I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday. As College Principal I look forward to joining with students, teachers and parents for another exciting and productive year of teaching and learning at Mount Waverley Secondary College.
I am pleased to report that the college continues to build upon our successes. Our 2017 VCE results were excellent with our College Dux, Edward Tu, receiving an ATAR score of 99.85, Edward also scored a 50 in Mathematical Methods, Chemistry and Biology. Sixteen students received an ATAR of over 95, 47 of our students scored 90 or more which is a great achievement.
A very warm welcome to all new students and their families. You are embarking on a wonderful learning journey, which will be enhanced by always trying your personal best.
Mount Waverley Secondary College provides a learning community where we all respect and care for each other, always working cooperatively as a team. In addition our college provides you with magnificent facilities and resources which are yours to use to maximize your learning opportunities. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions. Staff and students are eager to help you make a successful transition into our college.
This year we have defined more clearly our three Campus Principal roles. Mr Andrew Batchelor will be the Campus Principal – Junior Campus, Mr Ian McLeod, Campus Principal – Middle School and Mrs Julie Cain, Campus Principal – Senior Campus, as well as these roles Andrew, Ian and Julie also hold other college wide portfolios.
Welcome new staff
I would like to welcome the following new staff to the college:
It is with pleasure I introduce our new Head of Student Wellbeing Mr Paul Graham to our learning community. Paul will be in charge of our wellbeing program and working alongside the wellbeing coordinators, chaplains, integration aides and nurses. For the last four years Paul held the position of Student Welfare Coordinator at Fairhills High School and prior to this, eight years in DHS working in Youth Justice.
Mr Graham is passionate about improving student learning outcomes and I look forward to working with him in 2018 and beyond.
Mr Paul Graham speaking at assembly
New Leading Techers
Mr John Simon – Head of Junior School (teaches English/Media)
Miss Claire McCormack – Acting Senior Sub School Leade
Ms Barbara Hadlow – Literacy Learning Specialist
Other New Staff are:
Sarah Smith (German)
Kate Davine (P.E/Health)
Juliz Mathew (Physics /Mathematics)
Elizabeth Stefanatos (Legal Studies)
Michelle Lukaczynski (Japanese)
Racheal McCracken (Humanities/English)
Alahana Somerville (Instrumental and Classroom Teacher – Head of Woodwind/Music)
Melissa Knowles (Instrumental Teacher – Clarinet)
Thomas Frost (Instrumental Teacher – Voice)
2017 was the first year in which we hosted a Year 11 female student from Lestibogo Girls High School, a school in Soweto, Johannesburg.
This is a philanthropic program that started at Frankston High School over 20 years ago. Once again we have been invited to host a Year 11 girl this year who will arrive next week. I am therefore seeking host families. As this is a charitable program host families will not be paid for this hosting, however hosting an international student has enormous benefits and is a great learning experience for families. Please contact me if you are interested in being involved in this special program.
Campus assemblies were held on both sites recently. The theme of the assemblies was ‘Striving for Excellence’ and I spoke to the students about how we should seek improvement in everything we do. Edward Tu our 2017 College Dux who received and ATAR of 99.85 came and spoke to the students and gave some of his study tips. I read the students a quote – “Excellence is never an accident, it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.”
Edward Tu – 2017 College Dux
School Council Election 2018
The Department of Education and Training has approved the commencement of the electoral process for the election of School Councillors for 2018.
Our College Council consists of seven parents, five staff members (including College Principal) and four community members.
- Term of Office
Term of office is for two years with half of members retiring each year but eligible for re-election. Four parents and two staff members end their term of office in March 2018
- Retiring College Councillors
The following members of College Council, while they may be eligible for re-election, retire next month:
Mr Russell Bunce
Mr Jeroen Swiebel
Mr Huei Eow
Mr Ian Davidson
Mr Tim Hocking
- Proposed Timeline
Friday 9 February Call for nominations
Friday 16 February Nominations close 4.00pm
Monday 19 February Nominations displayed at each campus.
Election held if required.
Friday 2 March Close of ballot 4.00pm. Votes counted.
Thursday 15 March College Council AGM, followed by meeting of new Council.
If the number of nominations exceeds the vacancies in either the parent or staff categories, an election will be necessary. All parents are entitled to vote for parent representatives and Department of Education and Training (DET) employees vote for staff representatives.
- Methods of Voting (voting slips available on college website or college office)
There are two ways in which you can record your vote on the official voting form during the election period dates as listed above:
- Post your vote to the college to arrive by 4.00pm Friday 2 March or
- vote in person at the college general office at either campus between 8.00am and 4.00pm during the election period
- Nominations of Candidates
For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
- A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
- DET Employee Member Category
The DET Employee Member Category includes the principal of the school and DET employees engaged in work at, and for, the school.
- Role of School Councillors
School Councillors currently play an important role in decision making and the management of our college. They donate many hours to the sub committees of Council: Finance, Education and Buildings& Grounds. Councillors belong to one sub committee, attend one monthly council meeting and represent the college at many functions.
SCHEDULE 4 – Notice of Election and Call for Nominations
An election is to be conducted for members of College Council of
Mount Waverley Secondary College
Nomination forms may be obtained from the college general offices or the college website and must be lodged by 4.00pm on Friday, 16 February 2018.
Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations received will be displayed at each campus. The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:
Membership Term of Office Number of positions
Parent Member 15 March 2018 to 15 March 2020 3
DET Employee Member 15 March 2018 to 15 March 2020 2
If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the college.
If there are more nominations than vacancies, a ballot will be conducted. The ballot will close at 4.00pm on Friday, 2 March 2018.
2018 College Uniform
All families should have seen a copy of our 2018 College Uniform Policy. Please note that this year we have phased out certain items such as the green and yellow spray jacket. Year 10 students only will be able to wear these jackets for one more year. Plain grey trousers and shorts can continue to be worn but as from 2019, only the college grey shorts or trousers with the college logo are to be worn.
Year 7-10 Physical Education students must wear the MWSC approved breathable polo shirt with a college logo with the ink coloured unisex sports shorts or trousers (available for purchase from PSW). The college sports cap with logo must be worn in Terms 1 and 4 in every PE class.
Year 7 & 8 students will continue to wear the black MWSC slouch hat outdoors in Term 1 and 4 during recess and lunchtime.
Mount Waverley Secondary College is the college of choice in our local area and it is important that our students wear the uniform with pride, representing the college in a positive manner.
Mrs Karen Wade