Ann Stratford

Principal Report

This week has been all about our School Production. It is obvious how well all the different members of the production team have worked together to create a wonderful show. It takes all types of people to make a production work and school productions are a great opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. No matter what role you have played, be it as an actor, in the band, working on costumes, back of stage, administration or as part of the technical crew, on behalf of the Mooroolbark College community, thank you. However, special thanks must go to Mr Peter Marz, who year after year volunteers to produce the College production.  He continually gives so much of his time and energy to make this a great opportunity for Mooroolbark College students.

Today we welcome our Chinese Sister School, Wujiang Senior Middle School to our College. The relationship we have with our Wujiang Senior Middle School is a very important part of our College’s program. It provides an opportunity for the staff from both schools to learn together or for the students to become more culturally aware and make international friendships.

On Tuesday 1st August, the Maroondah Careers Group ran its annual Careers Information Night. This event has run for over 15 years and again this year provided a great opportunity for students from all over the outer east to access a range of information about Universities and TAFE providers, employment opportunities, apprenticeships and other post school options. The Pathways staff at Mooroolbark College played a significant role in the organisation of this event, especially Jodie Tilley and Eva Woodward who were the key organisers of the entire event.

Today we awarded the mid-year Academic Awards during an extended Home Group. From Years 7 to 11 the College awarded 146 Credit Certificates, 134 Distinction Certificates, 78 High Distinction Certificates and 44 Honours Certificates. 5 DUX Awards were also presented. I wish to congratulate the following year level DUX students:

Year 7 – Dylan Lamb (Red House)

Year 8 – Caitlyn O’Rorke (Blue House)

Year 9 – Shae Libbis (Yellow House)

Year 10 – Kellie Stevens (Red House)

Year 11 – Megan O’Rorke (Blue House)

Congratulations and well done to all our DUX recipients.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to hand out the awards at the Blue House Assembly where Mr U’ren, Blue House Leader spoke about sacrifice. He defined it as the act of giving up something which is important or valuable in order to achieve something else. All the students who received awards today have made some sort of sacrifice to ensure their achievements gained them an award. 


Parent Opinion Survey 2017

Parent Opinion Survey 2017

Our school is conducting a survey to find out what parents think of our school. The Parent Opinion Survey is an annual survey offered by the Department of Education and Training that is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at each school.
It is designed to assist our school in gaining an understanding of parents’ perception of school climate, student engagement and relationships with our parent community. Our school will use the survey results to help inform and direct future school planning and improvement strategies.

The survey will be conducted online by ORIMA Research Pty Ltd and only takes 15 minutes to complete. The survey can be accessed via desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile at any convenient time within the fieldwork period from Monday 7th August to Sunday 27th August.

Approximately 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate in this year’s survey. All responses to the survey are anonymous.

The online survey is available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha) and Hindi.
Survey language guides will be provided in a range of languages including Albanian, Bengali, Burmese, Cantonese, Dari, Filipino, Greek, Gujarati, Indonesian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Malayalam, Pashto, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish or Urdu.

The survey results will be reported back to our school at the end of September. The results of the survey will be communicated to the parent community via the annual reporting process. The feedback from last year was used to plan and undertake a review of Literacy and Numeracy programs.

For further information, please speak to you child’s teacher or visit: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/management/improvement/Pages/performsurveyparent.aspx

Music News

Music News

Congratulations to Samantha Jacobs who designed the front cover for our Winter Concert program. We are looking forward to seeing her work displayed around the College.

The Mooroolbark College Winter Concert will be held on Monday 14th August at 7.00pm at the Mooroolbark Community Centre, Brice Ave, Mooroolbark.

Tickets are available on ‘trybooking.com’ and will also be available at the door on the night.

College Captain

College Captain

Georgia Gray Blue House Captain

What do you hope to achieve this year in your role?
This year I hope to interact with more students and make everyone feel as though they belong in the Mooroolbark Community.

Who is a leader that you admire and why do you admire them?
The leader I admire most is Sally Fitzgibbons as she has a never give up attitude and she always puts 110% effort into everything she strives for.

What are some of your goals for the future?
I hope to work hard and be successful in my chosen career.

Final sentence for readers.
Always push yourself out of your comfort zone as you never know what might happen. Keep a positive mind set and good things will come.

NDIS - National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDIS - National Disability Insurance Scheme

The NDIS will provide all Australians under the age of 65 who have a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to enjoy an ordinary life.
The NDIS is the new way of providing individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS is being rolled out in this area on November 1, 2017. Call 1800 800 100 to see if you/your child meets the access requirements

For more information visit ndis.gov.au
email enquiries@ndis.gov.au
Call 1800 800 100

If you require further
Kelly Ayton
Curriculum Support

State Champions Cross Country

State Champions Cross Country

On Thursday 20th of July the college was represented by two athletes at State School Cross Country held at Bundoora Park. It was traditional cross country weather with cold winds, pouring rain and a muddy course. Both students completed the course in Personal Best times. Tom Sheridan completed in what was a packed field. Tom came into the race as Bronze medallist in 1500m track event last year and set himself up brilliantly to be in the top 10. With 500m to go, Tom made a last kick to make up some group on the lead back. He placed 6th in the 15 boys age group. Tom Hardstaff is very experienced at this level as he has raced at the State Championships on 3 occasions. Similar to Tom Sheridan, Tom was with the lead group for the majority of the race and came in 9th position for the 16 boys. Both students should be very pleased with their achievements and we look forward to them representing the College in the track and field competitions in Term 3.

We will be beginning our District athletics training as of Week 3. Please keep an eye on the sports board for information regarding your event.

From the S.R.C. - Student Council Address

From the S.R.C. - Student Council Address

The SRC are off to a good term! Earlier in term 2, the students collectively raised a sum of $1400 during our free dress day. The money has been put towards five 2-metre bench seats, which will go near the oval area early next week with the help of some Year 12 students donating their time and effort into installing them in. 

Last term we saw four of our members attend the Victorian SRC Student Voice Workshop, which aimed to enable students, teachers and principals to work together on common issues and drive positive change in schools, communities and the education system. We aim to use all skills and tools from this interactive workshop, and plan to continue to make positive changes around our school. Thank you to Bethany Shegog, Emma Haywood, Justine Stacey and Bec Doolan!

During the term 2 school holidays three of our representatives attended the Victorian SRC Congress camp in July. It is run by students, for students and over the course of three days, all members who attended were able to interact in useful workshops and given the chance to speak out, and spark change. Victorian SRC Congress brought students together from all across the State to debate, decide and act on the issues that really matter to their education. It was certainly a good chance to engage and interact with other people from all over the state, and to see what other schools are doing well. The collective genius and positive energy of students from all corners of the state simply could not be contained. New friendships were formed, and on top of all that some of the best the College has to offer were representing Mooroolbark College.

Thank you to SRC President Ben Donald Wilson, Justine Stacey and Tiani Welch-Phillips!

Stepping into term 3 change to our school in a positive way will continue to form. One of our representatives so kindly has taken time and effort into crafting together 4 amazing pieces of Aboriginal artwork, which will be formed into 4 murals for each house. Bethany Shegog’s creativity and understanding of Aboriginal art work will continue to assist students, teachers and parents in the way we can continue to celebrate the diversity in our college. Last term we celebrated NAIDOC week, were students were able to get a better understanding of the Aboriginal culture in our school and further community; this will further improve in the coming weeks as students will play a huge part in the making of the murals. We ask that process is respected as it may be long, and that co-operation with the people in your home group will be implemented during the making of these murals. More details will immerge about the look and the role the students will play. It would be appreciated if everyone could embrace this project with open arms and a thoughtful mind.

One final friendly reminder is that we ask all students, teachers and parents to complete the SRC Canteen Survey on Compass in Insights. When logged on to Compass via computer it will pop up on the right side where ‘My News’ is located This will give the kind ladies in the canteen an idea of the changes, and food recipes you would like to see in the school and menu.

I hope everyone is well rested and takes time to reflect and observe their progress coming into this new term. Remember to check in with yourself and seek help if needed.

Tiani Welch-Phillips,  Year 11 Green House SRC Representative

Year 12 SRC Blood drive

Year 12 SRC Blood drive

The SRC also had the Year 12 blood drive on the 31st July, which was a great turn out! This was another opportunity that the College so kindly offers the students. It is such a kind gesture, and it’s heart-warming to know that the students in the school so thoughtfully wanted to donate, potentially saving someone’s life.  Thank-you to all students who donated their time and blood.

Partnership with The Professionals Real Estate

Partnership with The Professionals Real Estate

Mooroolbark College has recently developed a partnership with The Professionals Real Estate – Mooroolbark through former student, Regina Atkinson.

On behalf of The Professionals Real Estate – Mooroolbark, a donation of $500 will be made to Mooroolbark College for every house sold through the Mooroolbark College community. 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.

Calendar Term Three 2017

Calendar Term Three 2017

College Office Hours


FRIDAY: 8.15AM- 3.30PM

Term Three 2017

Friday 4th Production (Night)
Monday 7th Yr 9 2018 course counselling
Tuesday 8th Resources Meeting (7pm)
Friday 11th 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

Community Circle

Community Circle

Mooroolbark College is committed to supporting our local community, below are notices from our community:

Entertainment Memberships
Danielle Sargent Photography
Anglicare Victoria
Kimberley Place Community Centre
Japara Living and Learning Centre


Entertainment Memberships
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!
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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 
Click for details

Anglicare Victoria

Due to circumstances beyond their control, some children can no longer live with their birth family. Their experiences have left them frustrated and confused about where they belong. The children need to feel part of a family that can provide them with love, encouragement and support. Can you help them?
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Kimberley Place Community Centre

Learn to cook Italian - Cooking classes -
Meatballs with crusty bread  Thursday August, 3rd at 7.30pm 
Nonna's Herbed Chicken with vegetables   Thursday August, 17th at 11.30am 
Gnocchi with salsa   Thursday October, 5th at 7.30pm
Ricotta and Spinach Ravioli  Thursday November, 2nd at 7.30pm
Lasagne  Thursday December, 7th at 7.30pm

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Japara Living and Learning Centre

Hatha Yoga classes at Japara are a wonderful way to have time to yourself and learn general well-being techniques for the week.
Tuesday 25th July ~ 22nd August 2017
6:45pm-7:45pm Beginners, 8pm-9pm Intermediate
*Only $75 for 5 Weeks*
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