overseas, we travel far and wide or we study a language. These global connections make our life richer by promoting empathy, understanding and tolerance. At Mentone Girls’ Secondary College we celebrate diversity through our welcoming of our international students and we embrace the challenges of travel to developing countries through World Challenge.

 

I would like to share some statistics with you that demonstrate how diverse we are as a community.  Twenty percent of our student population are born overseas mostly represented by United Kingdom, China, India, South Africa, New Zealand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Russia. More students than this have one or more parents born overseas which means that there are global connections that stretch around the world.

 

Seventy-two students speak a language other than English at home.  I think this is wonderful.  We also offer Japanese and French languages at our college and just over 500 students out of 1150 students at our College choose to study a language.  Many of you will have your first experience of visiting another country through one of our trips to France and Japan. 

 

Statistically, this year over 10.7 million overseas trips have been taken by Australians. That is just under half of the population of Australia which is 24.7 million people. Many of our students have already travelled with their family and some students in Year 12 will be contemplating the first solo overseas trip.

 

This is a very exciting time to be growing up. It is a terrific time to explore the world and build bridges instead of walls. Every time we extend a hand, perform an act of kindness or display empathy to people beyond our shores, we grow as a community. Our College values of Respect, Personal Best and Resilience will prepare our students to be part of a global community.

 

This week we welcomed students and staff from our sister school, Nakamura High School. Many of our families have opened their homes to our guests and, by doing so, have demonstrated these values.

 

The warm welcome and resounding applause that our students gave to the students from Nakamura High School, who presented a comedy act or spoke at the assembly, demonstrated how inclusive we are as a community.  

 

Regards

 

Ms Linda Brown 

College Matters

2018 Parent survey 

The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education. It is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents’ perceptions of school climate, student behaviour and student engagement.

 

We have sent it to a sample of randomly selected parents. Thank you to those parents who have already completed it. For those of you who are yet to do so, the survey closes on Sunday 26 August.

 

The survey results will be reported back to the school at the end of September and will be presented at School Council. We will use the results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

 

Please contact Bronwyn Moline if you would like more information.

Uniform

Many of our students wear their uniform with pride, but it is timely to remind all students that they are expected to wear their uniform correctly. The blazer is a compulsory item and must be worn to and from school and to college assemblies. The sports jacket is not to be worn with the winter uniform. Non-uniform items may be confiscated for up to two weeks. For details about the uniform please refer to the student record book/diary.

Parent/Teacher/Student interviews

VCE interviews - Wednesday 15 August 2pm to 6pm. 

Classes finish at lunchtmie.

 

Year 7-10 interviews – Tuesday 28 August 1.30pm to 5pm &  6pm to 8pm

No classes on this day

 

Interview booking information will be posted on Compass soon.

Unsafe behaviour at Mentone station

It is sad to receive reports that some of our students continue to risk their safety at Mentone Station. The  College continues to receive telephone calls from concerned members of our community, stating our students have been seen crossing the railway tracks when the gates are down and trains are at the station.The matter has been referred to Public Transport Victoria, requesting they monitor the situation and fine students who choose not to follow public transport rules.

Host family needed

Angele, an exchange student from France, is seeking a host family while she is here at MGSC. 

Please contact AFS if you are interested and able to assist.  Information is below.  

 

Winter skirt to winning shawl

Annette Fitton, one of our volunteers in the PFA run secondhand uniform shop, knitted a shawl from threads pulled from an unsaleable MGSC winter skirt. It was awarded first prize, rosette and a special Most Innovative Entry trophy in the Woolcraft section of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo recently.  Congratulations to Annette for this great creativity and resourcefulness.

 

Ms Carol Duggan & Ms Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principals

School Musical

Wonder in Aliceland 

Tickets now on sale now through Schools.Fleximeals.

(Was previously Flexischools. New link below.) 

 

The enduring classic story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is the theme for this year's school musical.  

"Since 1865, when it was first published, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has enchanted young and old, in books, on films and cartoons and in many kids’ stage musical adaptations. This latest excellent version adapted by Jo Denver with music by Don Woodward is thoroughly entertaining.  The songs are fun, tuneful and memorable and the script is fast-paced, funny and wholesome; this Alice is above all entertaining!"

 

Rehearsals are underway, the costumes and sets are fabulous and the cast, musicians, production crew and directors looking forward to bringing Alice to Mentone in August.  Information about the production  is available from the Wonder in Aliceland link on www.mgsc.vic.edu.au. 

 

Performance dates: 

  • Wednesday 22 August 7.30pm
  • Thursday 23 August 7.30pm
  • Friday 24 August 7.30pm
  • Saturday 25 August 2pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: $25 (Adults) and $15 (students/children) 

Venue: Nina Carr Theatre

 

Bookings through Fleximeals:  Wonder in Aliceland tickets. https://schools.fleximeals.com.au/FM/FM_Auth.aspx?p=Service

 

Thanks to Casey Boswell (Year 11) for creating the wonderful production logo. 

Nakamura High School visit

Sister-school study tour

Mentone Girls’ Secondary College and Nakamura Senior High School established a sister-school relationship in 2006. The relationship we have not only supports our language studies, but also promotes cultural awareness and an appreciation of each others’ culture. Eighteen students and two teachers from Nakamura Senior High School are currently visiting us, and the time with them has been extremely successful. Both students and staff have commented on how much they are enjoying Mentone school life and staying with our host families.

At school, the Nakamura students have been attending Year 7 to 12 Japanese classes. Our Year 7 girls enjoyed hearing about festivals in Nagoya and learning about Japanese school life. The Nakamura students also gave our girls some hands-on experience with calligraphy, origami, tea-ceremony and playing with traditional Japanese toys. In Year 8 classes, MGSC students introduced the Nakamura students to some Aussie snacks. It was a great opportunity for the Year 8s to practise the language they have been learning over the last 2 years and their conversations were truly authentic. Years 9, 10 and 11 students also took the opportunity to interact in Japanese, and Year 12 students made the most of their time together to strengthen their spoken Japanese and focus discussion around the topics they have each chosen for their final detailed study assessment.

At the College assembly on Tuesday, Maisie Taylor (Year 9) did herself proud when she welcomed and introduced our guests in Japanese, and to commemorate their seventh visit, an exchange of gifts took place. Ikeda Sensei (the teacher leading the tour) presented our College with a ‘noren’, with a design of three gourds and embroidered with the MGSC logo. The ‘noren’ is now used as a decorative item, but traditionally it invites good luck and keeps the ‘evil’ out. The Nakamura students then entertained us by doing their version of a famous comedy skit “Pen Pineapple Apple Pen”.

Over the weekend, our Japanese guests thoroughly enjoyed doing activities with their host families, including experiencing a typical teenage party, visits to Healesville Sanctuary, Philip Island and Luna Park, tree surfing, sailing Westernport Bay (where they spotted two humpback whales – so jealous!!), shopping, production rehearsals, ACMI and Mamma Mia.  Ikeda Sensei explored the wineries, St Andrews Brewery, Cape Schanck Lighthouse and enjoyed fish & chips at Flinders, whilst Ichie Sensei hired a car and toured the Great Ocean Road.

 

The highlight of the visit, for me, was seeing the bonds made between the students and the life-long friendships formed in such a short time. The Language teachers and the College greatly appreciate all the families who opened up their homes to host a student or teacher. The Exchange Program owes its success to the generosity and hospitality of so many of our families. Thank you!

 

Our students are already looking forward to next year, when they will have an opportunity to travel to Japan as part of the Japan Tour 2019. Expressions of interest will be sought from Years 9 to 11 students later this term.

 

Ms Petra Witt

Japan Study Tour Coordinator 

 

Welcome at Assembly

Welcome to MGSC.'

Today we will meet new Japanese friends. We cannot wait. How is Melbourne? Is it cold? Did you see kangaroos and koalas? Did you eat Vegemite, Tim Tams, Lamingtons, a Bunnings snag? Please try them.

Did you go to the beach? Please do go to the beach.

Mentone students are friendly. So please don’t be shy. Let’s have lunch together. Let’s chat ...

We are very ecited about the next four days with you.

Pleased to meet you.

 

Maisie Taylor (Year 9) 

Middle School Japanese Leader

 

Sport

State Cross Country results

Congratulations to Freya Brown, Millie Belleville and Timara Logan for qualifying to represent MGSC at the State Cross Country on Thursday 19 July. The gales were blowing but they were determined to give it their best shot. Freya finished 28th, Millie finished 6th and Timara finished 22nd. Well done to these students and their incredible efforts!

Beachside Athletics

The final team to represent MGSC is currently being finalised. Should you be successful in competing, you will be notified via email to attend an important meeting. The Beachside event will be held on Monday 17 September at Duncan Mackinnon Reserve Athletics Track. 

 

Please also note that we will be running javelin trials for all age groups. Please ensure you register your interest using the link below and then attend the correct trial session.
https://goo.gl/forms/r7centZotJlLfBaN2


12 & 13 years, 14 years, 15 years– Friday 3 August
16 years, 17 years and Open – Thursday 2 August

 

Contact me for further information.

 

Ms Ilana Parker

Carnivals Coordinator

 

Success at quarter finals 

Netball, Australian Rules football and soccer teams experienced success in recent final competitions. The teams were: 

  • Year 7 netball
  • Year 8 netball 
  • Intermediate netball
  • Senior netball
  • Year 7 & 8 (Junior) Australian Rules football-
  • Year 9 & 10 (Intermediate) Australian Rules football 
  • Intermediate soccer

Teams in all sports made it through to the next level of finals.  We wish them well for their next encounter and hope to be sharing news of more MGSC success soon. 

 

Mr Phil Hull

Interschool Sport Coordinator

 

Assembly Address - 31 July

Girl Power in STEM

Julia Le addressed the recent school assembly and shared her experiences at the Girl Power in STEM program held at the University of Melbourne. 

 

Good morning everyone.

My name is Julia and I am the Middle School STEM domain leader.

 

Last term, I successfully applied for the University of Melbourne Girl Power in STEM program. The program is for female high school students, which hopes to promote gender parity in STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The aim of the program is to inspire female students about the exciting possibilities of STEM over the course of four years.

 

With over 350 applications received this year and only 30 places available, the selection process was extremely competitive. The application process consisted of completing an online application, providing a recommendation letter from a teacher and a short telephone interview.

 

During the Term 2 holiday break, I stayed at the University of Melbourne Parkville campus at Trinity College. The program focussed on Engineering and IT activities and hands-on interactive workshops. We also had the opportunity to learn from Engineering students and academics, and had a networking session to discuss issues in STEM. It was very inspiring to listen to their struggles and how they overcame them. They also shared their advice and insights on the industry.

 

There were a few highlights from this camp. I enjoyed learning about humanitarian engineering from Engineering Without Borders. They are an organisation that creates social value through engineering. We learnt how to develop a clean water system through different methods of water filtration, which is used in developing countries around the world. It made me think about how engineering can have an impact on the way we live.

 

Robogals ran a programming and coding workshop using Lego Mindstorm robots. We could make robots move by putting in different strings of coding. Additionally, we learnt how to use Arduino. We did some programming and uploaded the data to the circuit board to make the motors run and the lights to blink.

 

Over the course of four days, we were challenged to create a video to investigate the issues in STEM and to celebrate a female profile in STEM that has made a major impact in society. My group talked about the low numbers of women in STEM and how we could break barriers to overcome this.

 

Reflecting back on this camp, I have gained many valuable lessons and insights. I learnt that there should be a stronger emphasis on encouraging young girls to study STEM and that the career pathways in STEM are endless. I was fortunate to meet other high school students around Victoria who shared the same passion and interest as me.

 

I hope to use the ideas and skills that I have learnt to promote STEM here at our school. I would encourage Junior School students who have a strong passion in STEM to apply for the program as it is a fantastic opportunity to engage in STEM activities.

 

Next year, I will be returning to the program and will have the opportunity to complete my work experience in the Faculty of Science, which I’m very excited about.

 

I would like also like to thank Ms Briedis for her support throughout my application and for encouraging me to apply for this program.

 

Just a quick message from the Science and STEM domain leaders is that we have created a school science Instagram account for those who are interested and would like to know what is happening around the school in science. The username of the account is MGSC.SCIENCE.

 

Also, Science Week is coming up so please keep an eye out for announcements and posters around the school. There will be fun activities including making ice cream so please look forward to it! Thank you.

 

Julia Le (Year 9)
 

Address by College Vice Captain 

 

We are back. Term 3. Week 3.
 

I know most of you would have spent your holidays binge watching movies and TV shows, avoiding the pile of homework sitting in the corner of your room.  Well, I spent my holidays trying to figure out if Keke did really love me and I have come to the conclusion, even after watching all the challenges on Facebook, the answer is a 'no'.

 
Seeing this challenge 24/7 made me realise that everyone here is connected with someone, somewhere on the other side of the world. Through the internet using Snapchat to watch sister snaps from James Charles or more importantly keeping up with international news such as the FIFA World Cup and as much as I hate to admit this - it didn't come home.
 
But enough about Drake and FIFA. Australia as a country has a rich social diversity of people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds. This rich cultural diversity is one of our country's strengths. We are home to 270 different cultures and ancestries. One way we can connect with different cultures and countries is through ... Buzzfeed. Yes Buzzfeed.  No this is not a promo but it might as well be one. We can connect with each other through national news, international news and fake news all while doing a quiz to find out what type of cheese we really are and seeing if someone across the world is the same type of cheese in the comments below.
 
With Australia being one of the most diverse countries it gives us an opportunity to experience and understand all the different cultural foods, lifestyles, beliefs and practices. It also allows those who choose to call Australia home, the right to practise and share their cultural traditions and languages within the law and free from discrimination. 
 
Almost a quarter of us were born overseas, and four million Australians speak a language other than English. Australia has an important heritage from its indigenous people, which plays a defining role in the cultural landscape. This diversity of influences creates a cultural environment in Australia that is lively, energised, innovative and outward looking.
 
We, as young people, can help Australia become more of a united community by joining forces in Melbourne with 'gal pals' to discover that one intro song from Love Island. We can change the ways of new multicultural generations by educating them with iconic Aussie slang and song lyrics for everyone to experience our culture. 

 

So help Australia out. The beauty of our country lies in the diversity of our people. Make that change and quote some Steve Irwin today.

 

Thank you

 

Ruby Crofts (Year 11) 

 

Leadership

Year 10 Social 

Dresses bought and appointments made. After a long 24 weeks of school, the Year 10 social is finally here. The Middle School and SRC leaders of Year 10 have been working hard, holding meetings throughout the year to book a DJ, photo booth, security guards, balloons and lots more to put together a night to remember. 'Starry Night' was voted on as the theme for this year's dance that is to take place this Friday 3 August from 7.30 to 10.30pm, in the Nina Carr Centre. Students bought tickets for themselves and their dates tickets last week for $20 each. Everything is all set for the big night!

 

Nazanin Jalali (Year 10)

Junior School Leadership

Derinsu Bulut (Year 7), Izzy Donat (Year 8), Cassidy Jackson (Year 8) and Giselle Ciurej (Year 7) will be attending the Victorian SRC Student Voice Workshop at Mornington Secondary College later this month. They will take part in a variety of activities with students form many schools, designed to build confidence, teamwork and independence.  Students who attend these events can take back what they have learnt to the rest of the student leaders. This workshop follows on from one attended by four Year 9 and 10 students earlier in the year.

Model United Nations Conference (MUNC) at Mentone Grammar

The following students will be representing MGSC at the upcoming Model UN conference forming two teams representing Vanuatu and Afghanistan. Earlier this year, Samantha Cattermole and Dessy Turk (Year 11) represented Egypt at MUNA held at Parliament House and run by Rotary. It is great to see the increasing interest in participating in this type of event and it is a fantastic opportunity for students to expand their global knowledge and understanding while working with students from many schools across Melbourne. Our students will prepare as two separate teams and come together prior to the event to practise presenting their country's position on the resolutions presented.

Vanuatu - Lily Hernan, Megan Blignaut and Beth Tedstone                                    

Afghanistan - Nazanin Jalali, Sinead Garry, Grace Lawson and Katie Barnshaw

 

Ms  Wendy Harvey

Director of Girls' Leadership

 

Student success stories

Community service award 

Chelsey Reindel (Year 12) was nominated for the 2018 Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards by the Bon Beach Life Saving Club. We are delighted that she has been recognised in the Impact category and will be presented at a ceremony hosted by the Governor in September.  Chelsey has given over a hundred hours of volunteer work at the Life Saving Club, coaching Under 8 children and working as a lifeguard on the weekend. Chelsey also helped to run Learn to Swim programs for immigrant children.

Representing in South Africa

Over the school holidays Gracie Geddis (Year 11) travelled to South Africa as a member of the School Sports Australia hockey team. Go the Green and Gold. 

 

Australian Rules representation 

Sascha Pribil was a member of the State Schools Victoria Under 15 Australian Rules football team.  Great to see the 'Big V' on a MGSC student.  Sascha, wears No 15  shares  her experiences about representing Victoria. 

"From  21 to 29 July I participated in the School Sports Australia Under 15 Girls Australian Rules football national championship in SA. Our first game was against the home side, followed by NT, NSW, QLD and ACT with only two rest days between matches. My favourite things about the experience were getting to know all my teammates and becoming really close, as well as playing against the best of the best. It was a fantastic week and I hope to make the team again next year."

 

Queen's Scout Award

Lizzie Honeybone (Year 12) committed to over three hundred hours toward the Queen’s Scout Award. In addition to the three hundred hours of service she did a two night and four night hike without adult support. Lizzie addressed audiences of approximately two hundred people at scouting events, wrote articles for the Natural Scout Magazine and was a finalist in the Kingston Young Citizen Award. Lizzie reflects that the experience she gained over the three years was valuable as it helped her personal growth and will enable her to achieve her academic goals when she leaves school.

World Challenge

World Challenge

The Training Camp held last weekend was a huge success with everyone coping with the cold, wet conditions. The Challengers completed many activities and developed effective strategies to implement when different scenarios were encountered.

 

I would like to thank Deb Jarvis, Emma Colmanet, Amy Willett, Amanda O'Hara, Mel Erwin, Louise Rieniets and Ashleigh Bendall for giving up their weekend to accompany their teams on the camp.

 

Hint #14: As we are in the middle of winter, now would be a great time to experiment with different clothing layers. Research forums online and then look for bargains.

 

Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Fundraising 

Fundraising by all teams is well underway. In recent weeks there has been a film night and car washing.  Over three lunchtimes students cleaned staff cars. We know they did a great job as it always rains after you wash you car and there was a huge downpour just as they finished one afternoon. 

 

Mr Michael Warden

World Challenge Coordinator

Music 

Music camp to Music tour.  

Thanks to students, staff and families for making the 2018 Music Camp a great success. 

 

A reminder that the information night about the proposed 2019 Senior Music Tour to New Zealand is  6pm, Thursday 2 August in the Nina Carr Lecture Theatre.

Emerging Sciences

John Monash Science School

This semester six Year 10 students started an online class. It is an hour long, class twice a week on Tuesdays and Wednesday for 15 weeks. Our class (run by John Monash Science School) is filled with high school kids from across the state. The class is on Nanotechnology which is the science and engineering behind things at the nanometre ( 1 billionth of a meter). We are looking forward to expanding our knowledge on this topic and opening up opportunities for career pathways. 

 

We have loved every class we have participated in so far and we think it’s a great opportunity to connect with students and teachers from across the state.  We are very thankful to MGSC for allowing us to participate in this amazing opportunity.

 

Ava Jaconelli 10C with Cassidy Copeland, Rachael Dalach, Alexandra Dodds, Nazarin Jalali, and Madeleine Salisbury

English

English incursions

 All Year 10 students were lucky to attend a session regarding Generals Die in Bed, which they're currently studying, and listen to an expert in the World War I field, Dr. Clare Rhoden speak to them about the war and explain salient features of the novel. They also learning some connections with the important body of poetry which has emerged out of this important era in our history.

 

On Tuesday 7 August, the Year 9 students will attend an incursion related to the play they are studying - William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.

 

Ms Anne Gamble

Head of English and Literacy

ELC and EAL news

New students 

Our new ELC students have been making friends and adjusting well to life at our College. This is partly due to our great teachers and support staff who have made the students feel welcomed to the school. In each newsletter, we would like to recognise the contributions of these staff members to the ELC.

 

Ms Lina Mansour from First Aid participated in the orientation program of the ELC students, demonstrating ways in which the College can support all. She always has a friendly smile and reassures students with any health concerns.

 

The EAL Club will begin running anime films each Blue week (as of next week), and these have been chosen by the student leaders. It will be great to see many students attend the viewings over the term.

 

Ms Ekaterina Xanthopoulos

ELC and EAL Coordinator

 

Pass the Baton

World Eating Disorders Day 

Rachael Angus, Vice-President of our School Council, passing the baton to Linda Brown

 

The purpose is to raise awareness of eating disorders. You will find them on the staff room tables. The race is on for families to save loved ones with eating disorders - it is not a sprint - it is a marathon.

As part of World Eating Disorders day - Batons with information to educate the public were sent off around the world. MGSC was happy to receive a baton and will be passing it on once it has made its way through the school.  Here are a few of the important facts that we all should know when it comes to Eating Disorders 

  • Eating Disorders are serious biological brain disorders not choices.
  • They can be life threatening and have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
  • Eating disorders do not discriminate. Anyone can be affected.  People can look healthy and be extremely ill.
  • Full recovery is possible.  
  • Families play a pivotal role in early detection and effective treatment.

For more information please visit : https://thebutterflyfoundation.org.au/

 

The batons will remain at MGSC before being passed on to the next community. 

In our community

Cricket 

 

Soccer clinics here

 

Family Life workshops

 

School Information 

General Office

8.15 am to 4.15pm

Monday to Friday 

Tel 03 9581 5200

Principal Team

Principal - Linda Brown

Assistant Principal - Bronwyn Moline

Assistant Principal - Carol Duggan

Director of Junior School - Jackie Mathews (Acting Term 2)

Director of Middle School - Deb Jarvis

Director of  Senior School - Sylvia Christopoulos

Attendance & Absences

Students should aim for an 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 use Compass to log when and why before 9am.

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 student returns and handed in to the VCE Office for VCE students. All notes should be written and signed by a parent/guardian and must clearly show the student’s name, form and date of absence.

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.

Uniform

Second Hand Uniform Shop

Open during the term on:

Tuesday 2.45pm - 3.45pm

Wednesday 8.15am - 9.15am

Reimbursement after sale of items is by bank  transfer. Cheques are not issued. 

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

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

Hand into the Office. 

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Carolyn Page, Finance Manager.

 

Uniform Supplier - Costume World 

Shop 5 1291 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham

www.costume-world.com.au

T: 9584 7006

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 Petersen, Facilities Manager

on 9581 5200.

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