Mallacoota  P – 12 College

Start of School Update 2020

as of 21/01/2020

School will begin as advertised with staff returning on Tuesday 28th January and Yr1-12 students returning on Wednesday 29th January. Prep students will begin on Thursday 30th January.

Breakfast Club will running as usual from 8am in Room 2. School starts for students with roll call at 8:55am.

Our main school buildings are still standing and over the school holidays we have been housing members of the CFA, Australian Defence Force, Paramedics and other emergency service personnel.

Unfortunately we lost the Chook House and part of the Hothouse roofing in the fire, along with some fencing, gardening equipment and other minor damage.

We understand that, at present, there are some families who may not be in town. If you are able to confirm your plans for Day 1, Week 1 or beyond, please contact our College Office- contact details below.

Booksale day planned for Wed 22nd January 2020 will not be going ahead. We are continuing to source our consumables and are aiming to have as much as possible here at school for the start of the school year.

We will have individual packs for secondary students collated and available for collection as part of the start of school morning on 29th Jan. Invoices will be enclosed for payment when you are able, there is no requirement for you to send money with your child.


If you have a requirement to purchase uniform, our office is open most days from now on. Please pop in and Bec and/or Dani will help you out. Please note that we have a large uniform order that we are expecting in, once large mail items can get to Mallacoota. Until then, we may only have limited stock.

Asthma/Air quality:

Smoke and increased air pollution from fires can trigger asthma symptoms. The signs of asthma can include coughing, wheezing chest tightness or shortness of breath. Asthma can be controlled with reliever and preventer medication. In an emergency ring 000. If symptoms are worsening please seek further medical advice.

**Please ensure your children bring in date medication and spacer to school everyday- in line with his/her current Asthma Action Plan.

On days of poor air quality, a P2 mask is encouraged for all students/staff- if your child is unable to bring a mask on a daily basis, we will have additional masks available at school. Indoor areas will be available on these days for those needing/wishing to stay in an air-conditioned environment.

Hats are required in Term 1. We also encourage sunglasses for outside to minimise the risk of dust or other items that may blow into eyes in windy conditions.

Where to get help:

We, as a school community are working with a variety of agencies to have support services in place on the return to school for the students and staff. The following are currently available.

24/7 Helplines

Emergency- Ambulance, Fire, Police – 000

Kids Help Line– 1800 55 1800

SANE Helpline– 1800 187 263

Men’s Line Australia– 1300 78 99 78

Drug and Alcohol Direct line– 1800 888 236

Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre- 1800 015 188



1300 22 4636 – Chat online, email, or speak on the phone 

Head space

1800650890 – Chat online, email, or speak on the phone

Kids Help Line

1800 551 800 – Phone or Web Chat Counselling

MensLine Australia

1300 78 99 78 Phone and online counselling.

Drug and Alcohol Direct lineHomepage

1800 888 236 – Chat online, email, or speak on the phone

Bushfire information, support and mental health and recovery

Trauma and children – tips for parents

Mallacoota Medical Centre

Medical and psychological support

All appointments are bulk billed

Please ring 51580777

Teen Clinic 

12:30 to 5 pm Mondays and Thursdays at the Medical Centre.

Young people can visit for all medical and non medical and mental health issues.

Free service.

If you need further information or support:

Please contact our College Office, Tim Cashmore or Kathy Scott if you have further questions or need additional support.

MP-12: 035158 0254

Tim Cashmore: 0407 524 902

Kathy Scott: 0491 220 008

Mallacoota  P – 12 College serves a small vibrant community in Victoria’s Far East. Our purpose is to maintain a happy learning community where students from prep to year twelve can achieve to their full potential in a unique social and natural environment. The College prides itself on maintaining high academic standards within a supportive and inclusive environment. Emphasis is placed on maintaining a school culture of mutual respect where all students, parents and staff feel safe and supported. We are committed to maintaining positive relationships with the wider community. School facilities and grounds are used by a range of community groups after school hours. Positive relationships and communication between home and school is a key component in creating a successful learning environment. Staff and parents are asked to communicate regularly in a range of settings and to work together for the benefit of our students. The College is governed by a strong and dedicated school council who have a long term commitment to making Mallacoota P – 12 College a leader in best school practice. A student representative council provides students with a voice and allows our students to take a leadership role in the directions and running of the school. Tim Cashmore Principal


 School Procedures for the Bushfire Season  <<< click for details >>>

NOTICE: Hunter Street (North side of school)

In order to reduce risk to students and local residents, drivers using Hunter street (North) are asked to park in a way that eliminates the need to reverse during the busy drop off and pick up times. Thank you.