College News

13 June 2019
Issue Seventeen
Director of eLearning/STEM
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Languages News
Sticker Collection
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director of eLearning/STEM

eLearning and STEM @ Mordialloc College


Semester 1 has been a busy one for STEM and Digital Technologies subjects at the College this year, with two Year 9 STEM electives running and 4 classes of Year 7 DigiTech. The Year 7s have been studying the components of computer networks and what the internet is, and more recently, developing their coding skills by programming mBots to carrying out a range of functions using the motors, LEDs and speakers. The Year 9 STEM classes have also been working on their programming skills using our Lego MindStorms robots. Students have been programming these robots to perform a number of functions, ranging from relatively simple tasks using motors, to much more complex ones that involve using a range of sensors and a number of different variables. The Year 9s have also been honing their engineering skills, designing and fabricating model speed boats which they have raced against their class mates.

Semester 2 is looking just as busy, with another Year 9 STEM class, a Year 10 STEM class and another 4 Year 7 Digitech clases running. We are also going to be reintroducing a Robotics and Coding club during Semester 2, which will run weekly at lunchtime in our brand new STEM workshop. A special thanks needs to go to Drew Cook and Stuart McIntyre for the work they have put in to create this amazing new space for our STEM students.

This year we are reviewing the iPad program that currently requires all Year 7 – 9 students to use an iPad as their digital device at school. As part of this review we have sought feedback from students, staff, parents and carers on several different options for students’ devices for 2020 and beyond, including retaining the iPad program or moving to a BYOD program, where students can choose the type of digital device they use at school. Thank you to everyone that has provided feedback through the surveys we have sent out. The data collected is currently being collated and will be distributed to the working party, which includes staff, students and parents, to make a decision on the direction we take with digital devices in the future. We will have this decision finalised by early Term 3. If we do decide to change the program it will be phased in from 2020, and students will not be required to buy a new device if they currently use an iPad at school.


In other eLearning news at the College, we are continuing our work as an accredited eSmart school to educate our students about Cybersafety. Being an eSmart school gives us access to a wide range of resources that we implement across Years 7 to 12 to ensure that students are able to use technology in a safe and responsible manner. If you would like any information on how you can assist your child/children in being eSafe you can find valuable information at, or contact me at the College for further information.


Mr Justin Wischusen

Director of eLearning/STEM

Important Dates


Thursday 13

  • Year 10 Holmesglen & Monash Excursion
  • Production Trivia Night FUNdraiser 7:00 pm at Mordialloc Bowls Club start arriving from 6:30 pm

Friday 14

  • Pupil Free Day
  • Facilities meeting 8:00 am

Monday 17

  • Unit 2 begins
  • Southern Metropolitan Cross Country at Ballam Park Frankston
  • Finance Meeting 4:00 pm

Tuesday 18

  • Year 11 & 12 John Monash Science School Excursion 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  • World Challenge Launch Meeting 3:15 pm - 5:30 pm in the Hubspace

Wednesday 19

  • Olympiad Maths Competition
  • Year 8 Camp to Phillip Island (returns Friday 21)

Thursday 20

  • VCE/VCAL 2020 Information Night (current Year 9 & Year 10 students and parents)

         Year 9 students 6:30 pm in the Learning Centre

         Year 9 SEAL students 6:30 pm in the PAC

         Year 10 students 7:00 pm in the Learning Centre

         Followed by a subject expo set up in the Enquiry Zone after each                   information session.

  • School Council Meeting 5:00pm

Friday 21 

  • Year 11 Vis, Media and Product Design Technology students Top Designs Excursion
  • Year 8 Camp returns

Monday 24

  • Year 10 Queensland Camp (returns Friday 28)

Tuesday 25

  • Year 11 Studio Arts Gallery Visit

Wednesday 26

  • Year 12 Analytical Chemistry Excursion

Friday 28

  • Year 12 Legal Studies Supreme Court Excursion
  • Year 10 Queensland Camp returns
  • Senior Formal 6:30 pm Dingley International
  • End of Term 2 Early Dismissal 

 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 Lawrence Vlahos and Ethan Bayley for displaying the College value of Responsibility during their community placement at a residential care facility recently. The feedback  was a pleasure to receive: "They were enthusiastic and displayed a high level of self-motivation. Lawrence and Ethan took the initiative to engage and complete several resident focus exercises. It was a pleasure to have them." Well done, Lawrence and Ethan.



Lana Paten


Languages News

French Film Festival Excursion – Rémi Sans Famille

On the second last day of Term 1, the French students from Years 10-12 attended the Astor Theatre in Windsor. We saw a film called ‘Rémi Sans Famille’ or ‘Rémi, Nobody’s Boy’. It was a heart-warming movie about a little boy who was trying to work out his identity. Since he knew he was adopted by his current family, he was looking for where he belonged. The story of the film followed Rémi as his foster father sold him to a travelling musician.  Eventually Remi found his family after many adventures. This movie also had relevance for the VCE group (both Year 11 and 12 students) , as we used the movie as a visual resource for our most recent SACs. We all really enjoyed watching the film and we thank the Alliance Française for this wonderful opportunity.


Ava Collison – Year 11 French student


The Alliance Française Berthe Mouchette

On Friday 17 May, students from Years 7 to 10 participated in the Alliance Française “Le Concours Berthe Mouchette” (French poetry competition). In Year 7, it was the first time for the students, but we still went out of our comfort zone and competed. Well done to everyone who had a go and tried his or her best! It is indeed an awesome experience. We will have some positive results with finalists hopefully before the end of Term 2.



Charlotte Kypriotis and Caity Ford, 7A French students



Taiko Drumming Experience

On Monday 29 April, our whole Year 7 cohort (students studying both French and Japanese) had a Taiko Drumming incursion. We all enjoyed the experience, as it was fun and educational, and every student had the opportunity to learn some drumming skills.

Logan Winter – 7A French student


The Taiko Drumming experience was really fun, because a lady came and showed us what it was like. I liked the drumming because we got to have a try at different skills, and got out of our comfort zones.


Isabelle Furtado - 7A French student


Sticker Collection


is registered and collecting the

Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers.

Please send any you receive into the school, either to reception or the Hub.

Thank you for your participation in this initiative.

Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 2 2019

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Located on the corner of the main building, near the staff car park.


Private appointments are available after shop hours. Please call 8587 0570 for an appointment.

Visit the new, improved website for information and pricing 'Click and Collect' is available.

Browns Reserve Pump Station Works Update

Our last communication to you was to advise of the project commencement. We can now say that the project is now well and truly underway. You may have noticed the temporary fencing that has been erected around the pump station and closing of the northern shared use path (along the Mordialloc Creek). We understand that this is a cause of frustration and inconvenience for some people, the decision to close the path was not made lightly and has been done with public safety in mind. 

Two pumps have now been installed within the site compound and these temporary pumps are to enable us to conduct bypass pumping whilst the current pumps are decommissioned and removed.

In the coming weeks we will commence excavation works to remove the current pipework and replace with new. These pipes will run from the pump station and connect with Mordialloc Creek..


We will endeavour to provide you with periodic updates through the life of the project. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the team via email on or 1800 319 555.


Sian Conn

Advisor, Stakeholder & Community Relations



Kingston Libraries School Holiday Program

Kingston Libraries’ July school holiday program has just been released and bookings will open this Friday 14 June. The program offers a range of free activities including craft, robotics, movie screenings, theatrical performances and gaming, for ages 3 to 18. Bookings are essential for all events so please promote to your school community and encourage them to book early to avoid missing out.


The program can be found online here -

Keep an eye out for some big announcements from Kingston Libraries in July too!


Kind regards,

Shelley Gasperino


p 1300 135 668 




Ventured Newsletter Issue 18


Kingston City Council Electoral Structure

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is reviewing the electoral structure of Kingston City Council and wants your input.
The review, known as an electoral representation review, will examine the electoral structure of the local council to ensure it provides fair and equitable representation for all voters. The review will look at:

  • whether the local council has the appropriate number of councillors
  • whether the local council should be unsubdivided, with councillors elected from the whole local council, or subdivided into wards and
  • if subdivided, the number of wards, ward boundaries, and the number of councillors per ward.

Public input is a vital part of the review process, providing valuable local perspectives and knowledge. The VEC has prepared a submission guide to help in preparing submissions.
The VEC will also host a public information session for anyone interested in finding out more about the review. The session will be held at 6.00 pm on Thursday 20 June at Council Chambers, City of Kingston Municipal Offices, 1230 Nepean Highway, Cheltenham. 
To find out more about the review process and how you or your group can have a say, visit the
VEC website or call 131 832.



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