College News

30 May 2019
Issue Fifteen
Director of Numeracy Improvement
Important Dates
   Student Awards                                                                          
Year 10 Advance Hike
Trivia Night FUNdraiser
Sticker Collection
Community News
Mordialloc College
(03) 9580 1184
1 Station Street
Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director of Numeracy Improvement

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Last Wednesday 27 May Junior School students participated in the first round of the Australian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiad – APSMO competition.

The competition, held in schools across Australia and New Zealand, consists of five rounds and  students complete a series of problems within a 30 minute period.

The results for Round One have…

  • One of our students with a perfect score
  • 6 of our students in the top 15% of the competition rankings, with some schools yet to submit their results

We wish all competitors the best of luck.


How did you fare with this sample question?

3. Time: 6 minutes

Noelle correctly adds the lengths of three sides of a rectangle and gets 88cm.

Her brother Ryan correctly adds the lengths of three sides of the same rectangle and gets 80cm.

What is the number of cm in the perimeter of the rectangle?



We would like to congratulate all Year 7 & 9 students on their efforts with the NAPLAN testing. While it can be quite an anxious time for some students the data enables the College to track student progress and make informed decisions about our Mathematics curriculum and Numeracy Intervention programs.

In regards to Numeracy Intervention, the College would like to welcome Mr Damien Power to the position of Network Numeracy Support. The school is able to provide this support through the Department of Education’s Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy Support (MYLNS) initiative. This initiative provides intensive numeracy teaching support to secondary students to help ensure they have the literacy and numeracy skills they need for future work or study.  Mr Power, who is with us every Thursday and Friday, will work with students across all Year 10 classes within their scheduled classes and is a great complement to the Intervention program the College has in place for our junior students.


Some reminders about upcoming events

  • Round 2 of the APSMO competition is 19 June
    • We wish all participants the best of luck
  • Yr. 9, 10 & 11 Exams begin 3 June
    • VCE Math teachers are available every Thursday afternoon 3:15pm – 4pm in the HUB for assistance
    • Junior students can attend the study club sessions in the EZ either Tuesday or Thursday
  • Maths Week will be held in week 3 of Term 3 – stay tuned for some exciting events being held daily


And finally

Q: Which triangles are the coolest? 
A: Ice-sosceles triangles.



Julie Chambers

Director Of Numeracy Improvement

Important Dates


Thursday 30

  • Year 9D & G Mex City Experience Day 3
  • Year 9C MEX Community Placements
  • VCAL Yarrabah School Sport Training

Friday 31

  • SEP (Sports Excellence Program Year 7 2020 only) closes
  • Scholarship Online Applications Close


Monday 03

  • Year 9 - 11 Exam Period
  • Year 7 Start Smart Financial Literacy Incursion
  • World Challenge lunchtime meeting

Tuesday 04

  • SEAL Australian History Competition

Wednesday 05

  • Year 12 Studio Arts Industry Contexts Excursions

Thursday 06

  • Year 7 & 8 John Marsden Guest Speaker
  • Year 7 Parent Morning Tea 9:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Year 12 Elevate "Ace Your Exams" 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Monday 10

  • Queen's Birthday Public Holiday

Tuesday 11

  • VCAL Hospitality and Tourism Cilantro Restaurant Excursion
  • Program Development Committee Meeting 3:30pm

Wednesday 12


Thursday 13

  • Year 10 Holmesglen & Monash Excursion
  • Production Trivia Night FUNdraiser 7:00 pm at Mordialloc Bowls Club

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
  • World Challenge Launch Meeting

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)
  • 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

Friday 28

  • Year 10 Queensland Camp returns
  • Senior Formal
  • End of Term 2 Early Dismissal 2:30 pm

 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 - Sarah Carey, Bronte Taylor, Ava Collison and Noreigh Zuniga - for displaying the College value Personal Best when performing at the DET school service awards last week. They represented the school with pride.




Lana Paten


Year 10 Advance Hike

The Cathedral Ranges National Park

The 19 class members headed off for a hike. All of us have camped before. We’ve gone through harsh days and cold night but this was another step. It was a leap but what came from it was beautiful scenery and wildlife.

When we arrived we set up our tent and looked at a wombat before we were thrown into the middle of a forest hike, one that went for around 8km... in the cold... (trust me it’s a good time, I’m just over

reacting). Although the walk was tiring and the prickly bushes were a pain in the skin

it was good to enjoy the tranquillity. It makes you forget that during some stages

of the hike you’re 280 metres above sea level (causes pain to your ears). We enjoyed

the food that we made ourselves and went to bed all dry (except the group who

turned their fly inside out).

When we woke up in the morning some of us saw wallabies (the others were cold) and then we headed back to Mordialloc. In the end it was a wonderful experience, except for when it wasn’t, and something that we will remember for future years to come.


Written by

Thomas Clarke

Yr 10 Advance

Trivia Night FUNdraiser

One of the most exciting events to feature on the Performing Arts Calendar this year is our upcoming College production of ‘Footloose – The Musical’. 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 13th June, 2019

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

Location: Mordialloc Bowls Club - 38 McDonald St, Mordialloc VIC 3195

Cost: $15 per ticket purchase via Try Booking website


There will be drinks (alcoholic) at very reasonable bar prices from the Bowls Club Bar and tea and coffee (provided free) on the night. Grab a group of friends and a plate of nibbles (as much or little as you like) to share with your team for a great night out. Aside from a great night of trivia, there will be fantastic giveaway prizes, bonus games, great music, silent auctions, and a major raffle. In addition to all of this, you will be privy to a sneak peek of the show!

So start getting your Trivia Team together (teams of between 8 and 10 adults would be great but if you don’t have enough, don’t worry we will partner you up on the night). Parents, teachers and the wider community (all welcome) 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 interest, 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 or Miss Sears on


Mara Sears

Peforming Arts Coordinator


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.

Aspendale Gardens Community Centre


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