Principal's Report

Principal's Report

Term 1 is always a busy term for Mooroolbark College but it is also one of the most enjoyable for students.  It has been a pleasure welcoming our new Year 7s into the College and watching them quickly settle, going from being timid and quite reserved to confident and highly engaged young people.  It is also wonderful to see our Year 7s join the SRC, enjoy all aspects of the Year 7 camp, participate in the annual Swimming Carnival and take part in the summer interschool sports. I appreciate the number of Year 7s who say hello to me as I wander around the College.

This term has also seen the Independent Reading Program relaunched for Years 7 and 8.  The College has a wonderful feel as you walk through the classrooms at the start of period 1 and 2 with all Year 7s and Year 8s reading, which is then followed by reflection writing.  With Mooroolbark College undertaking a whole school approach to literacy, the focus on reading is important because a person’s pathway and options in life increase due to improved understanding of content in all subjects resulting in good reading and comprehension skills.  Reading is important because it develops the mind. Understanding is gained when thinking about what has been read, through predicting and inferring meaning.  This is what students are doing when they are writing about what they have read.

On Friday 24th March, the College had its second General Assembly for the year.  I would like to thank Iris Kennedy for starting the assembly with a wonderful musical performance.  Our College Captains, James Petrella and Lisa Lin and our Yellow House Captains, Chloe Neagle and Chloe Shade, spoke about resilience.  The ability of our Captains to talk to our student population continues to develop and grow.  I took the opportunity to read to the school one of my favourite books, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go”, by Dr Seuss.  It is a wonderful commentary on resilience, choice and overcoming life’s challenges.  Each time I read it, I find a different message in it.  If you have it tucked away in a bookshelf at home, I encourage you to take it out and read it as a family.

The Annual General Meeting of the Mooroolbark College Council was held on Tuesday 21st March.  I want to thank Tania Kempton (Parent Representative) for her service to the College community on the Mooroolbark College Council for the past two years and Kellie Wright (Community PTCA Representative) for her contribution in 2016. 

The 2017 College Council is made of the following representatives:

Parents Members:
Mrs Carol Wells – President
Mrs Jenny Brown – Vice President
Mr Peter Phillips – Vice President
Mrs Julie Medlin – Treasure
Mr Keith Hocking

Department of Education and Training Members:
Mrs Ann Stratford – Executive Officer
Ms Rachael Williams – Joint Secretary
Ms Samantha McIntosh
Mrs Jenny Roache
Mr Andrew Dingey

Community Members
Mrs Mandy Hocking (PTCA Representative)
Mrs Beth Rose
Mr Ben Donald- Wilson (SRC President) – Joint Secretary
Mr James Petrella/Ms Lisa Lin – (College Captain Representative)

I hope everyone has the chance to take a break over Easter with both family and friends.

Ann Stratford 

College Captains

College Captains

Abbey Crossland (Green House Middle School Captain)

What do you hope to achieve this year in your role?
I hope to make lots of new friends and overcome my fear of public speaking. If this happens I would be really happy.

Who is a leader that you admire and why do you admire them?
Malala Yousafzai is a leader and I admire her because of her ability to speak up about women's rights even after being shot in the head because of her beliefs and actions.

What are some of your goals for the future?
My goal is that when I am in Year 12 I would like to be a captain again to develop my skills further and meet lots more people.

Final message
I encourage lots of Year 8s to apply for this role, it is so much fun and you get to have a lot of new opportunities and meet lots of new people.

Open Night Wednesday 26th April

Open Night Wednesday 26th April

Do you have friends or neighbours with primary school aged children?

Mooroolbark College warmly invites prospective parents & students to join us for our open night Wednesday 26th April 2017

6:00 - 6:45pm Visitors are warmly welcomed and encouraged to tour and discover the College at leisure.
7:00 - 7:30pm Ann Stratford - College Principal and the leadership team will be presenting in the Technology Wing (‘T Block’). 
     Principal’s Address Ann Stratford - Principal
     Enrolment Process Adam Lorkin - Transition Coordinator
     Speech by School Captains James Petrella and Lisa Lin
     Speech by Year 8 Students Jonty Just and Cara Schofield
7:30 - 9:00pm Guided tours conducted by Student Leaders will be available departing from T Block or alternatively tour and discover the campus at your leisure.

Meet and chat with staff and students over light refreshments.
We look forward to welcoming you to Mooroolbark College.

Parking is available at the College entrance in Ross Pincott Drive, Mooroolbark  (cnr Manchester Road) or at the Northern Car Park on Manchester Road.

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186 Manchester Road, Mooroolbark 3138 t (03) 9727 8100  

Year 7 Volleyball

Year 7 Volleyball

Congratulations to the Girls and Boys Year 7 Volleyball Teams who competed on Thursday 23rd March at Springers Leisure Centre, Keysborough.

The girls competed in 4 matches and walked away with a win in their final game.

The boys finished undefeated, qualifying for the Zone competition later this year. Win or lose, it was fantastic to see Mooroolbark students displaying great sportsmanship all day.

Well done!

2017-18 Entertainment Book is here

2017-18 Entertainment Book is here

Enjoy eating out? Love a bargain? The Entertainment book is for you!

The Mooroolbark College PTCA attended the launch of the 2017/18 Entertainment Book and it is packed with offers. Mooroolbark College won 3 major prizes that the community will have the opportunity to enter to win, check Compass for details.

You save money while also helping the school raise funds.

The PTCA use the funds they raise to purchase items like the Sail shades and seating outside the library, bikes for use in Bike Ed and Outdoor Ed and support student welfare at the College.

The 2017-18 Book is now available and we would greatly appreciate your support this year by purchasing a book.  

The direct link to order the 2017-18 Entertainment Book is ;  https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/1939w84

We thank you for your support.


Community Circle

Community Circle

Mooroolbark College is committed to supporting our local community, below are the notices to assist in keeping up to date with:



Mooroolbark Junior Football Team

Kilsyth Juniors Football Team

Dance Now 

For more details see the full post by clicking here

Calendar Term Two 2017

Calendar Term Two 2017



FRIDAY 8.15AM- 3.30PM


Term Two 2017

Monday 17th April

EASTER Monday public holiday

Tuesday 18th April

Term 2 begins

Tuesday 25th April

ANZAC DAY public holiday

Wednesday 26th April


Students dismissed 1.00pm

Monday 1st May

Athletics Carnival

Tuesday 2nd May

Education Meeting 6pm

PTCA Meeting 7pm

Wednesday 3rd May

Parents Maths Night 6.30pm

Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th May


Tuesday 9th May

Resources meeting 7pm

Tuesday 16th May

College Council meeting 7pm

Thursday 18th May

May Concert 7pm

Friday 19th May

House Cross Country Carnival

Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May

EDUCATION WEEK- Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Tuesday 23rd May

Community Relations Meeting 4.30pm

Friday 26th May

Nation Sorry Day

Tuesday 30th May

NEVR Concert Hamer Hall 7pm

Wednesday 31st May

Year 11 exams begin

Monday 5th June

Year 10 exams begin

Tuesday 6th June

Education Meeting 6pm

PTCA Meeting 7pm

Monday 12th June

Queen’s Birthday Public holiday

Tuesday 13th June

Resources Meeting 4.30pm

Wednesday 14th June


Thursday 15th June

Year 12 Social

Friday 16th June

Report writing day

Students not required at College

Tuesday 20th June

College Council Meeting 7pm 

Monday 26th June – Friday 30th June

Recognition of NAIDOC Week

Year 10 Work Experience

Tuesday 27th June

Community Relations Meeting 4.30pm

Friday 30th June

Last day Term 2 -  2.30pm finish

Term Three 2017

Monday 17th July

Term 3 begins



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