Secondary News

2020 House Captains


Last week House Captain nominees completed a selection process with our current House Captains. We are pleased to announce that the following students were successful in securing a House Captain position for 2020. 


  • Elisabeth Mazzini    Captain
  • Jessica Poon     Captain
  • Skye French       Vice Captain
  • Alex Kelly      Vice Captain


  • Ella Berryman Captain
  • Bailey Edgar    Captain
  • Taj Stevens         Vice captain.
  • Teagan Finch  Vice Captain


  • Cameron Kiel    Captain
  • Illy Sovau    Captain
  • Sam Pratt   Vice Captain
  • Jesse Crisp      Vice Captain

Year 10 Transition – Upcoming Key Dates


The final steps in our Transition Partnership with Mildura Senior College are coming up soon:

  • 18-21 November: Head Start Days for students studying a Year 12 subject in 2020. Head Start timetables will be available late this week
  • Monday 25 November: Enrolment Evening at MSC from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Allow at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour to complete this process. Enrolment Evening is the next opportunity for students to make changes to their course selections
  • Tuesday 10 – Thursday 12 December: Orientation. All students must attend the full three days of Orientation to ensure they are fully prepared for the start of Year 11 in January 2020.

Please contact Chris Blackie if you have any questions or concerns about the Transition Partnership.

Mildura Senior College Head Start

Students who will be studying a Year 12 subject in 2020 are required to attend Head Start program at MSC. The Head Start program will run from Monday 18 – Thursday 21 November. Students have been provided with their timetables and a campus map this week.

Students are only required to attend their timetabled sessions. The program will be an opportunity for students to start their year 12 course in their chosen subject. Students will also be given homework to complete over the holiday break in preparation for year 12. Where possible students are encouraged to attend all 3 sessions.

It is expected that students will come to classes at Merbein P-10 before and/or after their Head Start classes. There will be no exemptions or extensions given for tasks in students’ Merbein classes as a result of attending Head Start.

Please note that:

  • Students should take something to write with and something to write on
  • Students do not need to have bought textbooks
  • Students can wear casual clothes at both MSC and Merbein P-10 on their Head Start days.

If you can only manage to attend some of your Head Start sessions, students should aim to attend the first session and/or the longest of the three sessions.

2020 Year 10 Polo Shirts and Rugby Tops


The design for our 2020 Year 10 Polo Shirts has been finalised following a vote. The 2020 shirt is a custom design developed by our students, which will stand out clearly from our standard uniform options. This week, students have been fitted for polo shirts, and should have a letter with their current size indicated. Our suppliers Reform Clothing are currently setting up our order portal and a link will be sent to students and families as soon as orders are open.

Orders must close on Friday 6 December to ensure shirts are ready to wear from the start of the 2020 school year.

Students and families are reminded that orders for our 2020 Year 10 Rugby Tops close on Friday 29 November. Orders can be placed at

Year 10 Graduation Information

C. Blackie

It is nearly time to celebrate the achievements of our Year 10 Class of 2019 and the end of their time at Merbein P-10 College at our Graduation Ceremony. This year’s event will be held at Club Da Vinci on  Friday 6th December from 6.00pm to approximately 10.00pm.  Below are the key details for this year’s event:

- Tickets are $35.00 per person

- All attendees - including students - must purchase a ticket

- Tickets are available for purchase now from the school's main office. 

 - In addition to their own ticket, each student is allocated 2 guest tickets to allow parents or carers to attend

- In the case of blended or step families, allowances can be made for all parents to attend. Please contact the College office to discuss

- If a student is not able to have two parents present and wishes to invite a family member other than a parent or carer to use the other ticket, they can complete an application form available from the Year 8-10 Learning Centre Office

- Tickets include finger food

- This is an alcohol-free event. Soft drinks will be available on the night at bar prices

- Bookings must be finalised by Friday 23 November

- Bookings can be made by phone or in person at the College office

- Payment for tickets is due by Friday 30 November

- The Graduation Ceremony is a semi-formal event

- Students attend Graduation as individuals and are not required to have a ‘partner’ for the evening

- If students are unsure about their eligibility to attend, they should see Mr. Blackie as soon as possible. A reminder of the minimum standards students must meet to receive an invitation to the Graduation is included below.  We look forward to welcoming students and families to this great event. If you have any questions or concerns please email Chris Blackie at : . 

Student Minimum Standards Required to attend the Graduation.

• Students must achieve a Satisfactory result in at least 12 of their 16 subjects. 

• Students must complete two weeks’ Work Experience.

• Students must complete all Assessment Tasks to a satisfactory standard. 

• Students must complete at least 80% of homework sheets in Mathematics. 

• Students must actively participate in at least 80% of practical sessions in Health & Physical Education. 

• Students must consistently submit work on time 

• Minimum attendance of 85% (recorded per session not per day).  Attendance data is available on Compass Attendance. 

• Consistently high standard of behaviour  required. 

• Consistent, year-round wearing of College Uniform.

Information for Year 9 Parents and Carers

C. Blackie

A meeting was held recently with the Year 9 students to go over some of the opportunities and responsibilities students can expect next year in Year 10. 

The most important information discussed was the standards that students are required to meet to be able to attend our Graduation events. Students will receive many reminders about these standards, but now is a good opportunity to think about whether they are currently meeting those standards and what they may need to do to improve.

Next year our Graduation will change to a new format, as the size of our year level groups from 2020 onward makes the current format unworkable.  It is likely that we will split the current single evening into two separate events, a shorter Graduation Ceremony for students and parents and a Graduation Dinner for students only.  For those of you who have had children attend Mildura Senior College, this format would be similar to the MSC Graduation and the Year 12 Dinner.  We will consult with staff and students before settling on the Graduation format but we wanted to flag now that this will be changing.

One very important thing that we still need to discuss with Year 9 is the Leadership Roles for 2020. Shortly we will open nominations for our SRC Executive. Five positions will be available:

  • SRC President
  • SRC Vice President
  • SRC Secretary
  • SRC Executive Member (2)

The Student Leadership elections will be held as full preferential voting with no staff input into the result. This ensures that the students elected have the support of their peers.  We strongly encourage students to nominate for these important roles, which have a growing and valued place in the life of our school.  

If you have any questions or concerns about the topic, please notify the school.  We look forward to a successful end to Year 9 and a great start to Year 10 in 2020. 

School Wide Positive Behaviour (SWPB)

The expected behaviours for Year 7-10 students.