College Principal’s Report
Lions Youth of The Year
On Wednesday 20 February Deputy Captain Jessalyn represented Mount Waverley Secondary College in the Lions Youth of the Year (YOTY) competition. The competition involves a written application, interview and public speaking component, and focuses on leadership and community contribution. Jessalyn wasn’t the overall winner on the night, but she made us very proud! Her prepared speech, titled “Mental disorders are not adjectives” was very moving. Thank you to Mrs Mary Petridis, Ms Claire McCormack and Ms Hayley Dureau who went along to support Jessalyn!
Laura one of our College Captains and I represented the college at the launch of the Hansen Scholarships program for The University of Melbourne, at Government House on Thursday 21 February and we met the Honourable Linda Dessau AC Governor of Victoria. Information has been emailed out to all Year 12 Students regarding this inaugural scholarship and I would encourage all eligible students to apply.
Year 11 and 12 Drama Performance
On Saturday 23 February our students performed on the Beckett stage at The Malthouse Theatre. They presented Advance Australia Fair: Using drama to tell Indigenous stories at the Jumpstart Victorian Drama Conference. Their amazing performance not only gave the audience goose bumps and tears but also brought on a standing ovation! They then led a Q and A session where the teachers were blown away with their maturity, clarity and the deep learning they had gained through the experience. Congratulations to Ms Jane Carter and our Drama students.
On Wednesday 27 February, 17 Dutch educators visited our college to learn more about our student voice programs. Professor John Hattie from Melbourne University had suggested they visit our college as he is aware of the great work we are doing in this area. Congratulations to our Head of Student Voice- Ms Hayley Dureau for overseeing their visit and thank you to all the staff and students who were involved on the day.
Another group of educators, this time from Indonesia came for a visit on Wednesday 6 March. Monash University is hosting principals and School Supervisors at the request of the Indonesian Ministry of Education for eleven days. Four leaders have elected to come to our college for two days to learn how our leadership and teaching teams work, and to see Australian Principals’ in action.
Our swimming team have made it four titles in four years after narrowly holding off Vermont by a mere 15 points to take out the overall shield. Our students’ determination throughout the day to create this slice of history is a credit to them and their willingness to step outside their comfort zone and compete in events to gain points for our college was incredible. Congratulations to all seventy students across both campuses who participated and best wishes to those students who will go onto compete at the Eastern Metropolitan Region event which will be held on Tuesday March 26th. Thank you to Mr Matt Cara and Mr Danny Gwynne our Heads of Sport for their great work with the team.
Mount Waverley Secondary College alive with the Sound of Music!
This year the college has an amazing 300 students participating in the Music Program. They are committed to a gruelling training schedule which results in these students showcasing their incredible talents in the 3 concert bands, 2 stage bands, 3 string orchestras, 3 guitar ensembles, 2 choirs, a rock band, a jazz combo, percussion ensemble, clarinet ensemble and flute ensemble. This year for the first time 2 string orchestras and 2 concert bands will be introduced at Year 7 to give our students an opportunity to experience playing in a band.
Our learning community looks forward to attending and enjoying many performances provided by these students through the year. This fantastic music program is a tribute to the hard work and talent of our dedicated instrumental and music teachers.
Jazz at Lincoln Centre
Friday 1 March, the MWSC Stage and Jazz Band’s attended a wonderful educational event held in the beautiful Hamer Hall – ‘Jazz at the Lincoln Centre and Wynton Marsalis’ as part of the MSO Education Series, lead by famous Jazz trumpeter and band leader, Wynton Marsalis. It was a great experience for these students in the lead up to Generations in Jazz Festival 2019.
MWSC Jazz Night
Come and join me to support our great Music Program by attending the MWSC Jazz Night on Wednesday 20 March at the Caravan Club in Bentleigh East. Tickets can be purchased via link on school’s website.
Working Bee – Sunday 24 March
I am looking forward to seeing many parents, friends and students at our first Working Bee for 2019 on Sunday 24 March between 9.00am and 12 noon on the Senior Campus. This is an opportunity for parents to establish a strong sense of belonging to our learning community and to show their children how much they value the wonderful educational opportunities Mount Waverley Secondary College has to offer.
If you have some spare time on this day your contribution would be greatly appreciated.
Mrs Karen Wade