College News

16 March 2018
Issue Six
Student Wellbeing Update
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
VCAL Update
This Week in VCAL
International Student News
French Update
Police Lifesaving Carnival
House Athletics
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Student Wellbeing Update

Dear Families, Students and Community members,


It is hard to believe we are already over halfway through first term for the 2018 school year! Before any more of the year gets away, it is important that I fill you in on the area of Student Wellbeing at Mordialloc College. At Mordialloc College we place a strong emphasis on ensuring students are happy and feeling connected to the College. Evidence tells us that students who are happy and feel a sense of connectedness to school are better placed to be able to achieve their personal best at school.


For the new families that have joined us this year let me introduce you to the Wellbeing Team. Lana Paten is the School Chaplain working 3 days and Ann Marsh is our Secondary School Nurse joining us 2 days a week. I work 5 days in the Wellbeing Team.


As a Wellbeing Team we have been busy during this start to the new year facilitating a range of activities to support student wellbeing.


We always enjoy having a function to welcome new students to the College. Last week we hosted a new students lunch and enjoyed some good conversations and pizzas together.  


The Yr 10 Peer Support Leaders have been trained and are ready to put their training into practice. They were linked to their Yr 7 Home Groups last week to deliver a number of fun activities. The Peer Support program provides great opportunities for the Yr 7s to build links with the Senior Yr 10 students. From all the laughs and activity observed it appeared all students were greatly enjoying the program. The Yr 10 Peer Support Leaders will continue to meet with the Yr 7 Home Groups to run activities during the year.


The Breakfast Group continues to run this year on Thursday mornings. This is another great opportunity for students to meet with other students within and outside their own year level. All students are welcome to come along and share in breakfast together, a great way to start the school day!


In addition to the Wellbeing Team we are also very fortunate to have support of some other organisations. We greatly appreciate the wonderful partnership we have with KYS (Kingston Youth Services). Janet from KYS can be seen helping out at many of the wellbeing events across the college. This also provides a great opportunity for students to link in with the great services KYS offer for young people in Kingston. As a focus of ensuring the Yr 7s are feeling connected to the College, Janet facilitates a Yr 7 Friday Frenzy lunchtime group.


We also greatly value the work of Kathy from Engage 1on1 Psychological Services, offering counselling support to students as requested. A Mental Health Care Plan obtained from your GP as a referral is required to access this service.


Please feel free to contact me to discuss further the many supports we have available to strengthen student wellbeing.



Mrs Douglas
Director Student Wellbeing




Important Dates


Friday 16

  • World Challenge Training Hike until Saturday 17
  • Facilities Meeting
  • Yr 12 Geography Field Study

​​Monday 19

  • Yr 8 Coastal Excursion to Cape Schank - 8B, 8C & 8F
  • Finance Meeting

Tuesday 20

  • Yr 8 Coastal Excursion to Cape Schank -8A, 8D & 8E




Thursday 22

  • Intermediate Round Robin
  • School Council - AGM
  • Yr 8 Coastal Excursion to Cape Schank - 8G & 8H

Monday 27

  • Senior Round Robin

Wednesday 28

  • Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews 3pm - 6:30pm

Thursday 29

  • House Athletics
  • End of Term 1


 Student Awards

Student Value 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.


Personal Best: For showing courage in class.

Matthew Parsons

Responsibility:  Facilitating year 7 peer support activities during Home Group.

Lachlan Shimmen


James Vicendese

Jemma Thojaya

Georgia McLeish

Lana Paten


VCAL Update

It has been a fantastic start to 2018 in VCAL. 2017 finished well with one of our Senior VCAL students, Rhys Johnson-Dicker being offered and accepting a full-time apprenticeship with Porsche. This is a testament to how hard work and dedication to your trade pays off. We wish him all the best for his apprenticeship.


So far this year we have had the Foundation students working with Bunnings Mentone to build some vertical vegetable gardens for our school kitchen garden. As well as this they participated in a working bee for our kitchen garden which involved tidying up the garden and getting it ready for planting and building the new fence and gate for the garden. They have done a fantastic job and will continue to work in the kitchen garden throughout the year.


The Intermediate and Senior students have also been busy working in teams to plan a survival camp to various locations. As part of this project the students have been learning about teamwork, negotiating and compromising and also developing some of their employability skills including initiative, planning and self-management. They have also completed their basic first aid training and a shelter building incursion. The camps are currently going through the approval process and if successful will run in the last week of this term for the Intermediate students and early in term 2 for the Senior students.



The Intermediate students have also been involved in Clean Up Australia Day, heading down to Mordialloc Beach to pick up litter and clean up the beach. The excursion was featured on Page 4 of the Mordialloc Chelsea Leader on Wednesday 14th March.

Coming up the Foundation students will be heading to the Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park to investigate and see the different industries in action at Melbourne’s largest international event.



Ms Ariana Nickou
Learning Area Leader - VCAL




This Week in VCAL


On Tuesday the 6th of March the Intermediate VCAL class of 2018 participated in an incursion hosted by Mark Greaves the owner and operator of MILSPEC550 a small independent business, located in the south eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Mark has 35 years’ experience serving with the Australian Army and developed his small company in March 2015 after finding a gap in the Australian and New Zealand marketplace for quality survival bracelets, utility key rings, and other useful and custom made products using parachute cord.


Since the Intermediate VCAL class had been completing their “I’m a Survivor” Projects for the Personal Development Unit 1, the activity of making accessorised survival bracelets fitted in perfectly with learning how to survive in the wilderness. The survival bracelets proved challenging to make and students not only learnt some valuable new skills but also showed great leadership skills and team work to create some very cool survival tools.


Mark also bought in his therapy dog, Bentley, who the students adored and Bentley did his part by imparting a sense of calm throughout the classroom and bringing smiles to every face.



Ms Mara Sears
Perfoming Arts Coordinator/Teacher of VCAL




International Student News

International Student News

On Tuesday 13th March the first Cluster Meeting for 2018 was held at our College. Mr Moffat was in the chair. Twenty-two International Student Program Preview Leaders and International Student Coordinators attended to discuss various matters about international students. Ms Edwards from the Department of Education and Training also attended.  The members are from all the Secondary schools in the south east region. The Cluster Meetings are held each term at a different school.

I would like to thank Karen Barker, Amber McHugh and Lauren Sinclair for all their kind help.

Li Ping Virgo

International Student Coordinator


Li Ping Virgo

International Student Coordinator. 

French Update


Languages: French News

We had our first French excursion, namely the French Film Festival last Wednesday 7th of March. Students from Year 9-12 levels had the opportunity to attend this event run by the Alliance Française de Melbourne. Here are the thoughts of 2 participants from the Year 10 Level:


Noreigh Zuniga: “Year 9-12 French students got the opportunity to watch the film ‘La Mélodie’ as part of the Alliance Française French Film Festival. Coming from a music student's perspective, I enjoyed it a lot as it showed how much effort, determination and resilience a musician needs to have - which I completely relate to as a student. The film conveys the message just never give up and try, and try again until you succeed. Le film est fantastique!”


Ava Collison: “We saw a movie called ‘La Mélodie’ which is known as ‘Orchestra Class’ in English. The message of the film was that if you want something, the best way to get it is through hard work and dedication. This message was particularly poignant for me as a music student because I need to work hard to do well and even more so to excel. It was a great film and we all enjoyed it!”


French Club @ Mordialloc College

We are pleased to announce that we are running some lunchtime activities to motivate students learning French to feel more confident.

When: Every Tuesday @ lunchtime (1.15-1.45 pm)

Where: Portable 1 classroom

Who can attend: Any students from Y7-12 learning French

What students can do: reading, short films viewing, informal speaking, board games


Sehenaze Peerbux
Learning Area Leader - LOTE




Police Lifesaving Carnival

Police Lifesaving Carnival 
Tuesday 6th March

Last Tuesday, 14 students from year nine and ten went down to the Mordialloc Lifesaving Club for a carnival. We competed in a range of events against other students from Parkdale Secondary College and Police officers from a number of stations with quite a lot of success. We had some great wins in the 2km run, the male and female sprints, the mixed relay and the male and female flags.

All students participated to their best abilities, and had a great time. It was a good experience with some of us doing events that we had never done before, such as board rescue, Aqua Cameron Relays, and Wade Relays. The Police competitors were great sports and although we beat them in just about everything, they also gave everything a go, they were really a good bunch of people.

At the end of the day, the Police put on a BBQ lunch for us, which was great and we got to eat lots of sausages !

They did an overall point score and the Mordialloc boys were the best of the men, winning the men’s overall, but the girls fell just short to Parkdale S.C. who also won the competition overall, but only just by 9 points. The police barbecue,  topped off such a terrific day and a great opportunity to improve on our skills, interact with local police officers and students from another school.

Thanks to Mr Evans for organising the day !


James Vicendese

Yr 10.


Mr. James Evans


House Athletics

House Athletics



SEAL Registrations for 2019 are now open

We are very excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2019 SEAL Program Entrance Exam. Please visit the College website to access the registration portal Registrations will close on Friday 27 April 2018.


In 2018, we will continue to use Edutest as our testing provider for their extremely comprehensive aptitude and ability based tests. Edutest also provides online practise tests for students, to help you and your child gain a better understanding of the style and format of the exams, and to make them feel more comfortable with the style of questions presented


Alice Leppin

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 


Additional Hours for Uniform Shop


3rd March 2018

14th April 2018

6th October 2018

3rd November 2018

1st December 2018

Sat 24th March 9.00am – 12.00pm

Sat 14th April 9.00am – 12.00pm


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.

School Crossings Victoria Awards Night

Every two years, School Crossings Victoria, holds an awards night to honour the dedication and hard work put into the Community by School Crossing Supervisors from all over the state. It is that time again where we ask the school community to nominate the supervisor they feel is worthy of being recognised, and may even be judged Victoria’s School Crossing Supervisor of the Year. What an honour that title will be for one of our dedicated supervisors.


The 2015/2016 award night was held in Preston in 2016 with the winner being Robyn Sabljak from Murrindindi Shire Council. The night itself, was wonderful, 250 attended with over 700 nominations received, and there was a lot of pride in the room.


We have attached the nomination form - nominations close on May 25, 2018.


Chelsea Basketball Association


Carrum Bowling Club


Mordialloc Redbacks


Seaford Junior Football Club

The Seaford Junior FC are looking for girls of all ages to play in season 2018. 
No experience necessary, just come along and join in the fun. 
Contact the Prez on 0435 900 674 or via email 
[email protected]


Chelsea Basketball Stadium Girls Teams 


Chelsea Basketball Stadium are interested in promoting girls in sport. If any new Primary School level girls team want to enter a team on their own, without being aligned to a club, they will receive 20% discount on their registration. The winter season will start mid April.

For more information please email [email protected]


Host Families needed for


College News
School Crossings Victoria Nomination Form.pdf