Mallacoota Secondary School

Mallacoota Secondary School

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope your family have had a safe break from school and that students are ready to continue their learning from Wednesday 15th April.

As you may be aware, in response to the COVOID 19 crisis, the Government of Victoria has stated that all students who can work from home in Term 2 must do so.

All students will be working from home except for students in the following categories:

  1. Children on days when they are not able to be supervised at home and no other arrangements can be made. This will be available for children of parents who cannot work from home, and vulnerable children.

If you feel that your child/children meet the criteria and on-site supervision is required, please contact the College Office on 03 51580254 to provide the following information:

  • Name of child/children in need of on-site supervision
  • Dates supervision is required
  • Reason why your child/children needs supervision

 No students will be able to attend for on-site supervision without prior arrangements being made. This is due to staffing restrictions as a result of adhering to social distancing requirements.

In preparation for flexible and remote learning, we are continuing to put in place measures to ensure that our students are given as much support as possible through virtual platforms including Google Classroom and Webex Video Conferencing. Please note, staff will be in frequent contact with students and, where appropriate, parents and there will be a range of opportunities for students to ask questions and discuss learning. Students will be required to submit work through Google Classroom and feedback will be provided regularly. Work packs will also be provided in consideration of student developmental levels and potential internet accessibility issues. These packs will be available for collection from the front of school from Wednesday morning.

If your child/children do not have access to a device at home for school based work, please contact the College Office.

We have been informed that over the next two weeks the department will provide the school with access to sim cards and internet dongles which will provide internet access to students (who do not currently have internet access at home) for the purposes of completing school work only. These will be distributed as needed.

Tuesday 14th April is a Pupil Free Day. Staff will be continuing to plan for online and flexible delivery of curriculum. After this date we will provide families with additional ‘age specific’ information about how classes will be delivered for your child/children. We will also provide more specific information about who to contact should you have questions about your child’s/children’s learning, engagement or wellbeing.

At this stage, our Office will remain open during school hours.  Feel free to contact us.

Stay well.

Tim and Kathy

East Gippsland Basketball

East Gippsland Basketball


Year 7-10 Girls team:

We did really well seeing as though we had one training session before hand, we will train up and get them next time. We lost both games but scored 4 points against Lakes Entrance. If we train for next year we could be a real threat to the other teams and they won’t know what has hit them. #droppingbasketssince1998


Year 9/10 Boys team:

The boys did very well against tough opposition, especially considering we only had one training session. Our opponent forfeited the first game, so we had a practice match with the year 7s. In the second game we lost to a fairly good Nagle team but did manage to score some points. With some practice this team could be really good and might be a threat for the title next year.


Yr 7/8 Boys team: We had three grade 7/8 boys it was really hard as some were sick and some pulled out, but luckily we had two year 9s and won two games one was the Lakes Entrance and the other wasn’t there because they didn’t show up, but we also loss to Nagle. There score was 10 points and ours was 6 points, it was rough but we had fun and got to see the other teams play and go to have Subway, McDonald’s, and Peppers. So us grade 7/8s had fun and we’d like to do it again sometime and play

more basketball games.


Tyson: Dropping some baskets


Harry: we fly as one   BAKKAAARRRR #qualitybanterfeatbezza #cheekynandoswiththelads

Mitch: Nagle is annoying.

Archie: It was a fun day. Next year we will win.

Malakai: We did our best and maybe next time we’ll be dunking some more hoops

Brodie: It was heaps of fun playing Bball with Tyrone, next year we will dominate

Laurel: Really fun day. Everyone did really well. We will win next year and we will beat Nagle. BAKKKKKAAAARRRR

Jacqueline: It was a really fun day, everyone played really really well and hope to do it again next year. Go Pelicans!!!

Hannah: Such a great experience getting to play a different sport, Mr Berry was an awesome coach!

Jacob: “It doesn’t matter if they’re behemoths, no shut up Archie. It doesn’t matter because we can’t lose no matter what. We always win in spirit.

Rhys: Playing against Naegle made me realise how much harder I have to practice if I ever want to compete on their level. Sure it was demoralising, but how else can you learn how far you have to go and how hard you have to try.

On behalf of Bailey: Bailey hit a 3 point play (foul 2 pts, then hit the free throw), then a 2 pointer, to top score with 5 pts in one game. Awesome!


– Mallacoota P-12 Basketball teams.

East Gippsland Basketball

Mallacoota P-12 College Athletics Carnival

On Thursday the 30th of July Mallacoota P-12 College held their annual Athletics Carnival. The weather was perfect. Students went all out in their costumes with many donning superhero outfits. This was wholly student driven by the Secondary and Primary house captains. It really brought an air of celebration to the day.
Cann River and Noorinbee joined us at 10.15am and we moved straight into the Prep-2s social 100m events. Supported by the Secondaries these little people ran their hearts out. The P-2 social student participated with the 17+ and 16+ students all day. It was great to see the impact students at both ends of their schooling had on one another.
The primaries and secondaries ran through the field events giving their best. Students competed in long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, discus and javelin (sec. only). We had the most amount of students competing (in a friendly and sociable way) that I have seen.
The students who were not competing did a fantastic job participating and assisting with the running of the day. One senior staff member mentioned that it was the best non-competing participation she had ever seen. These students also gained a number of points for their houses. Awesome job!
Thanks to:
Parents and Staff who assisted and with the running of the day.
Parent supporters who came down
Don Ashby (awesome) who set up a fantastic speaker system.
Cann and Noorinbee primary schools for making the journey.
All the students who assisted the running of the event, without you it wouldn’t be possible.
The VET Sport and Recreation students who set up the field.
Kathy who assisted with the organisation
Finally thank you to our student leaders:
– School Captain: Haydn
– Secondary House Captains: Alanna, Steven, Luci, Brodie, Kahli
– Primary House Captains: Rass, Ashley, Sarah, Tahlia, Natasha

Simon Berry

2015 Swifts-Coota Cup

On Wednesday the 22nd of July secondary students from year 7-12 travelled to Swifts Creek for our annual Swifts- Coota cup tournament. We left from Mallacoota at lunch time with our wonderful chauffers Mr Berry and Mrs Scott.

When we arrived at Swifts Creek P-12 we unpacked the bus before meeting the Swifts Creek students and teachers. This was followed by dinner and a night filled with fun games, laughter and interaction with kids from Swifts. We settled down and set up our sleeping arrangements before hitting the sack for a big day ahead.

On Thursday we woke up bright and early ready for the day’s events. We packed up and loaded the busses for home before having a big breakfast outside with the company of the Swifts students and teachers. The day provided us with some glorious weather with the sun shining and no wind evident. After breakfast the year 7/8/9 girls played their first game of Netball to kick off the day. With some competitive competition by Swifts, they came out on top with a score of 7-1. The Coota girls held their heads high and managed to get a score on the board. Well done to the 7/8/9 netball teams.

Next up was the 10/11/12 girls also playing netball, with a motivational talk from Mrs Scott, Mr Berry and other students we managed to score the first goal of the match, which was a good start! With skill experience and knowledge taking over the field, the Swifts goals came back quickly and efficiently with a very impressive end score of 13-6. Well done both teams on your great sportsmanship and cooperation.

Up next to take their turn was the boys AFL game, with Swifts having the home ground advantage and Coota a few numbers down. To even it up Swifts gave us a few home players to borrow for the match. Everyone played really well, with Coota winning at one stage but taken over by swifts later on it was a close match with Swifts taking the win by only a few points.

To wrap the sports part of the day a fun game of mixed speed ball was played. With Swifts and Coota working together against another team it was a great way to end the tournament.

We had a small presentation to give back the cup to Swifts after their wins in netball and footy. The Mallacoota and Swifts Creek house captains ran the presentation, thanking and highlighting a favourite part of the tournament to the fellow peers.

To end the day before Mallacoota’s trek home, Swifts Creek put up a good BBQ lunch for all the students. It was a great way to continue and mingle with students from the other school, broadening our peer group, and developing new friendships.

Well done to all the students who came and participated in any of the activities during our trip to Swifts, and an even huger thank you from all the students to Kathy Scott and Simon Berry for helping organise and taking time out to drive us to swifts creek. Also a big thank you to Swifts Creek P-12 College for hosting us and looking after us very well. Looking forward to next year!

By Brodie, Haydn, Luci and Kahli.

Gabo Reflections

Reflection on Gabo
The thick bush is close around us. Brock, Rene, Mala, Mikey and me are cutting through the bush to get to Boulder bay. A dark shape looms over us. It is a fat cow. We try to skirt around it but Mikey runs towards it. He stops 2 metres away from it and introduces himself.
“Hello!” he says, “My name is Mikey, what’s yours?”
The cow backs away and slowly walks off. We all crack up laughing at his silliness. We soon get over it and continued the trek.
By Tom.
Going to Gabo
When we went to Gabo, we took Reinhardt’s boat there. The boat is called the cougar cat. It was the first time I had been on a boat in the open ocean. We launched the boat at Bastion Point. Dougie was on board too. Dougie is a deckhand for Reinhardt.
When we got off the boat, Leo talked to us about some Gabo Island history. He showed us the cemetery. There are three graves there. He showed us the monument which represents the shipwreck called the monumental city on Tullaberga. The water gets pumped from the dam into the tanks. We saw all the farming equipment.
We then went to the accommodation and played some games, and had lunch. Leo took us up the lighthouse, and explained how it works. It is powered by solar energy. We went out onto the balcony of the lighthouse which is roughly 100m high. The lighthouse is the second tallest in Australia. We walked back to the jetty.
On the way back I got soaked by the waves! They were splashing into the boat.
Reinhardt showed us a cool shipwreck called the Riverina on the trip back. When we got back to Bastion Point, I had to wait at school while I was soaking wet. It was freezing!
By Bailey
Gabo camp arrival:
WOOSHHHH we crush another wave under the hull of the boat. “I see Gabo Harbor!” someone exclaims I peer out of the side of the boat and there in front of us Santi Barbara Bay. We all give a cheer and stick our heads outside the port side of the boat. We finally arrive at the jetty and unload our bags and our food onto the back of the truck which was waiting for us. Tony Symes gives a grin and waves, I wave back, “Hi Tony!” I call out over the busyness of unloading “Hiya Soph!” He calls back “It sure is good to be back!” I call over a load of bags that I pass through to Demi. “Sure is!” Tony calls back heading down the jetty to collect more boxes of food. I finish passing the last couple of bags to Demi and Jorja and then we start walking up to the accommodation, Jordyn and I walk side to side taking many pictures as it was her first time on the island and we were free to roam on it. “Whoa a cool dew spider web!” I said and Jordyn rushed over to take photos. Then we walked continuously to the house and set up. Our bedding. We eat lunch and organize our two days over here. The morning is now compete.
That’s the start! Now read the other parts of our class adventure!
By Sophie.

After we’d settled in we walked down to the jetty and lied on the beach to get warm. Taylor, Sophie, Jorja and I jumped off the jetty and swam into shore getting wrapped into our towels straight away! We walked back up to the house and played a game of cricket (me and Taylor hitting everyone for six!) We walked down to the jetty when it got dark to see the Penguins. We lied down really still and one of them walked on my hand! We walked back to the house, occasionally seeing a Penguin wandering around on the track. Me and Jorja got straight onto cooking the BBQ meat, rissoles, sausages and Dawns vegetarian burgers. We had a nice as dinner and played a few games and went to bed, having a good rest preparing for the next day ahead!
By Demi 

During the Gabo island camp, we learnt about all of the history of the island. I thought I knew all about the island, but it turned out I didn’t even know a quarter of it. One of my main interests of the history was the ship wreck of the Monumental city. The Monumental city was one of the first steam ships to cross the pacific. It used to take items and people from Melbourne to Sydney and the other way around. On one of its trips, it mistook Point Hicks for Cape Howe so it changed its course and ran aground at Tullaberga island. But mind you it was pitch black. They decided to wait to morning to do something about, but come morning an east coast low hit Tullaberga island. The ship was getting pounded by the waves and about 30 people died. One of the sailors managed to get a rope from the island to the main land so people could clamber across. Some people got swept off the rope and drowned.
By Mikey
Gabo Island
I stand in front of the Gabo lighthouse, staring at the open door, up the granite stairs, it swings in the wind slamming against the concrete wall, rain falls down as I lift myself up the stairs, as I step into the entrance lighting flashes I jump, and quickly run inside, I head to the spiral stairs look up, then start slowly taking each step.
I climb the stairs of the lighthouse, I go higher and higher, my hand gripping the icy metal railing, the light of the entrance disappearing with each step I take, my heart beats faster as I peep down over the edge, the fear of falling giving me shivers, I start to feel the cold air as it seeps into my jacket, I look up to see if I’ve reached the top, I walk the last few steps until I reach the top.
I look around the small dark room and see a door to the outside, I stand at the door, key in the lock, and turn it, I push the door open, I step onto the small iron platform and I look out grabbing the white rail, the salty air rushes to my face, the gentle drops of rain falling from darkening sky, the storm has gone and left a beautiful sun set, I gasp at the amazing view, and I smile at my accomplishment.

Gabo Reflection
When my alarm went off at 8:00am I jumped at of bed and rushed down to the jetty. When we got on to the boat rush of excitement ran through my body. It was great seeing Gabo get closer and when we arrived it was even better. The sun was glaring off the water it was really pretty. We walked but to the house and made ourselves at home. Then we went outside and played some cricket it was a lot of fun with all of the girls. Then at dark we went and saw the penguins it was very weird having the penguins walk over our hands. Everyone was excited to get back and have dinner which was great thanks Demi and Jorja. After dinner we got told that we were only staying one night and everyone was running around the house screaming and yelling “WE DON’T WANNA GO HOME”.
We woke up bright and early to cook breakfast. After breakfast we walked down to the harbour and met group two then we went on a tour around the island with Leo. This was a big walk but after the we had wraps for lunch. Then group one walked back to the harbour and got on the boat and went home.
By Mali

Gabo Reflection
I jump out of bed and chuck my bags into the car.
We wiz down to Bastion point and wait for Reinhardt to take us to Gabo Island in his cougar cat.
As we go out the break wall, dolphins swim right up close to the boat, you could pretty much touch them as they swim freely and graceful.
We arrive at Gabo and unload our bags onto the ute.
Tony one of the lighthouse keepers, talks for a bit about Gabo, and gave us some information before we head up to the houses.
The walk is long from the harbor to the house, about 15 minutes.
We all go inside the house we are all staying in and find our rooms.
We unpacl out bags ready for a day of fun.
All of the girls went outside in the court yard to play ‘chicket’ (what we call chriket).
After a while we decide to walk down to the harbor to go for a swim, we play beach volley ball and a couple of games.
Demi, Taylor, Sophie and I jump off the jetty with a scream into the freezing water.
We all walk back to the house and prepare dinner before going to see the penguins.
I lay down next to the wharf and see the penguins white stomachs as they come up from the water, they walk over my legs and all of a sudden run off back down onto the rocks. We all walk back to the houses, demi and I cook the barbie.
After dinner we find out that in the morning we will be leaving!
We all rage and run around the house for a while, “we don’t want to go home!” we all yell.
Tomorrow comes to fast and we walk down to the wharf to meet up with group 2, we have a tour with Leo around the island.
We climb the lighthouse then wait for riney and duggy to pick us up in his boat to go back home.
We load our stuff into the boat and hop in and drive out of the harbor waving good bye to Cass, Leo and Tony making our way back home to Mallacoota.

19th of May 2015. I wake up at 7:00am get ready and grab my bags I’m going to Gabo Island. I get down to Bastion point. We wait for our transport, the boat. As we were leaving off the end of the break wall we saw dolphins, a nice departing gift. Chelsea and I stay up the front of the boat and the boys are at the back. As the water comes up over the side of the boat from the spray the boys are getting soaked.
When we arrive at Gabo we all leap off the boat and unpack as quickly as possible so we can start exploring. We immediately take photos. The water is crystal clear. Ideas of swimming flow through my head. Later on the girls show up (the other group, which had just girls in it.) Leo, one of the lighthouse keepers, starts the tour of part of the island. I knew this was the start of a good camp.


Gabo Cricket
On the first day Leo took us around the island. In cricket at Gabo, I made 146*no. I hit 17 fours and 13 sixes,(they put all their fielders on the fence and still couldn’t get me out). It was a sick innings. And on the last day we went rock hopping and I slipped on this slippery stuff and landed on barnacles. We also jumped off the jetty.


Gabo Island
When I got to the jetty at Bastion my excitement was uncontrollable.
I couldn’t wait to go over to Gabo for the first time; I was also excited to go with my friends.
When we got on Reinhardt’s boat the “Cougar Cat” I ran straight to the side to see over at the ocean and as we left, we saw dolphins a whole pod of them swimming gracefully next to the boat in the wake. Then we got further out to sea and it was like glass.
When we got to the Harbor we saw Tony the keeper. He had a Ute with a trailer that we had to load all of our food and bags into. After we loaded up the trailer we headed up to our accommodation. It was a long walk but we got there in the end. We stayed at a house right next to the lighthouse. The house had 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a lounge and asbestos. After a bit we settled in our new rooms for the next 2 nights or so we thought.
Then we played cricket and Taylor hit an amazing 6 over the roof we still don’t have the ball!
Then we went down to the Harbor and swam. Demi, Jordyn and I sunbaked and according to Taylor, “like typical white girls.” Afterwards Taylor, Jorja and Demi jumped of the jetty it looked freezing. When we got back we were all so hungry. It was fun eating at the dining table it was like we were a family. Afterwards when it got dark we went down to see the penguins they were so cute but I almost trip over them they ran slowly and stupidly. When we got back we had circle time we talked about our journal things. Then had a discussion about how we were leaving early and when we found out most of us went into protest some of us prayed to stay.
Then we played a couple of games and went to bed at around 11:00pm.
The next day we woke up early to get breakfast and go and see Tony do the weather report and afterwards we went around the rocks and explored bit. Then we went down to meet and greet group 2 and we went on a tour with Leo who had come over for the day to give us a tour.
We saw the cemetery and the monument and more on our tour then Group 1 went up the lighthouse it was really high up. I went out on the balcony but not for very long I’m not very good with heights. Then we left back on the Cougar Cat and went home Gabo was a great experience.
By Poppy

Gippsland Cross Country
On Thursday the 18th of June 3 of our running champions competed in the Gippsland regional cross country.
Students did a fantastic job competing in cold and wet conditions to represent our school and East Gippsland. A huge congratulation to all.
Report from Tracy.
“The students did our school proud. Well behaved and polite as usual. Each one waited to shake hands with their fellow competitors, even Talia sought out others in her event to congratulate them after finishing at the tail of the field. It was freezing cold and drizzly, so the run was a considerable challenge. Talia finished close within the end pack, Rowan came in 40th, and Bowan finished 11th.”
A huge thank you to the Morris’ for taking Talia down and to Tracy for taking Rowan and Bowan. Thanks as well to Ian Berry for the farm accommodation.

Gippsland Cross Country

East Gippsland Netball and Soccer – 2015
Netball Summary:
On the 16th of June 10 netball 7-11 students travelled up to Bairnsdale to complete in a netball round robin. While everyone we versed had years of experience playing netball we were chucked in the deep end on every having the change to play netball at these events. So considering the circumstances we played extremely well and improved in each and every game. We went in with a positive attitude to work as a team and have some fun and come out with excitement and happiness about the way we played and our team work which was shown in our play. We scored more goals then we have before which gave us a boost to continue trying as hard as we could. Overall the girls did extremely well and we look forward to next year. Go Pelicans!
– Haydn and Brodie

Soccer Summary:
The school soccer took place in Bairnsdale on Tuesday the 18th of June. There was heaps of positive energy on the bus and we were all pretty pumped. Our first game against Nagle, the result was 4-0 in their favour. But the lads did really well and like usual we tried our hardest and didn’t let each other down. Our next game against Cann River and thanks to a beautiful hatrick to the renowned centre mid and high draft pick Harry we won 4-0 with a goal from Kelby as well. Bryce and I were really proud of the boys, especially Bailey and Mitchell who had never played. “Bacawaaa!”
– Harry and Bryce

Student Reflections:
Envy – “Netball was heaps of fun! All the girls tried their best and we showed a good fight to get the ball. Subway cookies are to die for”
Bryce P – “I had two touches in goal”
Demi – “Barkaaaa”
Emma – “Netball was really great fun even if we didn’t win. The team has improved a lot since last year and everyone did a great job”
Haydn – “Well done to all the girls it was a fantastic day. All the girls got out there and had a blast and tried their hardest. We could definitely see the improvement throughout the matches. Go Pelicans!”
Mikey – “I had lots of fun playing soccer”
Archie – “Everyone did well. Next year we will beat Nagle”
Kelby – “Yea, I kicked a goal”
Mitchell – “It was frikin’ crazy”
Noah – “Stood up against Nagle, was great”
Harry – “Leading the school in goal kicking, what up”
Rene – “It was fun beating Cann River”
Brodie – “I had heaps of fun playing netball and seeing improvement throughout our game”
Hannah – “Netball was a blast, we may not have won but we definitely had a huge improvement from last year”
Jacqueline – “Netball was lots of fun, it was great seeing some old mates. All the girls did a fantastic job and tried their best”.
Belle – “Netball was a good day off school and there was a massive improvement from last year, we got at least two goals per game which was a win for us”
Laurel – “Netball was so much fun even though I didn’t play. Such a good day. We didn’t win but we improved in every match.
Jorja – “Netball was so much fun! Everyone tried their best and we scored a couple of goals every match! It was a great day.

Keely and I were extremely proud of the student’s effort and behaviour. They had a real crack and improved a lot throughout the day. And had probably too much fun, as was evidenced by them singing the bus into Mallacoota. Thanks to the parents who supported the excursion.

– Simon Berry