Student, staff and parent wellbeing is an essential feature of what forms the foundation of learning at Mooroolbark College.
The College House structure is an essential feature of college life, with family members joining the House of older siblings. The College Home Groups are based on the houses, which also compete in sport, drama, performing arts and other co-curricular activities throughout the year.
House Structure: Students and staff are grouped vertically and in house groups (Blue Thunder, Green Machine, Red Devils and Yellow Stingers) for pastoral programs and activities to support and implement aspects of the College’s Pastoral Care Program.
- Home Group teachers are responsible for the pastoral care of a specific group of students.
- Cluster coordinators are responsible for the wellbeing and progress of students in their three allocated home groups.
- House leaders and cluster coordinators are responsible for the wellbeing and progress of students within the house/cluster group that they lead and for the pastoral care of the students in their house/cluster group as they progress from year seven through to year 12.
- Assistant Principals have a special responsibility to co-ordinate and oversee pastoral care initiatives and roles within the college.
- The student counsellor provides personal and educational counselling.
When students enrol at Mooroolbark College they are allocated a House for pastrol and house activities. Students are not grouped in their houses for classroom activities.
A House Leader is appointed to each House. Each House is further divided into three Cluster Groups for coordinating purposes. It is usual for a student to have the same coordinator for the six years of college life. This provides a basis for improved communication and relationships between the student, their parents/guardians and the College.
Each Cluster Coordinator overseas the pastrol care of three Home Groups. Each Home Group meets for 15 minutes at the start of each day.
Blue Thunder students pride themselves on excellence across all areas. This has been shown through incredible academic and sporting results.
Each student will be cared for by their Homegroup teacher and Cluster Coordinator throughout their time at the college. It is amazing to witness how the Senior students take a real interest in the younger students and help them find their feet.
During the year students in Blue Thunder will participate in a variety of activities in Homegroup. These activities help break the divide between year levels and develop a sense of belonging within our College.
This year has seen a consistent approach from Blue House students, scoring high in each of the major carnivals. However, it has been our hard work and commitment in the classroom that has seen us receive 11 Principal Awards and as a result lead the house points at the halfway mark.
Our House Captains, Kirra Abrehart and Tristan Davies, have been doing an excellent job leading the house at assemblies and motivating students to achieve their best.
Our Middle School Captains, Shanae Hodgett and Jordan Daniels were once again involved in ANZAC day services, doing us extremely proud.
Looking forward to some more whole house competitions that are planned for the remainder of the year.
Throughout 2015 Green House students will enjoy a number of events and activities. At the beginning of the year all Year 7 students will enjoy an orientation session with their House Coordinators and Captains in a friendly and engaging environment.
During home groups Year 12 students will act as mentors and assist our Year 7s in transitioning into their secondary education.
2016 has brought a huge array of new successes to Mooroolbark College. For Green House in particular, the sixty new Year 7 students who have transitioned into our house have made an excellent start to their secondary education. Green House Captains, Lachlan William-Dyson, Isabelle Hore, Jayan and Will Alsop have done an excellent job in supporting the Year 7 students in making a positive transition. The Captains have also offered some much needed fun and excitement to home groups with their ‘Captain’s Quiz’. The Term 2 downball competition they ran has also provided some healthy competition within our house.
At the Swimming and Athletics Carnivals, two hundred students formed a sea of green t-shirts, short, hats and badges. It was once again impressive to see such excellent attendance and participation in these illustrious carnivals. These days also provided some great photo opportunities (the selfie stick made another appearance) and fabulous prizes within the participation raffle. Following our performance in these events, we managed a fantastic performance at the annual Cross Country and a second place finish in this event.
Academically, our students have continued to apply themselves, achieving numerous distinctions, high distinctions and honours certificates this semester. They have also impressively achieved the highest number of Principal Awards of any house to date.
The Green Team is definitely looking forward to a great 2016.
Headed by Mr Olarenshaw, Mr Bell and Ms McMillian with over fourteen years of leadership experiences between them, Red House prides themselves in knowing their students as well as encouraging and supporting them to get the most out of schooling.
This includes engaging in a range of aspects from individual and inter home group activities, interschool sport, reading, maths and science challenges, gaining principal awards as well as achieving academic excellence in their chosen subjects.
Red house office is a place to come in for a chat and get any support you require from; How do I change subjects? What if I missed a SAC? How can I get extra support? I’m having trouble with my friends? I’m having trouble completing all my work?
Our always smiling and uplifting house captains (Katie Herft, Tegan Quick, Jade Schmelzle and Kellie Stevens) have put a lot of effort into preparing and presenting at house and school assemblies, running the Red House Dodge Ball Competition and Red House Home Group Challenge. These are just a couple of their contributions to Red House and there are more to come. With a special congratulations to R4 for winning the Dodge Ball Competition.
We have had some outstanding achievements in Red House this year, both as a team and individually. When attending Cross Country, Swimming and Athletic carnivals the attitude of Red House has always been enthusiastic and energetic, adding to the great experience had by all involved on these days. Red House started the carnivals with a bang by winning the Swimming Carnival, this was due to our high involvement. Overall participation and some individual brilliance from the likes of Arnold Tan (age group champion) ensured we were able to lift the trophy. We also had terrific attendance at our Cross Country and Athletics Carnival with some individual awards going to Gavin Fullerton – Senior boys Cross Country Champion, Braedon Dobie – Athletics for the 17 boys age group Champion and Hayden Watkins for the 16 boys age group champion.
Academically we have excelled with Principal’s Awards going to Ayla Emmerson (x2), Kellie Stevens, Katie Herft, Chelsea Howard, Cassie Haywood, Josh Tilker and Maddie Heffernan. Principal’s Awards acknowledge the hard work students put into not just one subject but all their subjects, they all should feel extremely proud of their efforts, congratulations. Mooroolbark College also under took a school wide writing challenge which was won by a new member to the Red House team, Kay Vishnina-Atanasova. Congratulations, Kay!
The Red House Team looks forward to each year working with the Red House Students and their families and 2016 is no exception.
Yellow House starts each year with a thorough induction program for all new and Year 7 students joining the College.
Our senior students take on a mentoring role to help support this so that students have a friendly face they know out in the school yard. This mentoring role is guided by the great Home Group teachers, which students get to see each morning for advice. In addition to the senior students and staff, we also have House and Middle School Captains to mentor all students within Yellow House. This is also a great opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills.
House activities are a big part of what happens in Yellow House Home Groups throughout the year. Our House Captains, Melanie Pauer, Hayden Thompson, Cassie Mullens and Caleb Schwab have been outstanding contributors to the success of Yellow House so far. Their addition to the Yellow House team has been immense, always demonstrating friendship, professionalism and leadership in everything they get involved in around the College and beyond. The captains this term have been involved in organising and operating a successful dodgeball competition, run across all home groups in Yellow House to find the champion team amongst us. It was has been a hard fought out competition with serious bragging rights attached to the prestige.
There have been many highlights so far, but two that clearly stand out above the rest is Yellow House taking out both the Athletics and Cross Country carnivals. Our relay teams at the Athletics were outstanding, along with the huge number of students involved in events, which in the end got Yellow House over the line. A great effort by all students attending and competing in numerous track and field events to bring home the ‘Bacon’ and carnival trophy, which was recently presented at a College assembly. Success through participation continued into the Cross Country event held at Lilydale Lake, where we just snuck home with the points. It was great to see the enthusiasm and effort of the Yellow House team that kept us in contention.
Within Yellow House, we will also be running activities against other home groups. These include AFL Tipping and the always popular ‘Dodgeball’.
With the great bunch of students we have in the Yellow House Hive, I’m sure 2016 will be another superb year.