FAQ

 Membership, Security, Website, Sponsorship/Donating/Funding, Memorabilia, Committee, Alumni Survey, Registration

What is the MCAA? 2014_school_from_front_jo

The Mordialloc College Alumni Association is a not-for-profit incorporated entity which is devoted to helping the school financially, raising the profile of public education, and maintaining a photographic and documentary archive about the school and its people. We welcome members who wish to help us achieve these aims.

Does the MCAA represent the school?

No. We are affiliated with the school but we are a separate body with our own office bearers and constitution. We are working towards assisting the school but we make our own decisions. If you want to join the committee keep an eye out for nominations prior to each AGM in October. You can also join as a member without portfolio, or just sit in on occasional meetings. Watch the Event Calendar* for dates and times (*link available only for members).

What are your aims? 

Short term aims:

  • to be the central repository of digital memorabilia of Mordialloc College prior to the school’s centenary in 2024;2014_bridge_and_creek_3_jo
  • to ‘give back’ to the school in the form of sponsorship and tertiary scholarships and support for capital works, technology and library acquisitions;
  • to benefit our membership by fostering a sense of community;
  • to raise the profile of public education generally;
  • to drive the agenda for the centenary celebrations of the school in 2024;
  • to be a focal point for corporate donations, bequests and sponsorship from the community.

Long term aims:

  • to produce a book, and accompanying DVD, in commemoration of the school’s centenary;
  • to construct an on-site commemorative centenary garden;school
  • to develop a permanent on-site museum to store and display the school’s archives;
  • to develop a navigational app for the centenary celebrations in 2024.

In time, we also plan to organise and manage reunions for former students from the College.

We welcome membership from former students, donations from the public and sponsorship from local companies. (See ‘Sponsorship’ below.) General information about the aims and objectives of the MCAA is available here as a pdf document.

What does ‘Not for profit’ mean?

It means we are a fully incorporated association (A0061960Y) under Consumer Affairs statutes. No-one associated with the MCAA, including the committee, are paid for their efforts. All funds raised go towards our aims. The committee is property constituted, we meet monthly, and our AGM is held in October. Our Constitution is provided here. Our Certificate of Incorporation as a not for profit association is here.

There has been ex-student associations in the past, what is different about this one?

There were ex-student associations in the 1940s and 1980s/90s (see History). Both were successful for some time but eventually disbanded. Previous ex-students’ associations were mainly concerned with organising reunions; we are more concerned with documenting the school’s history and supporting public education financially. The MCAA is an incorporated not for profit organisation which is looking toward the centenary of the school in 2024 and beyond. The MCAA plans to be a financially viable organisation which is why membership fees are payable and we have sought assistance from sponsors and will look at other financially supporting activities such as sale of merchandise and selected photographs. In time we may organise reunions, but this is not our main focus.

school_at_nightDo I need to be a member to access the website?

Yes. You must register to access the website. Registration will require some evidence of your link with Mordialloc College as a former student or teacher. Non-alumni can join as a ‘Friend of the MCAA’. An annual fee is payable, and–as our fees are very low–donations are very welcome (see Membership).

Does registration on the website make me a member of the Association?

Yes. Registration requires membership and membership of the Association requires joining the Association and paying an annual membership fee. There are three categories of membership: Standard ($25 pa), Concessional ($15 pa) and ‘Friends of the MCAA’ ($25 pa). ‘Friends’ are non-alumni who should demonstrate an association with an alumni, e.g., a partner of a former student, or a parent, however, they can also be interested parties. Like other members, ‘Friends’ may access the archive, attend school tours, and attend reunions at a discount. See Membership.

dsc_6879-edit_stitchI went to the school but I did not finish Y12. Can I join?

Yes. ‘Alumni’ just means ‘past student’, it does not mean you completed Y12. You might have only attended for a few months.

What do I get if I become a member?

Within a few weeks of payment, you will receive a membership pack. This will include:

  • A welcome letter
  • A membership card
  • The latest issue of Ventured, our quarterly newsletter* (*link available only for members).

Shortly upon registration and payment you will receive access to the world’s largest repository of memorabilia* associated with Mordialloc College (growing weekly).  You will get invited to school tours (currently held twice per annum and normally conducted by the school Principal). When fully established, there will be other benefits: discounted invitations to reunions, discounts from sponsors, ability to advertise your business/services to other alumni* and so on (see Membership). Bear in mind that the organisation is young and things will take time. If you register, you will also get the ‘warm glow’ that comes from helping a public school (*links available only for members).

Is my information secure?SCHOOL BAND

Yes, your details will not be shared with any third parties, including advertisers, or other alumni. See our privacy policy here. See also Membership for more security information. The website is “locked down” to registered members.

What will I find on the website?

  • The largest existing collection of digital images, historic and contemporary photographs and documents, videos, and other paraphernalia pertaining to the college. Material is presented in a format that is easily identified and is chronological and searchable. We believe the school is unique in this achievement among schools in Australia, and possibly internationally.  This archive is in a constant state of development and photos/documents are added on a weekly basis.
  • A complete collection of Viking and Venture yearbooks from 1929 onwards
  • Members’ bios and photos of all registered members (searchable by graduation year and/or sex.)
  • Alumni survey data (showing aggregated data of where alumni ended up in their careers)
  • Notable alumni from all decades of the school
  • An alumni business corporate services register (members can advertise their services here for free. Contact us for further information).

If I find a former school friend on the site can I contact them?2014_bridge_and_creek_2_jo

Not directly. You can “follow” them and they will see that they have a follower. If you “follow” someone you will see what they post or upload onto the site. However, for privacy reasons the MCAA will not divulge personal information. You can “chat” via the site Forum, and make your own arrangements. If the person has provided their Facebook, Linkedin or Google+ address you can also contact them that way.

How do I ‘follow’ someone on the site?

‘Following’ someone is almost like “friending” someone on Facebook. You will see their posts and uploads to the site, but for security reasons you won’t be able to communicate with them directly. Navigate to the Directory, select the person you wish to follow, and click “follow”. If the person has provided their Facebook, Linkedin or Google+ address you can also contact them that way.

I am not an alumni. I’d like to know more information about my relative/parent/friend that attended the College. Can you help me?

We frequently get such requests. Old school records are routinely destroyed for privacy reasons. It is possible that photos, or Yearbook entries, exist of your relative/parent/friend. It is possible they are a member. You are welcome to join as a ‘Friend of the MCAA’ to see. We do not divulge personal details about members under any circumstances.

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Is the MCAA on Facebook?

Yes, Facebook and Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin. A strong social media presence helps us reach alumni around the world. We encourage you to join these as well to keep abreast of news and events.

Why is the website required when the MCAA has a Facebook site?

Images and documents on Facebook cannot be sorted chronologically and are not searchable. Our images and documents are sorted by year; searching for specific items is also possible. More importantly, however, is the issue of ownership of images on Facebook. Anything uploaded to Facebook becomes the property of Facebook (a US company) and used for whatever purpose they see fit. Facebook have the ability to remove any site at any time and all the archives would disappear with the site. If Facebook ceased to exist so too would the archive (remember Netscape? Friends Reunited also folded after 16 years of operation.) Privacy concerns are often raised regarding Facebook too, and it is often attacked by spammers. Facebook is not the appropriate format to preserve and manage valuable historical images and documents. Additionally, many alumni are not Facebook users.

2014_bridge_at_night_joWhat is happening with the MCAA Facebook site?

The digital images on Facebook have all been migrated to the website. All the historic images prior to 1980 are here, but not on Facebook. This website will be the Association’s principal online presence. The Facebook page is no longer the Mordialloc College Alumni Association’s primary means of communication, or means of digital storage; however it will remain as a place to chat. Put simply, we have “outgrown” Facebook.

I want to send the MCAA a photo/document to add to the archive. How do I do it?

It’s easy: 1) Navigate to your Profile* page; 2) Click on Edit Profile*; 3) At the bottom of the profile there is a upload button for photos, documents and music like this. Please ensure uploads are relevant to the College and its people. If you are unsure, email us and we will arrange pick-up (*links only available to members). For a navigational aid to your profile, see About Your Profile.

I want to comment on a photo in the archive. How is it done?the_old_water_troughs_

It’s easy. Go to the Gallery. Find the photo you want to comment on. Click in the Shop window here. This will provide a larger image. At the bottom of the page there is a place for comments like  this. Please be expansive: we’d like details, names you can remember, stories/anecdotes. It all makes for a richer archive. See How to Use the Website.

I signed up and want to find an old friend. How is it done?

Navigate to the Members’ Directory*. Enter the graduation year of the person (e.g., 1956) and the sex of the person in the search menu and click “filter search”(*link available only for members).

I am interesting in sponsoring the MCAA, donating to the cause, or making a bequest. Who do I contact?

We would greatly value your contribution. Email us. Our address is: PO Box 5121, Mordialloc, 3195. Our sponsors’ register is here.

Where will the funds go?

As noted, the MCAA is a not for profit association incorporated in Victoria. Any money raised will be used to support the association in its stated aims of benefiting members and supporting Mordialloc College. All funds raised, including those from membership fees, donations, sponsorship, merchandise sales and fund raising are held and dispersed by the MCAA (see Site Rules and Pledges).

2014_facebook_15_rwSome funds are required for the ongoing administration and activities of the association such as website hosting, production costs of the newsletter, insurance, postage etc. Other funds may be used for specific purposes such as production of a book on the history of the school or funding a scholarship for a disadvantaged student. In our first few months we initiated an annual prize in perpetuity for a year 12 student, now in its third year (the Dorothy Meadows OAM Prize in History)*, and gave a substantial donation of $1000 to the school to provide financial support to disadvantaged students to cover expenses such as books, uniforms, camps.  Put simply: your membership will help us help the school and the next generation of school kids. If you think public education is worth supporting please help us do it (*link available only for members).

Want to leave a lasting legacy? You may like to contribute to one of our major campaigns (see Campaigns). If you wish to make a significant bequest or bursary, you may nominate the precise cause to which you would like the funds to go, and the fund can be named after you (if desired). Please contact the MCAA and discuss the options with us, or come to a committee meeting–see the Calendar for details (*link available only for members).

I am interested in advertising my business on the Sponsors’ directory. What do I do?2014_dorothy_taking_five

Contact us by email to discuss your interest and requirements. There is a fee for this which helps us meet our aims.

I am an ex-student and would like to add my business/partner’s business to the Alumni Business Directory. What do I do?

This is free for members and their spouses. Become a MCAA member and send us details of your business(es) and a clear, high-res pdf logo.

I have school-related memorabilia I wish to share and/or donate. Who do I contact?

We welcome any memorabilia about the school, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Please send us an email. If you don’t have email our address is: PO Box 5121, Mordialloc, 3195. Members can also upload photos, documents and music on their profile* page like this (*link available only for members).

Do you have all the photos from the history of the school already?

Not by a long shot. Much of the school’s photographic archive has been lost through lack of interest and attention. In December 2015 five previously unknown photo albums from the 60s and 70s, and dozens of large photos on backing board were discovered in an old bike shed! This became known as the Bus Shed Collection. In 2016, The McDonald Collection–eight thousand slides and negatives–were donated to the MCAA by the former science teacher, Ian McDonald. They remain undigitised and are now up to 40 years old. In 2017 the caretaker of the school uncovered another previously unknown stash of photos and documents in the first-aid room–the First-Aid Room Collection. (See Mining the Archives). So we are discovering new things all the time. Much of the photographic record is also in private hands. This is our main quest: to preserve the history before the centenary. However things could be worse–we could be like Frankston High. They lost much of their archive in a fire (see Mining the Archives). Want to help? See About Your Profile for how to upload photos.

I have lost my old class photo and like to get a digital copy. Can I do this?

A range of classic, heritage photos, class photos and contemporary photos are available for purchase. Use the order forms attached or see *here for purchasing online. You can also access photos for sale by accessing the Shop here and navigating to “photos” and then “class photos”. Note that all proceeds go to the MCAA in support of public education (*link only available to members).

Who makes up the Committee?

The present committee was established at the inaugural meeting of the MCAA on the 9th August 2014, and renewed at the AGM on 17th October 2015, and again on 8th October 2016. The terms of elected members run for 12 months. Current members are:

  • President/Webmaster:
  • Vice President and Historian:
  • Secretary:
  • Treasurer:
  • Webmaster:
  • Facebook Admin:
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Assistant Secretary:
  • Ventured Editor:
  • Assistant Ventured Editor and Historian:
  • Ventured typesetter:
  • Sponsorship Coordinator:
  • Sponsorship Coordinator Assistant:
  • Sponsorship Coordinator Assistant:
  • Dr Martin Davies
  • Paula McCarthy
  • Lynette Williams
  • Ivor Donohue
  • Mitchell Sundsrom (MC Y12 student)
  • Eberhard Rabich
  • Andy Heinrichs
  • Kim Puleio
  • Barbara Dowling
  • Bruce Lines
  • Sue Dart (ex officio)
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  • Max Nicols
  • Shae MacBryde

New members on the committee are always welcome, and office holder positions fall vacant each October. We need “new blood”. Nominations for office bearers are held each September, but outtake2help is always needed. See Committee. Watch the Calendar* for committee meeting dates (link only available to members).

Where does the Committee meet?

We meet bi-monthly upstairs at the Mordialloc Sporting Club, now known as Mordy HQ: 528 Main Street Mordialloc. Meeting dates are in the newsletter Ventured and in the Calendar* Please contact us if you wish to attend. All ex-students are welcome, but non-MCAA Members cannot vote on motions (*link only available to members).

I recently completed Y12. Would joining the Committee be useful to me?

Yes. As well as doing some useful community work for your former school, universities (and businesses) look for evidence of ‘community engagement’. Participation in the MCAA could count towards a portfolio of work you could use at a job interview, or for university selection. As a committee member you would learn and apply practical skills: typesetting using Adobe’s InDesign; web development using WordPress (which powers 40 percent of the internet); financial management and budgeting skills; skills in archiving and photo documentation; photo restoration skills using PhotoShop; skills in event management, presentation skills; skills in raising funds by means of sponsorship; grant writing skills, leadership and committee work (Minute taking); and so on.

What’s the Alumni Survey and why should I participate?

In 90+ years of its existence the school has kept no records, and shown little interest, in where its alumni have ended up in their careers. We seek to redress this neglect. Our guiding belief is that public schooling is important, and people can contribute vitally to society without the benefit of a private school education. The alumni survey seeks to capture this data and show in an aggregated, graphic form: a) level of further education post-school (if any); b) the type of industries/professions that people work(ed) in; c) their contributions to that field/industry; and other information. See the Alumni Survey* for more information. Data from the survey is available on the website but only to registered members (*link available only for members).

I cannot complete the alumni survey because I cannot click on the options/I can’t see some pages. What’s wrong?

The problem is probably the browser you are using. Do not use Microsoft Surface or Internet Explorer which is known to create difficulties. We recommend Chrome.

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I registered and paid but I haven’t heard anything from you. What the …?

Check your “spam” or “junk” folder for a message from us. You will need to tell your email client that MCAA emails are not spam.

I forgot my login and password. What do I do?

Check your “spam” or “junk” folder for a message from us. That will contain the login and password. Any problems, let us know.

I registered, how do I use the website?

See here* (there are downloadable/printable instructions here too).

I’d like to contribute an article to the alumni newsletter Ventured

This is most welcome and encouraged. Please read  Ventured Style Guidelines for further information.

If you have questions feel free to email us. See also Membership for details about fees and online security. General information can be downloaded here as a pdf document. Feel free to pass this on to other alumni!

 Photos courtesy of alumnus Joe Oliveri and Martin Davies