Parkdale Secondary College

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Parkdale Secondary College
Mordialloc, Victoria
Type Public, co-ed, day school
Motto Latin: Pergo Et Perago
("I undertake and I achieve")
Denomination Secular
Established 1964
Principal Debby Chaves[1]
Staff 124[2]
Enrolment 1,300 approx[2]
Colour(s) Blue, green and yellow

Parkdale Secondary College, which is located in the Bayside suburb of Mordialloc, Victoria, Australia, is Parkdale's local public school. It is located on Warren Road opposite Don Tantell Leisure Centre.[3]

The college has completed the first stage and the second stage of a major upgrade which includes an early learning centre.[4][5]

The principal of the school (from mid-late October 2014) is Debby Chaves.[1]


Parkdale Secondary College is a year 7–12 public secondary college with an enrolment of approximately 1,300 students. Parkdale is involved in the iiNet program of RATL[clarification needed], which allows international students to study at the school. Parkdale also has a sister school in Japan called Nishi High School.[2][6]

The college's average study score for 2008 and 2009 was 30.[7]

In October 2014, the school celebrated its 50th anniversary.


  • John F Dower (1963–1967) founding principal[8]
  • R G Gilmour (1968–1973)[8]
  • L D Thomson (1974–1978, 1980)
  • M J O'Brien (1979a, 1981–982a, 1983–1986)
  • D Stewart (1987a)
  • Philip Knight (1988–2006)
  • Greg McMahon (2007–2014)[1]
  • Debby Chaves (2014 – present)


Parkdale High School was established in 1964. In its first year, it was located in four prefabricated classrooms within the grounds of Mordialloc Secondary College and although it shared some facilities it was run as a separate school by principal John F Dower with five teachers and 78 students. After a late start to the year 1965, the buildings on the present site were completed sufficiently for occupation by the now two school levels (then known as forms 1 and 2) and comprised approximately 200 students.

In 1989 the name of the school changed to Parkdale Secondary College. During the time Phil Knight was principal, the school grew from approximately 400 students in 1988 to 1025 students in 2006 and under Greg McMahon it grew from 1100 to over 1300 students.[9]


Represented by the Parky Seahorse, Parkdale competes in the Beachside District in athletics, swimming, cross-country and alternative sports.[10] The Mordialloc-Braeside Football Club was formed in February 1969 by three 13-year-old students of the then Parkdale High School, which included Peter Moait, John Ronke and Dean Carroll.[11]


The new gymnasium and arts center under construction as part of 'stage two' of the college upgrades

School productions[edit]

Andrew Mullett, a teacher at the school,[1] has directed the annual school play since 1983; his recent additions include those below:

  • 2013Promises/Taking Stock
  • 2011 - A Rum Business
  • 2010 - Going Forward
  • 2009 - Shady Deals
  • 2008 - The Night Shift
  • 2007 - Lost for Words
  • 2006 - Perspectives

Rock Eisteddfod[edit]

Parkdale competes in the National Rock Eisteddfod biennially. Most recently, the 2009 entry, Dream Stealers, was awarded third in the grand final, and received a wildcard into the National TV Special Results. In the 2007 entry Parkdale positioned 3rd in the Premier Division and was a wildcard in the 2007 National TV Special Results. The 2005 entry positioned 4th in the Premier Division Grand Placings, and was the Victorian state winner of the National TV Special Results.[12]

Former public school bulletin board.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Parkdale Secondary College - Staff Structure". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  2. ^ a b c "MySchool - Parkdale Secondary College". 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  3. ^ "Parkdale Secondary College". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  4. ^ Hosking, Wes. "$8.9m Parkdale Secondary College project takes shape - Education - News - Mordialloc Chelsea Leader". Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Details for Parkdale Stage 2 Building". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Parkdale Secondary College - Sister School". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  7. ^ "VIC High School Rankings". Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  8. ^ a b Iluka - school magazine
  9. ^ "ILUKA—REVISITED!" (PDF). Parkdale Secondary College Ex-Students' Association. 2006. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  10. ^ "Parkdale Secondary College - Sports". Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  11. ^ "Mordi-Brae History". MBJFC. Retrieved 2011-11-12. 
  12. ^ Rock Eisteddfod Challenge results

Coordinates: 37°59′27″S 145°05′41″E / 37.99083°S 145.09472°E / -37.99083; 145.09472