College News

17 May 2018
Issue Thirteen
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Student Council Elections
   Student Awards                                                                          
School for Student Leadership
Production Trivia Night
Nominations Open for "Pick My Project"
Nominations Open: Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Student Representation on School Council

There has been a positive level of interest in the two new student positions on School Council. Nominations closed on Monday and I would like to congratulate the following students for putting themselves forward for these important positions: - Sam Bloxham (Year 9), Ava Collison (Year 10), Carter Fox (Year 10), Jessica House (Year 7),  Laura Reeves (Year 8),  Jeremy Thai-Chan (Year 7) and James Vincendese (Year 10).

An election will be held next week with ballot papers and each candidate’s election statement being distributed to all students in their respective year level assemblies on Monday. Students across the College in Years 7-12 will have until Monday 28 May 11 am to cast their vote and submit their ballot paper into the special box at Reception in the main building.


Progressive Reporting and Parent Teacher Interviews

On Friday last week the results and comments for the next lot of benchmark tasks completed to date across Years 7-12 were released on Compass for student and parent access. Please make sure you check to stay informed about your child’s progress. Our new progressive reporting process was introduced last year, to provide parents and students with more timely feedback.

Thanks for your feedback on the Term 1 parent teacher student interviews from the survey Andrew Moffat sent out for parents to complete earlier this term. As a growing school we need to consider how to best accommodate the needs of parents, students and staff so the interviews are a valuable use of everyone’s time and can be completed as efficiently as possible. Areas identified for improvement will be acted upon in the future and we will continue to gather feedback to refine our processes. If you didn’t get to speak to one or more of your child’s teachers, and if you haven’t already done so, please contact them via email or phone.


NAPLAN: National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy

This week all students in Year 7 and 9 sat the national tests in Reading, Writing, Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation and Numeracy. I would like to congratulate all students for their exemplary behaviour and positive attitude during the three days of testing and for treating these tests seriously in striving to achieve their Personal Best.

The results once available will be used to:

  • help teachers identify students who require greater challenges or additional support
  • help the College identify strengths and, if any, gaps in teaching programs and to set goals in Literacy and Numeracy
  • provide additional feedback to students and parents about individual achievements and progress


All parents of students in Years 7 and 9 will receive a NAPLAN report on their child’s progress later this year. The report is only one aspect of the school’s assessment and reporting process, and does not replace the more extensive and informed judgements made about your child by teachers. Thanks to Justin Wischusen, Andrew Moffat, Janine Danckert and Daniel Williams for organising and running the three mornings of tests with our larger cohorts of students in Years 7 and 9.


Work Experience

This week our entire Year 10 cohort of students is out on work experience, as part of the compulsory VCE Unit One all Year 10 students undertake at Mordialloc College, called Industry and Enterprise. Completing this unit not only gives all of our Year 10 students credit towards attaining their VCE, it also is a more meaningful way to deliver the Careers curriculum. Students have organised placements in a huge variety of workplaces and locations across Melbourne  in Real Estate, Hospitality, Vet Clinics, Accountant and Business firms, Graphic Design, Education, Information Technology, Automotive, Law, Health and Fitness, Building and Construction. A big thank you must go to our Pathways Coordinator, Jane Jamieson and Education Support staff assistant Kim Cowain-Menzies for all of their hard work in supporting our students to find suitable work placements for this week; and to all of the local businesses not only in our community but extending well beyond, for being prepared to accept a student for the week into their place of work. Thanks also to the many teachers who have been out to visit the students in their workplace this week.


Year 8 Camp

On May 2 - 4 our Year 8 students attended camp at Phillip Island over three days. Students had the opportunity to participate in a range of adventure and team building activities. Thanks to Year 8 team leader and Year Level Coordinator Simon Cummins for organising and leading this camp for our students, and the Year 8 team of teachers who joined Simon over the three days and made it such a success:  Julie Chambers, Kate Daly, Georgia Davey, Mick Haber, Kym Lenc, Stuart McIntyre, James Nicklan, Loretta Illot, Julie Pretty, Jo Cefala,  Vicky Vrettos, Liz Evans, Lana Paten, Andrew Moffat and Daniel Williams.


Cross Country

On Tuesday May 9 the College Cross Country was held on a lovely sunny autumn afternoon. Congratulations go to Yerlonga (Blue House) on their great win and to each age group champion (reported in last week’s newsletter). It was a terrific contest between the four houses with a high participation rate across the whole school, and shows how important it is to participate to the best of your ability whether running or walking the course. Congratulations to Sport Coordinator Cory Watters for his organisation of this event, and to all students and staff for their positive involvement during the afternoon.


Attendance – Every Day Counts

Daily attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally:

  • School participation maximises life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. 
  • School helps children to develop important skills, knowledge and values that set them up for further learning and participation in their community.

A child missing one day a fortnight will miss four weeks in a year, and more than a year of school by Year 10. It is important that children develop regular attendance habits at an early age.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to school, please contact the Wellbeing Team at the College to discuss strategies that may assist you.

Further reading is available from the Department of Education.

What to do if your child is absent?

If your child is absent or will be absent at a future date, please notify the College in one of the following ways:

  • Log in to the Compass Parent Portal and approve the absence
  • Call the College and notify the Sub-School Attendance Officer of the absence
  • Attendance Officers will SMS parents at recess each day if their child is not at school requesting that absence be authorised.

Attendance Letters

A second SMS will be sent if your child is absent for consecutive days or if there is another pattern of absence. This may be followed by a meeting with your child’s Year Level Coordinator.

Mordialloc College is required to notify the Southern Metropolitan Regional Office of the Department of Education and Training if any student is absent for more than 5 days. A letter will be sent home notifying parents that this has been done. Please note: chronic or ongoing attendance issues that are escalated to this level can lead to an infringement notice being issued to parents.



Literacy underpins all learning and as such we can’t emphasise enough the importance of reading each night and this should be part of all students' homework plan if they aren’t already reading for pleasure. Twenty minutes a day can make a huge difference for a student in developing their use and understanding of vocabulary. 

Students are able to make requests at the Hub help desk for future purchases if there is a book they would like to read in hard copy that is not in our current collection and we also have our e-book borrowing system with a wide variety of novels.


Winter Uniform and Jewellery

I would like remind students of their responsibility in relation to uniform. The College expectation is that all students will be in the correct winter uniform, and that this uniform is worn correctly (shirts tucked in, ties done up properly) just as it would be expected in any workplace. This also means no hoodies worn under or over your jumper.  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 ask parents to reinforce these expectations at home. 

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.


Ms. Michelle Roberts






Important Dates


Monday 21

  • MEX 2.0 City Experience Day 1
  • Student School Council Ballot Papers distributed to students

Tuesday 22

  • MEX 2.0 City Experience Day 2
  • Yr 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Yr 10 Legal Studies excursion to Frankston Magistrates Court

Wednesday 23

  • MEX 2.0 City Experience Day 3
  • Yr 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Kingston Division Cross Country
  • Scott Norton Author visit Yr 7 students and Yr 8 SEAL students

Thursday 24

  • World Challenge Fitness Session 
  • Yr 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • SEAL Australian History Competition

Friday 25

  • Yr 9 Outdoor Education Camp returns

Monday 28

  • Yr 10 Exam Revision week
  • Close of Student School Council Ballot

Tuesday 29

  • Yr 11 VCAL Young Ambassadors Program
  • SEAL ICAS Science Competition
  • Yr 8 A Rock Climbing Excursion
  • Declaration of Student School Council Poll

Wednesday 30

  • Yr 11 Elevate Session



Monday 4

  • Yr 10 Exams 
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams
  • Yr 8 F Rock Climbing Excursion

Tuesday 5

  • Yr 10 Exams
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams
  • Yr 11 VCAL Young Ambassadors Program
  • Yr 8 E Rock Climbing Excursion

Wednesday 6

  • Yr 10 Exams
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams
  • Yr 12 Elevate Session: How to Ace Your Exams


Thursday 7

  • Yr 10 Exams
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams
  • World Challenge Fitness Session

Friday 8

  • Yr 10 Exams
  • Yr 11 Unit 1 Exams
  • Yr 8 G Rock Climbing Excursion

Student Council Elections


Student Council Candidates


 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 our College values of responsibility and personal best.


Responsibility: Strong Sirachantanakorn for his wonderful teardrop banners which he designed with collaboration from staff and students. They look fantastic.


Personal Best: Dylan Brown for striving to achieve his best in class with his brochure on the Constitution.


Lana Paten





School for Student Leadership

This is our third week here at the School for Student Leadership in Marlo where we are spending 10 weeks at the residential Snowy River Campus. Seven of us were lucky enough to be granted this opportunity along with students from Elwood, Frankston, Dromana, Trafalgar, Swifts Creek, Maffra and Wonthaggi.

In the short time that we have been here, we have all already made new friends, learnt new things and experienced just a bit of what the whole 10 weeks has to offer. Our first surfing lesson and half-day bike ride were some major highlights as well as completing our first overnight expedition of hiking and mountain biking. When we are not involved in outdoor activities, we are completing lessons about things such as self and social awareness, cultural diversity and metacognition. All these things will help us develop as young adults and help us contribute positively to the community once we return.

Living at a residential school presents a new experience for all of us but it also comes with some challenges. Each of us is sharing a room with a student from a different school and we must take responsibility for keeping our rooms clean, washing our own clothes and ensuring we complete our duties within the kitchen and bathrooms.

One of the major components of our time here is completing a Community Learning Project to bring back to our school or wider community. As a team we have begun working on a project to help out homeless services. We still have lots of work to be done before our completed product but we are well on our way to producing a successful project.

Each week, a different person from our Mordialloc team will be submitting  a report for the newsletter. This will keep those back at Mordialloc College in the loop about our progress and activities at the Snowy River Campus.


Written by

Meike & the Mordialloc Team

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, 2017

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

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

Cost: $15 per ticket, purchased from Reception using the form below, 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 interests, 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

Nominations Open for "Pick My Project"

Pick My Project Fundraising Opportunity

The Program

Pick My Project is a new $30 million community grants program where everyone can apply to get their idea funded, and then the community gets to choose via an online voting system.  Grants range from between $20,000 and $200,000.

Ideas could include things like upgrades or funding for sporting and recreation activities, improving health and wellbeing, innovation and technology, community arts or cultural projects, or ideas that improve community and bring people together.



Submit your ideas from May 2018.

We encourage you to focus on the concept and planning of your idea for now, we will advise the official closing date as soon as it is finalised.

Voting begins in July 2018.

Winning projects will be announced in September 2018.



The initiative is open to all Victorian residents, aged 16 and over. For participants under 18, guardian approval will be required.

Just with a great idea, and the backing of an eligible project sponsor – like a school, sporting team or community organisation – anyone could be eligible to have their idea funded. As part of the application process, Victorians will need to identify an eligible organisation to sponsor, or support, their idea and to administer funds through a registered ABN.

The initiative draws on people of all backgrounds to work together to identify the great outcomes possible for their local communities, and to get them funded through this program.

Private, for-profit, businesses/organisations are not eligible to receive funding.


What can be funded?

This is for the little things in a community that don’t get the attention, or the funding.

They’re the projects that slip through the cracks of big grants rounds or state and council budgets.

If you’ve got a good idea that your community supports, we want it to be eligible for funding. It could be almost any idea that strengthens your local community.

Rather than meet strict criteria or go through onerous application processes, projects will need only to be feasible, accessible to the wider community, and capable of being delivered in 12 months from contract finalisation.

They include things like:

  • New or upgraded playgrounds
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Improvements to local parks, gardens, or trails.
  • Sporting ground upgrades, or clubroom facilities.
  • Public art or memorials
  • Community garden
  • Repairs or improvements to community halls



All you need is a good idea and the support of your community to be successful.

The projects that receive the most votes on a new online voting system will get funded.

This is not about bureaucrats with strict guidelines selecting projects behind closed doors – this is local ideas and local choice.


Local support

The Honorable Tim Richardson is available to provide a Letter of Support to accompany your application if you choose to apply.

Please be sure to contact his office on 9772 4544 if he can be of assistance.


A copy of the Frequently Asked Questions and Answers is attached for your convenience.

Please register your interest in this project at

Feel free to email [email protected] or call 1800 797 818 for further assistance.


Nominations Open: Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards

Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Volunteer Champions Awards, which celebrate the enormous contribution of Victoria’s volunteer community.


Do you know an amazing volunteer (or team of volunteers) who deserve public recognition of their skills, efforts, and contribution to the Victorian community?

Nominations are accepted from all sectors, and across all forms of volunteering. Nominees can volunteer with a single organisation, or across multiple organisations. Nominations can include volunteering outside of formal organisational structures.

Volunteers can be recognised for their contributions in both one-off projects and in ongoing roles.


Award Categories

There are four categories of awards recognising:

  • Impact – volunteers who have delivered a significant improvement or achievement for their organisation, sector or community through their service
  • Leadership – volunteers with or without formal leadership positions that have succeeded in bringing groups of people together to solve a problem or provide a service to the community
  • Service – celebrating volunteers who have dedicated their efforts over a significant period of time
  • Teamwork – for groups of volunteers that through collaboration and teamwork have delivered exceptional results for their project, organisation or community

Victoria’s Volunteer of the Year

One award recipient will be selected as Victoria’s Volunteer of the Year, winning a $10,000 donation to a charity of their choice and receiving the Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award. The awards will recognise up to 60 volunteers for their service to the community.


The type of information required to complete a nomination includes:

  • Summary (40 words) – Tell us why you are nominating the volunteer
  • Achievement & outcomes (150 words) – Describe the major achievements, benefits or outcomes of their work.
  • Skills & qualities (150 words) – Describe how this contribution was/is made. You can include personal skills, attributes and qualities, and any other comments on how they go about their work.
  • Commitment & effort (40 words) – Describe the amount of time, effort and dedication they have spent on their activities.


Apply Online

Detailed information on the award categories and nomination process can be found at:

Nominations must be submitted through the nomination website at:


Closing Date

Nominations close on Monday, 28 May, 2018 at 5pm, at the conclusion of National Volunteer Week, which runs from 20-27 May, 2018.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Government House later in the year.


Local Support

The nomination guidelines have been attached for your ease of reference. Please be sure to contact the office of the Honourable Tim Richardson if you require any assistance on 9772 4544.


More information

For more information on the Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards, please contact:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 03 9096 7302


Community News

Dobsons  School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 1 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


*  Rugby tops and track pants have arrived and are now available for purchase. *


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.

Heartlinks Step Parenting Workshop


Heartlinks Teen Parenting Workshop


Heartlinks Resilient Children Workshop


Kingston Refuge Week Movie Screening




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