On Monday 14 May, Emily Kropf from the Class of 2004 returned to talk with our Year 10 students during their Physics classes. Emily presented very engaging and informative sessions on her experiences from her time at Mount Waverley Secondary College to current day where she is a Project Manager for Root Partnerships. Emily has been privileged to work on a number of significant projects in Melbourne. Most recently she managed design for the refurbishment of Rod Laver Arena and is working to manage and minimise impacts from the Melbourne Metro Rail Tunnel. Thank you to Mr Wayne Griffin, Mr Peter Young, Ms Lisa McKiernan and Ms Elise Dunstan for organising this excellent opportunity for our students.
Over the last two weeks we have launched Mount Matters on the Junior Campus with the first session for Year 8 students being run on Friday 11 May and Year 7 on Friday 18 May. These were both very successful and provided an opportunity for those students representatives from each home group to discuss what is going well at the college and how we can further develop. The sessions were expertly run by our Year 11 and 12 Student Leaders which has been great to see them develop the leadership capacity of younger students. We look forward to the next sessions which rotate and run on a fortnightly basis for each year level. Thank you to Mrs Kate Rose, Ms Hayley Dureau and Mr John Simon for their efforts in leading this initiative. Thank you to Mrs Bronwyn Nash, Mrs Margaret Taylor and Mrs Deb Munro for their efforts in supporting this program.
Last Wednesday our Year 7 students undertook the Character Strengths Survey which followed a presentation from Mr Luke Day-Smith at their Year Level Assembly. Thank you to Mr Day-Smith and our Period 1 teachers for their efforts in providing this opportunity for our students, along with the Junior School Team for their support of this initiative.
This week we have launched our 2018 Guardian Angels program which includes a number of Year 12 students coming back to the Junior Campus and running activities with our Year 7 students during home group on one day a week. This is a wonderful program and provided further support to our Year 7 students from our Senior Students. Thank you to Ms Linda Crook, Year 12 Coordinator, for her efforts in working with the Year 12 Student Leaders to organise this program.
This week our Year 7 students have completed their NAPLAN testing. This testing provides a snapshot for students on their performance in Literacy and Numeracy, with students receiving results later in the year. We look forward to analysing these results, along with the other learning data such as On Demand and classroom assessment data, to reflect on the improvement and growth of students and our learning and teaching programs. Thank you to Mr Jason McCrae for overseeing this on our Junior Campus, and Mr Greg Campbell for supporting this testing period with excellent organisation.
Year 8 Camps
Last week our first group of students attended Camp Rubicon. The students enjoyed the activities on offer which included an overnight hike. Thank you to all of the staff who attended: Ms Emma Kerr, Ms Jo Rogers, Mr Kyle Barnden and Mr Liam Wall. Thank you to Mr John Simon and Ms Lauren Kelly for their organisation of these camps, we look forward to another camp next week.
We are excited to introduce for the first time this year Year 7 Accelerated Mathematics. We believe this is an excellent opportunity for our high achieving students to excel in a subject they enjoy and are talented in. Please refer to our updated Mathematics Pathway located on the college intranet for more information on the Accelerated pathway for our students. A huge thank you to the staff that have worked tirelessly to make this happen.
Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School