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MWSC College News – Issue 2

22nd February 2019

Photograph (above): MWSC Training Band performed for the Victorian School Music Festival, November 2018

Our Vision

Mount Waverley Secondary College is an inclusive school. We affirm values which promote and foster the dignity of the individual and positive relationships. We are deeply committed to improving the school and community environment and are involved in social justice issues at a state, national and global level. Positive student, parent/carer and staff relationships are highly valued. The college emphasises the importance of ‘Community, Choice and Engagement’.

At Mount Waverley Secondary College we ‘treat every child as our own.’   
This is what makes us such a special learning community.

Upcoming Events

Online Naplan Testing
May 14 – May 24 all-day
Monash Tech School – 8E & 8F
May 22 – May 24 all-day

Superpowers program.

World Challenge Parent Information Evening @ MWSC Senior Campus D9 & 10
May 22 @ 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
Music Soiree #2 @ MWSC Theatrette
May 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Year 10 Drama evening 7pm
May 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

College Principal’s Report

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Communication is vital

Mount Waverley Secondary College has a commitment to provide all the care and support necessary for each student to do their best and achieve the highest possible learning outcomes.  It is important that when families have concerns about their children they contact the relevant staff members immediately to ensure a quick supportive response.

I encourage families to maintain open communication with staff members to ensure each student is provided with optimal support.

The most appropriate staff members to talk to when you have specific concerns are the classroom teachers, then Year Level Coordinator, then Sub School Leader or Head of Sub School prior to contacting one of the Campus Principals.  These are the staff members who have a thorough understanding of the needs of the students in their care:-

Year Level Coordinators

Year 7         Ms Samantha Cody, Ms Rachael McCracken
Year 8         Mr Mark Quiambao, Ms Jo Rogers
Year 9         Mr Peter Schneider, Ms Rebecca Kosach
Year 10       Ms Mardi deKretser, Mrs Kate Reichman
Year 11       Mr Chris Beale, Ms Emma Kerr
Year 12       Ms Linda Crook, Mrs Kydi Cassar

Junior School Leader             Ms Lauren Kelly
Head of Junior School           Mr John Simon

Middle School Leader            Mr Luke Brookman
Head of Middle School           Ms Lisa McKiernan

Senior School Leader             Ms Claire McCormack
Head of Senior School           Mr Jason Nicholas


During the last few weeks I have visited many classrooms and I have been very impressed with how focused the teaching and learning activities have been.  Teachers and students are clearly demonstrating our motto “Community, Choice and Engagement”.  I am particularly pleased to report our new Year 7 students are making a very smooth transition to the college.

Walking around with visitors to the college, they observed that our teachers and students seem to have a lovely rapport in the classroom.  Our college is a safe and caring learning community and our students and staff believe that Mount Waverley Secondary College is a very special place which offers magnificent learning opportunities.


Community Involvement

Research clearly indicates that if parents are involved in their child’s education, they enhance the learning outcomes for their students.  I would like to thank all the parents who have already volunteered to be involved in our learning community.


Parents @ Mount

Parents @ Mount holds regular meetings and helps support college activities.  If you would like to become a member please refer to the Parents @ Mount page on the college website



Ritchies – Community Benefits   

I encourage all parents to patronise Ritchies Supermarkets and access a Community Benefits Card, nominating Mount Waverley Secondary College as your preferred beneficiary.  Each time you shop at Ritchies you will be actively contributing to your child’s education by helping us continue to provide quality resources throughout the college.

Working Bee

Our first working bee for the year will be held on Sunday 24 March from 9.00am until noon on the Senior Campus.  It would be great to see as many families there as possible.


Student/ Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Our first student/parent/teacher conferences for the year will be held on Thursday 28 March from 1.00pm-4.30pm and 5.00pm-7.30pm.  Further information will be sent out closer to the time.

School Council Election 2019

Congratulations to our new and returning members; (Mr Nishant Patel, Mrs Manpreet Kaur Oberoi, Mrs Shraddha Apte, Mr Bill Thomas, Ms Lisa McKiernan, Ms Jessalyn Lim) were successful in their nomination for College Council for the term March 2019 to February 2021.  They will join our other parent, staff, student and community representatives on our College Council with the first meeting of the new council to be held on Thursday 21 March.

2019    Parent Members are:
Mr Russell Bunce
Mr Huei Eow
Mr Andrew Boys
Mr Nishant Patel
Mrs Manpreet Kaur Oberoi
Mrs Shraddha Apte

2019    Staff Members are:
Mr Ian Davidson
Ms Debbie Sekula
Ms Lisa McKiernan
Mr Bill Thomas

2019    Student Members are:
Ms Elizabeth Solly
Ms Jessalyn Lim

2019    Community Members are our College Captains:
Miss Laura Chauca Diaz
Mr Demitri Kaminis

If any other members of our learning community would like to attend our Special Meeting of College Council on 21 March, as an observer, you are most welcome. The meeting will start at 7.30pm in the Senior Campus Conference Room.

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Student Goals

On Tuesday 12 February during period 2, all students in Years 7 to 12 participated in a session on setting goals for this year. These sessions were led by our Year 12 students. On the Junior Campus, students in Years 7 and 8 formed mixed groups in their Houses, with 3 Year 12 students and a staff member there to help support this process. On the Senior Campus, students in Years 9, 10 and 11 also formed mixed groups in their Houses, again with 3 Year 12 students and a staff member to support. Students set three goals in the following categories: Community, Choice and Engagement which represent our college motto. To assist in achieving these goals, our students also came up with strategies of how they will achieve them and evidence that can be used to measure growth across the year. All of this can be viewed by parents/carers via the Insights tab on Compass. I encourage you to discuss your child’s goals, strategies and evidence with them to support their growth this year. Students will meet in these groups during Term 2 and again later in the year to reflect on their successes and further areas for development.
Thank you to the Student Goals Team of Leading Teachers who were key drivers in the organisation, planning and leadership of this learning initiative that began for the first time last year: Miss Hayley Dureau, Mr Matt Sheehan, Mr John Simon and Ms Claire McCormack.


Year 7 Camp

Our Year 7 Camp at Phillip Island ran from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 February and was a great success. Our Year 7 students enjoyed the opportunity to develop stronger bonds with each other whilst participating in various engaging activities. Thank you to Ms Lauren Kelly, Mr John Simon, Ms Sam Cody and Ms Rachael McCracken for their work in organising this great opportunity for our students. Thank you to all staff who attended and helped make the camp a success: Ms Meg Bonsema, Mrs Natasha Campbell, Ms Gokce Delioglu, Mr Thomas Frost, Mr Peter Jackson, Mr James Johnston, Ms Emma Kerr, Ms Carolyn Koerntjes, Ms Grace Leszczynski, Mrs Danielle Mott, Mr Mark Quiambao, Ms Jo Rogers, Ms Sarah Smith, Ms Alannah Somerville, Mr Kyle Barnden, Ms Caz Coady, Mrs Bronwyn Nash and Mrs Margaret Taylor.

Year 8 Challenge

Year 8 Challenge ran at the Junior Campus this week from Wednesday 13 to Friday 15 February and was also a huge success. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Ms Lauren Kelly, Ms Jo Rogers and Mr Mark Quiambao for their work organising this opportunity for our students. Our Year 8 students had a great time being able to extend themselves by participating in a range of different activities including Hip Hop Dancing, Reptiles, Circus Arts, Yoga, Rock climbing, Improvisation, Positive Ed, Wellbeing, PE/Sport and Puzzles and Games. Thank you to all of our own staff who helped supervise or presented to students during these sessions.


College Values

As part of the development of our new College Vision, we are looking to add further emphasis on our College Values and what these look like as actions each day.  All of our teachers on the Junior Campus are recognising students demonstrating these in and out of the classroom via our merit card system. Congratulations to all of our Year 7 and 8 students who clearly demonstrated these during Week 3 whilst participating in Year 7 Camp and Year 8 Challenge. We look forward to acknowledging students over the course of the year as we aim to consistently demonstrate our community values.


Visitors to the college

Throughout the year there may be times when parents/carers need to visit the college to discuss a matter with a member of staff.  If this is the case, please contact the college to arrange an appointment prior to attending – due to teaching commitments, teachers are often not available during the day.  All parents/visitors attending the college must report to reception to sign-in prior to entering any area of the college.  A reminder for those visiting our Junior Campus that you will need to park in the adjacent streets (please check the parking signs), the car parks are for staff use only unless needing to use one of our disability parking spaces. Thank you for your support.


Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School



Head of Junior School’s Report

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The Year 7 Camp to Phillip Island ran from Wednesday 13 February til Friday 15 February and was a great success. Back at school during this time, the Year 8’s immersed themselves in a range of opportunities as part of the annual Challenge Program. Below are some students’ reflections on these events.

Challenge Program

On the February 13, the Year 8 students had the Challenge Program. It’s where everyone is sorted into their houses to do activities that push limits and make you try different things. Some of these activities were rock climbing, encountering reptiles, hip hop and circus arts. There was also yoga, puzzles and board games, improvisation, wellbeing and Positive Education workshops and Polynesian dancing. Many of the students pushed themselves and tried things they had never done. It was a fun and exciting week. Most students even conquered their fears from big heights to long snakes. The presenters were amazing and made sure that it was fun and engaging for all of us. Terry the clown taught us the secrets of juggling and the trick to do it. Sarah and Russell taught us how to let loose and bring out the inner Leonardo DiCaprio in all of us!   ~ By Simran K and Yasmin A, Year 8


Year 7 Camp

Last week on 13 February, Year 7’s took off and got ready to adventure in the Phillip Island Resort. When we arrived we put our baggage in the auditorium. We had our snacks, and not long after we were ready to do activities for the first day. These activities included the Flying Fox, Giant Swing, archery, Disc golf, Raft-making and canoeing, Mount Waverley’s own session, High Ropes Course and other activities. During our two night stay at Camp Phillip Island, we had heaps of fun with some night time activities to participate in. During the first night, the Year 7ss got to choose either to go on a night walk at the beach or to stay and watch the movie, Wonder. During the second night of our stay, we all had wonderful visit from the Fuel organisation. We got to participate in so many different mini activities including: Tyre Pull, Paper-Scissors-Rock, Leapfrog and so much more! We all had a sensational time and enjoyed every moment of our visit. The food which the camp provided us with was jaw-dropping delicious!     ~ By Teresa W and Sarah F, Year 7

Year 8 Camps in 2019

This year, we are running two camp experiences for Year 8 students. The focus of the Year 8 program is building resilience, overcoming challenges and developing students’ capacity for leadership. The camps have been carefully chosen to complement and enhance this focus and provide opportunities for students to develop these skills. Year 8 families will receive a letter via Compass in the next few days with further information.


Uniform reminders

Please ensure your child has a named College hat with them each day to wear at recess and lunchtime on the Junior Campus. If your child is unable to wear full school uniform on any day, please send a note and remind them to visit the Coordinators before Home Group to obtain a Uniform Pass. Thank you for your support.


Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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Celebrating Success and Exploring Innovation

Congratulations to all Middle School students who represented Mount Waverley at the Interschool Round Robin on Monday 18/2/19. Participating in extra curricula activities is a great opportunity for all students to further develop resilience, communication, and teamwork skills. Good luck to the teams that are progressing to the next round.

As the term progresses students are settling into their classwork and being challenged to expand their thinking. To grow as learners students are encouraged to adopt an innovative approach to their learning by doing the following:

•       Have fun with learning, working on projects that they enjoy
•       Be curious: to find out more about why and how things work
•       Be fearless: to feel secure to try new ways of doing things
•       Be passionate: to have their learning connected to their curiosities
•       Have purpose: this encourages our students to have a stronger sense of passion and connection

School Uniform

As a college we pride ourselves on our uniform, students are reminded that the correct uniform must be worn on a daily basis. Students are reminded of the following:

  • piercing are not to be worn whilst at school, they must be removed
  • socks must not display a logo of any sort
  • jewelry is not to be worn

All students are encourage to review the uniform policy found in the student planner or on the college website.



Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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G’Day Space – Information Evening for Year 9 students

Information about this exciting program was emailed to Year 9 students and their parents via Compass. The information evening is on Tuesday 26 February at 7 pm in rooms D8-10 on the Senior Campus.  Please RSVP either by the slip which can be left at the General Office or via email (caj@mwsc.vic.edu.au )

Communication at the college

School is a partnership between parents, students and the college.   While we are proud of the channels of communication we have at the college it can sometimes be difficult when staff work in a school with more than 1800 students and their families. We, as do many schools, use Compass as a means to communicate with families and students. Please check Compass on a regular basis as we send out forms and information through this.

Please note that all staff, including those in the subschools, have a teaching allotment and may not always be available. Please contact the college to make an appointment if you wish to meet with someone. If you need to contact a teacher this can also be done through the email facility in Compass or a phone message can be left.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Term One Parent Teacher Conferences will occur on Thursday 28 March.  There are no scheduled classes on this day. Information will be sent to all parents in the next few weeks via Compass and bookings can be completed on line.

Parking in the college grounds

Please note that parents cannot park on the Junior Campus and there is limited space on the Senior Campus.  Visitors to the college should park in the designated visitors’ car park on the Senior Campus, other parking spaces are reserved for staff who teach across both sites and therefore parents are asked not to park there.
Parents have been coming into the school grounds and staff car park. This can be a problem as students are often in the area and there have been a few near misses with cars reversing out and nearly hitting another car.     Students are to be dropped off and picked up outside the college grounds.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School


Student Voice Report

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Snowy River Campus – Term 2, 2019! 

Congratulations to Year 9 students Megan, Anna, Kye Li, Suhani, Saihaj, Kevin and Aidan who have been selected to represent MWSC at the School for Student Leadership Snowy River Campus in Term 2 this year. They will live on campus for nine weeks with students from other schools across Victoria, and will work on a Community Learning Project (CLP) while they are away. Megan, Anna, Kye Li, Suhani, Saihaj, Kevin and Aidan won’t attend regular classes during their stay, but will instead take part in overnight hikes, surfing lessons and other adventure activities, and take part in team-building activities to increase their leadership and communication skills!

Lions Youth of the Year

On Wednesday 20 February Year 12 Deputy Captain Jessalyn L represented the college in the Lions Youth of the Year (YOTY) competition. The competition involved a written application, interview and public speaking component, with a focus on leadership and community contribution. Thank you to Mrs Mary Petridis and Ms Claire McCormack for attending on the night to support Jessalyn.  Well done Jess!

Captains lunch

On Wednesday 20 February Year 12 College and Deputy Captains Laura, Demitri, Nathan and Jessalyn had lunch with Year 8 Junior Campus Captains and Deputy Captains Lewis, Izak, Hiba and Gauri. The group co–planned a Year 8 Leadership breakfast, which will run next Monday 25 February.  We are very excited to see what this dynamic team have in store for us this year!

Year 10 Leadership meeting 

On Thursday 21 February our Year 10 General Leadership Team met with the Year 10 Sports, Arts and Music leaders to brainstorm and plan for the year ahead. Thank you to Ms Lisa McKiernan, Mr Luke Brookman and Ms Mardi De Kretser for attending the combined meeting to support the team.

Year 9 and 11 Leadership Applications 

Thank you to the students in Years 9 and 11 who have recently applied for 2019 leadership positions.  Applications will be shortlisted over the coming weeks, and the teams will be announced soon. Thank you to both the Middle School and Senior School teams for their support with this process.

Leadership opportunities from Monash Youth Services 

  • Young Women’s Leadership Program: This is for young women aged 15-20 who are looking to build leadership skills, meet likeminded peers, talk about women’s issues and learn how to leap over barriers to achieving goals.  This popular 10 week program will be running from Clayton Community Centre starting from 23 April 2019.
  • Quiksound: A committee of young volunteers aged 12-25 that plan and run music and cultural events for other young people.  Events include our annual music battle, Youth Film Festival and the Youth Zone at Clayton Festival.  Meetings are held weekly on Monday evenings in Glen Waverley.
  • Youth Ambassadors: A group of young people aged 10-25 who contribute to the development of the City of Monash’s Youth Action Plan by consulting with other young people in the community regarding their needs and concerns.  This group meets fortnightly on Thursdays in Clayton.
  • Monash Young Person’s Reference Group: A group of young people aged 14-15 who meet once a month, along with council staff and two elected councillors to discuss and take action on issues that are important to young people in Monash.  Meetings are held monthly on a Wednesday evening in Glen Waverley.
  • Activate: An opportunity for young people aged 10-17 to get together that offers free activities and skill building in a supervised and safe environment.  There is scope for young people to take on leadership roles in this group if they are interested.   This program runs weekly in the Chadstone/Ashwood area.

For more information about any of these programs and to find out how young people can get involved please contact Monash Youth Services on 9518 3900 or visit www.monashyouth.org.au.


Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Year 10-12 Mentoring Program

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Year 10-12 Mentoring Program

Over the past year the Sub-Schools and Wellbeing Teams have been collecting data and conducting research into how we can best support our students to become confident learners with the skills, knowledge and attributes to reach their intellectual, social and personal potential.

In 2018 we established a partnership with Resilient Youth Australia to identify how we can best support our students. The Sub-Schools and Wellbeing teams, along with many students and other staff members, developed a formal mentoring curriculum. The curriculum is driven and structured around our college values.

Our Values

Students in Year 10-12 participate in a weekly mentoring session. Mentoring sessions provide students with the opportunity to establish strong connections with peers, staff, and community organisations. Throughout the year students will participate in a range of activities that focus on future pathways, developing resilience, emotional awareness, MWSC student learning model, and developing positive habits. Guest speakers will also work with our students throughout the year to help refine these skills.


Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Middle School

Sports News

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Intermediate Boys Cricket

Tuesday 19 February was host to the Waverley Division Intermediate Round Robin day. Our boys cricket team pulled off a stunning victory against Vermont in the final on the last ball of the day! Needing  four runs from the final delivery to win, Vermont could only manage two after a full pitched ball was kept in the infield. The one-run win sent the boys into a rapture as they booked a place in the regional finals to be held in term 4. A fantastic team performance where the spirit of the unicorn really did shine through! Congratulations boys!     ~ Mr Matt Cara

Intermediate Girls Cricket

Eleven enthusiastic Yr 9 Girls competed in Intermediate Cricket Round Robin.  Winning a thrilling first match against Highvale SC, the girls then progressed to the final against a hard to beat Glen Waverley SC!  Well done to all the participants.   ~ Ms Mardi de Kretser

Intermediate Girls Volleyball

Team B made it through Grand final this week and but unfortunately did not win.  It was an extremely close and exciting game.
Both teams played exceptionally well.     ~ Ms Gabi Phelan

Music Director’s Report

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Instrumental music lessons 

With almost 300 students enrolled in the program, lessons have begun for students enrolled in the in-wrastrumental music program. We are fortunate to have such an experienced and passionate music staff at the college. New students are encouraged to check their Compass and emails to communicate directly with instrumental instructors with regards to lesson times. Welcome to the program to all of the new Year 7 students, we are very excited to have you on board.

Ensemble rehearsals

We are lucky enough to have 23 ensembles running at Mount Waverley SC in 2019. A large number of these intermediate and advanced ensembles will begin rehearsals next week. The training ensembles for beginning students will begin towards the end of Term 1. As with lessons, ensemble directors use email and/or Google Classroom to communicate with the students. All students learning an instrument at the college will be placed in an ensemble in the coming weeks.

Music Uniform

A reminder that all music students must have the complete music uniform as listed below:


  • MWSC Music Shirt (tucked in) – Ordered and paid through PSW
  • Black Tailored Pants, no denim
  • Black Belt
  • Black Socks
  • Black Leather School Shoes


  • MWSC Music Shirt– Ordered and paid through PSW
  • Black Tailored Pants, no denim or leggings
  • Black Socks
  • Black Leather School Shoes

Last year a number of students chose to wear grey school trousers, or denim pants. Could parents/guardians please ensure that your music student owns the items above.

MUSIC – Upcoming dates  

Please check Compass Permissions to see if your child is involved

1 March:               MSO Excursion, Jazz Band & Stage Band
20 March:             MWSC Jazz Night, Caravan Club
15 &16 April:        Jazz Band Camp, Jazz Band & Stage Band
26 April:                MSO Excursion, VCE Classroom Music students
2 April:                  Open Night, various performers TBC through Compass
3 – 5 May:              Generations in Jazz, Mount Gambier


MWSC Jazz Night

Date:      Wednesday 20 March
Time:      6.30pm
Venue:   Caravan Club 1 Victor Rd, Bentleigh East

Who will be performing:

  • Senior Stage Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Jazz Combo
  • Other MWSC Groups
  • Alumni Band
  • Music Teachers Band

We invite the whole school community to attend this great event.   Tickets on through the Caravan Club Website https://www.caravanmusic.com.au/gigs/mt-waverley-secondary-jazz-night/
Performing students do not need a ticket. This is a fundraising event with the proceeds going towards the student costs of attending Generations in Jazz – Mount Gambier in May this year.

COMPASS – Important 

As a busy faculty with many events throughout the year, it is essential that parents are checking Compass permissions for notification for upcoming music events. The music department follows guidelines and college policy with regards to when these notification and excursions are released to parents.
Concerts and events are spoken about weekly in rehearsals and students are also notified via emails and/or Google Classroom. It is essential that students check this regularly and take responsibility for keeping up to date.  Thank-you in advance for your support of this.

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Careers News

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This week I caught up with 3 students from the class of 2018 and it was exciting to hear their stories and how they are reminiscing about their times at Mount Waverley Secondary College. Kevin is off to NSW to study Engineering and a favourite memory that he will take across the border are the times he worked with his teachers to improve his results .
Josh will study Biomedicine at University of Melbourne and over the break since school he has been travelling to Hong Kong, Geelong, Brunei and Malaysia.
Jason is studying Civil Engineering at Monash University and he is looking forward to making new friends and staying in touch with his old ones.
It was great to see them and hear their stories and we wish them every success in the future.

We like to hear stories of our students and meeting them in the local community as they work and study is a highlight for schools.


Mrs Stephanie Thomas
Careers Coordinator

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