Ann Stratford, Principal


Last week NAPLAN results were released nationwide.  NAPLAN is of most value to staff to inform their teaching practices for both individual students and for cohorts.  As educators, we know we are making a difference and this supports to refine our practices and provides an opportunity to assess if programs are working and redirects funding appropriately.  Over the past two years, the College has undertaken a number of new initiatives in both literacy and numeracy and have invested considerably in teacher capacity in both these areas. 

The results have shown positive growth in both literacy and numeracy.

In 2018 an extra 5% of our Year 9 students are in the top two bands of reading increasing the overall percentage to 15%

In 2018 an extra 9% of our Year 9 students are in the top two bands of numeracy increasing the overall percentage to 20%

In 2018 an extra 10% of our Year 9 students are in the top two bands of grammar and punctuation increasing the overall percentage to 25%

In 2018 25% of our Year 9 students received exceptional growth in spelling.

Being in the top two bands indicates that the student is well above the expected level for a Year 9 student with band 6 being the national minimum standard for this year level.
Congratulations to our students who have made the most of their learning opportunities and to the staff who have worked to ensure students achieve the best educational outcomes possible for our students.

Winter Concert

Congratulations to all the students and staff who performed at the Winter Concert on Monday 20th August.  It was a fabulous night where students performed as soloists, in student ensembles and in a staff/student Jazz band.  Each year the level of expertise grows amongst our student musicians.  I particularly would like to thank Jaymie Cathie and Kyle Wahrenberger, both from Year 9, who were the announcers for the evening; a job they did very well.

Parent Teacher Citizens Association (PTCA)

Mooroolbark College is fortunate to have a great band of parents who form the PTCA.  This group of dedicated parents continue to support the school in the events it runs for students.  They play a key role in organising the Debutante Ball, have provided a canteen at both the Winter Concert and the Production as well as organising the Year 7 BBQ at the beginning of the year.  On Sunday 16th September, they will be running the Bunnings BBQ at Chirnside Park.  The money they raise is donated straight back to the school for the benefit of all students. I encourage you to support them and our students at Bunning, Chirnside Park.   They have recently decided to add to the number of exercise stations, which are part of the fitness track at the rear of the school. I would like to particular thanks the following parents who make up the PTCA:

• Peter Phillips – President

• Deb Alsop – Vice President

• Mandy Hocking – Secretary

• Mickaela Gray– Treasurer

• Carol Wells, Kim Watkins & Tanya Horne – General Committee

The PTCA meet twice a term on a Tuesday night at 7.00 pm and are always looking for parents and members of the community to join them.

Update on Building Project

Since the news that we were receiving $7 million dollars to update our buildings, we have been working through the steps of appointing an architect to work with us over the next two years.  After initially having informal discussions with students, staff and parents to provide a brief to the architects, we have recently had presentations to allow us to choose a final company.  I would like to thank Jordan Daniels who as SRC representative joined the panel selecting the architect.   Jordan represented the students remarkably well.    During the next eight weeks, extensive community consultation will be taking place to develop the Master Plan for the College to ensure we are ready to start building in mid 2019.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

A reminder that on Thursday 20th September students are not required at the College on this day as they are to accompany Parents/Guardians to the interviews.  Information is on Compass in relation to booking interview times.

Last day Term 3
Please note that the last day of Term 3 is Friday 21st September and students are dismissed at 2.30pm. 

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact the College on 9727 8100

Ann Stratford

Captain Profile

Captain Profile

Jonty Just - Green Middle house captain

Captain Profile Questions
What do you hope to achieve this year in your role?
This year in my role as Middle School Green House Captain, I would like to do a lot of things to make Green House the best House in the school (even though it is the best). I want to get to know kids in year levels 7 to 9 in Green House and be an approachable person. In doing this, I want to be a good role model that these people can look up to. I really want to encourage them to be their best self and get them involved in house activities (Green House cup, athletics carnival, swimming carnival etc.) I also see this role as a good opportunity to develop skills like public speaking, problem solving and leadership qualities, which I could, then take into the working world after school.

Who is a leader that you admire and why do you admire them?
One leader that I admire is Ricky Ponting, former Australian International Cricket Team Captain and player. Ricky was an inspirational leader who led by example on and off the field. He always had time to help everyone with their batting even with all the stresses and responsibilities of being captain and a player at the top level. From what I have learnt reading Mitchell Johnson’s biography, he was a great guy that was never afraid to speak up for what he feels right and that’s one quality I admire. He is an inspirational player and captain that I look up to as a great leader.  
What are some of your goals for the future?
 I have a few goals for the future in and out of school. One goal that I have is that in my role as Green House Middle School Captain I want to leave a legacy of what I have done for Green House and hopefully lead my house to a house cup win.  Academically I would like to achieve a high distinction in both semesters. In my cricket outside of school, I want to play cricket at representative level for Ringwood district (cricket association.) For the future, I would like to pursue a career in sports management, so working with sporting organisations such as the AFL, Cricket Australia and even in other sports overseas.
Final sentence for readers.
There is one motto that I live with every day and will finish with, “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise” (Frank Ocean.) Also, Go Green House 2018!

Visitors to the College

Visitors to the College

It is essential that all visitors to the College must sign in at the General Office.  If you need to see any member of staff please be aware that an appointment is necessary due to timetable commitments and meeting before and after school.  It is inappropriate for visitors to go directly to individual staff offices or to stop staff in the College grounds.  The General Office will call staff to check their availability for an appropriate meeting time.  If you would like to make an appointment please do not hesitate to contact the College on 9727 8100.

Thank you for your continued support of the College.

Rachael Williams
Assistant Principal

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner

The Year 12 Valedictory Dinner is one of the highlights of the Year 12 social calendar and as such, we hope all graduating VCE and VCAL students and families will join us.  The purpose of the evening is to celebrate the students’ journey throughout Mooroolbark College and congratulate them on their graduation. This year’s graduation will be held at Sandown Racecourse on Friday 23rd November and there is no limit on how many tickets may be purchased per graduating student.

Tickets can be purchased through Trybooking https://www.trybooking.com/410032 and will be available till 3.00pm Friday 21st September.

We hope to see you there.

Grant Olarenshaw
VCE Coordinator

Wear It Purple Day

Wear It Purple Day

Last week, the College celebrated Wear it Purple Day.  Friday 31st August is all about celebrating LGBTIQ+ youth for being who they are and celebrating diversity and inclusion as a community. This year some students attended a screening of Love, Simon and were able to wear purple clothing for the SRC out of uniform day held on Monday 27th August.

Matthew Neil-Holland
Library Coordinator

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Year 11 Debutante Ball 2018

Year 11 Debutante Ball 2018

On Saturday 18th August 2018, 26 Debutantes and their partners participated in the 54th Annual Debutante Ball at The Grand Receptions Cathies Lane.  They presented themselves admirably and are a credit to their families and the College. 

Congratulations on a fantastic night and thank you to all those who attended and staff who gave up their time to help on the night.

It was a wonderful night and a great time was had by all.

Zac Parr & Allie Grey-Smith
Debutante Ball Coordinators.

PTCA Bunnings BBQ

PTCA Bunnings BBQ

Save the date!
at the Mooroolbark College PTCA sausage sizzle at
Bunnings Warehouse Chirnside Park
268-288 Maroondah Highway on

Monash Uni excursion

Monash Uni excursion

On Friday August 21, our VCE Chemistry students visited the Monash University Pharmaceutical Department, learning about the discovery, structure and analysis of medicines and their impact on our body and disease. A great day!

Year 12 Legal Studies visit County Court

Year 12 Legal Studies visit County Court

During August, the Year 12 Legal Studies students attended excursions to the County Court. They learnt about a range of courtroom processes and experienced a criminal trial.

Arran Stuart
Humanities KLA  Head

Aspire visits Mars

Aspire visits Mars

The Year 9 ASPIRE class travelled to Mars via the Victorian Space and Science Education Centre in Strathmore. The goal was to better understand Mars’ past, what Mars is like in the present and also what Mars could hold in the future.

The students adopted different roles to complete important geological tasks on the surface of Mars, all while receiving communications from the other students at Mission Control.

Once they returned to Earth, the students processed their findings and came to some revelatory conclusions…could Mars be their home in the future?”

James Taylor
ASPIRE Co-ordinator

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Chinese reading competition

Chinese reading competition

On Friday 17th August, Dylan Lamb (Year 8) and Lauren Crockett (Year 7) were selected to represent Mooroolbark College at a State-wide Chinese Reading competition. The competition was organised by the Chinese Language Teachers’ Association of Victoria (CLTAV) at Melbourne Grammar School. Both were competing with candidates from a range of secondary schools in Victoria. Their performance was outstanding. Both students received certificates in the competition.

Jiaqi Tan
Mandarin Teacher

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Masterclasses for Unit 3 and 4 Students

Masterclasses for Unit 3 and 4 Students


To assist you in preparing and revising for your upcoming VCE Exams, a specialised Masterclass Program has been organised for students in the Yarra Valley and Yarra Ranges Network Schools, from Saturday 15th September until Sunday 20th October.

Information gained from these Masterclasses will prove to be invaluable in the lead up to your final exams.

Students from Mooroolbark College can enrol by visiting www.trybooking.com/398110

Grant Olarenshaw
Year 12 VCE Coordinator

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Bike Education

Bike Education

Last week Year 9 Bike Ed enjoyed blue skies and sunshine on their ride to Jells Park! The students did a great job navigating their way there while also dealing with the trials and tribulations of bike riding! Well done to all involved!

Belinda Cannington
Bike Ed Teacher

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Sports leadership

Sports Leadership

On Thursday 16th August, the Sports Leadership class helped officiate and run the Elite Primary Inter-School Athletics Carnival. They officiated events such as Shot Put, Long Jump, High Jump, Sprints and Relay.

The Year 9 Sports Leadership class have been running sports lessons every Thursday afternoon at Manchester Primary School. They have be teaching the grades 3 and 4s Footy, Cricket, Basketball, Netball, Gymnastics and Minor Games. They now have to complete their lesson evaluations, before heading to Bimbadeen Primary school to help prepare the grade 5 and 6s for their inter-school sports events.

Sports leadership students also umpired half time AusKick at the MCG on Saturday August 18th .

Paul Ryan
Sports Leadership Co-ordinator

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Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies visited Mt Stirling

Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies visited Mt Stirling

Year 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students visited Mt Stirling on a Cross Country Ski Camp to learn about Endangered Animals, Sustainable Living and Legislation that protects Healthy outdoor environments. This was an amazing adventure.

Matthew Bell
Outdoor Ed Coordinator

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Year 7 Rugby

Year 7 Rugby

Congratulations to the following students who competed in the Melbourne Rebels Rugby 7’s Tournament on Wednesday 8th August; and finished fourth.

The boys had never played rugby before and it was a very steep learning curve for them. They only narrowly lost to Mentone Grammar School by two points and missing third spot.

Paul Ryan
Sports Leadership Coordinator

Science week

Science Week

To celebrate Science Week local primary students worked collaboratively in teams with Year 7 students. We were very impressed with their creativity, ingenuity and problem solving skills. They all completed a student journal to define the problem, devise their solutions and record their data.

Students participated in engineering challenges including to design, build and test:

- an earthquake-resistant building

- a way of moving tomatoes that won't squash them

- a model wind turbine

- a model bridge to help a company deliver disaster relief after an earthquake

- a balloon race car.

Students became citizen scientists and recorded, analysed and predicted coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef to support scientists' research to protect the reef.

We also made bath bombs at lunchtime! We learned that citric acid and bicarb are responsible for bubbly reaction that make these treats so much fun in the bath. 

In case anyone is interested... the recipe we used:

1) Mix dry ingredients (2tbs bicarb, 1tbs cornstarch, 1tbs citric acid, 1tbs salt );

2) Mix wet ingredients (1/4tsp fragrance, 1/2tsp oil, food colouring);

3) Mix wet and dry ingredients and add sprays of water until a wet sand consistency achieved;

4) Press firmly into mold;

5) Tap out of mold and allow to dry for 2 days.

Denise Raven
Science KLA Head

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Winter concert

Winter Concert

Congratulations to our music students who performed at our Winter Concert, which was held at the Mooroolbark Community Centre on Monday 20th August.

The audience was treated to some amazing performances from our Concert Bands, Choir, Guitar, Keyboard and Percussion Ensembles, as well as many soloists and small groups.

We have so many talented musicians at the College, and it is wonderful seeing everyone up on stage, enjoying themselves, and sharing their love of music with others.

A very special thank you to everyone who helped make this night such a success, including our Parents Association for providing our interval refreshments, our stage crew who did an amazing job keeping the show running smoothly, and of course our dedicated music staff.

Lisa Gaudion
Instrumental Music Coordinator

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The Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Premiers’ Reading Challenge for 2018 has now concluded. Congratulations to the 69 students that successfully read at least 15 books this year to complete the challenge. As a College, students in Year 7 to 10, read over 3,550 books with Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone being the most popular non prescribed book. Congratulations also goes to 7A as they won the Year 7 form group competition reading 200 books.

Congratulations to the following students that completed the challenge.

Aarnav Vatsa
Aaron Woods
Acacia Pearce
Alexander Jackson
Alexander Newman
Ally Whitford
Alyssa Nubley
Amy Douglas
Amy Oliver
Asher Dryden
Ashlynn Tampion
Azalia Abrahams-Hanton
Bailey Van Bert
Brooke Duin-Gischus
Caitlyn O'Rorke
Cam Sheedy-Mackenzie
Cara Schofield
Carla Hunaidi
Charlie Shortt
Ciara Delaney
Drew Spencer
Dylan Lamb
Ella Mcintosh
Emily Hill
Emily Reid
Emma Whitford
Emmanuela Vuite
Grace Kilgour
Hamish Macleod
Hannah Schofield
Holly Waite
Iliro Smit
Isabella Lee-Talbot
Jack Danisch
Jack Franklin
Jacob Shiel
Jake Norris-Crosby
Jesamine Newman
Jessica Voigt
Joseph Gospel
Joss Draper
Kallan Robertson
Kane Parkinson
Kyle Roache
Maddy Heffernan
Melanie Tisch
Melissa Hand
Mikayla Mcinnes
Molly Barnewall
Olivia Szalay
Rhiann Grey
Rhys Wyngaard
Riley Price
Samantha Tan
Sean Farrelly
Shaylee Goodwin
Shyla Borg
Stephanie Troiano
Taiana Katoa
Taleisha Walker
Tanayah Godley
Tannar Riches
Tara Barnewall
Thang Zung Tha Thang
Tia Stivey
Tommy Carroll
Tyla Tarrant
Zoe Caldwell

Calendar Term Three and Four 2018

Calendar Term Three and Four 2018

College Office Hours

College Office Hours


FRIDAY 8.15AM- 3.30PM





7th YR 10 Social
7th Newsletter
11th VCAL (2019) preparation evening 7pm
13th Mooroolbark College Annual Ski Day
18th Carnival Day (TBC)
18th Community Relations (4.30pm)
18th College Council (7pm)
19th Yr 10 mock interviews
20th Yr 12 practice English exam
20th Parent Teacher Interviews- Students not required at College they are to accompany Parents/Guardians to interviews
21st  Last day of Term Three (Students dismissed 2.30pm)



8th  Term 4 Starts
9th   Education Committee Meeting 6pm
11th VCE Arts Exhibition 7pm
11th Mooroolbark College Film Festival 7pm
16th Resources meeting 7pm
18th Year 7 Showcase Night 7pm
18th Night of Excellence (7.30-8.30pm)
18th Literacy Bakeoff
22nd Yr 12 final assembly
23rd Council meeting 7pm
30th PTCA meeting 7pm
30th Community Relations meeting 4.30pm
31st VCE exams commence


2nd Newsletter
6th Melbourne Cup day HOLIDAY
11th- 23rd   China Tour
13th Year 11 exams begin
13th Education meeting 6pm
20th Resources meeting 7pm
21st Year 10 exams begin
23rd Valedictory Dinner
25th- 9th Dec  Cambodia Camp 2018
26th Year 7 2019 Parent Information Evening 7pm
27th College Council Meeting 7pm 
29th Yr 11 (2019) course confirmation VCE & VCAL 3-7pm


3rd-5th Arts Camp
6th Yr 10 (2019) course confirmation 3-7pm
7th Newsletter
9th-14th West Coast Tour
10th Yr 8-9 (2019) course confirmation 11- 7pm
10th -21st End of Year program
10th-14th S.A. Heritage Tour
11th Yr 7 (2019) Orientation Day
11th Council meeting 7pm

Community Circle

Community Circle

Mooroolbark College is committed to supporting our local community. Please see below for our community notices:

Light the night to beat blood cancer
Croydon Little Athletics
Mount Evelyn Scout Group turns 90 
Danielle Sargent Photography


Light the Night Lilydale

A unique opportunity for supporting people affected by blood cancers and a focus for fundraising by the Leukaemia Foundation which is also supported by the Rotary Club of Wandin. At Lilydale Lake, Lilydale
Thursday 27 September 2018
Lantern collection from 5:00pm

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Croydon Little Athletics Club

As a community based, 'not for profit' organisation that is purely run by parent volunteers, we have fantastic Saturday morning events held during the 2018/19 season. We have children from many local schools who are active members of our club and we wish to ensure our numbers grow with our Registration Day coming up shortly on September 15th.
Croydon Little Athletics has had many upgrades to our facilities in recent times, we encourage active, and healthy lifestyle choices for children aged five through to 16 years.  We also welcome and support ALL levels and capabilities with some of our athletes enjoying the activities who have physical and mental disabilities; we strongly support and encourage these children with special needs, and do not discriminate!

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 Mt Evelyn Scout Group turns 90

The Mt Evelyn Scout Group is celebrating 90years in the community and would like to invite members of the general public to experience a little of why scouting is so great. 
On September 15th there will be two events starting with an Open day filled with activities, followed by an evening roast dinner and band.

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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 

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Partnership with The Professionals Real Estate

Partnership with The Professionals Real Estate

Mooroolbark College has 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.

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