Our College is recognised as a state leader in teaching and learning, student relationships and wellbeing. We create a safe social and physical environment that helps all our students learn and succeed. I am pleased to report that our dedicated approach to teaching and learning is seeing real benefits for our students.
All 2019 Year 12 students successfully applied for a tertiary placement with the majority getting their first preference. We continue to have students achieving ATARs over 90 but were particularly pleased to see strong growth year-on-year in results for our middle and lower placed students. We are proud to be able to offer an education where not only high achievers reach their goals but all students have both the opportunity and support to achieve their personal best. Our student body is also above the state average in all measures of NAPLAN, performing exceptionally well in Reading, Writing and Numeracy.
In 2019 the Department of Education selected Mordialloc College as one of eight schools across Victoria based on our academic results, to showcase, as an exemplar to other schools and to support their professional learning around Middle Years Literacy and Numeracy improvement. A case study that focused on our literacy intervention program and also our peer coaching program is published on the department’s website, interviewing staff and students, and outlining our innovative approach.
As a leading co-educational public school in the City of Kingston and surrounding areas we emphasise developing and maintaining positive relationships. We focus on getting to know each student as an individual. This personal approach ensures we provide individual support and access to opportunities that are suited to each student’s chosen fields of interest.
Parents and visitors compliment us on the warm and orderly school atmosphere and our strong sense of community. We encourage all our students to develop high expectations about themselves, their work and their behaviour, which is an expression of our values of Personal Best, Integrity, Respect and Responsibility. There is a genuine sense of community amongst teachers, students and parents, which we are all very proud of.
Our approach involves working with parents to meet the individual needs of every student and supporting them to fulfil their academic and co-curricular goals and dreams. The broad range of opportunities and pathways offered in the senior school, including VCE, VET and VCAL, cater for the diverse interests, needs and abilities of our students. Over the past eight years we have had consistent success, with all Year 12 students who applied for a tertiary placement being successful.
As one of the few accredited schools to provide the SEAL program (Select Entry Accelerated Learning) and part of the exclusive SEAL Academy, the College offers support for advanced learners. This year we look forward to launching our Sports Excellence Program (SEP) for our 2020 Year 7 students who applied and have been successful in their application to participate in either the Netball, Basketball or AFL program, with our elite coaches onsite.
In a world that rewards perseverance, resilience, initiative, problem-solving and cooperation, our students leave well prepared for tertiary education, vocational training or employment. I am proud of the significant accomplishments of our students and the results our College has achieved in being a better choice in education