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WELC Mentone Grammar is the benchmark for outstanding coeducation in bayside Melbourne. We offer a progressive, well-supported learning environment with wide-ranging opportunities for students from our Early Learning Centre to Year 12.

We are renowned for our successful learning model of Together-Apart-Together, where girls and boys in the Middle Years (Years 5-9) learn within a coeducational environment in gender specific classes. In Early Learning through to Year 4 and in Years 10-12, students learn in a fully coeducational environment.

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Front Cover Top Arts 2017 – Selected Artwork Artist: Cameron Moorhouse (Year 11, 2016) Extinction 2016 © Cameron Moorhouse



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Applications to enrol your sons and daughters at Mentone Grammar can be submitted at any time. We encourage early applications to increase the likelihood of securing a place for your child in your preferred year of entry. Places at Mentone Grammar are offered in order of the date of application and according to waiting list priorities. Please note: you will need to register and pay a $100 non-refundable registration fee per child.


Our School Tours for 2017: Monday 8 May, Saturday 5 August and Thursday 19 October.

Please register online: or contact me at: if you wish to arrange a private tour or to discuss enrolments and opportunities available for your sons and daughters at Mentone Grammar. I look forward to welcoming you to our Community. PERNILLA EKLUND ALLAN REGISTRAR

02 Registrar Pernilla Eklund Allan on tour 01 with MG Bear. Eblana students enjoy a surprise visit 02 from MG Bear.

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The Board acknowledges the pleasing 2016 VCE results and congratulates staff and students. We also note that improvement in educational outcomes is continuing across the School.

We are pleased with the progress of the new Creativity Centre. This outstanding development is one of the last major infrastructure buildings for the School and will bring extensive opportunities for student learning in so many areas. We have all travelled with this development since the ‘idea’ was first mentioned to the Board in early 2015 and to enjoy the enthusiasm from students, staff and parents has been very motivating.

BOARD In December 2016 the Board accepted the resignation of Mr Ian Larsen after serving 22 years as a Director, including 20 years as Board Treasurer. A Minute was recorded at that meeting recognising Ian Larsen’s service as Director and Treasurer. At the January 2017 Board Meeting, a Nomination for Ian to join the Life Governors of Mentone Grammar was agreed. I am sure the whole School Community recognises his wonderful contribution. An event to celebrate Ian’s term as Director was held in March 2017.

FINANCE The School’s audited 2016 Annual Report has been completed. Auditors have indicated provision of an unqualified Audit Report for the 2016 year. We again congratulate and thank our Business Manager Ms Nicole Bradshaw and the Principal, together with the Finance and Accounting staff for their excellent management of the School’s finances.

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Mr Simon Appel OAM (Chair) PhC, FAIM, FAICD Pharmacist Rev. Kevin Pedersen B. Theol, B. Marketing, Dip Min Minister of Religion Mr Troy Riley BA (Politics/History) General Manager

We also look forward to the new development for Years 5 and 6. Plans are nearing completion and the structure is planned for use in Term 1, 2018.

Mrs Gigi Williams B App Sci, FRPS, FBCA, FAIMBI Department Head

As outlined in the School’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020, the resource developments over the past years have played a major role in the ‘Village’ we have created so necessary in ‘raising a child’.

Mr Ross Joblin (Deputy Chair) LLB (Hons), Dip Corp Mgmt, FAICD, FCIS Company Executive



Mr Geoff Ryan B.Com, BEd, Grad Dip Curriculum, Dip Ed, FACE, FACEL, AAIM, MAICD Educational Consultant

Mrs Cheryl Richmond

Ms Amanda Codilla BA (Psych), MA (Psych) Human Resources Manager



Mr Malcolm Cater (Principal) B Bus (Acc), Dip Ed, MACE, MACEL, MLM Ed

Mr Malcolm Cater (Principal) B Bus (Acc), Dip Ed, MACE, MACEL, MLM Ed.

Mr Simon Appel OAM PhC, FAIM, FAICD (Pharmacist)

Ms Nicole Bradshaw (Secretary) B Bus (Acc), CPA Business Manager



Ms Nicole Bradshaw (Business Manager) B Bus (Acc), CPA

PRINCIPAL’S WELCOME Our School continues to be in a very dynamic phase of its existence and, as the Chair of our Board has referred to, the roll out of our Strategic Plan, ‘It Takes a Village to Raise a Child’, continues to bring great energy to our evolving, contemporary, coeducational school. This year has started off in great style with our staff and students focusing on their Teaching and Learning along with the all-important development of strong wellbeing platforms. It has been impressive to walk around the School and witness this in operation. Our Sports program has also gone to a higher level under our new outsourced coaching model with teams training more rigorously and more often. Our Summer Sport Teams have performed strongly, particularly at Firsts level. We were delighted to bring home four Premierships this summer. The evolution of the Creativity Centre precinct will bring further energy to the School. This wonderful new resource balances up our high level facilities. It is strategically positioned to be adjacent to the Sports Centre highlighting the opportunities for our students in a broad range of activities but also acknowledging the type of young person who ought to graduate from this School, that being, one of diverse talent, one who has experienced a well-rounded education, one where they had the opportunity to excel in some area of interest other than in the classroom. As our School continues to evolve we are also experiencing higher level academic performance. This is pleasing because a lot of hard work is being done by our teachers and our students are responding accordingly. Being successful in an academic sense is not only attributable to hard work but to ensuring that the material being covered is fully understood. Our staff have been encouraged to ensure that all students are receiving more meaningful feedback on their work and to focus on this rather than just the grade. There is so much great work going on in our School and l thank all who are contributing to it. I thank parents for their ongoing support and wish everyone well for 2017.




LEADERS …A true leader is willing to make sacrifices and they are not selfish. They commit their resources including, in particular, time to others. Our leaders are well respected by staff and students alike. They have a capacity to ‘rise above’ adversity and they do not succumb to peer group pressure – they actually move the peer group in a positive way by their example and their willingness to stand up for what they genuinely believe in. A Mentone Grammar Leader exhibits the School Values at all times – Endeavour, Respect, Resilience, Caring, Discipline, Integrity and Service. With this in mind, I was delighted to announce our 2017 Head Prefects Ryan Buckler and Charlotte Sutton. Their citations read:

RYAN You joined the School in Year 3. Throughout your time here you have shown great enthusiasm for all that is on offer here at the School. You have represented the School in Athletics, Football and Volleyball earning a place in the First Team. You are a member of a variety of music groups including the Senior Vocal Ensemble, Cat’s Meow Choir and you undertake private vocal lessons. You have participated in five School productions committing many hours to rehearsals and performances. In Cadets you are a leader holding the rank of Sergeant and you have attended a number of Army sponsored leadership programs. You are currently working towards achieving a Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. It will come as no surprise to this gathering that you exhibit the School Values to the highest level. You are a well-regarded, high achieving student who is well respected by both staff and students. You seek out opportunities to support others within the School and l am delighted to appoint you as a Head Prefect of Mentone Grammar.

CHARLOTTE You commenced at Mentone Grammar in Year 7 and during your time here you have been involved in a broad range of sporting activities – Softball, Touch Rugby, Athletics, Tennis and Basketball. Alongside this you have served in the Cadet Unit achieving the rank of Lance Corporal – you were one of the leaders at our rather wet Cadet Camp this year. You are a hard working student who achieves strong Learning Behaviour rankings and you also demonstrate the School Values to a high level. You have been the recipient of a number of Academic Awards. You have also engaged in Social Service activities during your time here. You are well respected by teachers and students and it is my pleasure to appoint you as a Head Prefect of Mentone Grammar.



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VALEDICTORIANS What a year! In 2016 we farewelled a studious Year 12 group after achieving the best results for the School since 2007. Led by dedicated staff, this year level excelled in so many ways across all areas of the School and all look to very bright futures ahead.

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The academic results of the group, once again, placed Mentone Grammar well in the Top 50 in the State whilst they still managed to embrace the cocurricular life of the School. These students were also great role models in House activities, Debating, Cadets, Summer and Winter Sport, on the stage, in art and in their service to others. All students were thanked for adding to the vibrance of the School and were welcomed into The Mentonians Association to maintain a lifelong connection with their School. Many will return as study tutors, on the sports field as coaches, and in the performing and visual arts. Nine of these students were also acknowledged as ‘Lifers’, having spent their entire schooling, from 3YO Kindergarten, at Mentone Grammar.

VCE RESULTS - CLASS OF 2016 D  ux Luc van Vliet attained an ATAR of 99.9 Seven students attained ATARs over 99 The median ATAR was 83.4 Nine ‘perfect’ study scores - Business Management (2), English, Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Interactive Digital Media, Physics (2) and Psychology 35% of students were placed in the top 10% in Australia with an ATAR of 90 or above 59% of students were placed in the top 20% in Australia with an ATAR of 80 or above


15% of students were placed in the top 5% in Australia with an ATAR of 95 or above 44% of all grades were A or A+ 18% of study scores were over 40 Year 11 - 43% scored over 40 in a Unit 3/4 subject. Principal Mal Cater commented that, ‘The Village of Mentone Grammar has raised these young people very well. It is very clear that the teachers, the quality of programs including after school study sessions, has significantly contributed to the success of this cohort. We take academic success seriously and also we focus on the development of the whole person. My heartfelt thanks go to all their teachers, parents and families for supporting, motivating and challenging them.’

Dux 2016 Luc van Vliet, with 01 Mum and sister Sophie are congratulated by Principal, Mal Cater. Our top performing female 02 student Courteney Munn

Dux, with an ATAR of 99.9, Luc van Vliet said he didn’t expect to be Dux and is elated with the honour. Luc’s advice to VCE students is to, ‘…have a balance in your life, immerse yourself in your subjects, and really engage with learning. Try to enjoy it – it’s easily the most fun and best year at school!’ Luc’s balanced approach to Year 12, combined with ‘diligence and hard work’ included a part time job, cross country running, socialising and playing music. He also noted that his teachers were all great. ‘They were passionate about their subjects and really inspired and engaged me in my learning. Teachers were always available as well as the library, sport and countless other programs.’

is rewarded for a stellar year of study and achievement.

Luc is currently at Melbourne University completing an Arts degree (Chancellor’s Program), with a view to studying law afterwards.

The Lifers of 2016 (from left) Owen Adams, Abhijit Das, Frazer Kemp, Emmanuel Garifalakis, Marc Shermon, James Miller, Wes Flavell, Harrison Edwards and Lewis Cotsopoulos.

Courteney Munn was our top ranked female student at Mentone Grammar with an ATAR of 99.05. She says the secret to her success was: ‘Sleep and work and a daily routine of homework at lunchtime and 3-4 hours at night,’ but also added that her teachers were, ‘great, so encouraging and motivational. I felt very supported, and I found (Year 12 Coordinator, Deputy Head of Frogmore) Mr Stockdale’s regular motivational talks, especially the one on Cathy Freeman to be really helpful.' Courteney is also aspiring to a professional basketball career – playing 5-6 days a week throughout Year 12. She is hoping to become a WNBL player. On top of her study of Biomedicine at Monash, Courteney has an exciting and busy few years ahead.



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Victorian Universities (93%) Interstate and Overseas Engagements (2%) TAFE (2%) Employment (2%) Independent Institutions (1%)

CLASS OF 2016 VICTORIAN UNIVERSITY DESTINATIONS Monash University (44%) RMIT University (20%) University of Melbourne (13%) Deakin University (12%) Swinburne University ( 5%) Victoria University (2%) Australian Catholic University (2%) Independent Colleges (1%) La Trobe University (1%)

CLASS OF 2016 COURSE DESTINATIONS Management & Commerce (33.5%) Natural & Physical Sciences (16%) Engineering (13%) Society & Culture (9.5%) Creative Arts (9.5%) Health (7.5%) Architecture & Building (5%) Education (3.5%) Information Technology (1%) Food & Hospitality, Personal Services (1%) Agriculture & Environmental (0.5%)

The Senior Years Careers Program is designed to equip students with tools and skills for making decisions in an informed manner about subject choices, training and career pathways from a local to a global perspective.

PREPARING FOR CAREERS BEYOND SCHOOL During Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to engage in numerous careers activities, university open days, career information sessions, university and TAFE experience days and individual counselling sessions. The students’ tailored sessions include tertiary selection preparation, subject selection, job seeking skills and counselling support. Our new Careers Centre has a very well-resourced reference library of up to date careers information covering local, interstate and overseas options. Year 12 students meet with the Careers Counsellors in Terms 1 and 3, to prepare for post school options and tertiary selection. University guest speakers as well as Mentonian guest speakers visit the School to provide valuable information and insights into what their courses entail, enabling students to make relevant and informed choices. A VTAC Parent Information Evening is available for parents to better understand the VTAC application process and options beyond school.

Year 11 students all attend a midyear VCE and Careers Expo at Caulfield Racecourse where over 150 exhibitors are present. This is a great opportunity for students to learn more about future course and career opportunities. All Year 11 students meet with the Counsellors in Term 2 to review subjects and talk about future plans. Year 10 students undertake a series of careers sessions to enhance their career development along with a vocational assessment (Morrisby Report) which provides them with a comprehensive report helping them to better understand their skills, interests and strengths. Guest speaker, James Lynch, gives students valuable tips on interview skills and how to plan, prepare and present themselves for an interview, including how to answer behavioural based interview questions. They learn how to value their own skills and identify transferable skills for employment. Our annual Year 10 Success Day is facilitated by motivational presenter Darren Pereira. Darren leads students to explore their passions, talents and interests to find out what really motivates them.

A one-on-one interview is conducted with parents and students to follow up on their vocational assessment and to discuss VCE subject selection and possible career options. Work Experience is part of the Year 10 program. It aims at providing students with a realistic insight into future work life. To help them prepare for work experience, students participate in a program run by Tripod Enterprise Education. Through activities students are able to identify and develop a range of key enterprise skills to help them succeed and navigate careers across a range of industries and professions. Year 9 students undertake a four week Careers Exploration Program where they are introduced to the concept of career development. An online career assessment matches their strengths and personality with a range of suitable jobs. Goal setting, interview skills, job preparation including mock interviews and resumĂŠ writing are also covered by excellent guest speakers. MAX MARROW AND SUE CAREY CAREERS COUNSELLORS




Here in Australia we’re fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. This is something we should all be proud of and celebrate. DR TOM CALMA AO RECONCILATION AUSTRALIA CO-CHAIR

In April 2017 we proudly launched our School’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). Our School’s aim is to educate, inspire and enable all members of our Community to contribute to reconciliation, to break down stereotypes and discrimination. In many forums, but especially through the teaching of our Mentone Grammar Values, particularly those of respect and caring, we aim to achieve greater understanding of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, culture and history in the hope of a more united and fairer country for all Australians. The Mentone Grammar RAP was developed in consultation with former Mentone Grammar Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, our School Community including students and staff, and the School Board. Our RAP includes three imperatives: Relationships; Respect; and Opportunities. We believe that the development of relationships between Indigenous and NonIndigenous peoples both within and outside our School Community are vital in ensuring inclusiveness. Respect and cultural awareness and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are also fundamental to reconciliation. We aim to create mutually beneficial opportunities to increase non-Indigenous understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the opportunities to expand their knowledge, skills and experience.

RELATIONSHIPS Our School is located in an area that does not have a large Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander presence. This emphasises the importance of making connections with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider community, through connecting with Elders in our area.

RESPECT We recoginse the Bunurong People of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our School stands, and acknowledge this at formal gatherings of the School Community. We will celebrate and teach about days of national significance including National Reconciliation Week and the Anniversary of the National Apology.

OPPORTUNITIES With the development of our RAP comes the opportunity to create mutually beneficial opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous people to expand knowledge, skills and experience. At our RAP launch we welcomed Aunty Carolyn Briggs and Leon Egan to our School who spoke about our local indigenous history and encouraged all members of our School Community to become involved in ‘contributing to reconciliation and breaking down stereotypes and discrimination’.


**A full version of our RAP is available for viewing on our website.

1530 students participated 01 inOver a traditional smoking ceremony to cleanse the spirit. Aunty Carolyn Briggs and 02 Mr Leon Egan reiterate the aims of the RAP Program.


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Over the past six years, the School has undertaken a review of its teaching of literacy to both improve academic results and increase student engagement. Data indicates that these changes have been successful as we have seen a steady increase in our external testing data, culminating in some of our best VCE English results in 2016. Following the submission of a paper documenting the Mentone Grammar journey, Deb Frizza, Deputy Principal – Strategic Implementation, and Tracey Pate, Literacy Coach and Co-Faculty Coordinator-English have been invited to present at the European Literacy Conference in Madrid in July 2017 to present Mentone Grammar’s literacy journey. This is a tremendous opportunity to share the experiences and the culmination of much hard work done by a number of people. The School acknowledges the work and support of our Literacy Consultant, Keay Cobbin, Deb, Tracey, James Walton, Jess Richards, our English and Eblana classroom teachers along with the Board and Executive of the School.

Tracey, Keay, Deb Frizza and 01 students Madeleine and Cooper all share the literacy journey.

01 Who has parents attending evening classes to gain an authentic literacy experience?

WE DO. Who has morning sessions with small groups of avid readers to extend and challenge understanding of literature?

WE DO. Who uses thinking routines to embed a culture of thinking?

WE DO. Who has been invited to the 20th European Literacy Conference in Madrid in July to present their literacy journey?


Literacy in the contemporary classroom is much more than reading and writing and is at the core of what we do in every classroom, science lab, music room and art studio. Because of this we understand the importance of a student-centred learning experience and know that learning only happens when students are engaged and feel supported to take risks. We understand that opening the classroom door and inviting others in to share our experiences, provide feedback and collaborate on where to go next helps us in a continual quest for best-practice teaching and learning. Our classrooms are not lecture theatres or stages where the teacher holds court and delivers content. Our classrooms are not silent. Our classrooms are places that encompass a gradual release of responsibility workshop model; where the teacher spends time modelling and providing direct instruction, but where our students do most of the work. Our classrooms are places for conferring and sharing, for discussing and analysing. Our classrooms are places where we know it’s okay to make mistakes and where we know we must provide evidence to support our ideas and thinking. We strive to guide our students to become articulate, independent thinkers. We celebrate their love of highlighters and sticky notes as they annotate what is important in a text. We champion their use of the phrase, “What makes you say that?” to elicit evidence from their peers. Above all we support them in their quest to develop literacy skills that are transferable across subjects and beyond school. This, and more, is what Mentone Grammar will be proud to share with the European literacy community in July. TRACEY PATE CO-FACULTY COORDINATOR – ENGLISH LITERACY COACH



Our new student Wellbeing Centre opened at the commencement of Term 1, 2017. It is located opposite the Gregory Fish Library on the Frogmore Campus.

The Centre is well equipped and available for all students from ELC to Year 12. Included in our Wellbeing team are: PSYCHOLOGISTS/COUNSELLORS


Our Counsellors provide confidential counselling to students in the School from ELC to Year 12. They all work in partnership with School staff to address the general wellbeing of students. They provide individual and group counselling, intervention, case management, specialised sessions, assessments and referral to outside agencies, as appropriate. Counsellors also conduct psychological, educational and behavioural assessments, as required, and prepare written reports with recommendations.

Our School chaplains provide private and confidential opportunities for spiritual guidance and support, discussion and reflection. They also oversee our wholeSchool Community Service Program. The chaplains deliver religious education in classes and also conduct our many chapel services.

NURSES Our School nurses are available to attend to student illness, emergencies and accidents every day during the term. The also provide:  health promotion and primary prevention  classroom education focusing on health related discussion and information  individual student health counselling, advice and referral to assist our students in making healthy lifestyle choices.


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CAREERS COUNSELLORS Our careers counsellors provide senior students (from Years 9 to 12) with a broad range of information, resources and activities that assist them to develop skills in order to make informed decisions about future career possibilities. Tertiary selection preparation, subject selection, job seeking skills and counselling support are also provided.

WELLBEING PROGRAM The Wellbeing Program at Mentone Grammar helps to create an environment where every child in our School Community is known and cared for. The program aims to create an atmosphere where every student can achieve his or her best academically, socially and emotionally. Mentone Grammar embraces the teaching of the RULER program to students in

Eblana, Bayview and Greenways. This program is an emotional intelligence program designed to support a positive and safe school environment. Through tools such as the Class Charter, The Mood Meter, Meta Moments and the Blue Print, students build their ability to recognise emotions in themselves and others; understand the causes and consequences of their emotions and build tools to regulate their emotions. The program was developed at Yale University.

MENTOR PROGRAM Mentoring is an embedded part of the culture at Mentone Grammar; students and teachers build strong, mutually respectful relationships, which enhance the learning journey. Student-student mentoring, particularly in our House program, along with successful staff-staff mentoring is also encouraged and embraced. All of these programs and services link intricately with our Learning Enhancement specialists, in support of their whole-School program. We look forward to further developing our services and programs as the year progresses. BRIDGITTE ROBERTS HEAD OF STUDENT WELLBEING




Smiles all round greeted staff and families after the children’s first day in our ELC. It is so delightful to hear from the children, what a fun place Mentone Grammar is and how happy they are to belong to their group. I love hearing what they are learning about and seeing them put this learning into practice.

Our ELC prides itself on a warm, welcoming environment where all children are celebrated for their uniqueness and families are seen as partners in their child’s journey at our Centre. It has been a very busy but productive start to the year with the children attending Founders’ Day Assembly, participating hands-on in a Stars of Sealife incursion and visiting different campuses of the School, enjoying morning tea in Greenways Café, visiting their buddies in Year 3, joining in library time in the Junior School library and using the School’s sports facilities. We will also visit our Keysborough Playing Fields for our special sports day and we are very excited to go to our School camp in Shoreham to explore the beach and its inhabitants close up. Then, next term we’re off to a Bear Hunt in St Kilda with our families! There is so much excitement about our bus trips to new places. It is through all these opportunities that the children have the chance to experience a world outside their home and to develop interests and passion that may stay with them for life. We are really excited about the year ahead and welcome you to take this journey with us as we inspire our students to become confident, resilient, caring, passionate, empowered learners in their own journey, that will not only help set them up for a wonderful start to their formal education but also for life itself. LIBBY CHISLETT DIRECTOR





A kaleidoscope of learning, culture, happiness, welcoming and belonging! That is Eblana - a multifaceted, colourful and shifting scene where events result in extraordinary learning, sharing and extraordinary young people!

01 Eblana’s rich learning environment nurtures the whole child’s development of our School’s core Values of Caring, Resilience, Service, Discipline, Endeavour, Integrity and Respect. This friendly culture is a result of our community - our staff, parents and children all working together as one family with care and support of each other. Eblana nurtures the leadership qualities in all its young students, supporting growth in confidence, self-worth, abilities, talents and personal responsibility. Our Eblana student leaders encourage and promote social service activities, social awareness and raising of funds and goods to assist others.


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Leadership is an enjoyable 01 privilage for our 32 Eblana leaders. Eblana Captains 2017, 02 Aaron Britter and


Poppy Samild. The popular Jow Ga Kuen 03 Martial Arts performers mesmerise the students with a colourful lion dance.


The loud sound from gong and drum, the spectacular Chinese lion dance, the fascinating melody from the Chinese instruments, the relaxing but yet powerful Taichi Kung Fu, the traditional Chinese calligraphy writing and painting, the fun and challenging Chinese games and, of course, authentic Chinese food. These are the key words for this year’s Eblana Chinese Culture Day. Students dressed up in the creative China-themed costumes and participated in various workshops run and facilitated by ELC and Eblana staff, LOTE staff, parents and guest performers. The lion dance from Jow Ga Kuen Martial Arts Association was absolutely an eyepopping, colourful experience for all the children. The basic Kung Fu movements mimicking the lions, mesmerised the students and they all enjoyed coming on to the stage and dance in the lion costumes. Master Han Jin Song, the Chief Instructor from Tai Chi Australia, presented four workshops to introduce the Chen style Tai Chi, a gem of Chinese traditional culture. Students were also immersed in the beautiful Chinese folk music performed by Dr Wang Zheng Ting, the director of the Australian Chinese Music Ensemble.

Throughout the year we recognise our immediate community, celebrating and hosting parents, grandparents, neighbours, wildlife, environment and ourselves. We acknowledge our Indigenous Australians and those in near and far communities who are less fortunate than ourselves. Our students’ involvement and efforts to appreciate the circumstances of a broad community is both delightful and inspiring, with their enthusiasm for friendship, care and service. They know they have a responsibility to others and not just themselves. As a community we continue to expand our social awareness, we celebrate special times and events and very importantly exhibit our two School values of Service and Caring, highlighted through our social service campaigns. The diversity of our Community makes Eblana a great place to live and learn. Our celebration of Harmony Day highlights cultural diversity and respect for everyone who calls Australia home. We celebrate Harmony Day each year focusing on our School’s Values of Service and Caring and the message of ‘everyone belongs’. This year we raised over $2,800 for The Australian Red Cross which went directly to help to improve the lives of vulnerable people both here and overseas. This wonderful display of empathy, caring, service and generosity aligns with our other appeals throughout the year such as our support of the Keysborough Animal Shelter, the Dolphin Research Institute, ANZAC commemorations, Kick-In-A-Can appeal, the Zaidee’s Foundation and our Christmas Appeal for the Brotherhood of Saint Laurence; just some of the opportunities for our students to develop awareness of the needs and hopes of others and of that which bring joy to the lives of those less fortunate than themselves. It is such a pleasure to see so much of our classroom learning underpinned by helping our world ‘be even better’.

Eblana students proudly created works of Chinese calligraphy, Chinese seal carving and Peking Opera Face paintings for their family. They also demonstrated great skills in traditional Chinese outdoor games, such as kicking shuttlecocks, Chinese rubber band rope jumping, hopscotch and ping pong. Children from the ELC enjoyed the Chinese storytime presented by our senior Chinese students from the Frogmore Campus, our special reading ambassadors. They loved the hands-on activities tailored by ELC staff. Families with Chinese heritage were invited along to help us with traditional cooking. This special day provided a great opportunity for our students to celebrate their learning and develop their cultural awareness. It also bridged the connection with our senior international students and the broader Chinese community. GRACIE GAO CHINESE TEACHER






..."Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best." The start of 2017 has certainly been lived with this mantra in mind.


At the start of the year, Mr Cater challenged the staff and students to ‘be even better’, a message that has certainly resonated through the Bayview Campus in 2017.


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Having spent the last three years embedding Visible Learning into the teaching practice of the School through Learning Intentions and Formative Assessment, the challenge to take this further has been readily met by our teaching staff in 2017. Alongside tools like traffic-light cups, exit slips and finger voting that are used to gather information about student progress and inform the next steps in teaching, staff workrooms are now also filled with discussion about effective feedback, the next step in Dylan Wiliam’s strategies of formative assessment framework. Prof. Hattie’s view that ‘feedback is among the most powerful influences on achievement’ has

ear 7 girls planning their 01 YRULER Charter at a workshop at Keysborough. 8 boys enjoying a trip back 02 Year to Medieval times as part of their Humanities Studies. 6 students embracing the 03 Year RULER program.


03 seen teachers reviewing the feedback that they give to students to ensure that they are providing it in ways that work. Focused, selective and constructive feedback is being carefully thought through to provide a guide for students as to their next steps in order to close the gap between where students are and where they need to be to ‘be even better’. This discussion about the nature of feedback has also seen teachers exploring ways to encourage students to engage with it more readily. Asking students to identify which comments belong to their work from a range of options, using coloured highlighters without comments to invite students to consider their significance or simply providing students with the time to reflect and respond to feedback are all strategies designed to remove the emotion from the feedback process and to encourage students to think about their strengths and areas for improvement.

Similarly, while RULER has been the approach used in our Wellbeing program to develop the emotional intelligence of our students in recent years, in 2017 we have challenged ourselves to find ways to make this program even more impactful. The initiative to take Year 7 students out for Charter Days at Keysborough implemented by our Year 7 Coordinator Terry Matthew and her deputy Amy Long saw students complete work on the first Anchor of the program earlier in the year, making the document a more powerful base from which to start the year and to develop strong relationships within the mentor groups. We have also reviewed the fourth Anchor, the ‘Blueprint’, to ensure that it is easily accessible for Bayview students and thus a more powerful tool for conflict resolution. We believe that the new template will empower our students to successfully recognise and regulate their own emotions, while also considering the emotions of others.

The students themselves are also rising to the challenge of being ‘even better’. We’ve always been lucky to have a vibrant community in Bayview, yet this year, with growing enrolments and new classes added to accommodate new students, the energy and enthusiasm on the Campus has been palpable. This growth has also provided an opportunity for a review of the student leadership program in Bayview which, headed by Year 8 Coordinator Gennie McNair and her deputy Lisa Turner, saw a number of our Year 8 students step up to fill roles as House Leaders following training by an external agency. The intention is to continue to celebrate the ways that our students demonstrate their leadership capacity through the year by mirroring the Prefect system in senior years and badging more students as the year progresses. Finally, the enthusiasm for the School and the desire to show their best has also been demonstrated by our younger students in Years 5 and 6. Whether coding in the classroom or helping out with School Tours in their own time on a Saturday morning, the students are making Bayview their own and striving to seize all of the wonderful opportunities on offer. Walking through the Don Ingram Centre, a poster hangs on the wall quoting St Jerome. It reads ‘Good, better, best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best.’ The start of 2017 has certainly been lived with this mantra in mind. JAMES WALTON HEAD OF BAYVIEW






The learning culture in Greenways is thriving. There is clear evidence of engagement in the classroom and on Learning Journeys, strong attendance at our study and fitness sessions and great endeavour in the Arts and sporting arena. Our most recent Greenways Longitudinal Study, conducted by Allwell Assessment Services once again demonstrated year level improvement in the areas of Mathematics, Reading, Spelling and Written Expression. I thank all Greenways staff past and present for enabling these tremendous results that complement the experiential Learning Intentions of our Café program and those beyond the Campus. We aim to provide our students with a variety of learning contexts that are engaging and relevant. These learning contexts take place in a number of different situations: a combination of explicit learning and inquiry-based learning, students working independently and collaboratively and experiences beyond the classroom. This year, we are continuing to provide opportunities to improve the teaching and learning platform of the School and the emotional intelligence of our community. We have also launched the Parent Dashboard within the Student Performance System which now allows families the chance to discuss assessment and feedback and possible strategies for improvement in all areas of learning. At our 2017 Parent Information Evening, we provided an update about Visible Learning and Formative Assessment. In support of our programs, Greenways, staff continue to set clear Learning Intentions at the start of a lesson. WHAT do we want our students to learn? They are also focusing on the success criteria for a specific lesson or task. HOW will the students know they have learnt? WHAT does success look like? In 2017, one of our goals is to improve how we give feedback to our students. As part of this journey, we have identified Dylan Wiliam’s work in Formative Assessment as the teaching framework we are using in the classroom. What’s most important in this process, is that students actively respond to the feedback. Parents play an important role in embedding these concepts and routines and we continually encourage families to discuss these programs


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Optional study sessions are always well attended in Greenways.

students spend four 02 All weeks away on experiential Learning Journeys around Victoria. News' Mike Larkan 03 10 visits Greenways Café for a weather update.

at home and ask the following type of questions: What are you learning at the moment? What feedback did you get today? These types of questions can assist in establishing a stronger relationship with teenage students. What conversations are you having over the dinner table? Our RULER Program is well embedded into the daily routines of our Greenways staff and students. This program aims to improve the emotional intelligence of our community and it is one of the few research-based programs that can be implemented across the whole school. Students are now able to identify their mood using a ‘mood meter’ and clearly articulate their feelings. We believe that happy, healthy students are better connected to their own learning. This term’s focus in Mentor classes has been learning to articulate these emotions according to our agreed Charter. We readily discuss: choices, cyber-safety, respectful relationships, mindfulness, relaxation, study skills, building self-esteem, drug/alcohol education and goal setting. The Greenways Campus continues to offer a diverse range of programs that supports the specific learning needs of Year 9 students. The Greenways staff continue to drive the program and I would also like to acknowledge their fine efforts for a wonderful start to the year. NATALIE MCLENNAN HEAD OF GREENWAYS

GREENWAYS LEARNING JOURNEYS So far, three Year 9 classes have participated in their Learning Journey. This experience has allowed our students to cover elements of the Year 9 Curriculum with a hands-on approach, which involves immersion in a range of different

environments. Our Learning Journeys Program provides students with a variety of skills that can be transferred across all aspects of their lives. Each class undertakes a number of experiential activities throughout their four-week Learning Journey, which will take them all over Victoria. The opportunity to spend time at a working farm in the North East Region of Victoria provided our students with the chance to learn about life on the land at Dookie Agricultural College, which is the rural campus of the University of Melbourne. The time provides students with the opportunity to work together and to participate in a range of activities that consider food production in Australia. Students also spend a week in Melbourne. While the activities in the City vary from class to class, students are responsible for complete self-management as they travel to and from the city. The culmination of the activities allows our students to gain an appreciation of Melbourne while challenging them geographically and giving them independence. The final component of the program sees our students spend time at our Shoreham Camp. There they experience a number of aquatic and coastal activities with a focus on sustainability and human impact on the bay. Further to this, students also spend time working on teamwork, communication and learning about their peers. The Learning Journeys Program allows our Year 9 students to participate in a wide variety of activities that they may not otherwise experience. While the four-week program is full with a variety of experiences, it flies by. Luckily, the time away from the Greenways Campus provides a number of life long learning experiences and outstanding opportunities.

GREENWAYS CAFÉ Melbourne is considered the coffee capital of the world. Employers and customers alike demand the best baristas and the Greenways Café Program aims to develop these skills within our students. In 2017, 9B and 9C have set the bar high with positive feedback from our customers that our coffees are better than ever, always consistent in quality. The students train at Complete Hospitality Training in Elizabeth Street where they complete a practical ‘hands on’ coffee course that includes advanced milk texturing, latte art, poured patterns, specialist coffee advice, roasting, blending and much more. Sam, the trainer, has over 35 years experience of running cafes and teaching baristas. Students learn in a wonderful custom built coffee making room, filled with a range of industry standard coffee machines. They learn by doing and thoroughly enjoy the course. Students have also completed a Hygiene and Safety course, another nationally recognised competency that can give students an advantage for any future hospitality roles. We also encourage students to cook and prepare meals at home to practise the skills that they learn within the Café. In March we were all excited to have Mike Larkan visit our Café to do his live weather report. KATHERINE NISH GREENWAYS CAFÉ MANAGER




01 The significant VCE focus inherent in the Frogmore Campus brings with it both opportunities and challenges, each of which have been evident at the beginning of the year. As our Frogmore students commence this next step on their developmental journey, it has been pleasing to see them embrace their opportunities with enthusiasm and endeavour. Indeed, School spirit appears to be at an all time high as our students support each other across the spectrum of their endeavours.


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ead of Teaching and Learning, Tim Macdonald, 01 Hoversees Year 10 students in after school study sessions in the Frogmore Library. performance guest speaker, Andrew Russell, at 02 High his first of two popular presentations, Be Your Best Self. (second session Tuesday 23 May 2017 – online bookings open)

02 Throughout the past few years the implementation of strategic initiatives, such as Visible Learning, has provided a research-based platform on which we can best progress student learning and we have seen the impact of these strategies reflected in our results during this time. While past achievements provide no guarantee that our future results will continue to improve at the same rate, there is a great deal being done to sustain student success.

This approach is also evident in other aspects of school life, including our sporting and performing arts areas, where meaning and purpose have perhaps been more visible on a regular basis through the need to perform each week, either in matches or at rehearsal. Attendance at any of the School’s recent productions, or sporting contests across the AGSV/ APS season would certainly reinforce the high performance environments being developed amongst those teams.

The School’s continued development of a high performance environment, in which our students are stimulated to improve their performance across all areas of school life, begins with the identification of meaningful goals. For example, at their Year 12 Conference to commence the year, each of our senior students was asked to set a goal within each of their subject areas and an ATAR goal for their overall performance. Mentor lessons are utilised to undertake similar goal setting for our Years 10 and 11 students. These goals are then used as a reference point during the year to reflect upon learning progress and work habits, and importantly, to reinforce a sense of purpose and direction for each student.

And while an environment that seeks to sustain high performance can bring with it inherent, and perhaps necessary, pressures, the support and encouragement our staff and students provide to each other assists in ensuring that our students are well supported in rising to meet those expectations.

The utilisation of student learning data has also greatly assisted in this regard, as student progress is far more readily available for tracking and comparison to established goals via tools such as the Village Square LMS or the Student Performance System (SPS) and it has been encouraging to note that students are often the most interested parties in their own data. Regular reviews, with meaningful feedback provided by teachers and Mentors, enables discussion around the small shifts in strategy that may result in longer term impact moving forward.

Frogmore staff understand that while they create classroom cultures that assist excellent academic results, they must also strive to create caring environments as well. Staff are concerned with the whole child, incorporating personal wellbeing and social and moral development so that our students can move forward to lead lives that are personally fulfilling and make a strong contribution to society. Staff create these environments in a number of ways, but it all begins with getting to know their students, their interests, their hopes, their challenges and especially their strengths.

As a Campus, we aspire to provide our students with an environment where everyone feels they belong, where they feel understood, cared for and appreciated. In an environment where we emphasise high performance, it is important that we also exercise high care as one feeds on the other to support students as they look to achieve their potential.

Recently, Andrew Russell, the High Performance Manager of the Hawthorn Football Club contributed to our Mentone Stories series. His story focused on the ‘secrets’ of high performance and what underpins success and sustained success at a high level. Being elite in what you do – whether it is on the sporting field or in our everyday lives – takes hard work and persistence. He spoke openly about the attributes that underpin elite performance and the power of our conscious and subconscious minds to drive success. Effort and establishing habits in our lives that support making changes to our mind and body improves progress. He spoke about challenging our own thoughts and actions to make change. Andrew spoke about the importance of sleep in this process. At the Hawthorn Football Club, the players have their sleep patterns analysed to promote recovery of their bodies and, just as importantly, their minds. It’s vital to establish a routine for good quality rest and what we do before we go to sleep to allow our bodies to wind down is just as important as the quality of sleep. It was reassuring to hear that the factors being considered within an elite professional environment are similar to those relevant within a school context and that the structures and systems we promote in Frogmore are certainly geared towards sustaining a high performance environment. CAMERON LANCASTER HEAD OF FROGMORE



ARTS 2017 Top Arts 2017 celebrates the outstanding achievements of some of Victoria’s most gifted young artists. The creative talents and unique vision of a new generation of artists, including two students from Mentone Grammar, are currently on display at The Ian Potter Centre, National Gallery Victoria (NGV), until 16 July 2017.

Shermon's award winning image is just one 01 Mofarc his many thought-provoking student works.

Year 12 student, Cameron Moorhouse, VCE Art and Marc Shermon (2016), VCE Studio Arts have been selected for Top Arts. This is a huge achievement by Cameron and Marc to be selected for this exhibition at the NGV considering thousands of applications are received by the selection panel. Marc Shermon explored the personal struggles that arise from isolating oneself from reality. ‘I positioned the model in a stance that made him look uncomfortable. By placing him off centre in the composition, I sought to evoke the sense of being enveloped by the encroaching darkness of the backdrop. I wanted to ensure that there was a rich tonal variation between the highlights on the skin and the dark shadows to help blend the outline of the model into the background. The connotation here is that the feelings of isolation are overpowering for the figure.’ Cameron Moorhouse developed an idea from a family trip to South Africa in early 2016. ‘After days of searching we came across a ‘crash’ of white rhinos. I learnt that the poaching of rhinos for their horn is a primary threat to their existence. I was inspired to create this work which explores the consequences of poaching and the subsequent demise of rhinoceros populations across Africa. My work attempts to highlight the crude nature of the illegal trade of these majestic animals, an issue that is often ignored or overlooked by our society.’ The exhibition provides insight into young people’s ideas and concerns, thinking and creative practices, and features a selection of folios and developmental material. Students in Years 11 and 12 have visited the exhibition and been inspired by the diverse artworks as well as taking pride in viewing their fellow Mentonians’ artworks on display in the National Gallery of Victoria. KIM WOOTTON FACULTY COORDINATOR - VISUAL ARTS

Visual Arts students visit the NGV 02 Stoenior critique the elite artworks on display.




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tung oil on Jelutong (Dyera costulata), synthetic polymer paint and resin on fibreglass and polystyrene, Pine (Pinus sp.), hessian, straw 90.0 x 109.5 x 144.2 cm (variable) (overall) Mentone Grammar, Mentone © Cameron Moorhouse

42.9 x 59.8 cm (image and sheet) Mentone Grammar, Mentone © Marc Shermon


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THE HOME OF MENTONE GRAMMAR SWIMMING! Sitting at the corner of Como Parade and Lucerne Street in Mentone, Bayside Aquatics has been the cornerstone of aquatics in the bayside community for the past 18 years. Since 1998, the Centre has provided quality aquatic programs; teaching and coaching to thousands of members. But under the new leadership triumvirate of Wendy Davidson, Eric Du and Tim Mulvihill, Bayside Aquatics is experiencing a renaissance in its commitment to serving the community through aquatic excellence. Since its beginning, Wendy has been the School Program Coordinator and shares a proud history with the bayside swimming community. Eighteen years on, Wendy still maintains the same level of commitment to quality service. “At Bayside Aquatics we understand the importance of water safety a vital component of a student’s learning and development” she says. “As we are a private aquatic centre we can provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all children, thus helping them to learn and progress from beginner levels to advanced

classes and beyond.” Wendy’s experience and passion for aquatic leadership is mirrored in the learn-to-swim program managed by Eric Du.

senior swimmers the option to train on campus throughout the week, it’s no wonder we are the AGSV champions yet again!

The busy desk of Eric Du is testament to his devotion and passion in bringing the best learn-to-swim program for the Mentone Community. It is here that Eric’s empathetic approach shines and the wellbeing of the child and experience of the family are the primary priority. “Our goal is to make sure our participants are water safe but more importantly that we offer excellence in our programming and teaching” says Eric. “We want all of our families to feel they are part of an amazing experience as we strive to provide attention to detail with each participant and family”.

Our School Program brings many exciting moments in the pool with ELC to Year 6 students enjoying swimming lessons each week with our skilled instructors. This ensures students are comfortable in the water, so crucial in our bayside setting! Why don’t you pop in for a coffee at our kiosk, and see how we can help your child stay water safe? Please call 9581 3288 to book your place at Bayside Aquatics. THE BAYSIDE AQUATICS TEAM

The latest addition to the Bayside Aquatics leadership team, Tim Mulvihill, brings 18 years of aquatic leadership and coaching experience to the Centre. As the Senior Squad Coach, Tim is responsible for all aspects of the swim squad programming and coaching, which includes his role as Head Coach of the highly competitive Bayside Swimming Club. As to be expected at Mentone Grammar, the facility is outstanding, providing all


SUMMER SPORT Our players have embraced our transition to, almost exclusively, external coaches, providing a wonderful opportunity for established, experienced and beginning coaches to be employed and empowered with guiding our teams.

With Heads of Sport establishing preferred game styles and training programs for their specific sports, students across all year levels experienced an increase in expectation at their training sessions and on game day. Our students applied themselves enthusiastically and made great headway in improving their skills and understanding throughout the season. Aerobics became a Summer Sport for the first time, enabling our teams to learn their routines initially in Term 4 and then rehearse and refine them in Term 1. Our Sailing team competed strongly in all Sailing Victoria regattas as well as at the Victorian Sailing Championship. Our Division 2 team won the Helen Middleton Trophy as the best Division 2 team for the season, whilst our combined team was the highest placed AGSV team in the competition. Our First teams achieved exceptional results across the season. This was the first year we had entered a Girls’ First Softball team and a Girls’ First Tennis team. Both of these teams acquitted themselves wonderfully, demonstrating improved achievement against well-


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established opponents throughout the season. All five First Boys’ sports teams made semi-finals. The Volleyball and Tennis teams both finished the season in third place, whilst the Basketball and Table Tennis teams competed in their respective Grand Finals, both being defeated to finish the season in second place. Four First teams achieved the ultimate success in Summer 2017. The Girls’ 1st Touch Football team completed an undefeated season finishing on top of the ladder in the First Touch Football competition. The First Cricket team defeated Peninsula Grammar in the Grand Final to claim our 12th AGSV Cricket Premiership. Both the Girls’ and Boys’ Swimming teams defeated their opponents to claim the AGSV Swimming Premierships for the fourth consecutive year.

Well done to all students for their approach to sport during the Summer Season. The Winter Season has commenced and our coaches and students have continued the high expectations for even greater improvement and development of our sports program throughout the colder months of the year. STUART BAINBRIDGE DIRECTOR OF SPORT - SUMMER


CHAMPS! The signs were always there for our Girls’ First Touch team to have a successful 2016/17 season. We had eight of our 11 players compete in Victoria's strongest Touch Football competition in the Victorian Touch League over the summer, which held us in good stead for the season ahead.

We were also fortunate to have Victorian Men's Captain, Izaya Ropata, coach the team along with Victorian Men's player Morgan Dummet to assist the girls. The girls started their campaign against 2015/16 champions Haileybury, defeating them 8-2 and in turn putting their stamp on the competition early. Week by week the team got better and better, defeating each team in its path by comfortable margins with our best win coming at the start of the year when we defeated second placed Yarra Valley 16-0. Our Captain Lauren Fagan and Vice Captain Stephanie Kelly led from the front guiding the girls to an undefeated season and reclaiming the premiership trophy. The First team also competed in the Affiliates Cup competition where they played against club teams and representative teams. Mentone girls finished a very respectable fourth, being knocked out in the semi final after winning all their round games. Just recently Mentone Touch competed in the Victorian All Schools competition. Last time we played we lost the final in extra time; this time around the girls ensured no extra time was required and defeated Haileybury 4-1, claiming the double. It has been a very successful year for Mentone in Touch Football and the team has sent a very strong message to the competition for next season. Mentone have some great talent coming through the younger years, all of whom have been well mentored by our most senior girls. Look out 2017/18. ELIAS EL CHAAR COACH




March 24 was the night we saw all 53 swimmers put into practice all of the hard work that took place throughout the previous six months.

Four years in a row! Retaining that treasured silverware gets more difficult every year and this year we knew it would be an immense challenge. Never before has it come down to the heart stopping last few races. The 2017 season focused on the little things: correct streamlines, correct dives, correct changeovers and correct body position. Training targeted improvement in our sprint capacity in races. It was the best preparation we could have had considering the number of AGSV schools wanting to match our success. March 24 was the night we saw all 53 swimmers put into practice all of the hard work that took place throughout the previous six months. The Mentone Grammar boys pulled together through adversity and put on display some of the most dramatic swims seen in the last four years. The Open Boys started the night with inspiring Personal Bests and better finishes than the team could have hoped for. The rest of the evening continued with a School record broken by the Under 17 Boys in their Medley Relay. The boys had an up and down evening, at one point slipping to six points behind Ivanhoe Grammar School, it was with the final three Backstroke races and the Freestyle Relays that the boys pushed themselves into the lead. After a recalculation of the points prior to the final event, the night concluded with a four-point victory over Ivanhoe Grammar School, with a 279 point total. Recording eight wins and 31 Personal Bests, the boys can be proud of the efforts they all displayed across the year.

The Mentone Grammar girls had a monumental task. Very focused, they came together as a brilliant team, but it required all the luck falling their way in order for the night to finish in a win. The opening events all went to plan, continuously alternating the lead between Ivanhoe Grammar School and Mentone Grammar. The Freestyle Relay events were when the night ramped up into a heart-stopping finale. The beginning of the penultimate event had the two schools at even points and after a convincing victory, a five minute wait on pool deck and with a one point lead, the Open girls were tasked with bringing home the trophy. A half an arms length in front secured the win and ensured that four fingers could be held up in salute for both teams’ brilliant wins. The night for the girls concluded with 16 School records and 1 AGSV record broken, 27 out of 31 events ended in a Top 2 finish, a total of 161 points, 2 points in front and the feeling of knowing that the team managed to get everyone across the line. It was a phenomenal team effort, brilliantly supported by our great cheer squad. Thank you for the effort, hard work, commitment and belief in the team. We have made it four in a row, congratulations for continuing to make history.

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01 Another win for Josh Cooley. irls’ Swimming Captains 02 GJess Balleggi and Isabelle Koh.



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Swimming Captains 03 Boys’ Brannan Smith and James Kerr.




05 t was a phenomenal team effort, brilliantly 04 Isupported by the entire squad.

05 Another great swim from Emily Bresnehan.





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For the nine Year 12 players their final game of cricket for Mentone Grammar will be remembered for the rest of their lives...


KEYSBOROUGH The 2017 AGSV Cricket Grand Final was eerily similar to that of 2016, same teams: Mentone Grammar against Peninsula Grammar, same venue: Keysborough Oval 2 in immaculate condition, same umpires and almost identical scores. Thankfully, 12 months on the result was the only difference, with Mentone Grammar bringing home its 12th AGSV Cricket Premiership.

Despite scoring 550 runs in the previous two matches and batting first Captain, Edward Newman, felt our best chance of winning was to bowl in the morning session. The bowlers backed up the Captain’s decision and Lewis Diggins took a wicket with the second ball of the game while Aidan Taylor bowled fast and economically from the other end. ‘Get on top, stay on top’ was one of the team’s objectives and with Peninsula 4/25, all wickets taken by Lewis Diggins, we were very much on top. The reigning Premiers weren’t going to hand over the title without a fight, working their way back into the contest to be 4/50. Ensuring Mentone stayed on top Tim Edwards took three quick wickets while spinners Massey Parker and Ed Newman each collected a wicket to have Peninsula on the ropes at 9/69. As so often is the case, the last wicket can be the hardest to take. The only objective for the tail end is: survival and frustrating the players and the cheer squad. As the total nudged towards the psychological 100 mark Ed Newman hit the stumps and Peninsula was eventually dismissed for 94. A nervous lunch of Subway rolls and party pies couldn’t be fully enjoyed knowing only half the job was done. We lost Callum Strack (1) early as he looked to pull anything short but skied a catch to square leg. Skipper Newman made a big statement hitting his first ball to the boundary and was quickly 11 runs from 13 balls. An inside edge onto his stumps was Ed’s undoing and Peninsula celebrated a very big wicket.

Our leading run scorer for the season, Sam Hutcheon (16), got a great start but when he was caught with the score at 37 there was a few nerves on the sidelines. The person looking most relaxed was Tom Siedle who had seen three wickets fall from the other end and was joined by Lewis Diggins. At the drinks break Siedle expressed frustration to Coach Ben Cavey that he wasn’t scoring quickly enough. Ben explained that the run rate was irrelevant and that one good partnership would get us home. After the drinks break runs flowed more freely and soon 50 runs were posted, then 60, then 70. When the Siedle and Diggins partnership reached 50 we needed just eight more runs. Players on the sideline raced to change back into their creams and assembled on the boundary. With just one run required, all the Peninsula fielders came in to prevent the single, nevertheless Tom Siedle sent the third ball of the 29th over to the mid-wicket boundary and was promptly mobbed by his teammates to celebrate the Premiership. For the nine Year 12 players their final game of cricket for Mentone Grammar will be remembered for the rest of their lives and a topic of conversation at reunions years from now. Fifteen players represented Mentone Grammar in First XI Cricket in 2017 with all playing a role and all are deserved Premiership players. Special thanks to coaches, Ben Cavey, David Gibson and James Mottershead, Stuart Bainbridge and the Sports Department, Keysborough curators Tom Donnell and Wayne Fuller as well as all parents, past players and supporters. Mentone Grammar 3/97 (L Diggins 34no, T Siedle 24no) defeated Peninsula Grammar 94 (L Diggins 4/29. T Edwards 3/10, E Newman 2/4, M Parker 1/15) Player of the Match: Lewis Diggins. EVERARD FENTON HEAD COACH – CRICKET


School mottos can be tricky things. They are an important part of the tradition and heritage of a school but it can become challenging in this day and age to make it relevant to the current generation of students. How to take something that was written in a bygone era and bring it alive to young people who tend to treat with suspicion anything older than they are? The Anglican School that I attended as a student had the motto ‘Viriliter Agite’ which means - act manfully. It will not surprise you therefore to learn that I went to an all-boys school. I am very grateful for the opportunities that my school afforded to me but I have to confess that I haven’t found the school’s motto particularly helpful. I didn’t find it helpful when I was a student and it hasn’t provided me with much guidance in my life’s journey. In my work as a Chaplain one aspect of the role that I consider really important is connecting students to something larger than just themselves. Schools are,

by their very nature, transitory places and each year new students are welcomed in and students prepare to move out into the wider world. Each student has an individual journey through their school but as a Chaplain I want to help connect students with something greater than themselves; to help them develop connections with their classmates, their fellow students across varied year levels and importantly to connect them with the God that loves and cares for them. It is also important to connect their individual story to the wider story of their school. Many of our Anglican schools have a rich heritage and the Chaplains can play an important role in bringing this heritage alive to the current generation of students. I am fortunate enough to work as a Chaplain in a school where the motto does have much to offer our students. Mentone Grammar’s

motto is ‘labore et honore’ which is translated as ‘by work and with honour.’ It is, however, not just about how much work our students do but importantly the manner in which this work is done. Our labour needs to be honourable. It is not just about what you do but who you are. Our motto reminds us that character matters. Our motto gets to the heart of the character we are trying to develop in our students which is undergirded by the School’s seven Values – Integrity, Respect, Caring, Resilience, Service, Discipline and Endeavour. Our students are actively encouraged to work hard, to strive to achieve good academic results and they are also encouraged to fulfil their God given potential by becoming all that God created them to be. Our Mentone Grammar motto encourages us to put the two elements together. Our good academic results are the result of who we are as people. One flows from the other. It is the quality of our character that determines the quality of our labour. And our labours are not focused on selfish ends but the honour our motto speaks of encourages us to have a wider vision – to look beyond ourselves and see how our work can enrich others and be of service to the wider community. REV. ANDREW STEWART SCHOOL CHAPLAIN



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DAY2017 On the eve of the opening of our majestic new Creativity Centre, the occasion of Founders’ Day was the ideal gathering to acknowledge our rich history of the performing arts as a tribute to all those who laid the foundations for our extraordinary Performing Arts culture we have today.


Following a stunning Fanfare and Dance performance from Taya and Keegan Brooks, Bayview Captains Danielle Pedersen and Brayden Miller welcomed special guests, staff and students and delivered a speech to acknowledge our School’s Founders: On Founders’ Day, we remember all who have gone before us as students and are reminded that we are creating the history of the future and we should do everything in our power to make sure that, when the School gathers in 10 years, in 20 years, in 50 years, that their reflections are positive about the history we created. The date of Founders’ Day was confirmed in 1973, the year of the School’s Golden Jubilee. Thursday, 1 March 1923 was the date on which Mentone Grammar School opened its doors to boys, with an attendance of 56 pupils at the Stawell Street site. Two days later, the official opening of the School took place at its new location - 63 Venice Street. The well-known historic photograph recording this event appears in numerous School publications. The first address to mark Founders’ Day was delivered by the Headmaster, Keith Jones, on 1 March 1973 at a special Commemorative Service. In his Annual Report for that year, the Headmaster records that on this occasion “founders and benefactors of the School were remembered and their personal contributions to the School gratefully acknowledged. Afterwards, a commemorative Blue Cedar was planted in the front lawn by Mrs Finlay Anderson and an immense birthday cake was consumed by the Sixth Form and by Boarders.The Headmaster’s 1973 address was, once again, delivered with some amendments and corrections, in 1984 and, since then, the Founders’ Day Service has become an annual tradition celebrated by our School.


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Music students perform 01 the opening fanfare. The ceremonial cutting of 02 the Founders' Day cake. This year the honour went to Kristi Lenton, Nick Sheppard, Mentonian Phil Kent (1948), Anna Mallows-Zejak, Charlie Nickless-Liacos and Alyssa Duman.

02 Founders' Day is always a special occasion for the School as we reflect on the rich history of our School. Today we are celebrating the history of School Productions at Mentone Grammar and will take you through a journey that began so humbly to the wonderful, diverse program it is today. We appreciate our guests being with us today and hope that everyone has an enjoyable Founders' Day. Following blessings, prayers and acknowledgements for all those whom have made our School great, Year 12 Performing Arts students, Nick Sheppard and Kristi Lenton presented a fascinating history of the School’s many stage shows through the ages: An integral part of the School’s program has always been Drama and today we come together to celebrate performance in our School over its 94-year history. Hundreds of students have been involved in productions over the years. They have gained a great deal through their participation. The School first appointed a Drama teacher way back in 1926 and it was at this time that productions commenced. As a result of the economy turning in a downward direction, Drama was removed from the School program in the 1930s. The Mentonian has no mention of drama programs between 1931 and 1949. When the School was a boys’ school, some plays were shared with other local schools. If the girls of the local region weren’t able to support the productions then the boys would dress up to fill the female roles. Performances have been held in a number of different locations including school and local venues. Recent productions have been held at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong. The scale of the productions has varied as has the styles. Usually the Director was a teacher, including Mr Keith Jones when he was Headmaster. Our own Principal, Mr Cater, was involved in several productions when he was a student here.



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Anna Mallows-Zejak (Year 12) 01 sings So Much Better from Legally Blonde (2016) Josh Erdelyi-Götz 02 Mentonian (2012) performs Johanna from Sweeney Todd (2012) Taya and Keegan Brooks 03 open with a scene from


Grease (2015)

Often when the School was celebrating a milestone birthday there would be a higher level production. Jesus Christ Superstar was one such milestone event performed for the 75th Anniversary of the School. Some of our guests will fondly remember performances of Gilbert and Sullivan in the years past or maybe the production of Breaker Morant in the 1970s. In recent years the productions have all been higher level performances. Who could forget CATS, Grease, Sweeney Todd, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz to name but a few. This year the School is taking on the most challenging production yet when it performs Les Miserables. Dance really only came to the School when it became coed. Prior to this the boys would engage in dance lessons with the Girls’ Grammar. Many a Mentonian met his future wife at such lessons! We now celebrate Dance as an integral part of our program and the annual Dance concert is a testament to the high standards being achieved. Music has always been integral to Mentone Grammar. As with so many programs, as our School has achieved record enrolment levels, so the scale of our Music program has grown considerably. Many an enjoyable concert has been held here at the School and, with the addition of our new theatre and Music school, we can feel confident that all genres of music will continue to flourish. The Performing Arts are also well embedded in our curriculum and our students have been acknowledged by


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03 their inclusion in the Top Arts program sponsored by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. We thank those staff who have, in the past, who do in the present and who will in the future inspire generations of performers. We thank those students who have been courageous enough to grace the stage with their talent and who will do so in the years to come. We acknowledge those staff and students who have worked tirelessly backstage to ‘make it all happen’ and we look forward to performance having a strong presence in the School particularly when the new Creativity Centre opens this year. To end the ceremony, Eblana Captains, Poppy Samild and Aaron Britter, led the Prayer of Thanksgiving and fittingly,

Mentonian and current Music teacher Anthony Bingham (1994) led The School Prayer as the ‘cutting of the cake’ took place. In keeping with tradition, the two youngest students of the School join with a special guest to cut the Founders’ Day cake with the sword of distinguished soldier and School Founder, the late Colonel Weir. This year the honour went to Kristi Lenton, Nick Sheppard, Mentonian Phil Kent (1948), Anna Mallows-Zejak, Charlie Nickless-Liacos and Alyssa Duman.



The Mentone Grammar Parents and Friends Association has a vital role in supporting and encouraging the wonderful community we have at Mentone Grammar. Our primary aim is to organise and facilitate ‘friendraising’ events and secondary, when funds are raised, return them back to the Community through a range of projects that have direct benefits for the School and students. In 2016 the P&F funded the installation of five shade sails throughout the School. We also welcomed over 300 parents and staff to our annual Christmas Lunch in December. It was a wonderful day to celebrate with friends and meet parents from all campuses from the ELC to Year 12. Our talented Eblana singers got the party started with some sensational Christmas carols, followed by a delicious lunch, raffles and major prizes. A huge thanks to our tireless Events VP Jacquie Phillips, who managed a small team of parent elves to create such a memorable event. Book your tickets early for 2017! Mentone Grammar is certainly a dynamic place to be at the start of the school year! The P&F hosted a Welcome Morning Coffee in February. In the relaxed atmosphere of Greenways, new parents were able to join staff and current parents to celebrate the return to school. Parents then had the opportunity to stock up on uniform items at the P&F Shop, which continues to provide our Community with a sustainable and fiscally beneficial source of secondhand uniforms! The P&F continues to support special interest groups within our Community such as Dads@MG. Community dads or grandads are very welcome to join our next event. In 2017 the P&F will launch a new group called ‘Mon Ami’. Whether you are from Argentina or Adelaide, China or Cheltenham, England or Echuca, you may be interested in joining us as we visit the French Film Festival, have drinks amongst artworks at the NGV, picnic at the Botanical gardens or learn to salsa at the Spanish Festival in Fitzroy. We are also looking for parents interested in the performing arts, whether it’s music, dance, drama or performance to join Artissimo. We provide ongoing support for the performing arts at MG, whilst making the most of the wonderful productions on show throughout Melbourne. For further information about Dads@MG, Mon Ami or Artissimo please email the P&F at For all information about P&F events please check the website, pop into the P&F Shop or email us at The P&F would like to thank all organisations and individuals, parents and staff who have helped with our events, we could not make it work without such valuable contributions. In particular we’d like to thank Natalie Wilson, Mentone Grammar Events Manager for her tireless assistance along with the School for its tremendous support.


Principal Mal Cater acknowledges President Mia Le Fevre Taylor and the entire Committee for their enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to the School Community.

2017 COMMITTEE President Mia Le Fevre Taylor Secretary Jo Howe Treasurer - Retail/Fundraising Trudy Brooks Assistant Treasurer Shared role Vice President - Events Jacquie Phillips Vice President - Community Relations Julie Ahern Vice President - Retail Neerie Widelski Vice President - Merchandise Renee Riminic Dads@MG Grant Holland Newsletter Editor Andrea Schwarz Committee Yvette Casa, Lainie Kaan, Stewart Hine, Ros Carruthers, Samantha Berry, Anne Louise Halliday, Christine Davie


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FOUNDATION BUILDING FUND 2017 The School gratefully acknowledges the following donors to the Mentone Grammar School foundation Building Fund up to, and including, March 2017.

BMW Group

Mr & Mrs C Bardis

Mr & Mrs G Buckler

Mr & Mrs M Howe

Dr & Mrs A Leaver

Mr & Mrs C Barlow

Mr & Mrs G Emsley

Mr & Mrs M Johnson

Dr & Mrs B Burke

Mr & Mrs C Ewart

Mr & Mrs G Kluge

Mr & Mrs M Jones

Dr & Mrs C Pregnalato

Mr & Mrs C Hancox

Mr & Mrs G Michaelides

Mr & Mrs M Joseph

Dr & Mrs H Silvester

Mr & Mrs C Ling

Mr & Mrs G Ralph

Mr & Mrs M Levey

Dr & Mrs D Noble

Mr & Mrs C Munn

Mr & Mrs G Schmidt

Mr & Mrs M Lloyd

Dr & Mrs K Barron

Mr & Mrs C Rann

Mr & Mrs G Watkins

Mr & Mrs M McComb

Dr & Mrs R Walliser

Mr & Mrs C Roach

Mr & Mrs I Dimits

Mr & Mrs M Orzinski

Dr C Sprung & Dr H Forrester

Mr & Mrs C Rowlands

Mr & Mrs I Richards

Mr & Mrs M Povah

Dr F Evans & Ms C Magagna

Mr & Mrs C Shearer

Mr & Mrs I Tait

Mr & Mrs M Rahhali

Dr K Winters

Mr & Mrs C Sweeny

Mr & Mrs I Williams

Mr & Mrs M Reid

Dr P Hall

Mr & Mrs C Williams

Mr & Mrs J Foley

Mr & Mrs M Rigby

Dr Q Fang & Dr L Sun

Mr & Mrs D Anderson

Mr & Mrs J Albiston

Mr & Mrs M Rose

Dr T Enright & Dr K Michalova

Mr & Mrs D Atkinson

Mr & Mrs J Barrett

Mr & Mrs M Selby

Dr T Fryer & Dr M Campbell

Mr & Mrs D Behera

Mr & Mrs J Cooper

Mr & Mrs M Siedle

Dr Y Nikolayevsky

Mr & Mrs D Bresnehan

Mr & Mrs J Cotsopoulos

Mr & Mrs M Sorrenson

Drs T Osianlis

Mr & Mrs D Bunting

Mr & Mrs J Cregeen

Mr & Mrs M Toby

Miss N Blackman

Mr & Mrs D Carnegie

Mr & Mrs J d'Alquen

Mr & Mrs M Wloszczak

Miss N Daniel

Mr & Mrs D Coates

Mr & Mrs J Dandoulis

Mr & Mrs N Caley

Mr & Dr S Deeks

Mr & Mrs D Fair

Mr & Mrs J Fitzgerald

Mr & Mrs N Carter

Mr & Mrs A Brown

Mr & Mrs D Federici

Mr & Mrs J Gonis

Mr & Mrs N Hall

Mr & Mrs A Caughey

Mr & Mrs D Fenech

Mr & Mrs J Leonard

Mr & Mrs N Hobbs

Mr & Mrs A Daemen

Mr & Mrs D Flower

Mr & Mrs J Leonidas

Mr & Mrs N Meakins

Mr & Mrs A Finlayson

Mr & Mrs D Grant

Mr & Mrs J Spargo

Mr & Mrs N Sheppard

Mr & Mrs A Fitt

Mr & Mrs D Hardy

Mr & Mrs J Thomas

Mr & Mrs N Tanner

Mr & Mrs A Gerresheim

Mr & Mrs D Hughes

Mr & Mrs J Wall

Mr & Mrs P Bartonek

Mr & Mrs A Hamilton

Mr & Mrs D Ingram

Mr & Mrs K Carson

Mr & Mrs P Brown

Mr & Mrs A Korybutiak

Mr & Mrs D Jones

Mr & Mrs K Devers

Mr & Mrs P Coubard

Mr & Mrs A Lewis

Mr & Mrs D Kerr

Mr & Mrs K McGrath

Mr & Mrs P Koh

Mr & Mrs A Long

Mr & Mrs D Kitney

Mr & Mrs K Moore

Mr & Mrs P Leason

Mr & Mrs A Meldrum

Mr & Mrs D Messina

Mr & Mrs Krikun

Mr & Mrs P Lee

Mr & Mrs A Murray

Mr & Mrs D Nixon

Mr & Mrs L Bartle

Mr & Mrs P Madden

Mr & Mrs A Newman

Mr & Mrs D Parr

Mr & Mrs L Capsalis

Mr & Mrs P Mahtolia

Mr & Mrs A Persic

Mr & Mrs D Ray

Mr & Mrs L Tomas

Mr & Mrs P Manning

Mr & Mrs A Richmond

Mr & Mrs D Reynolds

Mr & Mrs M Adams

Mr & Mrs P Mazur

Mr & Mrs A Rowbury

Mr & Mrs D Rowell

Mr & Mrs M Alapont

Mr & Mrs P Mentiplay

Mr & Mrs A Savva

Mr & Mrs D Shen

Mr & Mrs M Brooks

Mr & Mrs P O'Sullivan

Mr & Mrs A Straw

Mr & Mrs D Sheridan

Mr & Mrs M Cox

Mr & Mrs P Ursprung

Mr & Mrs A Tibb

Mr & Mrs D Smith

Mr & Mrs M Dannals

Mr & Mrs P Williams

Mr & Mrs B Clayton

Mr & Mrs D Whitehouse

Mr & Mrs M Duggan

Mr & Mrs Q Baxter

Mr & Mrs B Hampton

Mr & Mrs E Duman

Mr & Mrs M Edwards

Mr & Mrs R Alford

Mr & Mrs B Richards

Mr & Mrs E Katsouranis

Mr & Mrs M Evans

Mr & Mrs R Carter

Mr & Mrs B Roberts

Mr & Mrs F Livolti

Mr & Mrs M Gorringe

Mr & Mrs R Fox

Mr & Mrs C Barden

Mr & Mrs G Berry

Mr & Mrs M Horne

Mr & Mrs R Hawker



FOUNDATION BUILDING FUND 2017 The School gratefully acknowledges the following donors to the Mentone Grammar School foundation Building Fund up to, and including, March 2017.

Mr & Mrs R Hayes

Mr & Mrs T Papasimeon

Mr J & Mrs N Bush

Mr S Jiang & Dr F Fei

Mr & Mrs R Kent

Mr & Mrs T Townson

Mr J Guppy & Mrs O Ludzish

Mr S Ryan & Ms S Corin

Mr & Mrs R Kingston

Mr & Mrs T Tsihlakis

Mr J Karras & Miss T James

Mr S Wigley

Mr & Mrs R Lancaster

Mr & Mrs V McCullough

Mr J Lee & Ms H Han

Mr T Antoniou & Ms K Farr

Mr & Mrs R Leydin

Mr & Mrs W Culley

Mr J Li & Ms C Wang

Mr T Ballingall & Mrs J Brown

Mr & Mrs R Nott

Mr & Mrs W Growdon

Mr J Lu & Mrs L Wei

Mr T Hussain

Mr & Mrs R Pertich

Mr & Mrs W Howe

Mr J McNamara & Mrs L Hilder

Mr T Newman & Ms J Lowndes

Mr & Mrs R Rotar

Mr & Mrs W Hutcheon

Mr J Papagiannis & Mrs K Davis

Mr & Mrs R Veza

Mr A Athanasopoulos

Mr J Rowsell & Ms K Bruce

Mr V Shanmugiamani & Dr G Meenakshi Sundaram

Mr & Mrs R Wagner

Mr A Bromidis & Mrs E Minasian

Mr J Sha & Ms Q Zhang

Mr W Carter & Mrs G Carter

Mr & Mrs R Watson

Mr A Cheng & Mrs Q Ouyang

Mr J Yu & Mrs J Mao

Mr W Mahmoud & Ms L Miler

Mr & Mrs R Weir

Mr A Cherney & Mrs E Akopyan

Mr J Zhou & Ms Y Xu

Mr W Pace & Ms T Gounas

Mr & Mrs R Wood

Mr A Henry & Ms C Luck

Mr K Chho & Mrs S Chan

Mr W Wang & Mrs W Du

Mr & Mrs Rich

Mr A Song & Mrs Y Hu

Mr L Liu & Ms J Xia

Mr X Fan & Ms H Sun

Mr & Mrs S Iatropoulos

Mr A Terry & Ms S Clark

Mr L Wan & Mrs W Zhang

Mr Y Li

Mr & Mrs S Bolton

Mr A Tezay

Mr M Collins

Mr Y Yang & Ms F Dong

Mr & Mrs S Bourke

Mr A Wearne & Ms D Mill

Mr M Ellison-Jones

Mr Z Shen & Mrs R Ling

Mr & Mrs S Burgess

Mr B & Mrs L Yorgey

Mr M Gay & Mrs M Kirwan

Mr Z Shi & Ms J Sun

Mr & Mrs S Carroll

Mr B Selacki

Mr M Heath & Ms L Sander

Mr Z Ying & Mrs L Chen

Mr & Mrs S Cummins

Mr B Stevens & Mrs D Cooper

Mr M Huang & Ms C Zhu

Mrs A Lofthouse & Mr M Wigzell

Mr & Mrs S Farrow

Mr B Zhong & Mrs C Tang

Mr M Li & Mrs H Cheng

Mrs C Budin

Mr & Mrs S Forde

Mr B Zhou & Dr S Chen

Mr M Pinzana & Ms M Lampard

Mrs E Ioannou

Mr & Mrs S Howell

Mr C Barnes & Miss S Nish

Mr M Shilson-Josling &

Mrs Jodie Lenarcic

Mr & Mrs S Johnson

Mr C Leffler & Ms J Salvana

Mr M Walters

Mrs K Parker

Mr & Mrs S May

Mr D & Mrs M Lettieri

Mr M Wang & Mrs S Dong

Mrs S Bowers

Mr & Mrs S Milburn

Mr D Boyd & Miss S Ford

Mr M Wheeler

Mrs S Higgins

Mr & Mrs S Nish

Mr D Brand

Mr N Lan

Mrs V Goodwin

Mr & Mrs S Papayianneris

Mr D Brereton

Mr N Lanthois & Ms C Inglis

Mrs Xiaohua Xin

Mr & Mrs S Peachey

Mr D Brewer

Mr N Poulios & Ms N Turnbull

Ms A Spargo-Ryan

Mr & Mrs S Perry

Mr D Crane

Mr P Dykas & Ms A Bondini

Ms B Wright

Mr & Mrs S Phillips

Mr D Yoxon & Ms B Farrell

Mr P Fogarty & Ms I Sundstrup

Ms J Considine & Mr R Newman

Mr & Mrs S Poll

Mr E Zoggia & Ms E Giannakis

Mr P Jeffery & Ms M Reinehr

Ms J Schultz

Mr & Mrs S Styles

Mr F Wang & Mrs L Lin

Mr P Magennis & Ms J Haslam

Ms J Song

Mr & Mrs S Svec

Mr G Dallas & Ms F Dallas

Mr P Neylan

Ms K Elliott

Mr & Mrs S Timms

Mr G Devereux & Miss J Treagus

Mr P Pavlidis & Ms S Giannakis

Ms K Tonta

Mr & Mrs S Vallis

Mr G Joynson & Mrs G Smith

Mr P Soden

Ms L Fryer & Mr D Webster

Mr & Mrs S Weeks

Mr G Liacos & Ms B Nickless

Mr R Cope & Ms L Barton

Ms M Karakurt

Mr & Mrs T Hall

Mr G Reading

Mr R Djurovic & Ms I Ross

Ms P Wang

Mr & Mrs T Heafield

Mr G Simondson

Mr R Grelewicz & Mrs D Jaden

Ms V Stammers

Mr & Mrs T Leonard

Mr H Fan & Ms L Fu

Mr R Lynch & Ms T Filiadis

Mr & Mrs T Lucas

Mr H McNamara & Ms N Roberts

Mr R Maluga

Ms Y Wang & Mr Z Zeng Zeng Shihan

Mr & Mrs T Lyons

Mr H Zou

Mr S Biggs & Mrs J Snow

Mr & Mrs T Marsh

Mr Hangay

Mr S Eustice

Mr & Mrs T McCann

Mr I Parker

Mr S French


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Prof & Mrs P Butler Prof & Mrs P Holland

FROM THE PRESIDENT The Mentonians Association has an active calendar of events and has already taken advantage of the summer months to host a number of outdoor events. TMA COMMITTEE President Andrew Oxland (1989) Vice President Tony Falkingham (1981) Secretary Jon Ponnusamy (2010) Treasurer Vic Stroumos (1978) Committee Members Georgia Ahern (2011) Josh Burt (1989) Cameron Dunkerley (1986) Phil Harrington (2010) Mark Henricks (1977) Miranda Ingram (2013) Imogen Lawson (2014) Mark Pearman (1982) Sven Samild (1987) Rob Sinclair (1976) Ben Tardrew (2004) Alumni Relations Manager Suzanne Ashley

Our newest Club, Panther Productions performed at the Community Welcome Function and also at the recent Community Sports Day, attended by over 300 people - including alumni, students, parents, family members and friends. Our Shoreham Family Picnic was also a great success and the weather was kind to us. The Mentonians Association is proud to be raising the profile within our growing Mentone Grammar Community. Our Reunion Program is soon to commence, and we look forward to welcoming our alumni back to School and showing off the new Creativity Centre and surrounds, during our reunion tours. This is the largest development seen at Mentone Grammar, transforming the School’s performing and visual arts, technology and senior school facilities. The building will increase opportunities for our alumni to keep in touch with the School, as the Thorold Theatre will seat 450 people for our annual School Production. This year Les Miserables will be held from 23-26 August. Our Sporting Clubs continue to dominate, and we extend our sincere congratulations to the OMCC on its Premiership win. We encourage our alumni and their families to support our Clubs, so please get behind the Panthers and if you are not already involved, we invite you to become a participant in one of our Clubs - whether it be a player, social member or supporter!


Alumni Office Coordinator Fiona Dallas

WELCOME The Mentonians Association welcomed Suzanne Ashley in November 2016. Suzanne has joined us as Alumni Relations Manager with over 12 years experience in Alumni Relations in the independent sector, where she developed, introduced and managed the Alumni program over that time. She has had major success in engaging alumni of all eras and developing successful reunion and event programs and working with alumni committee members to introduce other programs including mentoring, careers events, interstate reunions, Hall of Fame and long serving staff awards. Suzanne comes with a wealth of experience in event management and relationship development. We are looking forward to working with Suzanne to further strengthen, and strategically develop activities and events for The Mentonians Association in conjunction with our Committee, the School and our wider community.


2017 SWIMMING BREAKFAST On 21 February the Mentone Grammar swimming community came together for another successful TMA Swimming Breakfast.

From Left: Max Williams (2016), Molly Ford (2016), Brannan Smith (2017), Isabelle Koh (2017), Tim Mulvihill, Principal Mal Cater, TMA President Andrew Oxland (1989), Stephanie Pearce (2016), Jess Balleggi and James Kerr (Vice Captains 2017) enjoying the lead up to another successful season of swimming at Mentone Grammar.

Many of our current swimmers jumped straight out of the pool and into the breakfast - demonstrating their dedication to the team and to their sport. The swimmers immersed themselves in a number of inspirational speeches to encourage and inspire everyone in the room to do their best at the long anticipated AGSV Swimming Championships, 31 days from the breakfast. Making a lasting impression were the inspirational words of guest speaker and Mentone Grammar’s Head Coach Tim Mulvihill. Tim spoke of: The Quest for Competitive Greatness - something that all swimmers aspire to achieve in a season. Tim generously shared his experiences; his lessons and honed qualities that he hopes to embed in our swim team throughout his journey as a Coach. Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility were just a few that he has carried through his coaching journey. Tim worked hard to help form numerous Swimming Clubs in Brisbane from 19992009, before moving to the South Shore YMCA in Boston, USA, as the Director of Competitive Swimming for six years. Whilst in this role, Tim achieved great success. His coaching has consistently


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produced swimmers in the top national age group rankings, in both Australia and the USA. Through his story, Tim learnt the importance of the consistent accumulation of quality training, as well as the need to swim as a team, not just an individual on the quest for competitive greatness. This speech set the tone for the rest of the season and we have since seen greater and greater turnouts to training with most swimmers training four or more times each week with 4.30am wake ups. These dedicated individuals have been working tirelessly in the hope to secure a swim at the one event that brings swimming to life - AGSV - and create the strongest team we can, against our rival schools. This has led to the development of the AGSV cheer squad in the past week that is currently

sitting at 110 students - a group that wishes to provide the most heartfelt support to the swimmers on the night. It is not long now before this great event takes place, and for many of the Year 12 group, this will be the last time that they compete, so it may mark the end of our swimming journey at Mentone Grammar. We wish to extend our thanks to The Mentonians Association for hosting the breakfast, and providing us all with drink bottles. It is great to know that we have the support of our alumni, who will no doubt be cheering us on, to see if we can make it ‘four in a row’ at the forthcoming AGSV Swimming Championships. ISABELLE KOH AND BRANNAN SMITH SWIMMING CAPTAINS 2017




On Sunday 26 February, The Mentonians Association was proud to, once again, host our family picnic, at our magnificent Shoreham Camp located on Westernport Bay.

The purpose of the day is to give families new to the School, the opportunity to visit and enjoy this amazing beachside facility, and help both parents and students to become familiar with the camp, prior to their children attending as part of the School's Learning Journeys program. We were pleased to welcome over 150 members of our Community, to enjoy a barbeque, play games and with the weather on the day blessing us with 28 degrees; the camp was virtually empty after lunch as the majority of our parents, chose to take their children for a walk, swim or play on the beach. The Mentonians who were able to join us enjoyed reminiscing about their days at the camp, which we are pleased to say, has maintained its unspoiled, natural bush setting; and remains a relaxed environment for learning and outdoor activities.

Our sincere thanks to the members of The Mentonians Committee (pictured top) who worked tirelessly on the day to ensure that everybody else could relax!




The Old Mentonians Soccer Club (OMSC) Celebration of Soccer Dinner was held on 17 March 2017 to mark the 20th Anniversary of the OMSC.



A vast collection of past and present players, past and present Presidents of The Mentonians and OMSC, coaches, administrators and supporters came together in the Mentone Grammar Function Centre for a sit-down dinner, during which an Honour Board recording all Soccer Captains was unveiled.

The board read: ‘Dedicated to the staff members who have worked tirelessly to establish Soccer at Mentone Grammar’. Memories of both OMSC highlights and Mentone Grammar Soccer highlights were shared throughout the night as the strong history of the Club and School’s ongoing partnership were commemorated. The night had a focus on the stories and history of both the Men’s and Women’s programs applauding their achievements, and recognising their hard work to make both programs what they are today; along with the inclusion of guest speakers such as Trevor Scott and Theresa Deas who were an integral part of the foundation of the men’s and women’s programs respectively.


The OMSC looks forward to a strong year in which all teams are looking to have very successful campaigns. Both the men’s senior team and women’s team are looking for promotion by the end of the season. The Old Mentonians Soccer Club would like to thank John Christou (President) and Peter Corfield, along with the following guests for the stories and memories they shared during the night, helping to make the evening such a wonderful event: Mr Mal Cater - Principal, Mentone Grammar T  heresa Deas - Integral in founding the Girls’ School team, as well as coaching the Girls’ First XI team Jonathon Carroll - Coach of the First XI for nine years T  revor Scott - Part of steering committee that helped establish the Soccer program in 1997 C hris Gibbs - Current Senior Men’s player, Committee Member, Winner of 2016 Best and Fairest, and past Mentone Grammar student C  ameron Dunkerley - Past Player, Committee Member, Past President, current Women’s Coach.


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03 Carroll and Trevor 01 Jonathan Stevens sharing many stories on the night. Peter Corfield unveils the 02 Honour Board. The future of the OMSC 03 enjoying the night.

A GREAT DAY OF COMMUNITY SPORT Clear blue skies and sunshine greeted all upon their arrival at the 2017 Mentone Grammar Community and Sports Day.

Our junior teams played, followed by a challenge between our senior teams in a variety of sports. Presentations for the best players for both the School and the Mentonians followed in the Denyer Courtyard, and our junior team members all received their own medallion, presented by Mentonians President, Andrew Oxland (1989). We thank our MC for the day Jon Ponnusamy (2010) has missed his calling in life; his stellar efforts ensured that the whole day remained well on track. Our Panther Productions performances created a great community atmosphere, and attracted a large number of family and friends to listen to acoustic bands and enjoy quality individual performances of many iconic songs! We extend our sincere thanks to Principal, Mal Cater, for announcing the winning teams. We also thank Mark Pearman (1982) for his enthusiasm, timetabling skills and ability to work with all of the sporting clubs, performers, School staff and Committee members. The day is a School event, hosted by The Mentonians Association; and we certainly couldn't host a day that caters for over 300 people without our volunteers. There were many volunteers who contributed to this day but it is important to acknowledge the dedication of Cameron Dunkerley (1986), Vic Stroumos (1978), Phil Harrington (2010), Jon Ponnusamy (2010), Miranda Ingram (2013), Imogen Lawson (2014), Rob Sinclair (1976), Sven Samild (1987), Josh Burt (1989), and parents Jacquie Phillips, Julie Ahern, Doone Ballantine and Mia Le Fevre Taylor. With thanks THE MENTONIANS




The beginning of 2017 has seen the exciting formation of The Mentonians’ newest Club, Panther Productions. The brainchild of Principal, Mr Mal Cater, Panther Productions has been created to provide an opportunity for past students and friends of the School to remain connected with the school through the performing arts. With the completion of the new Creativity Centre, members of Panther Productions will have access to a state-of-the-art facility that most performers could only dream about. This year members of Panther Productions have performed at the Community Welcome Function evening on 5 February, and they won themselves a legion of fans at the recent Mentone Grammar Community and Sports Day. We were treated to outstanding performances by James Pearman (2016) and James Shaw (2015), Bridgette Kelsey (2016) and Becca Mendel (2016), Emma Maggio (2018) and Bella Svojtka (2018), Anna Lofthouse (2018) and Claudia Brown (2018). Also popular on the day were some of our School bands performing live acoustic sounds (with super cool names!) - Hyper Social, Supernova, Zone 5 and Kamikaze Crash Helmets, featuring Anna Mallows-Zejak (2017) as a guest performer. We sincerely thank Gavin Cornish, Head of Performing Arts, and the many music staff, including Thanu Moulton (2012) and Frank Recchia for their support of our newest Mentonians Club.

OPEN MIC NIGHT While still in its infancy, the Club meets monthly and already has a number of great projects underway. The next event is an Open Mic Night on Friday 19 May from 6.30pm onwards. You can book in as a performer or as part of the audience. If you are interested in joining or locating further details, please visit us on Facebook or contact Fiona Dallas in the Mentonians Office on 8571 4907.


This summer season has seen some great results on the court and some changes off the court. The finals to be played at the end of March involve 10 junior teams with the three ‘Over 35’ teams also playing. The junior teams playing are: OMBC Panthers Pearls U10 Girls B Grade, OMBC Panthers Yellow U12 Girls C1 Grade, OMBC Panthers Gold U12 Girls D1 Grade, OMBC Panthers Blue U14 Girls C1 Grade, OMBC Panthers Power U10 Boys D Grade, OMBC Panthers Magic U12 Boys A Grade, OMBC Panthers Silver U14 Boys A Grade, OMBC Panthers Blue U16 Boys B1 Grade, OMBC Panthers Yellow U16 B2 Grade, OMBC Panthers Gold U18 Boys D1 Grade. With so many teams playing for OMBC and the number of clubs involved in the Sabres Competition training, and playing, time on the court has become a talking point. OMBC is lucky that the School, and Principal - Mr Mal Cater in particular, are doing all they can to secure as much court time for us as possible.


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OLD MENTONIANS FOOTBALL CLUB (OMFC) Our pre-season has been well attended with strong numbers on the track, and players new to the club integrating well with the existing playing group. We’ve completed a few solid hit outs in practice matches against Caulfield, Mitcham and Ajax with the boys making the most of the opportunity to learn a new game plan under a new coaching panel, and coming together well as a team. With the pre-season games now over, the club is looking forward to the season ahead, with a Grand Final rematch vs Old Geelong scheduled for Round 1.

An exciting development at the Club has been the formation and launch of our inaugural women’s side. The team first took to the field in the VAFA Lightning Premiership and was outstanding. It was a great day to launch the women’s season and the players were nothing short of fantastic in their efforts and commitment during the games. This is an important milestone for the club and we can't wait for Round 1 vs St Bede’s! We depend on our larger sponsors and packages will again be available for 2017. Many loyal sponsors have already committed to club sponsorship as well as player sponsorship packages and we are forever grateful for their continued support. Our new website is now live at and all

sponsors will, of course, be a feature. Please contact Justin Costello regarding any sponsorship queries on 0416 144 049. We are continuing to build on a mighty 2016 which saw our promotion to Premier C Grade for the first time in 14 years, and target Premier B with great club momentum. We extend a warm invitation for everyone to come down to watch a game, or attend one of our luncheons or events. Go Panthers!


The OMCC Southern Bayside Saturday One Day XI made the Grand Final at Home on No.1 versus Kingston Hawks Cricket Club on Saturday 18 March. Captain Dan Hull selected a very strong XI that survived a very close Semi Final victory against Parkdale Cricket Club the previous Saturday, compiling 7 for 143 from their 35 overs with the Skipper making 50* and Tim Litchfield 28 starring with the willow. The bowlers made hard work of it with Lee Cormie being brilliant with the ball, as well as in the field, taking two crucial catches that sealed the win, to move onto the Grand Final! The OMCC had only lost one match for the season and the pressure was on! Kingston Hawks elected to bat first after winning the toss. The Hawks made a respectable 7 for 120 from their 35 overs with Heath Samild taking yet another freakish catch whilst fielding in gully with Lachlan Stanley bowling thunderbolts and all bowlers taking a wicket except for Tom Cashion! Stanley 1 for 9, Skipper Hull 1 for 19, Lee Cormie 2 for 30, Tim Appel 1 for 25 and Sven Samild 1 for 15. Joel Campbell and Tim Speers batted brilliantly to have the OMCC pass the Hawks total, no wicket down for 121 from 32.2 overs. Tim Speers was Man of the Match with his 53 not out. Congratulations to the Grand Final Team of Tim Speers, Joel Campbell, Mark Phillips, Heath Samild, Dan Hull (C), Tim Litchfield, Sven Samild, Lachlan Stanley, Lee Cormie, Sam Brown, Tim Appel and Tom Cashion. We would also like to congratulate the Mentone Grammar 1st XI on their Premiership on Saturday, it was great to be playing cricket on such a special day at The Playing Fields!



REUNIONS This year we will hold Reunions for the following groups: 1967 – 50 Year Reunion *in addition to an invitation along to the Friends of Frogmore Luncheon.

SEEKING THIRD GENERATION FAMILIES! The School continues to enrol increasing numbers of children of Mentonians. This year we have 70 Mentonians with children at the School and a growing number of Mentonians have enrolled their children for the future. So far we have identified, the Reark, Mickelburough, Ingram, Smyth, Gibson and Styles families. If you are also a third generation family, please let us know.

MENTONE MEMORIES Thank you to John Fisher (1972), former MG Board Member, for his recent donation of First XI Cricket Team photos and his cap from 1971 and 1972. John also donated his First XVIII Football Team photos from 1970, 1971 and 1972. We encourage all Mentonians to send in photographs, memories and anecdotes from their time at Mentone Grammar to share with others. Similarly, if you have items of School uniforms or other memorabilia at home, that you wish to donate, please either drop it off to us via our School Reception or contact The Mentonians Office, and we will collect from you. This will allow us the opportunity to display your items at our reunions and events, and share our history with future generations of Mentonians.

1977 – 40 Year Reunion 1982 – 35 Year Reunion 1987 – 30 Year Reunion 1992 – 25 Year Reunion 1997 – 20 Year Reunion 2002 – 15 Year Reunion 2007 – 10 Year Reunion 2012 – 5 Year Reunion 2016 – 1 Year Reunion The reunions are special occasions that keep you connected with your old School, and each other, so please don’t let the opportunity to participate pass you by. Come and see what all the excitement is about, and let us know of staff members that you would like invited along to share the evening with you!

VALE We record with sadness the passing of the following Alumni and extend sincere sympathy to their families: John Symes (1975), John Anderson (1950), Adrian Hobson (1956), Scott Barnett (1980), Linden O’Neill (2010), Ian Banks (1965), John Dyson (1989), John Nelson (1988). Labore et Honore *Further details are included online in our Monitor newsletters.




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ADELAIDE Peter Bray (1985)

CANADA Ontario Mervyn Archdall (1957)

USA Florida David Pearson (1987)

ENGLAND London Cambell Lean (1993)

New York Chris Leslie (1982) Arnold Ephraums (1982) Chris Jacob

Alumni Relations Manager Suzanne Ashley 03 9581 3254 (direct) 0481 602 144 Alumni Office Coordinator Fiona Dallas 03 8571 4907 (direct) 0427 440 504

BRISBANE Ross McLeish (1970) CANBERRA Michael Taylor (1955) SYDNEY Patrick Harrington (1990) PERTH John Adeney (1963) TASMANIA Hobart Michael “Rusty” Reynolds (1986)

Plymouth John Read (1973) HONG KONG Peter Cheung (1992) JAPAN Onomichi City Gareth O’Gradie (1999) MALAYSIA Kuala Lumpur Kamal Ragupathy (1992)

Vermont Justin Johnson (1985) SINGAPORE David Goh (1961) THAILAND Jitti Rachjaibun (1964) David Wylie (1973)

Please contact the Mentonians Office: 03 8571 4907 if you would like to become one of our representatives.


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MENTONIAN CLUBS This year is shaping up to be another successful one for our clubs, providing a wonderful environment for our past students to stay connected. All of our clubs welcome new members and sponsors. If you are interested in joining our clubs, see contacts below:

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SCHOOL TOURS Our next School Tour dates for 2017: Monday 8 May Saturday 5 August Thursday 19 October

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Sponsor a seat in the new Creativity Centre Thorold Theatre Seat Sponsorship Sponsor a SEAT in the new Thorold Hall, which will have YOUR NAME on it for the life of the building. Seats are priced at $1000 each and are fully tax deductible. Room Sponsorship Sponsor a ROOM, join in a syndicate and again, have your name on it for the life of the building. Contact Principal, Mal Cater for further room sponsorship enquiries email:

Mentone Grammar Aquatic Centre Lucerne Street, Mentone Grammar Campus Phone: 9581 3288 Greenways Café Greenways Campus Manager: Katherine Nish Phone: 9584 4211 Parents and Friends Association President: Mia le Fevre Taylor School contact Natalie Wilson COMMUNITY EVENTS 2017 For details visit:

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Soccer: Hockey: Panther Productions: Go Panthers! For information regarding Netball and Touch Football please contact The Mentonians Office. WE’D LIKE YOU TO LIKE, TWEET, TAG AND JOIN US! Social media has changed the way we interact with most of our Alumni. With this in mind, The Mentonians Association is constantly looking for new ways to connect and communicate with our community.

THE MENTONIANS ASSOCIATION (TMA) Our purpose is to serve our members and to support the School.

We encourage you to Like and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to keep up to date with the latest news and events.

We aim to excel at meeting our members’ needs and to achieve this we have expanded the events calendar to maximise contact with as many past students as possible through reunions, breakfasts, clubs, special events and other TMA activities.


For further information please contact Suzanne Ashley or Fiona Dallas at The Mentonians Office (03) 9584 4211 or email:

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