Ann Stratford, Principal

Last week we farewelled our Year 12 students and congratulated them on their wonderful achievement in completing Year 12.   We wish them well and look forward to hearing about their future successes and achievements. 

I look forward to celebrating the end of their educational journey at the Valedictory Dinner being held on Thursday 21st November. 

Year 11 exams commence on Monday 11th November and conclude on Monday 18th November.   The timetable will be posted on Compass for both students and parents/guardians to see.  Year 11 exams are an important part of the preparation for Year 12 studies and students should be actively preparing for their exams now.  Following the exam period students in both VCE and VCAL will have course confirmation.  VCE will be on Tuesday 19th November from 3-7pm followed by an Orientation Program on Thursday 21st November to Wednesday 4th December.  Year 12 VCAL orientation will be held on Monday 25th November. 

Over the next week all students will receive information regarding their subject choices for 2020 and information regarding the course confirmation process to confirm 2020 courses of study. Course confirmation is the best time to seek advice and possible changes to subjects.  House representatives and pathways staff will be available at all Course Confirmation sessions to assist with 2020 enrolments. 

Thanks Regina Atkinson and Methven Professionals in Mooroolbark for another $500 donation to our school. We are very appreciative of the ongoing support. If you are selling a property with them please mention our school so Regina can donate another $500 to our school. These donations support our Student Wellbeing program.

Congratulations to the following students for being selected for a leadership role in the College for 2020:

Shae Libbis          Matthew Bethell

Blue House            Keely Butler             Georgia Gray

Green House         Meg Mast                 Connor Tisch

Red House            Kaeli Farrell              Alex Linnie

Yellow House         Daniel Phillips          Flynn Addicott

Sports Capain       Jordyn Doevelaar     Georgia Booth

Arts Captains        Jaymie Cathie           Tristan Torriero

Blue House           Kiera Delaney           Zac Bos

Green House        Carla Hunaidi            Charlotte Gardiner

Red House           Cooper Williams        Ella Strahan

Yellow House        Amy Oliver                Tara Barnwell

I am hugely proud of the quality of students we have in the Senior and Middle School Student. Leadership teams for 2020.  They are all excellent students and I know that they will lead our College with distinction.  We are fortunate to have the number and quality of students in our College that possess leadership skills and aspirations.

The Student Representative Council is next to be elected. We look forward to more excellence students representing our College as leaders.

Congratulations to each House for the effort students put in to the House Trophy this year.  It was a great contest between all the Houses with Yellow House coming out on top.

Thank you to all the Coordinators who genuinely care about our students, they go beyond the call of duty to support the students in our College. This is reflected in high levels of engagement by students in House and College activities.

Thank you to all the staff and families who attended the Year 7 Showcase and Night of Excellence evening on Thursday 17th October. The students presented high quality work and interacted with the audience in a confident manner. 

It was a wonderful night despite the weather.

During Term 4 two exception educational leaders have retired from our local primary schools.  The Principal of Bimbadeen Heights Primary School, Leigh Johansen has retired after an extraordinary contribution to education in Melbourne’s outer east.  His Principalship at Bimbadeen Heights Primary School has brought the Mooroolbark College and Bimbadeen Heights Primary School closer together and I know the students who have come to us from the primary school will be sad to hear that he has left.  We welcome Adele Gregson as Principal to our neighbourhood.

The second Principal to retire from our network is Julie Legione.

Julie has been the Principal at Billanook Primary School for a many years and has served their community well.  Many of Mooroolbark College students who have come from Billanook Primary school will remember Julie fondly.

The Mooroolbark College community wish both Leigh and Julie all the best in retirement.

Ann Stratford