Ventured Style Guidelines

ventured1smallVentured is the official newsletter of the MCAA and available by subscription only. All MCAA members receive either an email copy or hard copy depending on preferences chosen at the time of registration. If you are not receiving your newsletter please email us. Please note that archived copies are also available on the website here * one week from publication date. Hard copies of previous issues can be purchased—please contact the MCAA if you are interested (subject to limited stock). Please also note that there are sporadic ‘Updates to Members’ via email. Old copies of these are filed here* (*link for members only).

The MCAA gratefully welcomes submissions to the newsletter. These can be 500-600 word feature articles, short anecdotes or stories, ‘Where are they now?’ bios (outlining where life has taken you), or memory snippets. In fact, we are very keen to receive contributions of any kind from alumni. All contributions should be sent to the Editor, Barbara Dowling, at:

The Editor is not obliged to publish submissions, especially those that may be libelous or considered to be in poor taste. All contributions will be acknowledged and duly attributed to the author (except where the author prefers to remain anonymous).

Publication follows several stages and takes approximately 1-3 months from receipt of submission:ventured2small

  • Receipt of submission from author to the Editor;
  • Liaising with the author for clarity and consistency of submission (queries about meaning and purpose);
  • Editing of submission to meet style guidelines (see below);
  • Typesetting of submission (this is done by our volunteer professional typesetter, Sue Dart);
  • Proofreading of entire newsletter by MCAA Committee;
  • Publication, printing and distribution.

Please Note:

  • The Editor’s decision about inclusion in the newsletter is final and no correspondence will be entered into;
  • Submissions may be shortened to fit within space constraints;
  • Submissions may be altered in terms of grammar, punctuation or capitalisation.
  • Please note that by making a submission you grant to the Editor tacit approval for publication in both print form and on the internet.


Past issues (available for purchase):

  • Ventured 1: Lead article: Jenny and her Kittens 1954—1959. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profiles: Dorothy Meadows; Gus Johnson; Eberhard Rabich.
  • Ventured 2: Lead article: Mordialloc Memories. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profiles: Don Meckiff; Bill Rankin.
  • Ventured 3: Lead article: The Long Hair Crisis. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profiles: K. J. Campbell; Dimity Watt.
  • Ventured 4: Lead Article: Memories from the Staff Room. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Dr Antoinette White.
  • Ventured 5: Lead Article: New Designs for College. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Geoff Spruzen.
  • Ventured 6: Lead Article: Bernard Smith: Creative Teacher and Inventor. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Ian Fieggen.
  • Ventured 7: Lead Article: Our Mordialloc Creek. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Laurie Webb.
  • Ventured 8: Lead Article: Tour of the College. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Heather Donovan (nee Padman).
  • Ventured 9: Lead Article: Notable Alumni. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Bruce Usher.
  • Ventured 10: Lead Article: Generations. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Russell Mansfield.
  • Ventured 11: Lead Article: Tradition. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Bruce Lines.
  • Ventured 12: Lead Article: School Tour. ‘Where are they now?’ (regular feature). Alumni Profile: Max Murray.


It would assist the Editor if submissions adhere to the following style guidelines (for further details, consult the Monash Editorial Style Guide or a similar reputable style guide). In general:


  • use English, not American spelling: (‘ise’ not ‘ize’; ‘colour’ not ‘color’, etc)


  • Capitalise the start of sentences, countries (the USA) and states (Victoria), academic or other titles, and proper names (Dr/Professor, John Smith), book titles—excluding ‘the/a/an’ and conjunctions ‘and/but’—(e.g., Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone), and brand names (Apple). Do not capitalise the mere mentioning of things: e.g., ‘I went to Mordialloc College’, but ‘I am now studying at college’; ‘Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews stated that …’ but ‘Daniel Andrews was premier at the time’; ‘I visited South-East Asia’ but ‘The wind came from the south-east’, ‘Professor John Smith said that…’ but ‘My son became a professor of engineering’, and so on.

ventured4coverHypens and Dashes:

  • Hypens are used to join a prefix to the suffix of a word, e.g., five-year old child, pre-eminent, hand-over, and to break words over lines. They are also used to avoid ambiguity when ambiguity would result, e.g., to take over something is very different from a take-over.
  • Dashes (em-dashes) set off text for emphasis: ‘The CEO—who was 87-years old—should have retired ages ago’. (Dashes are longer than hyphens and can be achieved by typing two hyphens and clicking <return> on your keyboard.)


  • Do not use the abbrevation ‘no’ or ‘nos’ for ‘number/s’, spell out the word in full.
  • Spell out numbers one to nine in full, use arabic numbers for higher figures, e.g., ‘He had nine career changes’ but ‘He had a 34 percent chance of winning’.

Abbreviations and acronyms:

  • Spell out fully when first mentioned putting the acronym in […] and abbreviate thereafter, e.g., ‘The Department of Education [DoE] is …’ (thereafter, ‘The DoE …’). Exception can be made for commonly used words and phrases such as ‘the USA’, ‘the UK’, etc., which can be used without explanation. If there is likely to be confusion use the full expression, not an acronym, e.g., ‘APS’ could be Ascotvale Primary School, not Aspendale Primary School.
  • et cetera should be given as ‘etc.,’ except when at the end of a sentence when it can terminate in a full-stop. ‘For example’ should be given as ‘e.g.,’ not ‘eg’.; ‘i.e.’, not ‘ie’, and so on.
  • Do not abbreviate words like ‘company’ as ‘co.’, ‘Queensland’ as ‘Qld.’, ‘Victoria’ as ‘Vic.’, ‘Australia’ as ‘Aus’. While in common use, these abbreviations make writing seem “choppy”.

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