College News

21 June 2018
Issue Eighteen
Director of Literacy Improvement
Important Dates
Student Awards                                                           
Le Concours Berthe Mouchette
Year 9 Mentor Careers Incursion
Careers News
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director of Literacy Improvement

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Exams Years 9, 10 and 11

 Firstly, a huge congratulations to all students from Years 9, 10 and 11 who have completed their exams.  As we all know, examination periods can be a time of pressure and intensity and we were proud to see so many of our students approaching the last two weeks with resilience, character and determination. We have been particularly impressed with the Year 9 students who sat their first round of semester one exams in the new gym this year and coped well. Also, we have been pleased to note the number of students who have approached the exam period with a positive focus on their learning and who are now making the most of their feedback to rework and improve their skill set so that they can achieve even more in the future. Well done to all.


If you would like to read some more about appropriate mindsets with which to approach examination periods and learning at school in general, please take a moment to read these summaries of the work of Stanford University Psychologist Carol Dweck. She has researched extensively how people should try to think in order to reach their full potential (access her research by right clicking  here and/or here).


A special well done as well to the Assistant Principals, Ms Wilson, Ms Barker and the Year Level Coordinators who have done an exceptional job in organising the logistical challenges of so many students sitting exams over the last two weeks. We are pleased to note how smoothly they have all proceeded.


End of Semester

 As we move past exams and into a new semester it is worth taking a moment to reflect on the targets we set at the start of Term 1. At the start of Term 1 all students at Mordialloc set goals for themselves based on what they knew about their learning behaviours, academic achievements and aspirational pathways into the future. As reports are released shortly, it is a good time to pause with family or carers to reflect on what we are proud of and what we would like to improve further. For students seeking advice on career pathways, please make an appointment with Jane Jamieson, our career pathways advisor.


Also, through mentor time and at home, students should be starting to plan new targets for the coming semester. For Year 12 students, these are the last semester targets they will set themselves at Mordialloc, before stepping out into the wider world. We hope you all feel excited and prepared for the challenges of the short time before you finish your secondary schooling. For students lower down the school, we hope you enjoy the next two weeks of your new electives before your well earned holiday.


Extra Curricular Engagement

 It has also been fantastic to see so many events around the school, even whilst exams have been continuing. Some of the events this week include the John Monash Science School excursion, the VCAL SCOPE Young Ambassadors Community Service Activity, the Monash University VCE Enrichment Programme, the SMR Cross Country and the career profile session for Industry and Enterprise students. Congratulations to all students and staff extending themselves in these contexts as well. We are also pleased to note the appointment of private tutors to VCE in order to help support students across the last term.  


Literacy Update

 This year Mordialloc has continued its commitment to literacy, working from the ethos that every teacher is responsible for teaching literacy in every classroom and that every child needs strong literacy skills, not just to succeed academically, but to function effectively in society.


In 2018 we launched a ‘Writing for Learning’ program, alongside a school wide editing code, to almost double the volume of continuous writing students are doing with a pen and paper across the school day as well as provide a shared language for feeding back on writing tasks. We also introduced a recreational reading program last year; all students from Year 7 to 9 have at least one lesson every two weeks in The Hub so they can borrow a book. We also give students twenty minutes of recreational reading time a week during lessons, and encourage them to read at home at least three times a week for twenty minutes or more (it is worth noting that through conversation students are exposed to only around 7000 new words between Grade 5 and Year 10, but through reading they are exposed to over 80,000). Led by James Nicklen, we are currently also looking at developing our recreational reading program into an independent reading program based on some promising research and outcomes.  Now is the time for students to visit The Hub and borrow their holiday reading.


Continuing to build on this, we have also run a series of professional development workshops focused on teaching spelling, vocabulary, writing conventions, sentence structure and engagement with writing processes, for all staff. Across the school, we are moving forward to develop conventions guides for all writing responses across subject areas so that students, parents and staff have a shared language about how to write in the various specific styles required by different learning areas right up to VCE.


Finally, we have also more than tripled our provision of extra curricular opportunities - a huge thank you to Mr Vicary for his work with debating, Mr Nicklen again for his work with the Writers' Collective, and to the whole English team for their tireless efforts organising a wide range of high quality incursions and excursions. In Term Three we look forward to The Writer’s Festival, The Australian Poetry Competition and our annual outstanding incursion, the performance of the poetry of Wilfred Owen (thank you to Ms Rodrigues).


A huge thank you and well done to all students who have been involved in pushing literacy forward at Mordialloc in the first half of this year. We look forward to some great successes in Semester 2.




Andrew McConchie

Director of Literacy Improvement








Important Dates


Friday 22

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

Monday 25

  • World Challenge meeting - 1:15pm-1:45pm 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 1:30pm
  • Senior Formal - 6:30 pm at Southern Golf Course


Monday 16

  • First day of Term 3

Wednesday 18

  • Unit 4 Biology Genetics Melbourne University Excursion

Friday 20

  • Yr 11 Psychology Excursion to Melbourne Museum
  • Year 9 War on Words Poetry Incursion

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 upholding the College value of Personal Best by going above and beyond in their recent Japanese Unit Test.

Congratulations to the following students for upholding the College value of Personal Best in their recent Japanese Unit Test.




                                                                                                                         Lana Paten




Le Concours Berthe Mouchette

Year 7 -10 Poetry Competition

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate the following students on their achievement:


Year 7 Students’ Achievement Results

  • Finalist(e)s – High Distinction: Lana Selthofer, Jordan Shenouda
  • Excéllent(e)s – High Distinction: Nadia Henriques, Reema Ababneh
  • Très bien – Distinction: Taylah Lewis, Maya Whetstone
  • Bien/Satisfaisant(e)s – Credit: Emerson Chring, Thomas Evangelista, Abby Hansen, Eva Coulton, Cassandra Lawson, Ande Lindner, Charli Murphy, Anton Smith, Isabella Sullivan and Tenillia Tong

Year 8 Students’ Achievement Results

  • Finalist – High Distinction: Dechlan Burkitt
  • Excéllent(e)s – High Distinction: Rhianne Blavo, Lily Mackay, Beth Rowland, Timothy Whitford
  • Très bien – Distinction: Tristan Cox, Jade Goodman, Tamsyn Russell
  • Bien/Satisfaisant(e)s – Credit: Isabel Agar-Wilson, Sarah Carey, Emma Schultz, Liam James, Tomislav Krivacevic, Natalia Madej, Ethan Storti, Eliza Wragg

Year 9 Students’ Achievement Results

  • Finalist(e) – High Distinction: Elisa Sarsini
  • Excéllent(e)s – High Distinction: Bianca Davidson
  • Très bien – Distinction: Fasika Abera, Spencer Halse, Celina Lum and Natalie Politova
  • Bien/ Satisfaisant(e)s – Credit: Olivia Marlow, Victoria Vasilenko


Year 10 Students’ Achievement Results

  • Finalist – High Distinction: Noreigh Zuniga
  • Excéllent – High Distinction: Ethan Carroll
  • Très bien – Distinction: Ava Collison and David Le


Madame Peerbux


Year 9 Mentor Careers Incursion

Careers Incursion

On Wednesday 6 June, our Year 9 students participated in workshops regarding various careers during their Mentor session. Students could choose from careers in construction, IT, physiotherapy, personal training and exercise physiology, hairdressing, property management, business and outdoor recreation. We even had a few teachers who presented about their previous careers! Many students elected to hear two industry professionals speak and the response was resoundingly positive. Students found the sessions both informative and inspiring, with many commenting on how much they enjoyed the sessions. We look forward to continuing and expanding this initiative in future.

Here are some comments from students who attended the session;

'It was very interesting to find out about the builder because a lot of what he said surprised me.’

‘I enjoyed hearing about careers in Outdoor Education- especially when he spoke about Camp America’


Sally Mitchell

Director of Student Engagement



On Monday 4 June, Year 9 ‘Looking Beyond’ and ‘Looking Within’ students presented their major projects and videos to the Year 9 cohort. The ‘Looking Within’ videos related to the topic of destigmatising mental illness whilst the ‘Looking Beyond’ students completed a major project about a person they believe to be aspirational. It was evident that the students put in an immense amount of work and their final products were engaging, creative and professional. We look forward to undertaking our new MEX Units in Term 3.

Ms Sally Mitchell

Director of Student Engagement

Careers News

What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up?

During Term 2 and 3, all Year 9-12 students are asked to reflect upon their future subject and career options. Ideally all students will select subjects and programs that are a reflection of their abilities, hobbies, interests, personality, values and the pre-requisites required for entry into a course that leads onto a range of exciting career possibilities.

We ask Year 9 and 10 students to investigate a range of options and select three preferred career options to assist with identifying the ideal school subjects and senior program at school. ‘Getting it right’ can provide students with better academic results and easier transition into chosen course options, especially for people aiming to specialise in a particular career.

Whilst some people just seem to know what they want to do from an early age there are equally as many who become anxious when asked,  'What do you want to do when you grow up?'. For some individuals, they are interested in so many things and may be reluctant to narrow their options too early. Not everyone should focus and specialise in one career – in fact for many people with an intense but sometimes short lived interest in diverse options range of learning can lead onto developing the very skills that jobs in the future require.

Watch the video on our College careers website  to hear why and how being interested in many things can be an advantage.

Regardless if students have chosen to specialise or keep their options wide open, they will benefit from discussing their interests, hobbies, dreams and favourite subjects with me in the Careers Department – as someone who has changed careers direction more than anyone I know (these include Engineering, Science, Nutrition, Design, Business, Marketing, Recruitment, Fine Art and Education), it was heartening to hear someone else express how being interested in so many things can be provide super powers.

It is in this job as a careers counsellor I have found my own multiple interests very relevant and useful for others.



Jane Jamieson
Careers and Pathways Coordinator
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Scholarships to Study Abroad.

Thinking of enrolling in VCAL at Holmesglen in 2018?

Applications are now open!

Students, their parents and teachers are invited to attend information sessions to learn more about the Holmesglen Vocational College VCAL program. 

What is VCAL?

The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is a recognized year 11 and 12 option for young people 16-18. It incorporates both hands-on and vocational activities as well as the opportunity to enrol in an industry specific qualification.

Why do VCAL at Holmesglen?
Holmesglen offers a more flexible learning environment to mainstream school. Students work at their own pace and are encouraged to develop secure pathways into work or further study. Holmesglen VCAL students can also access fantastic industry certificate options, such as:

  • Trades 
  • Business
  • IT / Multimedia
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Hospitality
  • Allied Health 
  • Sport & Recreation
  • Horticulture 

Upcoming Information Sessions:
Moorabbin Campus

Building 12, Level 2, Room 12

488 South Rd Moorabin

 Date: Thursday 21st June

 Time: 6pm     

T: 03 9209 5112 

E: [email protected]


Waverley Campus 

Building 4, Level 2, Room 303

595 Waverley Rd Glen Waverley

Date: Thursday 21st June

 Time: 6pm   

Contact us:
T: 03 9564 6457 
E: [email protected]

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Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Tour

Monash University  Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences campus tour, which will be running over the July and September school holidays.


Tuesday, 10 July (Peninsula)

Tuesday, 25 September (Clayton)

Tuesday, 27 September (Peninsula)


Please encourage your students to utilise this opportunity as they will get to meet some of our student ambassador and have a personalised tour of the faculty’s teaching facilities and precinct.


Please note that our Clayton campus tour 2nd of July has been closed due to maximum capacity.  


Students can register for the tour via our website:

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


Aspendale Gardens Community Service


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