College News

02 May 2019
Issue Eleven
Director Of Senior School Update
Important Dates
ANZAC 2019
Trivia Night FUNdraiser
House Cross Country
School Photos
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Director Of Senior School Update

Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Term 1 of 2019 in Senior School was a positive one, with many students making excellent progress in their learning and overall personal development. Students in all year levels, and both VCE and VCAL, have impressed us with their commitment and determination to achieve their personal best and we are looking forward to following their developmental journeys throughout the rest of the year.

The year started with a bang for our Year 12s. On the first day of term they were able to hear from some of our incredibly high achievers from last year’s cohort. Sabrina Berg, Annie Ea, Tessa Love, Alex Vijujic, Bailey Bocksette and Mikayla Begent (six of the eight students who achieved ATARs of 90+) talked about the feeling of success. They relived their experiences on exam results day as well as giving candid opinions on what it was that made the difference for them. Stan Alves also presented to the year level, giving valuable advice on how to be successful and sharing poignant personal anecdotes from his own life. Our Year 12 students are aiming high again this year and we have seen many of them putting in a lot of extra time and effort in order to replicate the achievements of last year.

The Student Leadership team visited The Escape Room in Frankston as a team building exercise. Great fun was had by all but most importantly, they all escaped; clearly an indication of their leadership qualities and collaborative skills. The fastest team to escape did so in impressive time, although they did have Mr Randell with them so I’m not sure if it was a completely fair test!

The VCAL curriculum has undergone some changes this year, with cross year level projects being run for the first time. The students have some big ideas and plans for the year, including the construction of new bins to be placed around the College grounds to support our commitment to valuing our environment.

Year 11 have started the year well, having approached VCE positively and they are coping with the expectations of Unit 1 across their six subjects. Mr Moffat and I have already talked to them about assessment at VCE and how it works, in order that they have a full understanding of what they need to do in order to achieve their goals.

For Year 10, work experience is just around the corner and we hope all students will have a fulfilling and enjoyable time in the workplace.  As always, we will be visiting the students on their placements and we are confident that the reports will once again make us all proud to be a part of Mordialloc College.  

Attendance and participation at the swimming and athletics carnivals was good and it was fantastic to see so many students getting into the spirit of the events by wearing their house colours and supporting their peers. I would like to say congratulations to all those students who took part in an event at either carnival – and a special ‘well done’ to those who entered multiple races.

I wish all Senior students a successful Term 2 and look forward to their continued progress towards achieving and exceeding their personal best in either VCAL or VCE.


Jo Greenhalgh

Director of Senior School


Important Dates


Thursday  02

  • Early dismissal at 2:30 pm for Open Night Preparations
  • VCE Career Expo All Year 11 students
  • Year 7 Parent Morning Tea 9 - 10 am in the Wellbeing Office
  • VCAL Excursion to Ricketts Point
  • Sports Excellence Program (SEP) Information Evening 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm for prospective parents and students in Performing Arts Centre
  • College Open Night 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm. Presentation in Gym at 6:30 pm, tours begin at 7:00 pm.

Friday 03

  • VCE Careers Expo Year 10
  • 2020 SEAL Applications close via the College website 

Monday 06

  • Equal Opportunity Day
  • Year 9F & 9H Aware Drug and Alcohol Incursion
  • Equal Opportunity Sports Girls Footy and Boys Netball Day
  • Year 11 Business Location Excursion to Southland

Tuesday 07

  • Year 10 Business Excursion to Queen Victoria Market
  • Program Development Committee Meeting 3:30 pm

Thursday 09

  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Rangers Hike
  • 2020 SEAL Test
  • Intermediate Round Robin & Senior Table Tennis Competition
  • Year 9A & 9B Aware Drug and Alcohol Incursion

Friday 10

  • Facilities Meeting 8:00 am
  • Year 11 Food Studies Excursion to  Queen Victoria Market
  • Year 10 Advance Cathedral Ranges Hike returns






Monday 13

  • Finance Meeting 4:00 pm
  • Year 9F & 9H Looking within Globe Athletic Excursion
  •  Year 9G MEX Looking Around Data Collection

Tuesday 14

  •  Year 7 - 9 NAPLAN Language Conventions & Writing
  • House Cross Country 2:00pm

Wednesday 15

  •  Year 7 - 9 NAPLAN Reading

Thursday 16

  • Year 7 - 9 NAPLAN Numeracy
  • Senior Round Robin Sports Day
  •  Year 9A & 9B Looking within Globe Athletic Excursion
  • Year 9D MEX Looking Around Data Collection
  • School Council Meeting 5:00 pm

Friday 17

  • Year 7 - 10 Berthe Mouchette French Poetry Competition

Monday 20

  • Year 10 Work Experience Week

Tuesday 21

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience

Wednesday 22

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Kingston Cross Country at Karkarook Park

Thursday 23

  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp
  • Year 10 Work Experience

Friday 24

  • Year 10 Work Experience
  • Year 9 Outdoor Education Camp returns

ANZAC 2019

ANZAC Day Commemoration Ceremony  2019


On  3 April, the members of the SRC took the train up to the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance to participate in Legacy’s 88th ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony for students. 25 students from Mordialloc College were in attendance. The ceremony included Her Excellency, the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC, as well as 4000 other students.

The choirs from Melbourne High School and The Mac Robertsons Girls' High School lead us into renditions of 'I Am Australian', 'Waltzing Matilda' and 'Advance Australia Fair'. Two students read the poems 'In Flanders Fields' and 'We shall keep the faith'.

After the conclusion of the ceremony, we visited the shrine and paid our respects at the memorial to the unknown soldier. Below the Shrine, there is a museum dedicated to Australia's involvement in war from WW1 to the present day. It is an incredible place and we all loved the chance to see it.

We thank Legacy for hosting the Commemoration Ceremony and continuing to honour their promise. Legacy is an organisation that began with a mate's promise to a dying soldier on a battlefield in WW1 and continues to honour that promise. Legacy is dedicated to caring for the families of Australian Veterans.


ANZAC Dawn Service at the Longbeach RSL

On ANZAC morning Elizabeth and I, along with Ms Campbell, attended the dawn service at Chelsea RSL. Despite it being freezing cold, it was enlightening and empowering to have

joining with over 100 people to pay our respects to our fallen soldiers. It was an extremely intimate service, almost shoulder to shoulder with people around you. Through the power of song and an overwhelming level of participation we all stood as proud Australians and sang the national anthem. Elizabeth and I laid a wreath among the already established sea of flowers at the base of a memorial, in respect of our fallen ANZACs. 

Levi Burns


Over these occasions, Mordialloc students have shown a great deal of respect for the ANZACs and appreciation of what they have given us. May we all take time to remember the meaning of mateship in our lives - Lest we forget.


Jacky Campbell & Alex Brown

SRC coordinators

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


House Cross Country


School Photos

School Photos have arrived

Photos were distributed during Home Group and Mentor periods on Wednesday this week. If your child was absent, their photos can be collected from the General Office.


There are also a number of special group photos available to be viewed and ordered. These are Senior School special group photos (view in  D1),  Middle School Leaders (view at the General Office near the payments window) , Band  (view in the PAC) and International Students  (view at the ISP Staff Office). 

These can be purchased at an additional cost of $17-19 per image. Please see the General Office to place an order with payment by Friday 10 May.

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.


Chelsea Heights Community Centre

This term Chelsea Heights Community Centre is pleased to introduce our NEW Get Fit and Have Fun group. A perfect opportunity for busy parents to enjoy a 45 minute group fitness session on Thursday mornings 9.15am to 10am.  Our personal trainer Shelley will ensure a great workout with changing routines and varied equipment.


The Centre extends a warm welcome to the community to join us for our Cancer Council Biggest Morning Tea, Thursday 23rd May 10am to 11.45am.  Phone us on 9772 3391 to book for yourself or a table of friends.  Enjoy some tasty treats and together we can support those impacted by Cancer.

Chelsea Heights Community Centre, Beazley Reserve, 160 Thames Promenade Chelsea Heights 3196.

Lynne Pocknee

College News