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.
Director of Senior School