dsc_6885-edit_stitchWho can become a member of the Mordialloc College Alumni Association?

Membership is restricted to former students, former and current staff of the College, and friends/partners/family of ex-students/staff. For general information about the MCAA, and frequently asked questions. click here.

Why should I become a member of the Association?

Members of the Mordialloc College Alumni Association will receive access to the photographic and document archive (always growing), access to registered members’ bios, newsletters, invitations and information on social events and fundraisers, invitations to organised events such as talks by interesting alumni, tours of the school, and opportunities to network and advertise in the MCAA newsletter. When the MCAA is fully established, members will have opportunities to meet old friends at organised reunions. We hope that eventually members will be able to access discounts on local and interstate services as an Alumni member. Most importantly, members will be supporting public education—an underfunded sector in our community.

What’s the main idea behind the MCAA?

It’s pretty simple: to raise funds to support public education, to give back to the community, and to preserve the school’s history. The site holds the only and the largest searchable collection of images and documents about the school. Your contributions help us in our ongoing work.

How much is membership?2014_facebook_16_rw

Full: $25 pa, Concession: $15 pa, Friends of the MCAA: $25 pa (“Friends” must be non-alumni, i.e., partners, parents, friends of ex-students). Where does the money go? See FAQ.

Can current College students join?

Alumni are by definition past students, but we make an exception for Year 12 students exiting the College in the calendar year in which they register for membership (‘Concessional’ membership applies to them for the first year).

I did not graduate from the College. Can I join?

Yes. ‘Alumni’ means ‘ex-student’; it does not mean ‘graduate’. Even if you only attended the school for a few months you are an alumni.

How do I pay?

There are three ways to pay: 1) PayPal, 2) Direct Credit, or 3) cheque/cash/credit card. To pay by PayPal you will need: a credit card; and/or a PayPal account.

2014_bridge_and_creek_1_joWhat is PayPal?

PayPal is the industry standard for secure online transactions. If you do not have a PayPal account, registration will give the option of creating an account when you sign up. The  sign-up process is very clear. You will need at that point to provide:

  • Your name
  • Date of Birth
  • Credit/Debit card type 
  • Credit/Debit Card number
  • Expiry date and Card 3 or 4 digit security code (on the back of your Credit/Debit Card)
  • Address
  • Email

Credit card details are NOT kept by the MCAA. They are held securely in PayPal. The PayPal registration form is provided as part of signup for membership (if you already have a PayPal account just select “I already have a PayPal Account” and login with your account details). Note that—like most charities—registration for membership will, by default, be an annual fee deducted at the anniversary of your membership. This saves you remembering, and saves us administrative work. However, you can terminate this at any time in your PayPal account. For a simple step-by-step guide to registering and paying see here; for a more detailed guide download this document.

2014_facebook_11_rwThe PalPal registration form mentions a “donation”. What’s this for?

As we are in the business of raising funds to support public education, you might wish to supplement your registration fee with a donation. Our membership fees are very low (for comparison, Melbourne High Old Boys’ Association charges $70pa). However, if you cannot afford this at this time, just ignore it. If you can afford it, every little bit helps and we thank you for your generosity.

I don’t have a credit card. I don’t want to use PayPal. What do I do?

You can send us a direct funds transfer: Bendigo Bank, BSB: 633-000. Account Number: 152914982. Make sure your given name and surname is clearly visible in the transaction details, and send us a letter or email advising you have made this transaction. Include the membership form attached. We will add you manually and send you a login and password details. Allow at least two weeks for administration and processing of your application. Renewal will be need to be made annually at the anniversary of membership and we will have to go through the process again.

I don’t have reliable internet access. What do I do?

Send a cheque to The MCAA, PO Box 5121, Mordialloc, 3195. Include the attached membership form. We will add you manually and send you login and password details. Allow at least two weeks for administration and processing of your application.

What happens if I register but don’t pay?

You will be a “provisional” member until such time as you pay the membership fee, but in the meantime you will not be able to access the website nor see the registered members. “Provisional” members will be deleted every month or so by the Webmaster if accounts are not activated.

2014_creek_at_night_3_joI registered and paid but I don’t see anything, What the…?

More than likely there is an email acknowledgement waiting for you in your “spam” or “junk” folder. You will have to tell your email client that MCAA messages are not junk.

What will I see when I sign up?

Once you have registered and paid you will receive an email advising you have successfully registered. NOTE: This email may be in your “spam” folder. This email confirms your login and password. Keep this safe. When you first sign-in you will see your Profile* page as you submitted it. You can edit this if you wish under Edit Profile.* You can use the menu bar to navigate around the site. Members*  is where you will find profiles of other former students, ‘Archives’ is the location of the photos*, videos*, newsletters * and documents* (including all Viking and Venture Yearbooks from 1929 onwards). Shop* is where you can find merchandise, Forum* is the place for discussion under topics (or suggest a topic yourself). Notable Alumni * as the name suggests, is where you will find the bio of well-known, innovative alumni and former teachers. In Memoriam* is a list of alumni that left us too early. While you are looking around, do the Alumni Survey* and then look at the aggregated results under Survey Results*. Bear with us while the site is new, and remember that we are adding content all the time. Play around, and if you have any questions, please ask. (*links available only for members). You are most welcome to suggest content for the site and to contribute to it.

I am security conscious. What can people see about me if I register?2014_bridge_and_creek_3_jo

They will see:

  • your name;
  • Your site photo: uploaded to represent you on the site (a clear head and shoulders photo is preferred);
  • Your old school photo*, if you provide one (a clear head and shoulders photo is preferred); (*Remember: people may not recognise you now!) An old photo is optional.
  • Years attended;
  • Your bio or brief life story;
  • The country you reside in (indicated by a national flag).

They will NOT see your address, state, postcode, email, credit card details , feeder primary school, or your telephone number. Our Privacy Policy is here. This is how your profile will look (with your face of course!) For further details see About Your Profile.

2014_facebook_13_rwIs this personal information available more widely on the internet?

No, only to registered paid-up members of this site. The site is ‘locked down’ to registered MCAA members. People who are not paid-up members cannot see your profile information.

Can I edit my profile, change my photo, etc., later on?

Yes. This can be done under the Profile* tab. You can do this as often as you wish (*link available only for members).

The registration form asks me how I want to receive the newsletter. What’s this all about?

Email is our preferred method of delivery as it saves us money that we can spend in supporting public education. (Every newsletter costs us around $2 to produce and $1.40 to mail to you—excluding labour. That’s a total of $13.60. This is barely covered by your membership fees.) However, if you prefer a hard copy you have the choice of large format which easier to read (A3) or “tabloid” format which has smaller text but which is easier to store (A4). It’s your choice!

OK, I’m interested but I am not familiar with the internet. What are the steps for signing on?

For simple, easy-to-follow, downloadable instructions (with pictures) click here. For a quick quide, see this link. In general:

  • Step 1: Click on the Login/Register button on the home screen here. (It’s the big, red button.)
  • Step 2: Click  on ‘Create an Account’ (bottom of the screen).
  • Step 3: Select your membership status using the drop down menu, and fill in the fields provided. When completed your form will be in several parts (click to see): your Account here, and here; your  profile details, and bio; and your  Social Media. (You can edit your profile, change your photos, etc., as often as you wish once registered.) Need more information, or want to know about our privacy policy? See About Your Profile.
  • Step 4: Click on “Register”. This will take you to PayPal for payment. (If you elect to pay in another way, just click out of that screen.)
  • Step 5: Wait for confirmation by email from us (NB: Your confirmation email may be in your “spam” or “junk” folder).

NB: Please note that there is a known incompatibility with the site when using Microsoft Surface as your browser. We recommend using Chrome.

See FAQ for other Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have questions feel free to email us:

Photos courtesy of alumni Joe Oliveri and Kim Puleio.