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Ann Stratford, Principal

Principal's Report

NAPLAN RESULTS

This week we received our NAPLAN results. Year 7 and Year 9 families will receive their certificates next week.

We have plenty to celebrate including: 

Year 9 Numeracy – Students in the top 3 bands have increased by 15% since 2017. The introduction of the numeracy classes which are focused on mathematical thinking and problem solving have contributed to this result.

Year 9 Reading – Students in the top 4 bands have increased by 17% since 2017 highlighting the success of the College’s Independent Reading program at Years 7 and 8.

Congratulations to our Year 7s who have achieved outstanding results both in all literacy areas, but in particular reading and grammar and punctuation. 

UPDATE ON BUILDING PROJECT 

It is an exciting time for Mooroolbark College as it enters into the final phase of the planning stages for the building of the new Student Wellbeing Centre, Learning Centre and Administration Centre. We are expecting that building may commence later in 2019.  

COLLEGE PRODUCTION

Congratulations to all involved with the College Production of Grease. This year’s production was a wonderful success with all students performing well and enjoying being on stage.  This was a terrific opportunity for our students to perform, demonstrating the skills they have learnt. I would like to congratulate all the students on their amazing performances. Particular thanks to Peter Marz for his dedication and guidance to the students to put on a wonderful production. A big thank you to Sarah Rosendale and her assistant Olivia Burrows for their choreography skills. 

Thankyou also to Jordan Van Keulen and Janet Whitby, for their hours of work in the music area. To Glenn Ford, Naomi Van Bremen, Kellie Preyer, Mia Sund, Trisha Silver, Sam Wilson, Nicola Mackey, Andrew Dingey and Matt Neil-Holland for their commitment to Mooroolbark College. We are very fortunate to have such dedicated staff and talented students. 

WINTER CONCERT 

Congratulations to all the students and staff who performed at the Winter Concert on Monday 25th 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 Lisa Gaudion for her organisation  and to the following supporting music staff for their dedication to the students; Jim McGuffie, Ross Crowley, Steve Haggar, Jesse Turner, Erica Sykes, Jordan Van Keulen and Janet Whitby.

DEBUTANTE BALLS 

The 55th and 56th Mooroolbark College Debutante Balls were held over the weekend of 16th and 17th August. It was a wonderful opportunity to see so many of our Year 11 students step up and participate in this great event. 

Thank you to Zac Parr, Jodi Mathieson and Prue Bon for their superb organising of the events, making the nights very special for our students. 

I would also like to acknowledge our special Guests of Honour, Mr David Hodgett MP for Croydon and Ms Bridgett Vallence MP for Kilsyth.  Also to Lachlan Mann and Luke McCormick for their roles as College Guests of Honour at our Debutante Balls. 

P.T.C.A. BUNNINGS BBQ 

I hope everyone can support the Mooroolbark College Parents Association at Bunnings – Chirnside Park on Saturday 7th September. The Mooroolbark College Parents’ Association is a group of parents who meet monthly to support a variety of Mooroolbark College functions and activities. They recently purchased the outdoor exercise equipment for PE, a piano for the music department, supported the production and Winter Concert each year and whilst supporting our SRC. If you are passing by Bunnings, please drop in and buy a sausage.

YEAR 12 INFORMATION 

With Year 12 students nearing the end of their courses, a number of our Year 12 students recently attended a presentation by Elevate Education titled “Ace your exams”.  Students were given a large range of hints and tips on how to organise and manage their study session in the lead up to their final exams.

Year 12 students will also undertake an English Practice Exam on Thursday 19th September commencing at 9.30am in T Block. 

On Monday 23rd September to Thursday 26th September during the first week of the school holidays, the Year 12 Practice Exams are being run for Mooroolbark College students.  These exams give our students the opportunity to prepare thoroughly for their final exams in a real life examination environment. I encourage the students undertaking these exams to prepare and revise thoroughly and to use the experience to achieve their potential in the finals VCE exams.  

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Year 7-12 Interim Reports will be available on Compass on Friday 6th September from 3.00pm.

A reminder that Parent/Teacher interviews will be held on Thursday 19th September between 1.00pm and 8.00pm. 

Parent/Teacher bookings open on Compass at 3.00pm on Friday 6th September and close on Wednesday 18th September at 12.00pm 

Students are not required at the College on that day but are to accompany their parents/guardians to the interviews on the day/night. 

Parent/Teacher interviews are an important opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teachers.  The teachers value the opportunity to speak with you about your child and work with you on any issues you may have. 

LAST DAY TERM 3

Please note that the last day of Term 3 is Friday 20th 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
Principal

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Captain Profile

Captain Profile

CAPTAIN PROFILE – ASHLINN WALKER

What do you hope to achieve this year in your role?

As a captain, I hope to be able to leave an imprint on the school. That when people think of the year 2019, that they remember me as being Yellow House captain as well as making a positive change to the school. I also want to be someone that any student or teacher is comfortable to approach me for help or just to talk to.

Who is a leader you admire and why do you admire them?

A leader I admire is Jesse Owens. Jesse was the first African American to participate in the Olympics and his journey to compete there included many struggles.  Jesse had to work for his own money to support his family as the president of America at the time didn’t acknowledge his achievements. Jesse Owens had a lot of criticism towards being the only African American competing and had to put up with racial epithets and subjected to other mistreatments. At the 1936 Berlin Games he was there to win and wanted no part in the politics as it was at the time of the rising of the Nazis ad fascism in Europe. He went on to win four gold medals in the long jump, 100-metre, 200 metres as well as 4x100 metre which is more than any other American track and field athlete in a single Olympic game. He also broke the world records for long jump, 100 metre and 200 metres. After the games he went on to become a motivational speaker. 

Someone else I admire is Louis Zamperini. From a young age Zamperini was bullied for his foreign accent. He began smoking when he was 5 and drinking when he was 8. He hopped freight trains, ran money scams and stole food, using picklock wire. From some of the illegal things he did, his brother noticed how good of a runner he was and his brother got him into running. At the 1936 games in Berlin, he competed in the 5,000-metre run running a 4-minute race and placing 8th. In 1941 he was commissioned into the Army Air Force as lieutenant. He served as a bombardier in B-24 Liberators in the Pacific. On May 27, 1943, Zamperini and crew were called out on a search-and-rescue mission to find a crew that reportedly had crashed near Palmyra and on the mission the plane had technical difficulties forcing the plane to crash into the ocean. Zamperini spent almost seven weeks in 1943 adrift on a raft in the Pacific, with little food or water. They fought off the constant sharks that sometimes jumped aboard. He drifted west some 2,000 miles, right into the enemy's hand. For the next two years, he was a prisoner of war. He was taken to a prison camp in Japan. Following the war, he initially struggled to overcome his ordeal. Later he became a Christian Evangelist with a strong belief in forgiveness. Since 1952 he devoted himself to at-risk youth which his family continues today.

What are some of your goals for the future? 

After school, I want to focus on my athletics for the year and then in 2021 I’ll enrol in either the army as an officer/solider or enrol in the air force as a pilot and fly the F-35 fighter jets. Later on, in my life once I have completed my time with the defence forces, I will join the police and go down the forensics side of the police force as well as continue on with my athletics again. My main goal is to be able to help make Australia a better country as well as helping out other countries in need. From fighting/defending countries to helping out families after a natural disaster. My other goal is to one day compete for Australia in either long jump, triple jump or pole vault. 

Final sentence for readers.

Life is not easy for anyone. Sometimes you don’t see the challenges on the outside, but every single one of us has both those and everything that goes on inside as well. Give it your all. Dare to be all you can be.

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Winter Concert

Winter Concert

“Congratulations to our music students who participated in our annual Winter Concert last Monday 26th August at the Mooroolbark Community Centre.

Family, friends and fellow students were treated to some amazing performances from our very talented musicians.  It was a wonderful evening and really nice to see so many of our young musicians up on stage performing.”

Lisa Gaudion 
Instrumental Music Coordinator

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Talented Sport Program Athlete Visit

Talented Sport Program Athlete Visit

On Thursday 15th August, our 2019 Talented Sports Program team were treated to a visit from Lara Dunkley (sister of Josh from Western Bulldogs & Kyle from Melbourne Demons) and Sasha McDonald (sister of Tom and Oscar form Melbourne Demons), who both play for the Melbourne Vixens (Netball).  They told us about life as an elite athlete, including competition, training, nutrition, recovery and social life balance. They were fantastic. They have helped inspire us to strive to achieve our goals through sacrifice, hard work and always loving the sport!

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2019 Talented Sports Program F45 Training Session

2019 Talented Sports Program F45 Training Session

On Thursday 22nd August, our 2019 TSP team completed a very intense F45 strength training session at F45 Chirnside Park.  Our trainers Steve and Kristy worked us over as we pushed ourselves to the limit showing the attitudes and ability that make this program great.  Well done team! We have 1 more session this term, hopefully we have recovered fully by then!

Luke McCormick
VCE Coordinator
Physical Education and Health
Duke of Edinburgh & Talented Sports Program

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Sports Leadership

Sports Leadership

The first 4 weeks of this term the Sports Leadership students have been running and coaching a range of sports at Manchester Primary School.

Paul Ryan
Sports Leadership Teacher 

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Year 7 Geography Field Sketching

Year 7 Geography Field Sketching

Year 7 students braved the chilly weather to draw field sketches and photograph our urban environment.  The completed work will be featured on large posters.  Going by the students’ great efforts so far, many will be on display at the upcoming Showcase Evening.

Chris Hanneberry 
Head KLA Humanities

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Year 11 Physics

Year 11 Physics

Our Year 11 Physics class made the trip to the Victorian Space Science Education Centre in Strathmore. Students learnt about the origins of stars, black holes and the nature of the universe.

Lucas Unland
Year 11 Physics Teacher

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Year 7 and 8 ASPIRE

Year 7 and 8 ASPIRE

Year 7 and 8 ASPIRE students have been BETA testing the new website for the Premier’s Reading Challenge, led by the Library. Mooroolbark College is one of a select number of Secondary Schools taking part in the trial program and are providing feedback to help improve the development of the website and program.

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Debutante Balls

Debutante Balls

Five gruelling weeks of rehearsals finally culminated in the 55th and 56th presentation of 39 Debutantes and their partners over the weekend of August 16th and 17th 2019. Cathie's Lane once again hosted the Mooroolbark Debutantes, their partners, family and friends, enabling the successes and achievements of everyone involved to be on display. Despite the inevitable ups and downs of rain, broken straps and blisters, everyone involved had a wonderful time and a considerable number of positive memories were created. 

The intensive dance lessons paid off with all Debutantes and their partners appearing to have mastered the steps, in particular the difficult dance that the boys undertook, resulting in a cohesive set of manoeuvres that left everyone watching pleasantly surprised. There were, of course, some concerns that the dance moves may be too much for some of our less co-ordinated participants, but after much practise and hard work, all of the steps and the routines eventually came together and appeared effortless for those gathered in the wings. 

Our special guests - Lachlan Mann and Luke McCormick - appeared spectacular in their roles and demonstrated exactly why they were the student-chosen guests of the evenings. Their unending support to our Year 11 students is commendable. 

All of our Debutantes and their partners conducted themselves with grace. Thomas Sheridan, Kaitlin Galanos, Daniel Phillips and Bianca De Martino Rosaroll represented the Debutantes with their speeches of appreciation, speaking with confidence and setting a wonderful example of the etiquette required at such an event. 

We would like to thank everyone who was involved in the 2019 Debutante Ball, including the Debutantes, their partners and their families. We would particularly like to thank Ann Stratford and the Leadership Team for their support and dedication towards the running of the Debutante Ball and to all the staff who volunteered their time. 

Zac Parr, Jodi Mathieson and Prue Bon
Debutante Ball Coordinators, 2019

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Unit 4 Biology to Gene Technology Access Centre

Unit 4 Biology to Gene Technology Access Centre

Recently our Unit 4 Biology ventured into the city to GTAC (Gene Technology Access Centre) to use a range of DNA manipulation techniques and technology to identify the strain of influenza that had infected a community. Students were required to perform Polymerase Chain Reaction in order to amplify a sample of DNA in order to be able to carry out the required tests. Gel Electrophoresis was then undertaken in order to separate the strands of DNA to identify which strand was causing the flu outbreak. Students then applied this knowledge back at school in their SAC task.”

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Pic 8 – Gel Electrophoresis before being separated
Pic 9 – Gel Electrophoresis when the strands has been separated

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Year 12 P.E. Camp

Year 12 P.E. Camp

On 14th and 15th  August, Year 12 P.E. students took part in the first ever VCE P.E. Camp. The camp provided students with the opportunity to experience some elite training facilities and complete a total of five training methods. Two of our students also undertook official laboratory fitness assessments (VO2max test and 30second Wingate Test) with the group then analysing the data obtained. With some bowling and highly competitive revision competitions thrown in, this was a great experience for a motivated and focused group. 

Matthew Donald
Year 12 PE Teacher
Director of Curriculum – PHEL

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Intermediate Hockey

Intermediate Hockey

Congratulations to our Intermediate hockey teams who battled through cold and windy conditions at the Maroondah Division Round Robin Tournament. Both teams showed terrific teamwork and all round sportsmanship. Well done to all students involved.
Lachlan Mann
Head of Health and Physical Education
Interschool Sport Coordinator

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Billy Cart Marathon

Billy Cart Marathon

Mooroolbark College is race ready for the Billy Cart Marathon which has been coordinated by the Rotary Club of Maroondah. Students have been busy in the lead up to this event working closely with our sponsors ARB. Come and join us on Sunday 8th September at METEC 10am – 4pm for a great day out. All funds raised by the team are being donated to the Smith Family.

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PSW Sports Polo Promotion

PSW Sports Polo Promotion

Mooroolbark College sports polo special offer, $19.95. Offer available until stock runs out. Please note we are rolling out a new design which will incorporate the House colours, however, students will still be able to wear the current sports top.

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Night of Excellence

Night of Excellence

Save the date!
We encourage our community to join us for our Night of Excellence on Thursday the 17th of October. We will feature our Year 7 Showcase Night, as well as displays of student work. Listen and watch our amazing MMADD Artists and be delighted by the beautiful Literacy Bake Off cakes!

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PTCA Bunnings BBQ

PTCA Bunnings BBQ

Support our PTCA and buy a snag at our Bunnings BBQ, Saturday September 7th at Chirnside Park/ Croydon Bunnings 9am -4pm. The PTCA support the College by purchasing a range of equipment and items to support student learning.

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Write, Submit, Publish

Write, Submit, Publish

Proud of your writing? Good. Have it published. Get an audience.
We are creating a digital magazine to publish the writing that makes you happy, but we need your work to include in it!
Your submission could be from any subject and can be any type of writing - creative, analytical, essays, research, annotations, design.
Submit your work to Ms Bon via email or put it in the box in the library. NOW!

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Calendar

Calendar

College Office Hours

College Office Hours

MONDAY- THURSDAY: 8.15AM- 4.00PM

FRIDAY 8.15AM- 3.30PM

 

Calendar

2019 Term THREE and Term FOUR

SEPTEMBER

Friday 6th - Parent/Teacher Interview bookings open on Compass 3.00pm 

Saturday 7th - PTCA Bunnings Sausage Sizzle 9.00am – 4.00pm 

Tuesday 10th - 

• VCAL (2020) Preparation Evening 7.00pm 

• SRC Carnival Day 

Thursday 12th - General Assembly

Friday 13th - Mount Buller Ski Trip Years 7-11

Monday 16th - Year 7 (2020) Information Night 7.00pm 

Tuesday 17th - College Council Meeting 7.00pm 

Wednesday 18th - Parent/Teacher Interview bookings close on Compass 12.00pm 

Thursday 19th - Parent/Teacher Interviews – Students are not required at the College and are to 

  accompany parents to the interviews.

Friday 20th - Last day Term 3 – Students dismissed at 2.30pm 

 

OCTOBER 

Monday 7th - PTCA Meeting 7.00pm 

Tuesday 8th -   

• Community Relations Meeting 4.30pm 

• Education Committee 5.45pm 

• Resources Committee 7.00pm 

Thursday 10th - Mooroolbark College Film Festival 7.00pm

Thursday 17th - Year 7 Showcase Night – Night of Excellence

Tuesday 22nd - College Council Meeting 7.00pm 

Friday 25th - Year 12 Final Assembly & Celebration Day 

Wednesday 30th - 20th November -  Year 12 Exams 

REMINDERS; 

Year 8 German Camp – 1st Instalment due 10th September 

Year 11 West Coast Tour – 1st Instalment due 12th September 

Years USA Steam Tour 2020 Deposit due 13th September 

Year 12 Cambodia 2020 Tour – Deposit due 13th September

Year 9 Tasmania Tour 2020 - Deposit due 19th September 

Year 7 2020 Information Night – Monday 16th September

Year 12 Valedictory Dinner 2019 

Venue:  Karralyka Centre, Mines Road Ringwood 

• Tickets will go on sale on Monday 26th August at 9.00am till Monday 7th October 2019 at 3.00pm.  Initially, each student will be able to purchase a ticket for themselves and three additional guest tickets.

• Tickets can only be purchased online using https://www.trybooking.com/542233 (the link will be available on the Mooroolbark College website).

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