Dear Families, Students and Community Members,
It seems that it was only very recently that I was writing the newsletter article reflecting on the beginning of a new school year. But here we are again, that important time of the year when we are celebrating all the great things that have happened in the school year and about to launch into the Headstart program to commence the new academic year. One of the recent highlights for me has been attending the Year 12 Valedictory Evening and listening to the words of appreciation from students to their teachers. At Mordialloc College we pride ourselves on our focus of building positive teaching and learning relationships with students so it was extremely encouraging to hear that these positive relationships with teachers have been a real highlight for the students and enabled the best environment for learning to take place.
The recognition of the need for a positive learning environment, including building positive behaviour in the classroom, has led us to explore implementing a new program in 2019. This program, which has been implemented by many government schools, is referred to as School Wide Positive Behaviour Supports (SWPBS). It is a framework that aims to prevent behaviours of concern and teach and reinforce students who behave appropriately. It has a focus of supporting staff to decide how to deal with behaviours of concern after careful consideration of the factors that might explain their cause. The SWPBS initiative will align very well with our focus on restorative practices and our desire to ensure all students feel safe, happy and connected to school.
A number of activities occurred throughout the year that strengthen this focus on students feeling safe, happy and connected to school. RUOK Day and Mental Health Week were two whole school events we organised to focus on wellbeing across the College this year. RUOK focused on asking a friend the question RUOK? and how to get support when needed. The Wellbeing team organised an action packed week for Mental Health Week in October including dancing to the Zumba beat, receiving flowers from friends and designing art pieces for the art competition – the theme of the week being 'Show Your Colours'.
We were thankful again this year for the awesome job the Year 10 Peer Support Leaders did meeting with the Year 7s in their Home Group times. They contributed to helping the Year 7s feel a bit more relaxed about their big leap into secondary school. We are about to train a new group of Peer Support Leaders who will be meeting with some of the 2019 Year 7s. We have some additional transition days planned for these students who are the only ones coming from their Primary School or may be feeling a bit anxious about commencing Year 7. This will be a great opportunity to have fun and build some friendships across the College.
Lana Paten, our school chaplain, facilitated the Breakfast Group again during 2018. This is always a fantastic way to start the day for a group of students from across different year levels. Birthdays are celebrated, croissants, hot chocolate and conversations are shared and it is another activity that builds student connectedness and belonging at school.
Secondary School Nurse Ann Marsh has continued to develop the Respect Group at the College. This group of students has a focus on celebrating diversity in the College, especially gender and sexual diversity, ensuring that all students are respected and feel a sense of connectedness at school.
At this time of year as we reflect on all the great activities throughout the year to support student wellbeing I need to give thanks for the great partnership we have with Kingston Youth Services. They have been actively involved and facilitated many activities throughout the year for students. They are always a valuable presence at our sporting events.
There are many times also throughout the year when students and families may require some additional support in challenging times. It has been a privilege for the wellbeing team to be involved at these times. We have also valued the support of external agencies working with us including Engage 1on1 Psychological Services, Headspace and KYS. Thanks also to our School Support Officers speech pathologist and psychologist: Sandra and Melissa.
As we celebrate all the good things that have taken place in 2018 we also look forward to continuing to ensure Mordialloc College is a safe and respectful place for all students in 2019.
While still a number of weeks away I wish everyone a wonderful, enjoyable and relaxing time in the holidays – Take care of yourself.
On behalf of the Wellbeing Team
Di Douglas, Lana Paten, Ann Marsh
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 again to Sabrina Berg for receiving the Queen's Scout Award recently. The award ceremony was held on 27 October at Government House and below is a photo of Sabrina receiving her award.
The 2019 planners have arrived and can be collected from the Payments Window at the General Office. Price: $20.00 unless previously paid. Please send your child to the Payments Window to pick up their planner.
This week a Middle School Assembly was held and awards were given to students who have excelled in particular subjects. Below is a list of students who received 2 or more awards. To all the students who received an award - well done on a fantastic effort with your studies.
Abigail Brown Outdoor Education and PE/Health
Ben Skeggs Humanities and PE/Health
Brendan Lawson Discovery and Design Technology
Bridget Arden PE/Health and English
Brigitte Crick Design Technology and Art & Design
Daniel Kaman Communication and Design Technology
Ellie Ditchfield PE/Health, Japanese and English
Genevieve Sinclair Humanities and Mathematics
Jack Claypole PE/Health and Design Technology
Jasmine Cane Japanese and PE/Health
Jeremy Thai-Chan Japanese and PE/Health
Lachlan Stacey Food and Communication
Lauren Ditchfield Outdoor Education and SEAL Science
Liam Johnson Politics & Law and PE/Health
Matilda Sweeney English and Food Technology
Max Telfer Communication and Japanese
Micaela Visser Japanese and Art & Design
Molly Donegan PE/Health and Mathematics
Poppy Collison Art & Design and PE/Health
Robert Huber Food and PE/Health
Thorunn Millwood Food and Art & Design
Victoria Vasilenko Art and Mathematics
Director of Middle School
Last Sunday was Remembrance Day, 11/11/18, and two SRC students of Mordialloc College attended the Chelsea Longbeach RSL to lay a rose. Myself, Elizabeth Ng and Levi Burns were proud to be asked to represent the school. There were over 200 people from the community who came to honour the day.
November 11th 2018 marks the 100th year of the Armistice which ended the First World War. It was truly an honour to attend the Remembrance Day service, laying a rose to commemorate and pay our greatest respects towards those who fought in the war. It is because of all the sacrifices made by the soldiers and other army personnel that the world and Australia is as we know it today.
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Visit the new, improved website Dobsons.com.au. Click and Collect ordering now available.
Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.
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Sue runs a second hand English book business. She has advised the College that she has the following novels for sale, all in fantastic condition, for $10 each. If you are interested please contact Sue directly on 9583 4448. Please see below for details of books available.
Lord of the Flies
Of Mice and Men
Romeo and Juliet (Oxford)
Year 10 (Enhanced)
Of Mice and Men
Romeo and Juliet
Year 11 (EAL)
Growing Up Asian In Australia
I Am Malala - Year 12
Old World/New World
* Please note the College newsletter is not available for parents to sell second hand books.