College News

29 March 2018
Issue Eight
Director of Middle School Update
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Harmony Day
Cultural Diversity Week
Student News
SEAL & Open Night Information
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director of Middle School Update









Term One of 2018 has flown by and, in the Middle School, each week has been jam packed with learning as well as extra-curricular activities such excursions, incursions, inter-school sport and entire school sports days including swimming and athletics days. Once again the students of the Middle School have taken up the opportunities that Mordialloc College  affords them.

Year 7

The Year 7s have made a fantastic start to the school year. Early on this term the vast majority of Year 7 students made their way to Trafalgar East to spend three days at The Summit Camp. Most of the students had to face some of their fears, including heights, in activities like the Giant Swing, High Wire, Leap of Faith, Tash’s Ladder, Sky Bridge and the Summit Window which is 21 metres above the ground. Other students were challenged through walking on a bed of nails or holding a python. While at  camp all of the students participated in an event known as the Monster Challenge, where activity groups worked as a team to complete an obstacle race, a smaller version of Tough Mudder.  All students became drenched and covered in mud but this activity was definitely a highlight for many of them. Back at school the Year 7s have been showing a fantastic attitude towards all of their subjects, which was demonstrated by 58 individuals receiving certificates for their efforts this term.


Year 8

The Year 8s have also had a positive start to the 2018 school year. They have made the move to the Enquiry Zone and have settled well into their new environment. As part of the Surf ‘n Turf project all Year 8 students attended an excursion to Cape Schanck to collect field work evidence relating to the landscapes and land forms that were observed 

The Year 8 students also participated in an incursion where a group came to put on a production called “Show Some Respect” which, as the name suggests, was designed to educate students about respecting each other and treating each other the way that they would like to be treated.

Throughout the term the Year 8 students have been participating in a weekly inter school sports competition against other local schools in baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis and cricket. Everyone who has participated has represented the school to a very high level.

Next term the Year 8s have their camp to Phillip Island to look forward to. This camp will be taking place from the 2 to 4 May. 


Year 9

Our Year 9 students have also had a jam packed term. The MEX 2.0 program is well under way with one group of students having already completed their city experience and another group having completed their community placements. 

Earlier this term the Year 9 cohort undertook a General Achievement Test (GAT) in order practice their exam technique to prepare all of the students for upcoming exams. Like the Year 7 cohort, our Year 9 students will also be completing NAPLAN early next term.

The students in the Advance program have taken part in their first camp and the students undertaking the Year 9 Outdoor Ed class have gone on their first excursion for the year and are eagerly awaiting their camp next term.


Primary School Visits

Over the last three weeks a core group of twelve Year 7 students along with a range of student leaders and Year 7 volunteers have visited 15 local primary schools as part of Mordialloc College’s transition program. All students involved did a fantastic job promoting the school and talking about their personal transition  from primary school to secondary college. A special thank you to the following students whose efforts made the visits such a success: Cooper Smith, Jada Thomas, Maggie Huber, Benjamin Curtin, Kirra Childs, Will Wade, Jeremy Thai Chan, Ethan Brech, Charlotte Borkowski, Jasmine Cane, Amelia Davidson, Jye Holloway, Strong Sirachantanakorn, Celina Lum, Spenser Halse, Alex Hutchins, Meike Berg, Emmerson Shankie, Sabrina Berg, Annie Ea, Matthew Wade, Will Smith, Holly MacMillan, Dilara Isikli, Bailey Bocksette and Naena Good-Jackson.



Middle School Awards

On Monday 26 March Years 7, 8 and 9 congregated in the Learning Centre to attend the middle school assembly. During this assembly 164 middle school students were recognised for their hard work and dedication to their studies throughout the term. Of the 164 students who were recognised, 41 students received two or more awards. The students who achieved this feat were: Abigail Brown, Andres Moreno, Annabelle Stacey, Ashleigh McCulloch, Beau Cardona, Bradley Combe, Bridget Arden, Chloe Gibbon, Christopher Castro, Declan Carroll, Edward Lamaro, Elisa Sarsini, Ella Bourne, Fasika Abera, Hannah Grieve, Heather Bartell, Isabel Agar-Wilson, James Walsh, Jordan Westrup, Kiani Wilkin, Lachlan Stacey, Lara Batten, Lauren Hunt, Lawrence Vlahos, Maggie Huber, Meike Berg, Mikayla Coxhell, Millie Cardona, Monty Millwood, JJ Sirachantanakorn, Noah Crowe, Poppy Collison, Rhianne Blavo, Ronan Askew, Rose Patel, Taylah Lewis, Thomas Toth, Timothy Whitford, Thomas Graves, Vika Vasilenko, Willow Howard-Smith and Yigit Yilmaz.

Congratulations to all of the students who were awarded certificates. Hopefully next term even more students will be nominated for certificates to recognise their hard work in Term 2.


Daniel Williams

Director of Middle School


Important Dates


Thursday 29

  • World Challenge Fitness Session 7:30 am-8:30 am
  • All School House Athletics
  • End of Term 1 early finish 2:30 pm



Monday 16

  • First day of Term 2

Wednesday 18

  • SEAL Information Night 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre

Friday 20  

  • SRC ANZAC Legacy Commemoration at the Shrine
  • World Challenge overnight Training Expedition to Gembrook



Monday 23

  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Ranges Hike
  • Anzac Day Assembly
  • MEX 2.0 Looking Around Community Placements

Tuesday 24

  • Year 10 - 12 VCAL Excursion: The Career and Trade Expo at Cranbourne Racecourse
  • Year 10 Advance Cathedrals Hike

Wednesday 25

  • Anzac Day - Public Holiday

Thursday 26

  • World Challenge Fitness Session 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • College Open Night 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Friday 27

  • Year 12 Top Designs Excursion
  • SEAL registrations close
  • Year 10 - 12 French Play

 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.


Thank you to the following students for displaying the College Value, Responsibility, by facilitating Year 7 Peer Support activities during Home  Group.




Lana Paten


Harmony Day

Our College’s annual multicultural celebrations for Harmony Day were held on Wednesday 21 March. This was a wonderful day organised by our International  and Wellbeing staff, with a focus on sharing  Chinese homemade dumplings, Chinese tea, Chinese music and giving away  cultural gifts for the whole school. 

Our Harmony Day celebrations were a great opportunity to celebrate the incredibly diverse culture of Australia. Harmony Day is about community participation, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. During lunch time, in the central school courtyard, our International Students, together with Wellbeing staff,  served the whole school  homemade delicious traditional Chinese dumplings, which were made by our dedicated and generous international students' parents, friends and even one of our  Homestay hosts.  This was a great opportunity for students and staff to gather and share  the delicious treats on offer. The Bank of China (Melbourne branch) sponsored our school community activities, giving us cute puppy soft toys -as this year is the Year of Dog - fortune cookies and traditional Chinese New Year sweets. The local students were very excited by such treats and were interested in sharing stories with the International Students.

This was a wonderful event, supporting our International Student community and their sense of belonging and inclusiveness at Mordialloc College.


Winnie ZOU

International Student Coordinator

Cultural Diversity Week

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 Yr 7-12 learning French

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



Cultural Diversity Week 2018 @ Mordialloc College

We were pleased to offer several opportunities for our students last week to raise awareness about Harmony Day on Wednesday 21 March and celebrate Cultural Diversity within the school from Monday to Friday.

Our diversity makes Australia a great place to live. Harmony Day is a celebration of our cultural diversity – a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home.

Held every year on 21 March, the day aims to engage people to participate in their community, respect cultural and religious diversity and foster a sense of belonging for everyone.

Here are some of the highlights from each day.

Monday 19/3

Daily Quiz 1 winners were Ms Davey’s Year 10 English Class and ‘La Pétanque’ - Bocce Games

Tuesday 20/3

Daily Quiz 2 winners were Ms Mitchell's Year 10 Legal Class. “What does it mean to be Multicultural?” poster competition. Below is an example of the quality of posters we have received for the competition. The winner will be announced shortly.

Wednesday 21/3 

Daily Quiz 3 winners were the wonderful General Office team. Raising awareness of Harmony Day during My Mentor Program, ‘La Pétanque’ - Bocce Games, dumplings and food from Chinese cuisine offered by the International Student team.

Thursday 22/3

Daily Quiz 4 winners were  Ms Baker’s Year 7 Communication class . French board games/scrabble, bingo and poster competition.

Friday 23/3

Daily Quiz 5 winners were Ms Leppin’s Year 8 Communication class. Activity on the day - calligraphy.



Mrs Peerbux


Student News


Earlier this year Mordialloc Sailing Club offered two Mordialloc College students the opportunity of  free sailing lessons.  Laura Reeve (Yr. 8) and Zion Martheze (Yr. 9)  took up the offer and were given the opportunity to participate in the Dinghy Sail Training Program.  Each Saturday this term, Laura and Zion learnt the components of the boat, how to tack, how to generate speed with wind and how easy it is to capsize their boat.

Both Laura and Zion enjoyed their sailing experience and plan to continue lessons. 

A special thank you to Mordialloc Sailing Club for offering this opportunity to our students and their continued support of our school community.


We cannot divert the wind but we can adjust the sails.  B. Calloway


Lana Paten


SEAL & Open Night Information



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


Coles Vouchers Required

Coles supermarkets are offering a fantastic opportunity for us to build the sport resources available to our students. We are aiming to collect as many vouchers as possible to help with the purchase of new equipment.

For every $10 you spend at Coles you will receive 1 voucher. This can then be sent to school with your child and dropped into the collection box located in the HUB.

We appreciate and thank you for your support.


Mick Haber

Year 7/8 Sports Coordinator

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

Sat 24th March 9.00am – 12.00pm

Sat 14th April 9.00am – 12.00pm

6th October 2018

3rd November 2018

1st December 2018


 *  Rugby tops and Trackpants 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.

College News