Dear Families, Students and Community members,
Welcome to the 2018 school year, and a special welcome to all of our Year 7 students and 30 new students at other year levels who either joined us during headstart towards the end of last year or are joining us this year for the first time. I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday break with family and friends and look forward to a positive and productive year ahead.
We have seen a significant increase in our Year 7 enrolments over the last four years and this year with 180 Year 7 students starting with us, it will make a Middle School of over 500 students and our total school enrolment of approximately 850 students. Year 11 and 12 are the only two smaller year levels left in the school. As these year levels move through the school and the larger intakes at Year 7 continue, it is anticipated that the school will grow to over 1000 students by 2020.
We have had a smooth start to the year, with Year 7 and 12 students commencing last Wednesday to undertake a special program for these year levels; and then all students resumed on Thursday 1st February.
The first day for our Year 7 students involved rotations between ICT set up, developing their codes of cooperation, relational activities to get to know their new classmates and home group teacher, locker allocation and use of the Resource Hub. A highlight as always was the BBQ lunch with Year 12 students and staff!
Our Year 12 students spent their first day rotating between sessions on careers and pathways, edrolo and wellbeing. After the BBQ lunch the whole cohort came together to listen to motivation and goal setting speakers, Nikki Wynd winner of the Badwater ultra marathon in 2015 and her partner David Eadie “the running man”, also an elite distant runner. It was inspirational to hear about Nikki only taking up running eight years ago and now competes at the elite level in ultra marathons. The Badwater event is over 217 kms through California’s valleys and mountain ranges reaching altitudes of 2500m above sea level and daytime temperatures of mid 40 degrees! It is one of the most demanding and extreme running races in the world. Only 100 people from across the world can enter the race each year, with an average finishing time of 40 hours. When Nikki won the race in 2015, she crossed the finishing line in 27 hours and 23 minutes. Nikki talked to the Year 12 students about all of the strategies which led to her success and how these can all be applied to their current situation.
- Have a goal of what you want to achieve at the end of Year 12.
- What Planning and Preparation is required to achieve this goal?
- Build a team around you – supportive peers, your teachers and family all have a role.
- Look after yourself in terms of your well being, have strategies to manage the stressful periods.
- Visualisation – keep dreaming and believing in yourself that you can do it.
- Determination – be hungry for personal success.
- Overcoming failure – its ok to make mistakes, learn from them and have strategies in place to build your resilience.
- Stay humble – always treat people nicely and with respect!
Thanks to our Year 7 Coordinator, Liz Evans and Director of Senior School, Jo Greenhalgh for their organisation of these programs and the staff involved in teaching the sessions for the day.
Regional Director visit
On Monday, Regional Director Stephen Gniel and Senior Education Improvement Leader, Jen McCrabb visited the school to take a tour with me to see the school in action and speak to students and teachers as they visited classrooms. Mordialloc College has been identified as a leading school in the region due to our significant achievements over recent years and a number of successful programs in operation.
We have been asked to enter a School Improvement Partnership with another school to support their improvement journey over the next 12 months, with funding support for both schools available from the department.
Welcome to new staff
We again have a large number of new staff starting with us this year, to cover the staff on leave and a number of extra staff to cater for our increase in student numbers. We welcome the following staff to Mordialloc College:
Sally Mitchell – Leading Teacher – Director of Student Engagement – Humanities teacher
Julie Chambers – Leading Teacher – Director of Numeracy Improvement (includes Maths LAL)
Leah Bright – Art/Technology
Kate Daly – English/Humanities
Georgia Davey - English/Humanities
Peter Vicary – Humanities/English
Kim Lenc – VCAL/PE
Tahn Watson – French
Maria Bitzios – Digi Tech/Science/Maths
Sharonne Crossley – returning from family leave – PE/VCAL/Food/Health
Alana Singh – returning from family leave – Maths/Science
Tanya Reimers – returning from leave – Lab Technician
Kelly Roberts, Sharon Wienert, Maria Roman – Integration Aides
Beth Glover – Middle School Teacher Assistant
Lauren Sinclair – Reception
We have eight Monash pre-service teachers here for the year as part of our Curiosity and Powerful Learning initiative and our role as a teaching academy – Susie He, Georgia Keating, Yang Yang, Lauren Oliver, Justin Barry, Emily Dawkins, Ruochen Li and Hongbin Li
Introducing the College Leadership Team
Please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the College, if you need to speak to someone.
Principal – Michelle Roberts
Assistant Principal – Jennifer Roep. Jennifer is on leave this term, and Jo Greenhalgh is Acting Assistant Principal.
Assistant Principal – Andrew Moffat
Director of Middle School (includes 6-7 transition) Years 7 - 9 – Daniel Williams
Director of Senior School Years 10-12 – Jo Greenhalgh
Director of eLearning and STEM – Justin Wischusen
Director of Numeracy Improvement Years 7-12 (includes Maths LA leader) – Julie Chambers
Director of Literacy Improvement Years 7-12 (includes English LA leader) – Andrew Mc Conchie
Director of Pedagogy and Innovative Programs 7-10 (includes SEAL coordination) – Alice Leppin
Director of Student Engagement (includes House system, MEX 2.0 and My mentor programs) – Sally Mitchell
Director of Wellbeing and Counselling Services (includes students with disabilities) – Di Douglas
Learning Specialists – Instructional Coach – Bryony Lowe and Amy Webber
Business Manager – Yvonne Aird
Introducing the Year Level Coordinators
Senior School – Tim Randell Yr 12; Robyn Wilson Yr 11; Rachael Pierce Yr 10
Middle School – Matina Karamanis Yr 9; Simon Cummins Yr 8; Liz Evans Yr 7
Introducing the Learning Area Leaders
Maths – Julie Chambers
English – Andrew Mc Conchie
Humanities – Amy Webber
Science – Mathew Brooks
Health/PE – Katie Loynes
The Arts/Technology – Stuart McIntyre
LOTE – Sehenaze Peerbux
EAL – Vicky Vrettos
VCAL – Ariana Nickou
Uniform and Jewellery
Our uniform is a very important part of the image we project of our college community and therefore I expect all students to wear their uniform correctly and with pride to, from and at school. I would like to congratulate the majority of students who have started off the year in a positive way in the wearing of the correct college uniform and I thank all parents for your support with this. A reminder that all boys should be wearing the short sleeve business shirt with college logo.
For PE and Sport, a reminder that students are required to be Sunsmart and wear a broad brimmed or bucket hat when participating in outdoor activities. If they don’t bring a hat, they will be given one from our PE department to wear for the lesson.
All students must also be using the official Mordialloc College school bag available from Dobson’s.
A reminder of the rules outlined in the college uniform policy regarding jewellery. Jewellery is not to be worn apart from a wristwatch and a plain stud or sleeper for students with pierced ears. Piercing of other body parts must not be visible.
Year 7 Camp
This week our Year 7s headed off to The Summit in Trafalgar for a three day adventure camp. The aim of the camp is for students and teachers to get to know each other better and for team building. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of adventure type activities. Thanks to the following staff who are attending: Daniel Williams, Meaghan Baker, Kate Daly, Laura Gorman, Alice Leppin, Liz Evans, Loretta Ilott, Julie Pretty, Peter Walters, Mick Haber, James Sadler, Ariana Nickou, James Nicklen and Kelly-Anne Roberts. Thanks to Liz Evans for organising the camp and the Year 7 team for their support of our new cohort of students into Year 7.
College Council Elections
College council elections are approaching. Further information will be in the newsletter next week and nomination forms available from reception. Please give some thought to contributing to the College by participating in College council – there are generally two evening meetings per term, and it can be very rewarding. College council decides, to a large extent, the policies and direction the College takes and is therefore a most important part of the College community.
I am proud to be the Principal of Mordialloc College and I hope you are all proud to be a part of the Mordialloc College community. I am looking forward to the year ahead and hope that all students make the most of the opportunities and challenges that are presented to them. Please don’t hesitate to contact me.