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Mooroolbark College Newsletter – May 2024

23rd May 2024

Our latest Mooroolbark College Newsletter is here!
The Mooroolbark College newsletters are an important form of communication for our school community.
Each newsletter contains a great deal of information about what is happening in the College including upcoming events and celebration of student success.
Enjoy reading about all the amazing things happening around our College.

Upcoming Events


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Did you come and visit us at Open Night?  

On the night we showcased our Year 7 Discovery Centre, with its flexible and collaborative learning spaces, whilst engaging our visiting Primary School students and their families in a variety of fun, maths based activities. Each activity showed how it linked to the new Victorian Curriculum 2.0. Here are a couple of the activities we had on offer: 


Activity: “Which Chew Do You Choose?” Lolly Graph 

Strand: Statistics 

Content Description: 

  • Interpret and compare data sets for ordinal and nominal categorical, discrete and continuous numerical variables using comparative displays or visualisations and digital tools; compare distributions in terms of mode, range and shape. (VC2M6ST01) 
  • Plan and conduct statistical investigations by posing and refining questions to collect categorical or numerical data by observation or survey, or identifying a problem and collecting relevant data; analyse and interpret the data and communicate findings within the context of the investigation. (VC2M6ST03) 


Activity: Using Desmos to create and change graphs 

Strand: Algebra 

Content Description: 

  • Experiment with linear functions and relations using digital tools, making and testing conjectures and generalising emerging patterns (VC2M8A05) 
  • Experiment with the effects of the variation of parameters on graphs of related functions, using digital tools, making connections between graphical and algebraic representations, and generalising emerging patterns. (VC2M9A07) 


Activity: Games Puzzle 

Strand: Space 

Content Description: 

  • Describe and perform translations, reflections and rotations of shapes, using dynamic geometry software where appropriate; recognise what changes and what remains the same, and identify any symmetries. (VC2M5SP03) 

Have you heard about our Numeracy Program?  

Our Year 7 and 8 students participate in one dedicated Numeracy lesson per week. This lesson provides students with the opportunity to attempt open-ended tasks, work collaboratively with others and reflect on their own understanding. We aim to create lifelong learners who embrace the challenge of using a range of problem-solving techniques and show resilience when a problem is challenging. If you have any questions about our Numeracy Program, please don’t hesitate to contact our Numeracy Learning Specialist, Jade Hubben. 

If you have any questions about the Mathematics program at Mooroolbark College, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 


Kara Salmon 



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Year 7 science classes are finishing up the topic of Earth, Sun and Moon including the Kulin Calendar and how these seasons relate to the Earth’s orbit. They will be moving into separation techniques and applying them as they complete their Green Gunge CAT. 

The Year 8 classes have been learning about chemical reactions and have completed their Rusting Investigations. They are now learning about microscopes as they start the new topic of cells. 

Year 9 Core have also been learning about chemical reactions, with a specific focus on endothermic and exothermic reactions and pH. They will be moving on to the topic of Electricity next. 

Year 9 Forensics classes have been making impressions and fingerprinting, and learning about how this physical evidence can be used in forensic investigations. 

Innovate Science have been learning about nanotechnology, including making Carbon tube and Buckyball (carbon balls) models. The students are currently using their knowledge of nanotechnology to design a superhero suit featuring embedded specialised properties. 


Senior Science classes are busy with experiments, investigations and heading into exam preparation.   


Melinda Lori Pui



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It has been a very busy and productive start to Term 2 in The Arts. Recently the College held its very successful Open Night for the year. Open Night was a huge success for the department, as curious parents and future students explored the possibilities we offer. Parents and students alike enjoyed participating in musical performances, ceramics, photography, painting and drawing. The Arts’ rooms looked fantastic! Our Performing Arts department was also full of energy on the night with our talented Instrumental Music and Production students showcasing their talents in A-Block. The energy and colour were wonderful and we are very grateful for the contribution from all of our students and staff.

In the classroom, The Arts is a hive of activity: 

  • Year 10 Media students have just completed their Movie Mash-Up Posters which look incredible. Students were tasked with combining at least 2 film ideas into the one poster. Their creativity and expert skills in the use of Photoshop has created some fantastic work. Students are now planning for their Film Production; a short suspense film. We can’t wait to see how they turn out. 
  • Year 12 Media students are at that stage of the Semester where their focus turns to their School-assessed Task (SAT) where they plan for major productions for the year. Students have largely chosen to make short films, whilst other students are creating a graphic novel, magazine, animation or a series of photographs. 
  • Year 7 Art students have just completed their ceramic sculpture, and are now beginning their final CAT. Students will explore the work of Koori artists and incorporate elements of Koori design techniques into their own compositions. They will use oil pastels as a base with fabric printing ink applied over the top. The sgraffito technique will be incorporated to scrape through the surface in various linear patters to expose the colours beneath. 
  • Year 9 Art students have just completed their Media unit where they analysed the film, Ready Player One, whilst also making a short 1 minute film in groups. They turned out so well and were a big hit when screened to the class. They are now beginning their last CAT for the semester, an Opposites drawing task where they can create an artwork using any medium and materials or their choice.
  • Year 9 Ceramics students have just completed their first CAT, a utilitarian coil construct with sculptural detail. They are now working on their next piece, which requires them to design and sculpt a creature. They will then incise deep linear patterns into the soft clay, and once dry, fill them with a manganese oxide. This will create a bold contrast and increase the overall interest and appeal of their work. 
  • Year 10 Art: Ceramics & Printmaking students are currently completing their Intaglio Print, where the lower levels of an acetate plate are printed on heavy weight paper and then rolled through the printing press. They are also working on their final CAT, which is a reduction lino print. This requires students to carefully plan and strategically carve away, subsequent layers of lino using increasingly darker colours of block inks.
  • Year 10 Art: Painting and Drawing students are finishing their art movement inspired landscape artworks. They have been creating a set of three differently inspired pieces and are beginning to collage them together into their final pieces. 
  • Year 10 Photography: Students are studying Camera and Photoshop techniques including High Dynamic Range and Tilt Shift Photography. Students are then photographing their own images and applying these techniques to their own photographs. 
  • Year 9 Digital Discovery. Students are creating images in Adobe Illustrator, learning how to use the program by re-creating weekly tasks utilising different elements of the program. Students are also working on an essay detailing the ethical limitations of using programs like Photoshop to manipulate images. 
  • Year 12 Art: Creative Practice students are working on developing their body of work in preparation for the creation of their final piece of work. They are exploring different mediums and finding artists of inspiration.
  • Year 8 VCD students are currently working on creating their own individual Coat of Arms, inspired by their own personal interests. Students will use the elements and principles of design to construct a balanced composition which addresses all the historical requirements of a traditional coat of arms but focusing instead on the student’s individual interests as the foundation. 
  • Year 9 VCD students have just begun the creation of their own original skateboard designs. This task teaches students about creating striking visual imagery while also working within specific space limitations. Students use the design process to explore, develop and create their unique imagery which will culminate in the creation of a mock-up skateboard deck showing their completed board designs 
  • Year 10 VCD students have started creating their own toy designs using isometric and third angle orthogonal projections. These technical drawing conventions teach students valuable industry design skills while the toy based design of the task allows students individual expression and a chance to showcase their creativity.? 
  • Year 11 VCD students are currently exploring cultural design by creating three dimensional technical drawings of an original cultural artifact, specifically a hammer design. Students have chosen a culture from history and are exploring the textures, patterns ,colours, imagery and iconography associated with that culture, then applying those findings to object drawings constructed using third angle orthogonal and isometric projections; with the final aim being the creation a unique cultural artifact. 
  • Year 12 VCD students have completed their SAT folio briefs and are hard at work on using their primary and secondary research to start sketching and generating the first round of visual concepts. Students are hard at work filling pages of development with annotated drawings of their ideas; defining and developing their concepts so they can identify potential finals for their folios. 
  • Year 7 Music students have begun learning about the guitar, playing some riffs and chords. They have finished up their Keyboard unit where they learned and performed some classic songs, learned how to read notes and how rhythm works. 
  • Year 10 and 11 Music students have complete their technical presentations where they shared with the class strategies for learning their instrument and performing. They have been completing compositions for their folio and building their aural skills through listening activities. Their big performance assessment is coming later in the term; we are looking forward it! 


Matt Neil-Holland




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Term 2 is running away from us! The Year 7 students had their final Peer Support lessons last week. It has been another fantastic Semester of this program, led by our wonderful Year 10 Leadership Development students. A big shout out to Andrew Uren who has led this wonderful group and passed on all of his wisdom, so that they could create meaningful lessons around our 4 college values. Below you will see a snippet of 7E working through a range of team challenges.  

The Year 7’s have also been busy in PE. Gymnastics is always a crowd favorite with the students. Developing our sense of teamwork, creativity, and balance. Students worked in groups to create routines of 1-2 minutes including a range of individual and partner balances.  

Last week we returned super ecstatic, a little bit tired and a little bit wet from our Practice Journey in the Cathedral Ranges. 

Students were super enthusiastic to hike an additional 3 kilometers with their heavy packs on day 1 of Camp. Testing out the navigation of our team meant getting extra familiar with the local hiking trails and hungrier for dinner. 

Day 2 we had perfect weather to start our expedition to the top and along the mountain range of the Cathedrals. Although this was tiresome work all students felt a sense of pride and accomplishment as we discussed our achievement that night around the campfire. 

We weren’t so lucky with the weather on day 3, packing up in the rain and visiting Marysville Stevenson’s Falls meant soggy jumpers for the trip home. 

A few honorable mentions go to Hayden for being voted the most heroic, hiking back along the trail to support and even carry the bags of those at the back. Brodie for using his intuition at the end of camp when everyone was wet and tired to help hang tents safely out the way. So many students who helped move multiple trailers, I couldn’t have done it without you. 

Students applied everything they have been learning in class to their experience hiking and camping in the Cathedral Ranges, but the most memorable moments were the teamwork, compassion and resilience all students showed through this camp, I can’t wait for the next one at Wilsons Prom.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the Semester offers!  


Stephanie Todd 




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Burnt Bridge Tennis Club at Ringwood was the venue for the Year 8 tennis tournament of which some people could’ve been burnt by the sun or the tennis skills displayed that were on fire!  Mooroolbark sent two girls teams and one mixed teams who performed admirably.  They also are to be commended for their respect of the club, peers and opposition shown and sportsmanship they displayed.  Thanks to Mr. Exon for organizing the day and for all the work he does giving our students many sporting opportunities.  Results and honourable mentions include:  

Mixed team completed in the boys competition with Bodhi Alfonso and Paisley Ball our strongest performers winning multiple sets on the way to a team 5th place overall.  Undefeated Ringwood swept their way to the next stage. 

Girls teams both tied for second spot with Melba College.  A win, loss and a bye were their results for the day.  Norwood were undefeated all day despite our B team tying with them on sets but conceded more games overall in a nail biting finish in the last set of the day. 

A team was led by Demi Oluwademilade. 

B team stronger players were Taylah Deveson and Magdalin Lal Nei Kil. 


Gavin Fox 





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And it’s a warm welcome to Term 2 – the term that culminates with the highlight of the languages year: The Year 8 cultural excursion to the city! More on that a little later…  

On the 1st of May Mooroolbark College welcomed many, many visitors to our Open Night. It was very encouraging to see so many curious parents and happy young visitors. There were serious questions from the former and inquisitive looks from the latter. Any trepidations in either group melted like the butter in the waffle iron… They all came back for more (the waffles, as per usual, were a great hit!). And for those rare few who couldn’t or didn’t want to partake in the baked goods, they delighted in practicing picking up marbles with chopsticks or racing against each other looking for German and Chinese words on the interactive whiteboard.  

If you missed out, you’ll have to make do with the photos of the event or safe in the knowledge that you’ll be able to enjoy the evening when it rolls around again with a few new features in 2025. See you then! 

On the assessment front, we need to remind students and parents that Term 2 heralds the conclusion of the Semester’s assessment process where Coursework and CATs need to be submitted to a satisfactory standard to pass the subject. Please check your CAT results which are visible two weeks after the due date. We have had a number of staff sick recently and there may be some slight delays, but we will continue to update Compass as soon as possible. Please feel free to ask if a result is missing or if there is another issue. 

As mentioned earlier, preparations are ongoing for the end of Term excursion to the Chinese and German Restaurant and Museums in the city as part of the Year 8 investigations into German and Chinese food and culture. We’ll be visiting the Immigration Museum and the Hofbräuhaus if you’re studying German and the Chinese Museum as well as the Shanghai Village Restaurant if your language is Chinese. Permission notes will appear very soon. Please be aware that there may be an increase on last year’s cost that is beyond our control and that all students will need a valid and charged Myki to travel to the city.  

More detailed information will be posted as it becomes available. 


Jonas Bahlo



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Finding ourselves at almost the midway point of the term, it brings me great joy to share the incredible progress our students have made across various year levels.

In Year 7, our young minds are immersed in a world of culinary exploration in Food Studies. From designing mouth watering muffins to cooking up spaghetti bolognaise; they’re also mastering the art of resourcefulness by learning innovative ways to use up leftovers.

Meanwhile, in the realm of Coding, our students are deeply engaged in crafting their very own Madlibs-style game for CAT 2. Some of our more advanced learners are channeling their efforts into enhancing user experience, a testament to their creativity and problem-solving skills.

In Product Design, Year 7 students are delving into the intricacies of research CATs, diving into the world of tools essential for product design and creating pencil boxes with precise measuring and cutting required.

In Year 8, our Digital Technologies students are wrapping up their exploration of computing systems, gearing up to flex their coding muscles in Microsoft Excel.

In Textiles at year 8 they’re embarking on a journey of fabric manipulation, intertwined with an environmental research task, paving the way for sustainable design thinking.

Year 9 students are immersed in the world of creativity and craftsmanship. From exploring game cycles in Game Development to designing elegant candelabras in Metalwork. Year 9 Storage Solution students have begun creating their tool boxes, students will utilise coping saws, jigsaws and a biscuit joiner. 

Our Year 10 students are planning their own websites in Web Design. In Metalwork they are finalising their free design build using skills such as drilling and grinding and  MIG welding. In Wooden Toys the students are creating a free choice toy design task for their final CAT

In Food Studies, they are just finishing up their CAT where they have designed a meal suitable for using in a meal kit. Bakers Bakery is making delicious meals and delectable desserts fit for Melbourne’s bustling café scene in Barkers Bakery and are finishing up their sweet treats design CAT.

Barkers Gastronomy are working on creating their own science based Molecular Gastronomy Meal that could be served at a restaurant and have just finished creating Japanese pan souffles and crème brulee with apple caviar, black current agar jelly, glucose tuile and mango reductions

Lastly, our Year 11 students are on the cusp of completing their projects. From putting the final touches on their toy dragster designs in Systems Engineering and in Food Studies they are exploring the impact of immigration in Australian cuisine.


Perie Edmonds




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Volunteers requested for a Bunnings BBQ on Saturday 27 July – contact Sally Jackson at the College on 9727 8100 if you can help for an hour or two. 

The Mooroolbark College Parent’s Association (MCPA) will be cooking up a storm at Bunnings Croydon (268-288 Maroondah Hwy, Chirnside Park) on Saturday 27th July.

All proceeds raised will be going towards upgrading and improving our college facilities. 




  • Help pay for new courtyard shade sails 
  • Purchase fantastic furniture for the Wellbeing Centre  
  • Upgrade photography equipment 
  • Purchase a huge new range of books for the school library 


Through fundraising activities, the MCPA can support the purchase of items for the school that otherwise would be beyond financial reach.   

The MCPA also offers a great way for parents to be involved in the school setting, gain a direct ear to decisions made that affect our children, and be part of supporting the broader school community. 

If this sounds like something that interests you, contact Sally Jackson at the college on 9727 8100 or email 


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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is a community event that raises vital funds to make a big difference for those impacted by cancer.






Fundraising Biggest Morning Tea Sponsors 

Mooroolbark College would like to thank all the sponsors who donated to our annual Fundraiser ‘Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea.’  

Without their continued support, this event would not be possible. 


Harvey Norman Chirnside Park 

Rob Dolan Wines 

Club Kilsyth 

MEYER Cookware Australia PTY LTD 

Bunnings Chirnside Park 

Rebel Sport Chirnside Park 

Fernwood Gym Chirnside Park 

Holey Moley Eastland 

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery 

Grill’d Chirnside Park 

Set Me Free Spa 

Chirnside Park Country Club 

Acacia Ridge Winery Yarra Glen 

Reading Cinemas Chirnside Park

Drummond Golf Mitcham 

Oz Tenpin Chirnside Park 







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