MWSC College News – Issue 6

3rd May 2019

Read all the latest news and events occurring at Mount Waverley Secondary College in this edition of MWSC college news.

Photo: Sunset over the Junior Campus during 2019 Open Day/Night – Thursday 2 May

Upcoming Events

College Principal’s Report

Read Time: ( words)

Welcome Back

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. I am excited to have started my fifth year of service as your College Principal at Mount Waverley Secondary College this term. It’s inspiring for me to be part of a learning community where teachers and students are passionate about doing their best and join together as a supportive team to unite in a spirit of cooperation and success.


Central Australia Tour

Our Central Australia Tour returned during the holidays. From all accounts our students’ behaviour was exemplary and they thoroughly enjoyed the tour. I would like to sincerely thank Ms Claire Mc Cormack, Ms Kaye Gibson, Mr Chris Beale, Mr Anthony Borya and Mrs Narda McLennan who gave up five days of their holidays to accompany our students. This is a trip of a lifetime and I am sure both students and staff will remember this experience for years to come.

Mount Waverley Secondary College has a lot to offer 

It is a very important time of the year for parents of Year 6 students who are visiting secondary schools to decide which school will best meet the needs of their child.  During the past few weeks we have had hundreds of people visiting Mount Waverley Secondary College to assess the learning opportunities on offer.
Prospective parents and students discover that our college has a culture where everyone values learning with students and teachers who work their hardest to achieve excellence in learning outcomes.  We inform these visitors that our college is supported by the local community and adheres to strong traditions.

Open Night was held on Thursday 2 May.  Over 600 people attended throughout the day and the feedback from the community was again extremely positive.  I know the local community recognises Mount Waverley Secondary College as a great school.  Congratulations to Mr Andrew Batchelor for organising our Open Night and a big thank you to my dedicated team of staff and students who attended and ensured our tours and displays were both enjoyable and informative.




Mount Waverley Secondary College’s Exemplary Sporting Program

We are very proud of our many sporting teams who represent Mount Waverley Secondary College admirably during competitive competition against other schools. People regularly comment on our students’ excellent behaviour and sportsmanship. Our sports program is going from strength to strength and is a tribute to our families who encourage in their children a love of sport and doing their best. Congratulations to all of our students who participate in college sports, district sports, zone finals and state finals. We are proud of the high participation rate of our students in sports. I would like to thank Mr Matt Cara and Mr Danny Gwynne our Sports Leaders, who co-ordinate sporting programs across the college and all of the other staff who give up their time to coach and run practice sessions for sporting teams.


State Swimming Success

Nine students represented our school at the School Sport Victoria State Swimming Championships, held recently at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.  Our students achieved some excellent times in the pool and achieved some of our best ever results at the State level. Congratulations to our silver medallists Tolly, Kyle, Finn and Riley who came second in the 15 years freestyle relay in a National time of 1.52.
Well done to Merryn and Eamon for achieving excellent results in the 17 years backstroke and Jordan H, Tony S, Alex L and Eamon B who came 6th in the 17-20 years medley relay team.

A fantastic achievement!



Term 2 Working Bee

Our Term 2 working bee will be held on Sunday 19 May on the Junior Campus.  There are many tasks we need to attend to including planting, mulching and weeding.  Please keep this date free in your diary.  If you have any time spare between 9am and 12 noon on this day we would love to see you.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

Read Time: ( words)

Welcome back to Term 2

Welcome back to all students, parents/carers to our second term of learning for the year.  This term always promises to be busy with sport, music events, production rehearsals and NAPLAN Online, to name just a few things.


Open Day – Thursday 2 May

Our College Open Day on Thursday 2 May was a huge success with large numbers attending tours throughout the course of the day on both campuses, and visiting the Junior Campus during the afternoon and evening.
Thank you to all staff for their participation in our 2019 Open Day/Night. Thank you to Mr Matt Cara, Ms Jane Carter, Ms Gokce Delioglu, Mr Wayne Griffin, Mr Matt Hall, Mr Tim Peters, Mr Peter Soutar, Mrs Felicia Williams, Miss Hayley Dureau, Mr Bill Thomas, Mr Paul Graham, Mrs Stephanie Thomas, Ms Emma Kerr, Mrs Tijtje Ellis, Mrs Narda McLennan, Mrs Colleen Pritchard, Mrs Rhonda Palstra, Ms Bronwyn Nash, Ms Cecilia Beniga, Mr Steve Martin, Mr Andrew Wallace, Mr Nathan Liow, Mr Greg Campbell, Mr John Simon, Ms Lauren Kelly, Ms Samantha Cody, Ms Rachael McCracken, Ms Jo Rogers, Mr Mark Quiambao, Mrs Debbie Sekula, Mr Matt Sheehan, Mr Jason McCrae, Ms Gabe Windsor, Mrs Julie Cain, Mr Ian Macleod and Mrs Karen Wade for their efforts and work in organising displays and special activities through the day and/or on the evening. We continue to grow in reputation based on our excellent program and opportunities for students.

I would like to thank and recognise our Junior Campus Student Leaders who conducted tours in the evening.  These students are to be congratulated for the mature and professional way they conducted these tours.  Thank you also to our Senior Campus Student Leaders who also supported this process.  Many parents and members of the public commented to staff on how our tour leaders were knowledgeable, friendly, courteous and great role models for younger students.


Student Attitudes to School Survey 2019

The Student Attitudes to School Survey is an annual survey conducted by the department to provide schools with valuable feedback on how they are performing from a student’s perspective.  Our Year 7 and 8 students will completed the survey online next week, covering a range of areas including Learning and Teaching, Relationships and the Learning Environment.  We look forward to unpacking the results later this year to help with our ongoing school improvement work.



Mount Matters

We are again running Mount Matters, a fantastic student voice initiative, at the Junior Campus this year. All students in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to be involved with representatives from each home group being nominated. Each Friday fortnight, the Year 7 or Year 8 Mount Matters team will meet where they will discuss and plan how we can further develop and improve our great college. This includes providing positive feedback on what they are finding is working well. Our Year 8 Student Leaders will be involved in leading this work with our Year 7 and 8 students, and we look forward to these sessions which culminate in a whole college Mount Matters Forum at the end of Term 2. Thank you to Miss Hayley Dureau, Ms Sarah Smith, Mr John Simon, Ms Lauren Kelly, Ms Samantha Cody, Ms Rachael McCracken, Ms Jo Rogers and Mr Mark Quiambao who have helped in the organisation and running of these session.



Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School



Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

Read Time: ( words)

Welcome back to Term 2

Welcome back to all students and parents to our second term of learning for the year.  This term always proves to be a busy term with sport, excursions, production rehearsals to name a few of the things that will be happening across this term in the middle school.  Our Year 9 students will be undertaking NAPLAN testing in May and our Year 10s will have a week of Work Experience later in the the term.  Students in both Year 9 and 10 will have exams towards the latter part of the term and will receive a semester report, which will provide an indication of their progress and also help with future learning.

In the coming weeks students will completed the Attitudes to School Survey which provides students with an opportunity to provide feedback on their experience at the college.  This information is then used to plan for future improvements across the college.


Facilities and IT Report

The Facilities and IT Teams team has achieved some great things over the school holidays, these teams are constantly working to maintain and improve our college.  As always the term breaks provide an opportunity for a range of works to be undertaken at the college.

The maintenance team undertook the following works:

  • Painting of A4,5,6,7 and 8 on the Senior Campus
  • Pressure Cleaning seating at the Junior Campus
  • Gardening and maintenance on the yard at Junior Campus
  • Air Conditioner Servicing and Installations across both campuses
  • Window Tinting on the Junior Campus
  • Gutter Cleaning on both campuses
  • Fixing roof leaks in Senior Campus Hall
  • New guttering along A Block building on Senior Campus
  • Replacing downpipes on Junior Campus


The IT Team worked in the following areas:

  • General tidy up of ICT – including decommissioning equipment
  • Various other bits and pieces
  • Software upgrades
  • Reimaging computers across both campuses
  • Installation and maintenance of data projector across all classrooms
  • Installation of new computers in the Senior Campus Library
  • Maintenance and upgrades on servers and wi fi systems
  • Fixing Junior Campus Hall Audio System

Thanks to both of these teams for their work across the holidays.


College Building Works

A number of areas are now fenced off across both campuses to allow building works to commence.  Work has now started on our new bike sheds – Junior Campus and Senior Campus, new decking outside the VCE Centre and new Year 9 Locker Bay.  These works are the start of a building program that will continue across the term and will include the re-purposing of a locker bay into two new classroom spaces on Senior Campus.  This is an exciting project that has been in the planning stages for many months and now we will see the delivery of new infrastructure for our students in the coming months.


Working Bee

The second Working Bee for 2019 is happening on the Junior Campus on Sunday 19 May starting at 9am.  There will be a focus on weeding, planting and general cleaning up of the grounds.  All students and parents are welcome to attend on the day.  Morning tea is provided.  Bee part of it!




Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School



Head of Middle School’s Report

Read Time: ( words)

Welcome back to term 2, it is wonderful to see our students return after a restful break.  Term 2 is a very busy time for all Middle School students; Year 10 students will participate in the Work Experience Program, Year 9 students will participate in the Explore Program, whilst both year levels will complete mid semester exams.

Please take note of the following key dates:

  • Year 9 NAPLAN:  14 – 24 May
  • Year 10 Exams:  27-31 May and 11-13 June
  • Year 10 Work Experience:  3 – 7 June
  • Year 9 Exams:  3-7 June
  • Year 9 Explore Program: 11-13 June
  • Start of Semester 2 Timetable: 17 June
  • Year 9 Careers Day:  26 June



A reminder that NAPLAN testing will occur from 14 -24 May.  Testing will be completed online. Students are permitted to use headphones for the Conventions of Language test. Students are encouraged to bring their own headphones, alternatively headphones can be purchased from the Middle School office for $2.50.


Year 9 Explore Program

Payment for the Explore program is due on Monday 6 May, payment can be made via the compass portal.  A parent information evening will be held on Wednesday 29 May at 7pm in the Theatrette.
The aim of the information session is to provide parents with a detailed overview of the program and to answer any questions you may have.


Mid Year Exams

Years 9 exams will take place from Monday 3 June until Friday 7 June. Year 9 students are expected to attend school as usual, the regular timetable will run around the exam schedule.
Year 10 exams are timetabled from Monday 27 May until Friday 31 May with additional examinations scheduled from Tuesday 11 June until Thursday 13 June.  When not scheduled for an exam, Year 10 students are to study at home.

Expectations regarding the exams will be communicated to students at Year Level assemblies over the next few weeks. These expectations are set for all students and include:

  • Attendance for exams is compulsory for all students. Parents are asked to notify Ms McKiernan, Head of Middle School, of any absence. Students are expected to bring a medical certificate on return.
  • If a student is late, they will be able to sit the exam, however will not be allowed additional time

Students are to wear full school uniform to examinations. Students not in uniform must obtain a uniform pass before they will be admitted to the examination room.


Preparing for Exams – Positive Study Habits

Achievement and success does not just happen overnight, it is a combination of effort and hard work over a period of time that see’s results. With everything in life the harder we work, the better the result; preparing for exams is no different.

Here are some tips to help students get started

  • Give yourself enough time to study. Don’t leave it until the last minute
  • Organise your study space
  • Use flow charts and diagrams to identify key concepts
  • Explain your answers to others
  • Organise study groups with friends
  • Take regular breaks
  • Snack on ‘brain food’
  • Maintain a balanced lifestyle – exercise, 8 hours of sleep per night
  • Avoid listening to music whilst studying




Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

Read Time: ( words)

Mount Waverley students are going to NASA!

The inaugural ‘G’Day Space’ trip will take place at the end of term three this year. We are pleased to have the trip run and to provide this opportunity to our students. The college is hoping to run this in a regular basis this for Year 9 and 10 students.


Classical Studies and History Tour April 2020 – Greece, Belgium and France

All Year 9, 10 and 11 students interested in this tour should complete the expression of interest form which was sent to all students and parents via Compass last week. A $500 deposit is required to secure a place. The deadline is today (Friday 3 May), however deposits will be accepted until Monday 6 May at 4 pm. Once forms are in the college will determine whether the tour will go ahead (at the end of term one and during the term break).


VCE – Northern Hemisphere Timetable (Year 10 and 11 students)

An information evening will be held on Wednesday 15 May at 7 pm in the Library. The VCE Northern Hemisphere Timetable provides students with an opportunity to start their VCE studies one semester earlier. A student in Year 10, for example, may begin Unit One General Maths in terms three and four and then complete Unit Two in first semester the next year. It also allows Year 11 students to begin a Year 12 (Units 3 & 4) subject a semester earlier.
The information session will cover the subjects offered, the way a program is structured and provides an opportunity to ask questions.  RSVP to Jason Nicholas (Head of Senior School) –  or myself –
Information regarding this program will be provided to Year 10 and 11 students at assemblies and via a notice on Compass to parents.


Exams and NAPLAN

Information has been sent to parents regarding NAPLAN. The college is involved in the online test. NAPLAN starts on the 14 May. Please check Compass for further information for Year 7 and Year 9.
Although it is only the start of term two this term will go quickly! Students in Years 9, 10 and 11 will have exams to provide an opportunity to develop their skills in synthesising and reinforcing their understanding of the work covered in first semester. Year 10 exams start on 27 May, Year 9 and 11 on 3 June.


Parking on the senior campus

With the new term starting I would like to remind parents and carers about parking around the college. The car parks on the grounds are for staff and there is a visitor’s bay for people coming to the school. Please obey the signs and park in the streets surrounding the school.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Student Voice Report

Read Time: ( words)

Snowy River – School for Student Leadership

This week we said farewell to the eight Year 9 students who will attend the School for Student Leadership Snowy River Campus for the remainder of Term 2. Megan, Anna, Kye Li, Suhani, Aidan, Ashton, Kevin and Saihaj will spend the next ten weeks at the Snowy River Campus. They will arrive this Sunday 28 April, and return home on 29 June.  While at the Snowy River Campus the students will work on a Community Learning Project, and take part in a range of personal and leadership development activities. We congratulate them for being selected for this amazing program, and can’t wait to hear all about their adventures when they return!


Victorian Young Leaders to India

Mount Waverley Secondary College is one of eight Victorian schools to be selected to take part in the Victorian Young Leaders to India program. Thank you to all of the students who applied for the opportunity, and to Mr Luke Brookman for his support of the shortlisting process.  We have almost finalised our 2019 Victorian Young Leaders to India team.  Students will travel to India for three weeks in September as part of the Victorian Government. The program is designed to develop students’ skills and confidence as future leaders, encourage global learning and engagement, and their ability to act as global citizens in an interconnected world.


MUNA – Model United Nations Assembly

The Rotary Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) will be held on the weekend of 4 – 5 May at Parliament House, Melbourne.  MUNA is a program for Year 11 students in which students compete in teams of two, representing a country from the UN.  MUNA supports students to develop skills in leadership, debating, public speaking and research.

Team 1 – USA:     Kevin and Riyah
Team 2 – Brazil:  Shenara  and Sandali
Team 3 – Spain:  Buddhinie and Aayusha
Team 4 – United Arab Emirates: Jordan and Devnith

Thank you very much to the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley for sponsoring one of our four teams, and for going above and beyond to find other Rotary clubs to sponsor the other three teams!


Mount Matters & Mini Mount Matters

Mount Matters is a student-led program through which Student Leaders facilitate fortnightly morning focus-group sessions with students in their cohort.

The first Junior Campus Mount Matters session for the year was held last Friday 26 April, when our Year 7 Mount Matters representatives met for the first time.  Year 7 and 8 representatives were acknowledged at the Junior Campus assembly, and the first Year 8 Mount Matters session ran today.  Thank you to Ms Sarah Smith and the Junior School team for their support in organising Junior Campus Mount Matters, and to the Year 8 student leaders for facilitating the sessions.  Thank you to Mrs Kerri Howarth for her support in supporting Year 9 Mount Matters on the Senior Campus.

At the end of Terms 2 and 3 a Mount Matters Forum is held, at which each of the teams to present a summary of their ideas, discussions and insights to staff, and student leaders and Mount Matters representatives from across the college.


Mini Mount Matters

On Wednesday 24 April VCE student leaders Amit, Demetri, Jessalyn and Kay visited Mount Waverley North Primary School to support their Grade 6 Leadership Team in facilitating their first Mini Mount Matters session. Representatives from Grade 3, 4, 5 and 6 classes took part in the session, which was co-designed by our senior students and the the Grade 6 leaders, and facilitated by the Grade 6’s. Thank you to Amit, Demetri, Jessalyn and Kay for volunteering to lead and be part of this initiative.

Teach the Teacher

Teach the Teacher is a student-led program through which students work with teachers to improve student-teacher relationships. Teach the Teacher has run at the college since 2015. A Junior Campus Teach the Teacher team was established in 2018, supported by 2019 College Captain Demetri.
Senior Campus students wanting to join Teach the Teacher are encouraged to come to a lunch time meeting on Monday in D9. Junior Campus students – stay tuned! More information will be available at assembly in the coming weeks!    For more information about Teach the Teacher, watch this short video:


Rotary Youth Leadership Award

Diptav Lodh (Class of 2017) will represent Mount Waverley Secondary College at this year’s Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp. RYLA is a unique week-long residential seminar held all over the world, run by youth for youth aged 18 – 30, focusing on stimulating, challenging, educating, enhancing and empowering participants in the areas of leadership, personal and professional development and service to the community. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley for supporting these Youth Services Programs for our students and graduates.


Global 6K event 

Congratulations to the Junior Campus staff and students who competed in the World Vision Global 6K fundraising event on Friday the 3 May.  Students and staff ran 6 kilometers individually or in teams during period 4 and into lunch time to raise awareness and money for World Vision, to help get clean water facilities built for communities in need.   As an additional challenge, a number of students ran with buckets of water! Prizes were awarded to students who had the most water remaining in their bucket at the end of the 6 kilometer run.   The MWSC team is currently in the top five teams (for the most money raised!) Australia wide!

World Vision Global 6K for Water : 


Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Resource Centre News

Read Time: ( words)

Library Leader’s Badge Awards


Our new team of 11 Library Leaders have completed their training and were awarded their leadership badges at a celebration lunch in the Library on Monday 29 April. Miss Dureau and Mrs Wade officiated the event and thanked students for giving up their time to assist with the smooth running of the Senior Campus Library.  Mrs Whitelaw and Ms Daniels greatly appreciate these student’s, diligence and enthusiasm.  Go team Library!

From bottom left clockwise: Lizzy S, Ewan B, Zahara H, Paul H, Catherine V, Emily G Anushka G, Mrs Whitelaw, Azraf E, Krisha P, Xander G (abs. Rhys I)




Mrs Robyn Whitelaw & Ms Andrea Daniels
Resource Centre – Senior Campus

Student Wellbeing

Read Time: ( words)

Message from Headspace

Headspace are offering a FREE group program called, ‘Your Body, Your Friend’.   This program is for young people of all genders aged 18+ who struggle with body image issues such as body dissatisfaction, self-confidence and comparing their body to other’s.   This is a primary prevention/early intervention 4 week program. The program is based around psychoeducation and is not a therapy group.

This could be a great opportunity for students at that tricky transition time with their identity and body image.   See below for more information and for  registration.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Headspace directly for any further questions.

Your Body Your Friend flyer 2019



Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

MWSC College News – Issue 6