Ann Stratford

Principal Report

It has been a great start to Semester 2. On Monday 17th July, 100 staff members participated in literacy and numeracy professional learning to improve outcomes for all Mooroolbark College students.

Improving the literacy outcomes of Mooroolbark College students has been a priority at the College for the past two years. This ensures that students have great lifelong options. Research clearly shows that highly literate people are healthier, suffer from less anxiety and depression, have greater employment options and have increased economic success. Students who develop their literacy skills do far better in all subjects across the curriculum. Every teacher at Mooroolbark College is a teacher of literacy. They are committed to working with students to develop their abilities to make meaning from texts and express themselves fluently in a variety of contexts.

Staff also undertook numeracy professional learning. The numeracy team within the College focuses on improving problem solving skills, thinking mathematically and transferring mathematical skills between disciplines. Students need to be able to transfer mathematical skills between subjects. Take for example measurement. The skill to measure accurately and convert measurements is required in mathematics, visual communication, geography, food technology, physical education, science, wood and metal work, yet we often think about ‘measurement’ as being purely a mathematics skill. In order to reinforce the topic of percentages across the curriculum students will be supported to calculate their own percentage grades on assessments. In Year 7 and Year 8 Mathematics classes, students will continue to undertake ‘OETs’ (Open Ended Tasks) once a fortnight. These are 20 minute tasks that are designed to help students think mathematically, problem solve and work collaboratively with other students to obtain solutions to mathematical problems.

Course Selection has begun for current Year 8 students going into Year 9 in 2018. It was pleasing to see so many families brave the elements to attend and take such an active role in planning their child’s Year 9 education. It was a wonderful opportunity for students and parents/guardians to speak to teachers about the many Year 9 options, which are available at Mooroolbark College. These options include a range of English and Mathematics electives to compliment the core curriculum as well as electives in the Arts, Technology, Health and PE, Health, Language and Humanities and the ever-popular Duke of Edinburgh and the Sports Leadership Programs.

The Year 10 and the Year 11/12 Information Night will be held on Thursday 27th July.

During the holidays, the production team has been hard at work preparing for the 2017 production of ‘Bats’. At the General Assembly in the last week of Term 2, we were fortunate to experience some of the hard work that had already gone into the production with a short skit. Take the opportunity to ‘like’, comment and ‘share’ the ‘Bats’ post on the Mooroolbark College Official Facebook page to go into the draw for a double pass to ‘Bats’. If you are not lucky enough to be the winner of these tickets, go to http://www.trybooking.com/291994 and purchase tickets for Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd or Friday 4th August.



During the last week of Term 2, the College celebrated NAIDOC Week with several events taking place throughout the week. The focus of the Library display was an Indigenous Wall of Fame, 25 recommended Indigenous films and an introduction to the local Aboriginal language:Woiwurrung. Students participated during Home Group in an Indigenous Trivia Quiz with the winning team awarded RESPECT bands. At the General Assembly, Green House Captains, Daniel Miller and Tanikka Martin, spoke about this year’s NAIDOC Week theme: Our Languages Matter; ex-student, Maddison Laws, shared her story as a proud Yorta Yorta woman; Jesse Gardiner provided a memorable yidaki performance. During two lunchtimes the short film Who We Are: Brave New Clan, featuring six exceptional young Australians who share what Indigenous culture means to them today in contemporary urban Australia, was showcased in the Library.

Judith Patten
Koorie Education Mentor Co-ordinator

College Captain

College Captain

Captain profile: Brooke Smith Red House Captain

What do you hope to achieve this year in your role?
I hope to inspire students to be a better people, to work hard toward their goals and to involve and talk to everyone around them no matter who they may be.

Who is a leader that you admire and why do you admire them?
My mum and dad are the leaders in my life who inspire me, they continually put their needs before others, are always organised and strive to be their best and also encourage me to do the same.

What are some of your future goals?
My goals for the future are to study exercise science at University and to my aspiration is to get involved in sport on the elite level.

Final Comment
Make the most of every opportunity you are presented with!

Year 10 and VCE/VET/VCAL Information Night

Year 10 and VCE/VET/VCAL Information Night

On Thursday 26th July the Year 10,11,12 2018 Information Night is an opportunity to receive your handbook and find out first hand all that will be on offer for 2018.

Year 10 2018
Time: 6:30-7:00pm
Location: T block :

Individualised Specific Subject Expo
Time: 7:00pm-9:00pm
Location: C Block
All current Year 9 students and their parents/guardians are urged to attend.
This is an important course information evening for Year 10 courses.

Time: 7:30pm-8:15pm
Location: T Block

Individualised Specific Subject Expo
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm or 8:15pm-9:00pm
All current Year 10 and 11 students and their parents/guardians are urged to attend.
This is an important course information evening for VCE and VCAL courses.

BATS Production

BATS Production

For your chance to win a double pass to see Mooroolbark College’s production of ‘BATS’, simply COMMENT 'BATS', LIKE and SHARE this post. Entries close 12pm Sunday 23rd July. Winner announced Monday 24th July.
This year’s College production of BATS is fast approaching. BATS is a spoof of all things horror – in an old fashioned way.
Tickets are selling fast at https://www.trybooking.com/291994

$500 Donation from Professionals Real Estate - Mooroolbark

$500 Donation from Professionals Real Estate - Mooroolbark

We are thrilled to receive the first $500 sponsorship from Regina Atkinson on behalf of Professionals Real Estate. This has the potential to be a terrific partnership going forward, with each house sold referred from the College community; the Professionals will donate $500. A huge thanks to Regina who presented College Principal Ann Stratford with the first cheque last week.

If you are considering selling your home, Regina can be contacted on 0417 565 624 and mention that you belong to the Mooroolbark College community.

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:

Entertainment Memberships
Maroondah Careers Group Expo 
Danielle Sargent Photography

Support our fundraising by buying the NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment Membership.Everyone who has purchased a 2017/18 book and those that do in the months of June and July have the chance to win one nights accommodation staying at the Star Sydney, The Astral Tower and Residence. With school hoildays coming up it is a great opportunity to save $s.

Entertainment Memberships are filled with hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and you'll be helping our fundraising at the same time!

Buy from us NOW!

Click for more information 

Maroondah Careers Group Expo 

Visit the BoxHill Institute Lilydale Campus on Tuesday August 1st for your opportunity to meet and speak with those from a wide range of choices for your future career. 

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Danielle Sargent Photography

Looking for a photographer to capture special memories of the family, newborn, glamour, portfoilio or event?  Contact Danielle Sargent 

Calendar Term Three 2017

Calendar Term Three 2017

College Office Hours


FRIDAY: 8.15AM- 3.30PM

Term Three 2017

Tuesday 25th Yr 9 Pathways Day
Thursday 27th Yr 10/11/12 2018 Information night
Friday 28th Production Rehearsal Day

Tuesday 1st MCG Careers Expo
Education Meeting(6pm)
PTCA Meeting (7pm)
Wednesday 2nd Production (Night)
Thursday 3rd Production (Night)
Friday 4th Production (Night)
Monday 7th Yr 9 2018 course counselling
Tuesday 8th Resources Meeting (7pm)
Thursday 10th Yr 10 2018 Course Counselling
Monday 14th Yr 11 2018 Course Counselling (No Yr 10 classes)
Winter Concert Mooroolbark Cmnty Ctr (7pm-10pm)
Tuesday 15th College Council Meeting (7pm)
Thursday 17th Yr 12 2018 Course Counselling (No Yr 11 classes)
Friday 18th Yr 11 Debutante Ball (and Saturday 19th August)
Tuesday 22nd Community Relations (4.30pm)
Tuesday 29th Yr 12 dress up day
Thursday 31st Film Festival

Friday 1st Yr 10 Social
Tuesday 5th Education Committee Meeting (6pm)
PTCA Meeting(7pm)
Friday 8th Parent/Teacher Bookings open to parents 3pm
Tuesday 12th SRC Carnival Day
Parent/Teacher booking closes to parents 12pm
Resources (7pm)
VCAL Preparation evening 2018 (7pm)
Thursday 14th RUOK day
Tuesday 19th Community Relations Meeting(4.30pm)
College Council Meeting (7pm)
VCAL preparation evening 2018
Wednesday 20th Parent/Teacher interviews
Friday 22nd SRC Sports Colours Day free dress
Final day term 3


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