College News

18 October 2018
Issue Thirty-one
eLearning and STEM @ Mordialloc College
Important Dates
Student Awards                                                           
International Student News
Community Expo
Students Take Victory Again!
Fit 2 Drive
House Report
Year 7 Project Expo
State Schools Relief School Shoes
Community News
Mordialloc College
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eLearning and STEM @ Mordialloc College


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


It has been a busy year in Digital Technologies and STEM classes at the College, with the introduction of new robotics courses in Year 7 and 8 Digitech and Year 10 STEM. In Year 7 and 8 Digitech students have been learning to code using their iPads. This has seen them use an object oriented programming platform to program mBots using a variety of sounds, lights, movements and sensors. Year 10 STEM has also utilised some new, exciting resources and have been using drones to improve their coding skills. These students were able to use a simplified version of the programming language C++ to program their drones’ flight patterns and its controller. Term 3 also saw the introduction of a Robotics Club in the Hub at lunchtime on Fridays. Although the initial uptake was a little slow, interest has been growing as students have hearing about the robots and drones they get to try out their coding skills with.


iPad and BYOD programs – device purchasing

Our purchasing portal with CompNow has been updated, and now offers devices which can be purchased for both the iPad program for Year 7 - 9 students, and laptop devices for the BYOD program for Year 10 - 12 students. Families are under no obligation to purchase a device through the College portal, however CompNow offers very competitive pricing on all devices, and also has a range of warranties and accessories that can also be purchased. Orders placed through CompNow are shipped to the school for collection free of charge. Orders placed before  23 November will be shipped to the College by December 14 2018, and orders placed between November 23 and January 11 will be shipped to the College by January 29 2019. To place an order please go to

Justin Wischusen

Director or eLearning and STEM


Important Dates


  • SSVS Athletics
  • Year 9 MEX 9C & 9D Community Placements

Tuesday 23

  • Year 12 Final Assembly & Morning Tea - 9am

Wednesday 24

  • Year 10 Advance Grampians Hike until Friday 
  • Year 7 Expo from 9:10am - 9:40am in the Learning Centre

Thursday 25

  • Year 10 Advance Grampians Hike 
  • Student Leadership Speeches Period 1

Friday 26

  • Year 10 Advance Grampians Hike return
  • Year 12 Valedictory Dinner 

Monday 29

  • Year 12 VCAA Exams commence
  • Year 10 & 11 Revision week
  • MEX 2.0 City Experience
  • Year 9 Zoo Snooze Camp

Tuesday 30

  • Year 9 MEX 9C & 9D Community Placements
  • Year 9 Zoo Snooze Camp returns approx 4:00 pm
  • Program Development Committee Meeting 3:30 pm


Friday 02

  • Facilities Meeting 8:00 am
  • It's Academic

Monday 05

  • Canteen Closed
  • Finance Meeting 4:00 pm

Tuesday 06

  • Public Holiday for Melbourne Cup Day

Thursday 08

  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm

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 displaying the College value of responsibility this week.


Thank you to the following students for their wonderful help with delivering flowers to staff and students last Thursday for Mental Health Week.


Last Thursday the College held an Expo in the HUB with presenters from various community organisations. Thank you to the following students on the day. College staff received very positive feedback from all the presenters on how the students conducted themselves.


Coordinating the students to the Expo





Setting up the Expo space and greeting and collecting the presenters and bringing them to the HUB.








Lana Paten



International Student News

On Thursday 11 October our International student, Shirley Chen, won a Bronze Medal for the under 16 shot put at  the Southern Metropolitan Region Sports Championships.  Well done, Shirley - what a fantastic effort.


At the start of Term Four we welcomed our first international student from Vietnam. Her name is Yen Nguyen ( Jessie ). Jessie is studying in ISEC now and in 2019 she will commence her studies in Year 11.


Li Ping

International Student Coordinator

Community Expo

On Thursday 11 October a Community Expo was held at Mordialloc College as part of Mental Health Week.

This was a combined initiative developed with Mordialloc College,  the Aspendale branch of the Bendigo Bank and  the Kiwanis Clubs. The aim of the Expo was to provide students with an opportunity to discover the various clubs and community groups in our local area so that they may consider joining or volunteering for one of the programs.  Our students in Years 7-9 were able to spend time throughout the day engaging with representatives from all the different organisations and find out about the programs they offered.  

Students were asked to engage with at least five of the presenters and complete a scavenger hunt throughout the day. Completed forms went in the running to win ten prizes courtesy of the Bendigo Bank. Students took information away to discuss with their parents about how they may become involved in the various community activities and some parents took the opportunity to drop in and speak to presenters about their services.  

Overall the community representatives and students thoroughly enjoyed the day. We hope students now feel more encouraged to involve themselves in the vast array of activities our community has to offer.

We would like to thank the following community groups who offered their time on the day:


SES – Chelsea Unit

Kiwanis Moorabbin

Holmesglen TAFE

Bendigo Bank - Yes committee

Australian Defence Force


Mordialloc Sailing Club

Mordialloc Football Club

Mordialloc Martial Arts and Kick Boxing

Aspendale Life Saving Club

Duke of Edinburgh

The Bicycle Network – Great Victorian Bike Ride

Rotary Chelsea

Mordialloc Life Saving Club

Kingston Youth Services

Outside the Locker Room

Kingston District Scouts

Little Athletics Chelsea

Lions Club International



Sally Mitchell, Student Engagement, and Lana Paten, Student Wellbeing

Students Take Victory Again!

The Great Debate

 In another controversial decision, but with a resounding vote from the judges, the students have again won the Great Debate on the motion, ‘That we should encourage students to follow their dreams rather than pursue financial security’.

Congratulations to Alex, Annie and Gus who represented the affirmative side and argued convincingly (despite still being in their pyjamas from the Year 12 sleepover) that dreams were effectively more motivational and led to more fulfilled lives than simply pursuing financial success. They also managed to uphold the substantive that many of the greatest developments of both liberalism and modern technology were born from dreams and not the pursuit of economic gain.

A disappointed but ultimately resilient team of teachers put forward some strong counter arguments, suggesting that in fact financial security was a more realistic pursuit that would ultimately lead individuals to happier lives. In some senses gaining the popular vote, the teachers' team looks forward to next year when they have promised to study the rubric before the competition in order to ensure they pick up marks in areas that they perhaps sacrificed in this encounter (kudos to the Year 12 team for nailing the requirements of the rubric so specifically). A huge thank you to Ms Baker, Mr Vicary and Mr Nicklen for taking on the challenge of standing up to our senior debating team and engaging so positively in the spirit of competing with our Year 12s in their last few weeks of school. We extend a further thanks to AP, Ms Greenhalgh,our Principal, Ms Roberts, and School Captains, Bailey and Sabrina, who were our esteemed judges. Thanks also to Emmerson for being our chairperson for the duration of the debate.

As part of The Great Debate this year, we also celebrated those students who have performed well in the Debating Association of Victoria’s interschool debating competition. Well done to Dylan, Callum, James and Roberto for being our top performing team, losing only one of their rounds across the year. Well done also to Jeremy from Year 7 for receiving our Debating All-Rounder award. Also, a further well done to Alex and Annie for winning the Best and Fairest and Debating Leader award respectively.

Finally, we would like to thank Mr Vicary for all the great work he has done in building a culture of debating at Mordialloc and supporting our teams to achieve some great successes over the course over the year. The growth of debating at Mordialloc and the successes of our teams are further evidence again of the pool of talent and potential residing at the school. Well done to all involved in driving it forward. If you would like to get involved, please contact Mr Vicary directly. Coming up in Term 4 is House Debating and a weekend inter school competition.


Andrew McConchie


Director of Literacy Improvement

Fit 2 Drive

Fit 2 Drive Student Voices Conference

On Tuesday 16 October nine Year 11 Mordialloc College students travelled to Kilbreda College to participate in the Fit 2 Drive Student Voices Conference, which was targeted at providing these students with a voice to improve road safety within the Kingston community.

Students worked collaboratively during the conference to first build leadership capacity and team collegiality, before breaking into brainstorming sessions to analyse road incident statistics and data from within the Kingston area. Students evaluated the data and developed a list of road safety issues for all drivers that included driver fatigue, alcohol and drug use, driving in weather conditions, distractions, road knowledge, experience of supervising drivers, and role-modelling of driving behaviours. With the following in mind, students began to develop strategies and ideas to help combat these issues throughout the community and pitch their solutions to a panel of experts from Victorian Police, Kingston Council and the Fit 2 Drive Foundation. After what were some fantastic and thoroughly developed pitches it was the development and ideas surrounding a VicRoad Logbook App that captivated the attention of the panel. The next stage for the team of Mordialloc and Kilbreda students will be presenting their developed ideas to VicRoads and representatives from the Kingston Council to being fostering their initiatives into reality, helping save lives on the road within our community.


The following student voices capture the experience of the day:

“The Fit 2 Drive workshop was an amazing leadership experience. Nine of us had the opportunity to attend this workshop to help develop ideas on how to make our roads a safer place. We all had a chance to have our ideas and voices heard, giving us the opportunity to contribute to supporting our safety.”  Sarah Sundstrom


“This program helped me fully flesh out my ideas about how I can be an active contributor to my future. I’ve grown as a leader and person as a result of the Student Voices Conference.” Miranda Miller


“The Fit 2 Drive excursion has been such a great opportunity to voice our ideas and opinions to a range of people who can make them a reality. The leadership growth experienced during the conference has been informative and driven at instigating self-development. I’d like to thank Kilbreda College, Mr. P, Fit 2 Drive, Victoria Police, and Kingston Council for allowing us to assist in shaping the future of road safety.”  Levi Burns


I would like to thank the teachers and students from Kilbreda College for hosting the event. I would also like to congratulate Adnan Abdul Mutalib, Levi Burns, Lucinda Cameron, Liam Canavan, Miranda Miller, Caleb Romeo, Sarah Sundstrom, Alexander Unwin, and Hunter Williams-Moses for their fantastic role-modelling, ideas and leadership during the conference, representing the College core values of Respect, Responsibility, Personal Best and Integrity.



Dylan Piubello

Year 11 Coordinator

House Report

With just under one term left this year, the House competition shows no signs of slowing down. The current points standing has Yerlonga narrowly in the lead.

We finished last term with our House Football competition. We had large numbers turn out to participate, which involved a handball competition, most accurate goal kicker and the longest kick.

Two staff also made a cameo appearance- thank you to Mr Fisher and Ms Loynes for displaying your elite football skills. We would like to congratulate all students for participating, especially our winner,Joel Day, and Nick Lee, who finished in second place.

Mordi idol was another highlight of the term- with participants receiving house points.

This term, we have more exciting House events; including whole school lunch- time activities, the Yerlonga House competition in week 6 and Arts week activities this week.

We encourage all students to participate in the events on offer.


Ms Sally Mitchell and Mr Andrew Fisher

Year 7 Project Expo

Year 7 Project Expo

Dear Mordialloc College parents, guardians and staff,
You are cordially invited to join us for the Term 4 Year 7 Project Expo.

Event details: During Week 2 of Term 4, students will have the opportunity to apply what they have been learning in History to an application project. Mainstream students have been studying Ancient Mediterranean civilisations, whereas SEAL students have been studying Medieval Europe. In Week 3, students will get the chance to present and share their projects with the wider Mordialloc College community.

When: Wednesday 24 October 9:10-9:40am

Where: Year 7 Learning Centre. Please sign in at the General Office.


We look forward to you joining us to celebrate the amazing work of our students.



From the Year 7 team at Mordialloc College









Mordialloc College Alumni Association Magazine

Please click on the link below to read the latest copy of the Mordialloc College Alumni Association magazine, Ventured. There are some fantastic stories from past students of the College.


State Schools Relief School Shoes

State Schools Relief - Anyone can purchase schools shoes and support others.

Shoes with a Purpose - the State Schools Relief program assists families that may need support to purchase school uniform. They are now also selling school shoes to the wider community with funds raised going back into the State School Relief Program to support families in need.

Please see the below flyer and contact the relevant State Schools Relief shop if you are interested in purchasing shoes, shoe option 2 and 4 on the poster are the ones that are part of the Mordialloc College uniform. If you are unsure of your child's shoe size there is a sizing chart at the General Office of the College if you would like to measure your child's foot.


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 4 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 Gardens Community Centre Seniors Festival


Mordialloc Beach 150 Years Celebration


Mentone Park Primary Colour Run




St John Vianney's Annual Fete


Bonbeach Life Saving Club


College News
Mordialloc College Price List 2018.pdf
Chanelle Cardente
Mara Hallowell
Laura Reeves
Celina Lum
Spencer Halse
Lorenzo Mortimer
Dechlan Burkitt
Emma Schultz
Aston Hewett
Roma McGoldrick