MWSC College News – Issue 10

28th June 2019

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

Photo:  Mount Waverley Secondary College staff, students and Alumni at the ‘Year 9 Careers Advisory Day’ – Wednesday 26 June 2019

Upcoming Events

Sep
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German Study Tour
Sep 2 – Sep 29 all-day
Sep
6
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VYL India Program
Sep 6 – Sep 28 all-day
Sep
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Fri
Term 3 ends
Sep 20 all-day
Year 9 Wellbeing Day
Sep 20 all-day

Wellbeing day aligns with the strategic goal to improve the wellbeing and resilience of all students. Year 9 students will participate in activities to improve their emotional awareness and build capacity to self regulate by developing effective coping strategies. The activities will have a focus on positive wellbeing.

Sep
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Term 3 School holidays
Sep 23 – Sep 27 all-day

College Principal’s Report

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The Importance of Community 

I am thrilled to attend many events in our local community which enables me to network with students, parents and other community members. This is an important part of a Principal’s job and I am always proud to represent Mount Waverley Secondary College and the great work that is going on everyday across the school. This newsletter has many examples of events that have been held recently and shows how the college is embracing not only our local but also our global communities.

 

Men’s Health Week Breakfast

Thank-you to Mr Paul Graham our Wellbeing Manager and the Wellbeing Team for organising the Men’s Health Week Breakfast last week. Special thanks to Mr Kyle Barnden our Chaplain for cooking the eggs and bacon. The guest speaker Greg from Beyond Blue did a great job sharing his story about his experience with depression. I know that our Student Wellbeing team are keen to continue to raise awareness and focus on health promotion. Thank you to all the students and staff who attended on the day.

 

 

German Study Tour Information Evening

On Wednesday 19 June we held our 2019 German Study Tour Information Evening for families. Thank you to Mrs Mary-Jane Boughen, Ms Jo Rogers and Mr Adam Laan for attending and their work in preparing for the upcoming tour in September.

 

VYL India Meeting

On Thursday 20 June Ms Hayley Dureau our Head of Student Voice and six Year 9 students attended a full-day pre-departure briefing at CERES in Brunswick, where they got the chance to meet the other thirty-two students attending the trip. Charlotte, Kes, Yianni, Nive, Talyssa and Lachie have been selected to represent the college as part of the Department of Education’s Year 9 Victorian Young Leaders to India Program. Forty students and eight teachers from seven schools (rural and metro) will be travelling to India in September as part of the Pilot Program. The three-week immersion program includes being hosted by a local school in India, undertaking a range of excursions exploring Indian history and culture, and visiting organisations innovating in STEM and community engagement.

 

Japanese Immersion Day

Three of our Japanese teachers and four students, Ella (Year 7),
Shraban (Year 8), Feena (Year 11) and Chuong (Year 11) were able to speak and present to the students from different primary schools when they visited Syndal South PS for the ‘Japanese Immersion Day’. There was taiko drumming, quizzes with prizes and lots of fun activities. This was a great opportunity to promote Languages at Mount Waverley Secondary College, particularly mentioning the study tour, exchange programs, Languages Day, the benefits of learning a language and how languages are taught at our college. We were also able to introduce the Japanese staff to the primary school students.

 

College Raffle

Special thanks to Ms Bree Thomas and Mr Aro Ezackial who have been working hard on sourcing some great prizes for our College Raffle this year.  $5000 worth of prizes have been sought including an Acer Travelmate Notebook, a laptop and many other fantastic prizes. Each student and staff member in the college will be allocated one booklet of ten tickets which will be handed out before the end of term.  These tickets are numbered and all tickets must be returned to the college either sold or unsold before Thursday 22 July.  If students/staff sell all of their tickets they will be eligible to be entered into the ticket seller’s prize draw and six great prizes are on offer. Please support the college by selling all of your tickets.  Last year we raised over $6000 which went towards the purchase of extra outdoor student furniture.

 

Year 12 Formal

On Thursday 14 June the vast majority of our Year 12 students (over 250 students) and over twenty teachers celebrated the end of semester at Leonda by the Yarra. The students and staff appreciated the good food, company and dancing. It was great to see the students all together enjoying themselves while looking very smart and glamourous. Feedback from the venue was extremely positive and they said our student’s conduct and behaviour was outstanding. Special thanks to the Senior Subschool team and the Year 12 prefects who organised and supported the event.

 

Mount Matters Forum

On Tuesday 26 June the Mount Matters Forum was held in the Senior Campus Theatrette. Student Leaders and Mount Matters representatives from Years 7 – 12 attended the forum and shared a summary of their findings from Mount Matters sessions in Term 2. We also had students and staff attend from Mount Waverley North Primary School as they have been running ‘Mini Mount Matters’ there, with the help of some of our Senior Student Leaders. I am always impressed by how articulate our students are and the way in which they work as a team. Congratulations to all of the students involved.

Happy Holidays

Second term 2019 has been an exciting time for teaching and learning at Mount Waverley Secondary College.  I hope everyone enjoys some family time over the holidays and I encourage all senior students to ensure a balance between study and relaxation.  Develop a study timetable and stick to it, it will be worth it.  I am heading off to Europe as I have long service leave for Term 3.

Mr Ian MacLeod has been appointed to the role of Acting College Principal and Ms Lisa McKiernan has been appointed as Acting Campus Principal – Middle School in Term 3 whilst I am away. I know they will do a wonderful job.

Have a safe and relaxing holiday. See you in Term 4.    Please note:  the first day of Term 3 for students is Tuesday 16 July.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

 

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Student Goals – Session Two

On Thursday 27 June during period 2 we are held our second Student Goals session. This session focused on providing students in Years 7 to 12 with the opportunity to reflect on their progress made using the strategies and evidence when they set goals earlier this year.  Our Year 12 students in house groups again led these sessions with the support of staff.  Thank you to Miss Hayley Dureau, Mr Matt Sheehan and Mr John Simon for their efforts and involvement and the support and work of Mr Scott Smith, Mr Greg Campbell and our dedicated teachers.

 

Mount Matters Forum

Thank you to Miss Hayley Dureau for her efforts in organising our Mount Matters Forum on Wednesday 26 June. It was a wonderful opportunity for our Mount Matters students at Years 7, 8, 9, and 10, supported by other student leaders, to present their work to each other and a large number of our staff.  We look forward to them providing further input into what is working well and what we can further develop at our college. Thank you to all staff and students who attended the forum and various sessions throughout this term in supporting this great program.

 

College Raffle

We have been working hard on sourcing some great prizes for our college raffle this year.  Nearly $5000 worth of prizes have been donated including an ACER Notebook, a laptop, and many other fantastic prizes.
Each student and staff member in the college has been allocated one booklet of ten tickets.  Tickets are numbered and must be accounted for.  All tickets and money must be returned directly to the college – general office Junior Campus and Bursar’s office Senior Campus – either sold or unsold before Monday 22 July.  If students/staff sell all of their tickets they will be eligible to be entered into the ticket seller’s prize draw where five great prizes are on offer.  The raffle will be drawn on Thursday 1 August at the opening night of the college production.
Please support the college by selling all of your tickets. Money raised over the past years has gone towards the purchase of goal posts on the Senior Campus oval and outdoor seating.

 

Visit from The Second Affiliated Middle School of Huadong Normal University

We are excited to be welcoming some students and staff from our Sister School in Shanghai, The Second Affiliated Middle School of Huadong Normal University, to us from 29 July to 8 August next term. Thank you to all of those families of Year 7 and 8 students who have volunteered to host a student during this time. We look forward to further developing the relationship between our two great schools, and providing them with experiences of our education system, state and country.

 

 

Semester Reports and Semester Two classes

Our semester reports will be published to families via Compass on Friday 28 June. Congratulations to all students who have applied themselves throughout the semester, reflecting on their growth in learning and identifying further areas of improvement.
Students at the Junior Campus have started Semester Two moving into new subjects as part of this changeover. As we move towards the term break it is worth reflecting on the first half of the year which has included learning across the eight learning areas, as well as camps, sport, excursions and competitions.

I wish all students, staff, parents and carers a safe and relaxing break. We look forward to seeing you back in Term 3 ready for another semester of learning.

 

Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

Head of Junior School’s Report

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It has been a busy term and it has been great to see our Junior School students enthusiastically taking up a wide range of opportunities. Some highlights from Term 2 on the Junior Campus include:

  • The Monash Tech School visits, where students have engaged in multi-day, inquiry-based programs with a range of emerging technologies in the new state-of-the-art facility at Monash University. Students have collaborated to solve problems and design innovative solutions and have been challenged in their thinking. These visits will continue for Year 7 and 8 Home Groups in Terms 3 and 4. Thank you to Junior School Leader Ms Lauren Kelly for all her organisation and for all the teachers who attended one or more visits.
  • The sport program, ably led on the Junior Campus by Mr Danny Gwynne. It is great to see a wide range of students eagerly trying out for teams and admirably and skilfully representing our school.
  • The continued development of the Student Leadership Team comprising our Campus Captains, House Captains and Music Captains. This term our leaders organised the Global 6km run for World Vision (ranking as the top fundraising school in Australia and raising over $2700) and ably led assemblies, Mount Matters sessions, casual clothes days and more. Many thanks to Ms Sarah Smith for all her hard work with our leaders.
  • All the music and arts opportunities for our students including the first rehearsals of the new Year 7 Bridging Bands, the Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz Festival, The Addams Family rehearsals and much more. Thank you to all the dedicated staff for providing all of these opportunities for our Year 7 and 8 students.
  • The exciting and action-packed Rubicon Camp for our Year 8 students! Great teamwork and leadership was shown by all 58 campers. Thank you to the teachers who attended, braving the elements and supporting our students.
  • Our Junior Campus Mount Matters representatives attending and presenting at the Mount Matters Forum this week, and confidently and articulating sharing reflections on their year level’s Mount Matters discussions from this term.

Today at our end-of-semester Campus Assembly we recognised a number of students who achieved excellent academic results in Semester 1 as well as a group of students who have consistently and admirably demonstrated our College values. We would also like to acknowledge the work that all students have put into their academic studies as well as the contributions they have made to our College community. We are grateful for our students’ enthusiasm, positivity and willingness to strive for growth and look forward to seeing everyone back for Term 3 after an enjoyable and relaxing break!

 

 

Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Students in the Middle School have started Semester 2 including moving into new subjects as part of this changeover.  As we move towards the term break it is worth reflecting on the first half of the year which has included learning across the eight learning areas as well as camps, sport, excursions and competitions.  Recently students in Year 9 spent three days exploring the city as part of the Explore program, which included visits to the Big Issue Classroom, MCG and Old Melbourne Gaol.  Work experience provided our Year 10 students with the opportunity to see what the world of work entails.  This invaluable experience has led to many students being offered part time work.

Can I wish all families a safe and restful break and look forward to welcoming students back to the college on Tuesday 16 July to commence Term 3.

 

Semester Reports

Congratulations to students who have applied themselves throughout the semester, especially those who have reflected on assessments, taken on board feedback and applied suggested strategies for improvement.  It is important to remember that some students’ self-esteem is affected because they feel they have let others down even when they have worked to the best of their ability.

How do we encourage genuine positive self-esteem in our young people at this time? One way is to provide unconditional positive acceptance, while encouraging an appreciation of individual special abilities and worth. This involves showing that you do care and respect their skills across a broad range of activities, not merely judging them based on their academic success.  It is important for students to focus on achieving their personal best in all facets of their lives.

 

Building Works Update

With exams finishing the building program is going to ramp up.  Work is well underway on the new Year 9 Locker Bay and Bike Sheds on both campuses with steelwork being installed last week.  Work has started on the refurbishment of the SC General Office with this work continuing across the holiday period.  The VCE decking is also progressing well.  We look forward to seeing this project progress across the holiday period.

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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Year 9 Careers Day

On Wednesday 26 June our Year 9 students completed their Morrisby Career assessment.  All students will be provided with a printed copy of their career assessment at the beginning of term 3. The careers team will work with the students to help them unpack and analyse their report. Students will then participate in an individual counselling session with an external careers advisor.  Counselling sessions will be scheduled in the second half of term 3, more information will be provided closer to the date.

 

Alumni Visit

An exciting component of the Year 9 Careers Day was the alumni visit. We were fortunate enough to have 21 alumni visit the college to spend time talking to our students about their experiences when they were a student, and also their experiences after graduating. This was a opportunity for our students to hear about the success our alumni have achieved and also some of the challenges they have overcome in their career pathways.

On behalf of the college I would like to thank our alumni for giving up their time to come together as a school community and support our Year 9 students as they begin to explore pathway options for the future.

Alumni present on the day include:

NameClass ofNameClass of
Chris Grant2012Michelle Trebilcock1988
Catherine Reinisch1986Sanji Kanagalingam1997
Olga Plyshko2004Elliot Batiste2014
Tommy Kuo2015Abbie Rose2017
Kinkini De Zoysa1997Sree Kumar2015
Marianthi Kougi2012Sylvie Tang2014
Kate Freeman2015David Wilson-Brown1980
Jess Freeman2011Joanne Gunaratne2010
Jordan McGown2015Dhanush Girish2015
John Baston1974Melody Chong2009
Ridmi Dollamulla2014

 

 

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Middle School

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Reports

The Semester One reports will be sent via Compass today (Friday 28 June).  Parents and carers will be able to gain an overview of the assessment tasks students have completed and their child’s Learning Behaviours and for Years 7 to 10 their Victorian Curriculum levels.
I would like to thank all of the teachers who have had a busy few weeks preparing and marking exams, marking SACs and CATs, moderating student work and completing reports. Much of this work is completed out of school hours and on weekends to ensure students get results and that reports are completed in a timely manner, It is an extremely hectic time of the year.
I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of Mrs Debbie Sekula (Head of Curriculum), the Faculty Heads and Mr Andrew Wallace who have overseen the reporting process as part of their roles and I would like to acknowledge their hard work.

 

GAT – Wednesday 12 June

Over 470 of our students completed the General Achievement Test (GAT) on Wednesday 12 June.  All students who are completing a Unit 3&4 subject were required to complete this. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our Senior School team, in particular Ms Claire McCormack (Senior Subschool Leader) and the exam supervisors for their work in the lead up to, and one the day of, the exam.  Congratulations to all of the students for their effort, behaviour and cooperation on the day.

 

Year 12 Formal

A large number of our Year 12 students attended the Year 12 Formal last night at Leonda on the Yarra.  It was wonderful to see the students all dressed up and enjoying time with their friends and class mates. A special thank you to the Senior Subschool team; Mr Jason Nicholas, Ms Claire McCormack, Ms Emma Kerr and Mrs Kydi Cassar and the Year 12 prefects who all worked hard to plan and organise the function. Thank you to the large number of staff who also attended at a very busy time of the year.

 

Professional Learning Day – Monday 15 July

The first day of term three is our Professional Learning Day and a student free day.   Staff will be focusing on using data in the classroom to support their students learning growth. The college has Dr Ryan Dunn from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne as a keynote speaker and then sessions facilitated by our Learning Specialists and teachers at the college.

 

2020 Year 11 Central Australia Trip

We ran our second successful trip to Central Australia in the term one holidays earlier this year. The trip is being offered to Year 10 students (2020 Year 11) at the end of term one next year. An information evening will be held early in term three and the date will be confirmed next term.

Congratulations to students and staff on another successful and busy term. Best wishes for a safe and relaxing term break.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Student Voice Report

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The McWhirter Conference

The McWhirter Foundation has been holding its highly regarded Year 11 student conference at Oxford University each year for the last forty years. More recently the Foundation has also been holding a second annual conference at Cambridge University. Building on the success of the conferences in the UK, the Foundation is expanding its network to include students in Australia.
Year 11 students Jordan, Ginuli, Jesse and Lynn will represent Mount Waverley Secondary College at the inaugural Australian conference, which will be held at the University of Melbourne on 11 & 12 July.
The conference will offer a unique educational opportunity for the next generation of school leavers, and provide a forum where students listen to others, put forward their own ideas, debate and gain confidence. The conference aims to encourage students to think about how they may be able to participate in shaping the future. The theme for the conference in Melbourne is “Who should set the limits on free speech?”. Dame Quentin Bryce is the Patron of the conference in Australia.
Thank you to Ms Emma Kerr and Ms Claire McCormack for assisting in the shortlisting/selection process.  Congratulations Jordan Ginuli, Jesse, and Lynn!

 

Aotearoa Leadership Tour – UN Youth

Year 12 College Prefect Catherine V will travel to New Zealand during the upcoming school holidays as part of the UN Youth Aotearoa Leadership Tour. Catherine was selected last year as one of just 16 young Australians in Years 10 – 12 to attend this tour, through which she will explore indigenous rights, culture, reconciliation, and Australia’s relationship with its first peoples through an intercultural tour of New Zealand. The tour focuses on the rich history and tradition of the Maori people, and the methods used to preserve this culture.  Catherine will travel through Wellington, Auckland, Waitangi, Rotorua and Sydney to meet and work with local communities, grassroots organisations, government representatives and NGOs at the forefront of the fight for indigenous rights.  We wish you the best of luck Catherine!

 

VicSRC Congress Camp

Year 9 Mount Matters Representative Shien, and Year 10 Mount Matters Representatives Max and Jeffrey will represent the college at this year’s VicSRC Congress Camp, which will be held at Ormond College, The University of Melbourne on 9 – 11 July.
Congress is a three-day student-led and student-focused conference, which brings together approximately 200 secondary students from year seven to year twelve from all types of schools and all around Victoria.
Students explore the systemic issues that affect all levels of the education system and come up with new, exciting, innovative ways to tackle them…together!  These issues become central to VicSRC’s advocacy work, who communicate the recommendations from Congress to the Minister for Education, and work with him on their implementation!
Congratulations on being selected to represent the college Shien, Max and Jeffrey! We hope you have an amazing time.

 

Year 9 Victorian Young Leaders to India Program

Year 9 students Charlotte, Kes, Yianni, Nive, Talyssa and Lachlan have been selected to represent the college as part of the Department of Education’s Year 9 Victorian Young Leaders to India Program.
Forty students and eight teachers from seven schools (rural and metro) will be traveling to India in September as part of the Pilot Program.  Charlotte, Kes, Yianni, Nive, Talyssa and Lachlan will travel with Miss Dureau to Dehli on 6 September, and return to Melbourne on 27 September.
The three-week immersion program includes being hosted by a local school in India, undertaking a range of excursions exploring Indian history and culture, and visiting organisations innovating in STEM and community engagement.
On Thursday 20 June the team attended a full-day pre-departure briefing at CERES in Brunswick, where met the other students and staff taking part in this incredible opportunity, and learned more about the program, and what to expect in India!

Student Goals

On Thursday 27 June all students at the college will take part in a mid-year Student Goals reflection session, where they will have an opportunity to reflect on the goals that they set for themselves in the areas of Community, Choice and Engagement, earlier this year. Thank you to our Year 12 House Captains, Emma (Landy), Nathan (Fraser), Claudia (Whitten), Emily (Bradman), Isabelle (Goolagong) and George (Cuthbert), who have given up their time to co-design the session plan, and prepare their peers to facilitate the session by actively leading training sessions for the Year 12 students in each of their Houses.

 

Student-led Events

To celebrate the beginning of Semester 2 classes, and to celebrate the end of Term 2, there have been a range of student-led activities and events happening around the Senior Campus…

Very Special Weeks

The Year 12 Leadership Team have organised an event called Very Special Weeks, and are raising money for Very Special Kids, a not-for-profit organisation which aids and cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing hospice and ongoing professional family support.

Casual Clothes Day

The Year 11 Leadership Team organised the Casual Clothes Day on Friday 21 June. They ran a Dodgeball Competition in the Hall, and Kahoot and Uno in the library. The money raised will go towards the College Production.

Uno Competition

The Year 10 Student Leadership Team, together with the Year 10 Mount Matters Team organised a Middle School UNO competition for Thursday 20 June. Well done to the winner, Rex, who won a Chadstone voucher!

Mount Matters Forum

The Mount Matters Forum is an opportunity for students to share a summary of their discussions, findings, feedback and recommendations to college leaders (staff and students) from across both campuses. On Wednesday 26 June the Term 2 Mount Matters Forum was held at the Senior Campus. Students leaders from Years 8-12 and Mount Matters Representatives from Years 7-11 attended the Forum, along with some notable MWSC Alumni, Mrs Wade, Mr Batchelor, Mr MacLeod, Mrs Cain, and other school leaders.  Also in attendance for the first time were some very special guests from Mount Waverley North Primary School, who have worked with some of our Year 11 and 12 students throughout the year to develop a”Mini Mount Matters” program, led by the Grade six Captains.

A pizza lunch was followed by the formal proceedings. Each group (including the Primary School students!) had five minutes to share a summary of what they had achieved this term.
Thank you to everyone who attended the forum, and to everyone who has supported Mount Matters throughout the semester.

 

 

 

Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Music Director’s Report

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Term 2 Reflection

It has been a busy term for music with students participating in many musical events and concerts, including:

  • 2 Soiree’s involving 90 students
  • Generations in Jazz, involving 3 ensembles
  • VSMF, String Orchestra
  • Lunchtime Concert, Senior Campus
  • MSO Excursions, VCE Music & Junior Wind Symphony
  • Open Night Musical Performances – Various ensembles
  • VCE Recital’s, Unit 1 and Unit 3
  • Year 10 Solo Performance Concert
  • Royal Melbourne Hospital Performance, involving 3 ensembles
  • NEVR Concert at Hamer Hall
  • Performances at assemblies on both campus

Term 3 in always busy for the music faculty with many festivals and events. Thank-you in advance to the college community who continue to support the thriving music faculty at the college. A special thanks to music staff who continue to go above and beyond to provide opportunities for these young musicians.

Unit 1 Recital

 

2019 Australian International Music Festival – Sydney  

Over the term break, 42 students, alumni and staff will be travelling to Sydney for 8 days to participate in the 2019 Australian International Festival. It is an amazing opportunity for our Symphonic Band and Stage Band to be showcased. The tour includes a performance in the Sydney Opera House and  Sydney Conservatorium as well as many other prestigious venues. Best of luck to the staff and students from MWSC travelling to this event.

 

Upcoming Music Dates – Term 3
Please check compass regularly to see if your student is involved

  • 4 -11 July – Sydney Music Tour
  • 29 July – VSMF Concert Band
  • 1 August – Jazz Band & Stage Band recording studio
  • 5 August – Jazz Band, Mount Waverley Primary School Performance
  • 7 August – VSMF Senior Choir
  • 12 August – VSMF Stage Band
  • 13 August – VSMF Jazz Band
  • 28 August – VSMF Symphonic Band
  • 3 September – South Street Symphonic Band
  • 6 September – South Street Stage Band
  • 12 September – Unit 4 Recital
  • 13 September – Year 10 (classroom music) Recital
  • 14 September – Victorian State School Spectacular – Selected students
  • 19 September – Year 12 Solo Performance recording studio

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Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports Desk

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Year 7 Round Robin – 17 June 2019

Well done to all our Year 7 Round Robin team last week.  Results are as follows:
  • Boys soccer Team- 1st , winning games 5 – 0, 10- 0, 15 – 0 and the final 6-0. No to compete in upcoming Regional Finals
  • Girls Soccer Team- 1st  in their pool
  • Boys Badminton Team- 2nd, defeated in the  final by Glen Waverley SC
  • Girls Badminton Team- 3rd
  • AFL Boys Team – 4th
  • Netball A Team – 3rd
  • Netball B Team  – 1st in their pool

 On Monday 17June,  the Year 7 Boys Badminton team travelled to the Noble Park Badminton Stadium to compete in the district round robin.The A team consisted of  Jayden T, Eddie L, David L and Saran K, and they defeated Vermont & Highvale in the round robin before losing to Glen Waverley in the final.  The B team consisting of Henry L, Josh P,  Tian C, Gaurav J, had similar results, coming second to Glen Waverley in the final.  Thankyou to Tanissh & Dev for scoring on the day.      Congratulations boys you represented the school with distinction. Well done! ~ Mr Campbell

Region Cross Country – 18 June 2019

On Tuesday 18 June, students from all over the Eastern Metropolitan Region embarked on a very chilly Yarra Glen race track to take part in the annual Cross Country Championships. Mount Waverley’s forty-five students achieved some exceptional results! The below eight students have won through to the State Finals which are scheduled for Week 1 Term 3 at Bundoora Park. Congratulations to all!

Team
GOLD MEDALISTS – Izak B , Richard A, Tom H, Sam G, Alec F
Individual
SILVER MEDALIST – Nathan T – 17-20 boys
SILVER MEDALIST – Ethan K – 16 boys
BRONZE MEDALIST – Izak B – 14 boys
11th – Jess B – 16 girls
Sports Coordinators
Mr Matt Cara and Mr Danny Gwynne

Head of Languages Report

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Japanese Immersion Day – 21 June 2019

Last Friday 21 June, 4 students of Mount Waverley Secondary College went to Syndal South Primary School to tell some of the year six from many different schools, what learning Japanese in high school is like. We started the day with the introduction of the many teachers then did some Taiko drumming which everyone enjoyed a lot.   Following up after that, Ms Yasunaga showed a descriptive video about some of the activities you do at Mount Waverley Secondary College Japanese program such as the Japan tour.  Then four of Mount Waverley’s students covered 4 different aspects of Japanese at MWSC. Them being Japanese grades/results, the differences in primary and secondary school of learning Japanese, Japan exchange program and Japanese in VCE. We ended the day with a fun quiz that was enjoyed by all.  

By Shraban G (8N)

 

 

Welcome German Exchange Student

A lovely welcome for Lilia Morales Buchholz.

We have a new visitor from Germany, Lilia Morales Buchholz. On Monday 25 June, there was an official welcoming with “Kaffee und Kuchen”, a German tradition.  Lilia will be visiting our school until the 14 August.  Lilia is here to improve her English language skills and to experience the Australian way of life.

 

Ms Gokce Delioglu
Head of Languages

Snowy River Leadership School

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On Friday 21 June, I had the privilege of visiting our students at the Victorian School for Student Leadership at the Snowy Campus, Marlo. The Leadership School is a three campus school with two other sites in the Alpine region at Dinner Plain and Gnurad-Gundidj near Warrnambool.

Our Year 9 students, Kevin, Aiden, Megan, Anna, Kye Li, Suhani, Saihaj and Ashton have spent the past ten weeks living and learning at the Snowy Campus approximately 400kms east of Melbourne. During this time they have been challenged at multiple levels – academically, physically and emotionally as they have developed their leadership skills. Over this 10 week period they have been visited by their families only once about half way through their journey.

Experiences such as this allow young people to develop their potential as they experience and develop life skills that place them on a leadership trajectory that not only benefits themselves but also their communities. Part of their journeys have involved our students in developing a Community Learning Project (CPL) where they work to contribute to a project that enhances their local community.

I am looking forward to working with them as they achieve their vision. MWSC has every reason to celebrate these young leaders, their commitment and what they will bring to their communities.

 

 

 

Mr Bill Thomas 
Head of Community Engagement

InspoArts Competition

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The InspoArts Competition was a great showcase of the talent and creativity of Mount Waverley’s students. Students were asked to create a piece based on something that inspired them, and the results were beautiful! Many students came to visit the lunchtime exhibit on Friday the 24 May and we received over 100 votes!  I’d like to thank Ms Spiller, Ms Carter, Miss Dureau and Mrs McLennan for helping the Arts Committee organise the competition. Thank you to all staff who came along to support the event. 

The Arts Committee Award Winner is Jess Y  (Year 12) with her creative self-portrait!
The People’s Choice Award Winner is George R  (Year 12) with his wonderful landscape drawing! 
All of the contestants produced amazing pieces, and we are glad that we had the opportunity to exhibit the talent of our Mount Waverley SC students.
 
Breanna E – Year 12 Arts Captain
On behalf of the Arts Committee

2019 College Production – ‘The Addams Family’

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Mount Waverley Secondary College undertakes an annual school production with an all-inclusive cast from Year 7-12. This year we are delighted to present ‘The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy’

All your favourite Addams Family characters in one hilarious musical. The flamboyant sword swinging Gomez, still madly in love with his ravishing Morticia whose alluring voice and dry wit continue to send him wild.  The eccentric Fester and the madcap Grandma, both up to their old tricks dabbling in potions and spells-defying the the laws of nature. However, it is little Pugsley who’s in a pickle, his normally dark and sadistic sister Wednesday is ignoring him, she is in love with the very ‘normal’ Lucas Beineke. What will Pugsley do? What drastic measures will he take to get the old Wednesday back? Will Lurch open his mouth and tell us how he really feels?

 

Performances on 1,2 & 3 August at the Whitehorse Centre, Nunawading.   To purchase tickets please click on link: http://www.whitehorsecentre.com.au/The-Addams-Family.html

For more information, phone the Box Office on 9262 6555 or email tickets@whitehorse.vic.gov.au

 

 

Ms Jane Carter
Production Director

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