Semester 1 Exams
As Semester 1 comes to a close, we would like to congratulate our Year 9 and 10 students for their hard work and persistence through their exams. Students have demonstrated all the ILEARN school values as they have been dedicated, organized and focused on their goals. Experiencing exams is a vital component of VCE preparation. Students develop study skills, revision skills and experience the normal reaction of stress and anxiety when they feel nervous. These are life skills that help our students become resilient young adults. We wish our students all the very best with their exam results and remind them to use this as a learning opportunity to better develop their skills.
School uniform assists our students to develop a sense of school pride, dress smartly, become confident and help them to realize that they are all equal in our educational organization. It also assists our student’s in establishing unity within diversity, students begin to apply their focus on their education as they do not get distracted, and they develop skills in working collaboratively as they develop a sense of belonging to the school community.
As we continue to make the transition back to college norms, we will be returning to the pre-COVID requirements from Semester 2, all students will be expected to wear the correct full school uniform to and from school. They will be expected to change into their correct full Physical Education uniform at school for practical classes and wear their correct full Physical Education uniform to school on the day of a school approved sporting event.
If a student is not wearing the correct full school uniform, they are expected to bring a note from home and get a uniform pass from their sub school when they arrive. If a student does not have a note from home, they are still expected to get a uniform pass from their sub school when they arrive.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) requires that children of school age (six to seventeen years) are in full-time attendance at a government or registered non-government school unless formally exempt.
Daily school attendance is important for all children and young people to succeed in education and to ensure they don’t fall behind both socially and developmentally. Children and young people who regularly attend school and complete Year 12 or an equivalent qualification have better health outcomes, better employment outcomes, and higher incomes across their lives. It is important that children develop habits of regular attendance at an early age.
School participation is important as it maximizes life opportunities for children and young people by providing them with education and support networks. School also helps people to develop important skills, knowledge and values which set them up for further learning and participation in their community.
The college has a required attendance rate. All students in Years 7 to 12 are required to have an attendance rate of at least 90%. Mount Waverley Secondary College will keep a record of the reason given for each absence. If a student is arriving late to school or leaving early from school, they are to report to their relevant sub-school to sign in or sign out.
Year 9 EXPLORE
This week our Year 9’s headed off for a city exploration program. They have had many amazing and diverse experiences in the city from visiting ACMI and learning about animation to visiting cultural and historical landmarks that makes Melbourne one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Through the EXPLORE program students have developed the skills of independence, orienteering, navigation, time management and collaboration. Our students have represented Mount Waverley Secondary College with pride throughout their time in the city. We have received positive feedback from our Year 9 students, staff that accompanied them and members of the public who have complimented our students on their mature and respectful behavior. Events such as these require a large amount of planning and behind the scenes work to ensure that they run smoothly. We would like to sincerely thank Ms Rebecca Kosach – Middle School Leader, Ms Sarah Smith and Mr Wayne Griffin – Year 9 Coordinators, for all their hard work in organizing and implementing this fantastic experience for our students. We would also like to sincerely thank all the teachers that accompanied our students to the city, without you this experience would not have been possible.
Year 9 School for Student Leadership Camp
Mount Waverley Secondary College is very excited to offer select Year 9 students an amazing opportunity for Term 3 this year at the School for Student Leadership Camp, Gnurad-Gundidj Campus. School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) initiative offering a unique residential education experience for year nine students. The curriculum focuses on personal development and team learning projects sourced from students’ home regions. Their mission is to provide an immersive State-wide residential program for Year 9 Government school students which enables them to grow into better citizens and leaders through increased self-awareness, social engagement, community connection and environmental stewardship.
With limited places available, our year 9 students underwent a rigorous application process, and we would like to congratulate the following students who have been successful in securing a place – Ava N, Anvi R, Senuthmi N, Kimi T, Bobby A, Joshua L, Nathan S, Jimmy B.
We wish our students all the best as they head of to the School for Student Leadership Camp for the entirety of Term 3, we will miss you all immensely, however we know that this experience will be an invaluable one for your future growth and success. We would also like to thank Mr Bill Thomas for his organization of this experience and ensuring that our students have access to this wonderful opportunity.
Ms Asha Vazirani
Head of Middle School