College News

07 June 2018
Issue Sixteen
eLearning and STEM @ Mordialloc College
Important Dates
Student Awards                                                           
Yr 9 Exam Information
Girls Writing Festival
Healthy Lunch Boxes
Production Trivia Night
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

eLearning and STEM @ Mordialloc College

Dear Families, Students and Community members,


Earlier this Semester Mordialloc College was lucky enough to receive a DigiTech start up grant from the Department of Education and Training. This grant has been used to purchase a number of exciting new robotics resources that are going to be utilised in both Digital Technologies and STEM subjects. These subjects provide students with an opportunity to develop their coding and robotics skills, and with our new robots and drones, we can provide a more engaging and wider range of learning opportunities for beginner coders right through to those who are already writing complex programs. The current fleet of robots in the school now includes mBots, which introduce students to object based coding, Lego Mindstorms, which have a wide range of applications in our STEM classes, and mBot Rangers and CoDrones, which will be used to develop students’ script based programming skills. Some of these resources, such as the Lego Mindstorms, have already been successfully implemented in the delivery of the STEM curriculum, while others, such as the mBot Rangers and CoDrones will be introduced in Semester 2.


In other eLearning news at the College, we are continuing our work as an accredited eSmart school to educate our students about Cybersafety. Being an eSmart school gives us access to a wide range of resources that we implement across Years 7 to 12 to ensure that students are able to use technology in a safe and responsible manner. If you would like any information on how you can assist your students in being eSafe you can find valuable information at, or contact me at the College on 9580 1184 for further information.


Justin Wischusen

Director or eLearning and STEM


Important Dates


Monday 11

  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 12

  • Yr 9 Exams - students are required at school all day

Wednesday 13

  • GAT - General Assessment Test
  • Yr 9 Exams - students are required at school all day

Thursday 14

  • Yr 11 Legal Studies Police Incursion
  • Production Trivia Night Fundraiser - 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre

Friday 15

  • Student Free Day
  • Facilities Meeting

Monday 18

  • SMR Cross Country
  • Whole School Roll Over to Semester 2

Tuesday 19

  • Monash University VCE Enrichment Program Part 2
  • John Monash VCE Excursion



Wednesday 20

  • Yr 11 Product Design Technology/ Media Top Design Excursion

Thursday 21

  • World Challenge Fitness Session
  • VCE/VCAL Information Night: 

- Yr 9 at 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre,

- Yr 9 SEAL at 6:30 pm in the Glass House (Learning Centre)  

- Yr 10 at 7:00 pm in Learning Centre

  • School Council Meeting

Friday 22

  • Yr 7 Group 1 7A, 7D, 7F, 7G Aquarium Excursion

Monday 25

  • World Challenge meeting - 1:15 pm-1:45 pm in the HUBSPACE
  • Yr 7 Group 2 7B, 7C, 7E, 7H Aquarium Excursion

Tuesday 26

  • Yr 8B, 8D, 8F, 8H Scienceworks Excursion
  • Yr 9 SEAL Elevate Skills Incursion Memory & Mnemonic

Thursday 28

  • Yr 8A, 8C, 8E, 8G Scienceworks Excursion

Friday 29

  • Last Day of Term 2 early dismissal
  • Senior Formal

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 the following students for practising our College value of Personal Best recently.


Mara Hallowell for her effort in Food Technology and the Design Learning Task.

Kaya Yildrim  for his effort in Yr 10 VCAL Literacy.




Josephine Lealofi for working to her best in VCAL Literacy.

James Nardella for working hard and meeting lots of outcomes in VCAL Literacy.

Congratulations to Nicholas Wisby for upholding the College value of Responsibility and keeping up with the set deadlines and managing his time wisely in VCAL Literacy.



                                                                                                                         Lana Paten




Yr 9 Exam Information

Dear Parents/ Guardians,


I am writing to inform you of the forthcoming Yr 9 Semester 1 Examinations for core subjects (English, Maths, Humanities and Science).


The examinations are an important part of Yr 9, as these will give an indication of your child’s learning progress thus far, in addition to allowing teachers to see how we can best support your child in the remaining two terms of the year. During this time, your child will gain knowledge and understanding of this important process in preparation for examinations in Senior School.


Examination Timetable:

The examinations will commence on Tuesday 12 June and conclude Wednesday 13 June. Students should attend school as normal during the examination period. The exams will take place during lesson time and if they do not have an exam scheduled, then normal lessons will run.


If your child is absent during the examination period, there will be an opportunity for them to sit their exams during the catch up sessions.


I enclose a copy of the full Yr 9 Examination timetable. A further copy of the exam timetable is displayed on their Google Classroom Noticeboard.  Please note that SEAL students have already commenced their English and Maths Exams (along with the Year 10 students), however they will be completing their Humanities and Science exams with the year 9’s.


Tuesday 12th of June:

Period 1: 8:55am – 10: 12am - English (Gym)

Period 2: 10:35am – 11: 52am - Maths (Gym)


Wednesday 13th of June:

Period 1: 8:55am – 9:52am - Humanities (in classrooms)

Period 5: 1:33pm – 2:30pm – Science (Gym)



Teachers will be talking to classes, highlighting what needs to be revised and supporting them with different methods to do this. I would strongly encourage all students to make maximum use of the time by talking to their teachers about areas of work or revision that they need help with or are still struggling to understand.



All students should bring suitable equipment to each examination – spare pens (black), pencil, ruler, appropriate maths equipment and calculator etc. – and be in full school uniform. Bringing the correct equipment is the students’ responsibility.


If your child has any questions about their exams, please ask them to see myself or their classroom teacher as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require any further information.



Matina Rodrigues

Year 9 Level Coordinator





Girls Writing Festival

On Friday 1 June, 22 girls across years 8 to 12 joined 150 other aspiring female writers at the Melbourne Museum in an all day female writers festival aimed to teach empowerment through writing and sharing stories. Over the course of the day the girls had the opportunity to participate in workshops covering Slam Poetry, Writing the Self, Writing Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry and Writing from a Prompt. The girls tackled many different topics that surrounded how women are currently represented in literature, the media, throughout history and in culture. Many of the girls overcame personal challenges, stepped outside their comfort zones and grew within their literary skills. This growth was evident in how they actively participated, presented their creations and collaborated with each other and the other students throughout the day.


Congratulations to...

Indie, Ellie, Micaela, Lily, Aaliyah, Emma, Willow, Thorunn, Chanelle, Chloe, Ava, Holly, Sarah, Ella, Naena, Caitlyn, Dilara, Annie, Sabrina, Lea, Dorje and Anastasia for representing Mordialloc College.


Annie Ea - Year 12

Girls Write Up was an eye-opening experience which allowed us to use writing to engage with a multitude of contemporary issues including feminism, identity, diversity in media representation by people of colour, body image, gender roles, perception on those with a disability, intersectionality and Australia’s treatment of Indigenous Australians. Throughout the day, we were captivated by a number of empowering women through their speeches, poetry and discussion panels and were able to actively participate in a workshop of our choice. Having selected the poetry workshop, I was guided through the process of poetry planning and writing, learning from Overland Writer’s Residency 2018 winner Laniyuk Garcon and the way she creates her poetry through understanding her principles of writing about our own experience with honesty in order to write poetry that is both raw and meaningful.


Ava Collison - Year 10

Last Friday, some of the girls from years 8 to 12 went on an excursion to the Girls Write Up festival held at Melbourne Museum. This was a great opportunity to learn about ourselves and how that relates to what we write. The day was filled with awesome talks and workshops, including the keynote speech given by Candi Bowers who has visited us at Mordialloc College before. There were also five different workshops we could attend, including one on slam poetry and writing creative fiction. I attended the workshop on creative writing from a prompt which was incredible because we were able to see some of the items that are held in one of Melbourne Museum’s collection and use them as prompts for our writing. The biggest take home message I got from this experience was that you should never be afraid to write want you want.


Healthy Lunch Boxes



Production Trivia Night

The Addams Family College Production Trivia Night

One of the biggest and most exciting events to feature on the Performing Arts Calendar this year, is our upcoming school production of ‘The Addams Family: School Edition’. 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 14 June, 2018

Time: 7pm kick off, arrive from 6:30pm

Location: Learning Centre, Mordialloc College, 1 Station Street, Mordialloc

Cost: $15 per ticket, purchased from Reception or on the door


There will be some light refreshments provided on the night, but if you would like to bring a plate of food to share with your team, you are more than welcome to do so (please note that this is an alcohol-free event). Aside from a great night of trivia, there will be bonus games, great music, and a silent auction. In addition to all of this, you will be privy to a sneak peek of the show!


Teams will be organised on the night, but if you would like to bring your own team of no more than 8, please feel free to do so. Parents, students, teachers and staff 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 [email protected] or Miss Sears on [email protected]


Thank you for your support

The Production Team

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 2 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Private appointments are available on Wednesdays after shop hours.  Please call 9587 0738 for an appointment.

Visit the new, improved website Click and Collect ordering now available.

Phone: 9587 0738

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

Junior Joeys at Aspendale Scout Group


NAIDOC Children's Day


College News
Career News 1 June 2018.pdf