College News

09 November 2018
Issue Thirty-four
Principal's Update
Important Dates
Student Awards                                                           
Community News
Mordialloc College
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Aspendale, Victoria, 3196

Principal's Update


Dear Families, Students and Community Members,


Senior School Exams and Whole School Head Start Program

We are into the second week of Year 12 exams and all is running smoothly. Thanks to Robyn Wilson, Jo Greenhalgh and Tim Randell for their work in the lead up to ensure the efficient organisation of the exams, working alongside our chief exam supervisor, Peta Wragg. Year 11 and 10 students started their exams on Wednesday 7 November and will continue until November 16 and Year 9 exams will be held on 12 and 13 November. After the exam period, from  19 November, we begin our full school rollover (Headstart) into the 2019 academic year.

This will be a three week program for students in Years 11 and 12 for 2019 and a four week program for students in Years 8 to 10 in 2019. It is expected that all students returning to Mordialloc in 2019 attend these very important Headstart weeks. There will be holiday homework set in the Senior School and work expected to be submitted in the first week back next year. The Senior School team will also be reviewing student achievement, effort and homework completion at the end of the third week to ensure students have made the correct subject selections and are on track for a successful year. A reminder that a 90% attendance rate is required to meet the requirements and expectations of VCE and any absence during Headstart will count towards your child’s record for Units 1 and 3. In the Middle School a benchmark task will be completed in core subjects during the four week period and this will count towards their assessment for 2019.


We have also brought forward the Student Leadership selection process for Senior School and Middle School to tie into the Headstart program and a whole school assembly is planned during the first week of Headstart to signify the official start of 2019.


Grade 5 Immersion Visits

Mordialloc College is committed to ensuring that all students are welcomed to the College through an informative, nurturing and supportive transition program. As part of our transition initiatives this year we have offered our local feeder primary schools an opportunity for Grade 5 students to experience life at secondary school through a morning immersion program. The program allows students to participate in a range of hands on activities across the College such as Food Technology, PE, Design Technology, Art, Drama and Science. Over this week and next week, students from Mordialloc Beach PS, Chelsea PS, Edithvale PS, Chelsea Heights PS, Aspendale PS and Aspendale Gardens PS will spend a morning each participating in the program. We understand the process of moving to secondary school can be a very daunting one for young students, which is why our College is seeking to maximise the number of opportunities available to our local primary schools to come and visit us. Thanks to Director of Middle School, Mr Daniel Williams, for organising the visits and to all of the teachers and Year 7 students involved in delivering the program of activities.


It’s Academic 

An event we always look forward to is the annual Mordialloc College Academic Challenge for our feeder primary schools' Grade 5 students. This was held on Friday 27 October in the Year 7 LC and run by our Middle School captains. This year we had eight of our feeder primary schools competing, in front of an audience of 200 students and staff from Year 7. It not only offers a unique taste of secondary school life, whilst making learning fun and relevant; it also provides valuable leadership and event management skills for our Year 9 Middle School leaders.

Congratulations to Chelsea PS who were the winners this year, closely followed by Aspendale PS who were second and Seaford PS third. I will be attending a whole school assembly at Chelsea PS in the next few weeks to present the trophy. Thanks to Director of Middle School, Daniel Williams, and our Middle School captains Bianca Davidson, Spencer Halse, Mieke Berg, Celina Lum and Matthew Wade for organising the event.


Statement of Values for Mordialloc College Community

Mordialloc College recognises the importance of the partnership between schools and parents to support student learning, engagement and wellbeing. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and orderly environments for children and young people. 

This Statement of Values sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, all school staff, parents, students and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities.

Discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, bullying, violence, aggression and threatening behaviour are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this school.

Our Statement of Values acknowledges that parents and school staff are strongly motivated to do their best for every child. Everyone has the right to differing opinions and views and to raise concerns, as long as we do this respectfully as a community working together.  It was recently tabled at School Council for endorsement as part of our three year policy review cycle - Click on link to see the document.


An Article of Interest – Awkward Thirteen

Please click on the link below to read an article by Michael Grose from his parenting ideas website. He provides some advice to assist in parenting this potentially turbulent age.



Ms. Michelle Roberts





Important Dates


Monday 12

  • Year 9 Exams start
  • Year 10 - 11 Exams continue

Tuesday 13

  • Year 7 Sports Gala Day
  • Year 9 Exams finish
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits

Wednesday 14

  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp
  • Book Collection - D3
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits
  • Year 7 End of Year Activity Gravity Zone

Thursday 15

  • Year 10 & 11 Exams finish
  • Year 8 Disco 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Year 9 Advance Surf Camp returns
  • Year 9 End of Year Celebration Cinema
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits

Friday 16

  • Year 8 Sports Gala Day
  • Year 11 Mystery Tour
  • Grade 5 Primary School Visits

Monday 19

  • Headstart 2019 Commences
  • Year 11 & 12 Information Night
  • World Challenge Build Up Day

Tuesday 20

  • World Challenge Expedition until 20 December

Wednesday 21

  • Whole School Assembly
  • Year 7 Project Expo 9:10 am - 9:40 am

Monday 26

  • Headstart Continues
  • Year 10 Information Night

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 Bella Marino and Louis Bateson on displaying the College value of Personal Best, during their community placement at Mordialloc Neighbourhood House. Staff at the centre said they were 'the best community placement students they have ever had and that Bella and Louis were polite and very helpful'. Fantastic effort Bella and Louis, well done.


Community News

Dobsons School Uniform Shop Trading Hours for Term 4 2018

Monday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Wednesday 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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

Visit the new, improved website Click and Collect ordering now available.

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



Please see the attachment for the most up to date price list including any specials that are available.




Black Rock Life Saving Club


Volunteer Opportunities at Kingston Toy Library

Kingston Toy Library is a local community toy lending library for young children and their families. During our open times we operate largely with a group of volunteers lead by a coordinator. We regularly look for people who want to volunteer and be a part of the community. The toy library is an active, bright and happy place to volunteer at. 

Our community volunteers choose to volunteer with us for a variety of reasons; improve English conversation skills, complete community service component for duke of Ed, add experience for resume, workplace component for TAFE/ VCAL course, or wanting to take on new challenges.

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds, ages and abilities.

Hands on training is provided and where possible our new volunteers will be paired up with another volunteer so they can work together.  We are flexible with the times students wish to volunteer.

We are situated in Mordialloc only a short walk from the train station.

We would like to ask if you can promote this volunteer opportunity with your students. With students under the age of 18 we ask that they attend with a parent or guardian for their first meeting.

Enquiries can be made to Catherine Zoppolato on 



Catherine Zoppolato

Coordinator of Kingston Toy Library

Our Vision of the future is that all pre-school aged children have ample toys to thrive, learn and grow.

Login to SETLS HERE: 

Open Times:

Monday 9.30am-11.30am
Friday 9.30am- 11.30am

Saturdays 10am-1pm

Closed public holidays. Open during term holidays

Kingston Youth Services




Aspendale Gardens Community Centre


College News
Mordialloc College Price List 2018.pdf
Bella Marino
Louis Bateson
Statement of Values and School Philosophy.pdf