College Principal’s Report

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Welcome back

Welcome back to another busy term of learning at the college.  I hope everyone enjoyed some special time with family and friends over the holiday break. I would like to welcome some new staff to the college:

Ms Ellen Nyberg –  Science Teacher – Junior Campus
Ms Lucy Han – Science Teacher – Junior Campus
Mr Jaidyn Newport – PE/Health Teacher
Ms Ruby Hooke – PE/Health Teacher


State Cross Country

On Thursday 18 July a record nine students represented Mount Waverley Secondary College at the State Cross Country at Bundoora Park.  All students ran well on the day with our top performers; Izak B – 3rd place in the 14 boys and Nathan T came 11th in the 17-20 boys.  Thank you to Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Liam Wall for looking after the team.


VCE Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all the students and parents who attended the recent VCE Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences.  The feedback was very positive on the night and there is no doubt that students appreciate being supported by both the college and their families at this critical stage of their education.


Japanese visitors – Minami Senior High School

On Saturday 20 July 80 students and 4 staff flew into Melbourne from our sister school Minami Senior High School in Osaka, Japan.  The opportunity for students from Minami to visit our school allows students from both schools to spend time together sharing their experiences, that enables them to better understand each other and their cultures while also strengthening their understanding of their place in our global community. In our highly interconnected global world the value of experiencing other cultures and meeting people from other countries is more important than ever.  Through this sharing there is a meaningful and genuine understanding of the lives of people in a different culture which is enriching for all students involved.  The Minami students were involved in a busy program spending time at the College in classrooms and also touring around Melbourne.  Thanks must go to our host families for looking after our Japanese visitors during their stay.
Thank you to the Japanese teachers for their work behind the scenes to make this visit happen – to Ms Michelle Lukaczynski, Ms Gokce Delioglu and Ms Ayako Yasunaga well done!


 Parent Opinion Survey 2019

The Parent Opinion Survey is completed annually by the Department of Education and Training and is conducted amongst a sample of randomly selected parents at every school in Victoria.  This year, about 30 per cent of parents will be invited to participate.  All responses to the survey are anonymous. The survey helps our college gain an understanding of how you view our school climate, student engagement and relationships.  Our college will use the results to inform school planning and improvement strategies.
The survey will be conducted online and only takes 10- 15 minutes to complete, it will be open until Sunday 11 August. The survey is conducted online and can completed the using any internet connected device even mobile phones.  Responses are confidential, and parents can be reassured that schools are unable to link responses to individuals.

The survey is available in English, Arabic, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Chin (Hakha), Hindi, Japanese, Somali, Turkish, Punjabi and Greek.  Results will be received at the college at the end of September.For more information, see Parent Opinion Survey:


The Addams Family

The college production staff and alumni students have been working hard over the holidays and the last couple of weeks with our students in preparation for our upcoming performances. Our college production ‘The Addams Family’ opens on Thursday 1 August.  Please support our students and staff by coming to see this great production.  It will be a great show!

Tickets on sale at:



Mr Ian MacLeod
Acting College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Welcome Back to Term 3

Welcome back to all students, staff and families in our college community. Despite the cold weather, it has been great to be back and see the wonderful learning in classes.  This is an important time of year with students having received their Semester One report which highlighted achievements and areas for improvement across all subjects.  For some students, further support is being provided through progress interviews with our Junior Sub-School team.  These interviews are designed to help students develop further strategies and plans for their learning. Thank you for your work as parents/carers in forming productive, strong relationships with us centred around your child’s needs and development.


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.


Mount Matters

Mount Matters has commenced again this term on the Junior Campus, being led by some of our Year 8 Student Leaders. It was great to hear some of the discussions and planning of ideas from our Term Two Year 7 and 8 representatives. These representatives shared this information at the Mount Matters Forum on Wednesday 26 June. Thank you to all of our student representatives along with our talented and dedicated staff involved: Miss Hayley Dureau, Miss Sarah Smith, Mr John Simon, Miss Samantha Cody, Miss Rachael McCracken, Mr James Johnston, Miss Jo Rogers and Mr Mark Quiambao.


College Tours

On Thursday mornings we have been running college tours on the Junior Campus. This has been a further opportunity for prospective families to see our learning community and to be able to speak with our talented staff and students. Thank you to Mrs Colleen Pritchard, Ms Rhonda Palstra and  Mrs Narda McLennan for their efforts in organising these. Thank you also to Mr John Simon, Miss Samantha Cody and our Year 8 Leaders for their efforts in leading some of these tours.


House Athletics

Over 900 students and staff headed to the Knox Athletics track on Friday 26 July for our annual House Athletics event.  It was great day to see so many students participating in events aiming to better their previous best.  Well done to Mr Liam Wall and Mr Danny Gwynne for their great work in organising this whole school event, and to all students who participated.  A District Athletics team has been selected from this event and will now compete at the next level.



Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

Head of Junior School’s Report

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Welcome back to Term 3!

We hope you had a restful and enjoyable break. This term we welcome Mr James Johnston to the Junior School team as Acting Year 7 Coordinator while Ms Samantha Cody is Acting Junior School Leader and Ms Lauren Kelly is Acting Head of Middle School.
At any stage, feel free to contact us regarding your child’s learning or wellbeing as we work together to support them at school.

For matters related to your child’s progress in a particular subject, please firstly contact the relevant subject teacher. All teachers can be contacted via Compass. For more ongoing or complex matters, please contact the relevant Year Level Coordinators:
Year 7: Ms Rachael McCracken and Mr James Johnston
Year 8: Ms Jo Rogers and Mr Mark Quiambao

Following this, please contact one of the leading teachers in the Junior School: Ms Samantha Cody (Acting Junior School Leader) or Mr John Simon (Head of Junior School).


Peer Supported Transitions

Mount Waverley Secondary College is involved as a pilot school in a Peer Supported Transitions program, a new initiative in partnership with Gateway LLEN, where a group of Year 8 students will be trained as peer support leaders to visit local feeder primary schools. The mentors will run circle time sessions with Grade 6 students in which they will share their experiences about the move to high school with an aim to build students’ confidence around transition. The first mentor training session was held on Friday 19 July. The training will continue next Thursday 25 July before our first visit to Essex Heights Primary School in early August, and Mount Waverley North Primary School later in the month. Thank you to the Student Wellbeing and Junior Subschool teams for their support of this program.


Year 8 Kinglake Camp

We are looking forward to the inaugural Year 8 Kinglake Camp which will occur in the second week of Term 4. This new camp at Kinglake Forest Adventures is for all Year 8 students and is a key part of the Year 8 program. Your child’s Home Group will attend either for the first half of the week (Monday to Wednesday) or the latter (Wednesday to Friday).


Students will have the opportunity to elect preferences regarding the camp stream they would like to take part in: Hike (hiking and overnight camping), Challenge (camp-based challenge activities such as treetop adventures and the “leap of faith”) or Community (activities in the Kinglake community such as volunteering and forest walks). All requests for streams will be considered however due to limited capacity it may not be possible to give all students their first preference. All streams will partake in a range of camp-based challenge activities (such as a competitive orienteering challenge and a “Hunger Games” tournament) well as character strengths and mindfulness activities.

Further information will be posted on Compass this week including the event for payment and consent to be provided. Medical forms will also be distributed shortly and need to be returned to the Junior Campus reception by Friday 30 August.


Year 8 to 9 Subject Selection and Information Evening

On Monday 5 August, Year 8 students will participate in a subject information afternoon. They will hear from Middle and Senior School students about the Year 9 elective offerings as students prepare to choose their courses for 2020.

Please save the date for our Year 9 2020 Information Evening to be held on the Senior Campus on Thursday 8 August. Students and parents are highly encouraged to attend to learn about the course selection process and to speak to staff in each learning area about elective subjects. Further information will be communicated via Compass.



Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School


Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Welcome back

Welcome back to all students after a much deserved holiday break, it was lovely to see everyone return well rested and ready to begin the new term. In term 2 six of our Year 9 students attended the School for Student Leadership, I would like to welcome back Ashton, Aiden, Anna, Kye, Saihaj, Suhani. In semester 2 these students will be working on their community based project.

Semester 2 is always a busy term for our Middle School students. This term our students will work closely with their teachers to choose subjects for the 2020 school year. The Year 11 (2020) information evening is held on Tuesday 6 August, and the Year 10 (2020) information evening is held on Thursday 8 August. I would encourage all families to attend the relevant information evening as this will help support your child to make informed decisions about their future pathway. Further information about subject selection is available on Compass.

In term 3 many of our students will participate in overseas travel programs. Students will travel to Germany for 4 weeks to participate in an exchange program with our sister school. We also have 2 new trips occurs this term, the G’Day Space trip will see our students participate in a STEM program in the United States, and Young Leaders Program will see our students travel to India to work with others schools on an array of leadership programs.

Finally the highlight for all of our year 10 students is the Year 10 Gala, this is an exciting and fun evening and I encourage all students to attend.


Building Works Update

The holiday break provided an opportunity for our builders to continue with their work on both campuses. Work has been completed on the new Year 9 locker bay, the Middle School toilet refurbishment, bike sheds, and also the refurbishment of the Senior Campus General office.  Although the wet weather has proved a challenge at times, we are excited about the progress that has been made and are looking forward to work to begin on the new open learning space.


Year 10 -11 Course Counselling Day

To further support the transition of students from Year 10 into VCE, Year 10 students will be having a 1:1 course counselling interview with an experience member of staff to help support them in making the correct subject selections for their VCE studies.

Students will be emailed a personalised 2020 Course Selection form on the 6 August.  This form will identify an interview time and staff member during which time the student will complete their subject selections for 2020.  These 10-minute interviews will occur between 8:30am to 4:15pm.   Please note – classes for all Year 10 students will not run on this day.  Students will only attend school to attend their interview. A parent/carer is encouraged to attend on the day where possible to select the student’s course for 2020. As part of the course counseling session, students’ subject selection will be completed electronically.  Students are asked to bring a printout of their Semester one Report and completed subject selection form with them to their designated interview time.  Course Counselling/Subject Selection will take place in the Senior Campus library.

Please see Compass for further details.



Ms Lisa McKiernan
Acting Campus Principal – Middle School


Head of Middle School’s Report

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Welcome back to Term 3.

Semester two is in full swing with the first CATs starting to occur for many of our Middle School students. Our Year 9s and 10s have had a busy start to the term.


Year 9 Careers – Morrisby

Last term the Year 9s completed their Morrisby assessment as part of their Careers Day. This term students have started to be scheduled in to have their individual counselling session with an external careers advisor. This will provide them with the opportunity to discuss their report one on one. Students will be provided with the hard copy of their report following these sessions. In the meantime students have also been asked to download a digital copy of their report off the Morrisby portal and encouraged to read through it at home.


Mental Health First Aid and Positive Education

The Year 10s have participated in the first of three sessions of their Teen Mental Health First Aid and Positive Education program. The Teen Mental Health First Aid program is an internationally recognised program that provides students with information on mental health issues and an action plan to follow to help them support friends who may be experiencing mental health issues. The Positive Education sessions will focus on strategies students can implement to look after their own mental health.


Year 10 2020 Information Night

The 2019 Year 9 students and parents/guardians are invited to an information night on Thursday 8  August. Important information about subject choices for Year 10 and the programs offered in Year 10 will be discussed and we encourage all parents and students to attend.



Ms Lauren Kelly
Acting Head of Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Welcome back to Term three

Term Three is always a busy time with information evenings and the 2020 subject selection process occurring. Please note the dates and times of the sessions that will occur over the next few weeks. Subject Handbooks for Year 9, Year 10 and VCE are now available on the college website under the Parent tab – College documents and policies. Staff at the college are available to assist you and your child through this process.


Professional Learning Day – Monday 15 July

Last week our staff spent the morning with our guest presenter, Dr Ryan Dunn from the Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne. Ryan has been a classroom teacher and works with schools and teachers around the world. The focus was on using data to assist students in their learning. A number of our staff facilitated workshops for the rest of the day.


Japanese visit – Minami Senior High School

Last Saturday 80 students from Minami Senior High School and four teachers came to our college. While their time with us was short the students and teachers quickly formed strong relationships and had an opportunity to sight see with families, attend our school and complete a scavenger hunt in Melbourne.

A huge amount of preparation goes into these programs. Thanks to all of the college staff who assisted and hosted teachers. A special thank you to our Head of Languages Ms Gokce Delioglu and the Languages staff; Ms Michelle Lukaczynski (who co-ordinated the program), Ms Ayako Yasunaga for her organisation, Mr Peter Jackson who hosted and Dr Les Mullins for co-ordinating activities.  The college wishes to thank all of the families who hosted the students. These programs cannot run without your support.


VCE Parent Teacher Conferences

Last night VCE teachers met with parents/carers and students and discussed student progress in their VCE studies. The timing of the session is to provide parents and students with timely feedback as we move into the final part of schooling for our Year 12 students. Thanks to all of the staff, parents and students who attended the evening. A special thank you to Andrew Wallace for supporting the booking process.


Assessment and Reporting

All parents/carers received mid-year reports via Compass which set out learning behaviours and for Years 7 to 10 students teacher judgements against the Victorian Curriculum levels. In second semester feedback on CATs and SACs will continue to be given approximately two weeks after the completion of a learning task. Parents will also be able to monitor student progress and discuss areas and strategies for improvement.


Current Year 10 students – 2020 Year 11 Central Australia Trip

Information Evening Tuesday 20 August at 7 pm

The college is pleased to again offer the Central Australia trip to all Year 11 students (current Year 10 students). There will be an information evening held on Tuesday 20 August at 7pm in D8 -10 for interested students and parents. A proposed itinerary and estimated costs will be available. Expressions of interest will be called for shortly after this. Please contact me at the college if you have any questions via email

Parking around the college

As the new term begins there is a large volume of traffic around the senior campus. We ask that you please drop off and pick up students in the street and not enter the car parks. The car parks are for staff only and parents coming in and out of the grounds is a safety concern.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Senior School’s Report

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Northern Hemisphere

Near the end of Term Two, MWSC had both Further Mathematics and Accounting undertake their VCAA Unit 3 and 4 external examinations.  For many of the students, aside from the GAT, this was their first experience of a VCAA examination.  The program ran smoothly, and all students are to be commended their approach to these important assessments.  Students were mailed their results over the holidays from the VCAA.  The college was very happy with the results of both of these studies, with one achieving an average study score of 38.  Congratulations to all of the students involved.  You should be very proud of your effort.


Year 12 Formal

On Thursday 27 June, the Year 12s ‘glammed up’ for the annual formal at Leonda by the Yarra.  The night.  The night began with students arriving in style in a variety of limousines and other fancy cars including a Rolls Royce and a prestigious maxi taxi.  All students represented themselves and the college exceptionally well on the night, mixing with their peers and teachers.  It was great to see the cohort having such a fantastic time, making full use of the move they learnt in Year 9 dance classes.  Thank you to all staff that attended for your assistance and making the night such a success.


Year 10 into 11 Course Selection Information

The Year 10 students will be involved in several events leading up to them selecting their course for 2020.  All students and parent/s carers have been emailed information relating to this.  Of key importance is Tuesday 6 August where students will be involved in a range of different information session and experiences during the school day, including a Careers Expo.  Between 5:45-7:00pm, students and parents/carers are able to come into the college (D Rooms) and speak informally with Faculties accessing information and asking questions regarding VCE subjects in this area.  Commencing at 7:00pm in the Hall will be a subject selection information session.  This important session will provide information on Senior School pathways and the course selection process.

All students will receive a personalised email on the 6 August that identifies their Subject Selection interview time.  These will take place in the library on Monday 12 August where students will select their subjects.  Students are only required at school to attend their interview on this day.


Year 11 into 12 Course Selection Information

Current Year 11 students and their parents/carers are encouraged to attend a course selection information session on Tuesday 6 August commencing in the Theatrette at 7:00pm.  This information session will outline key information relevant to 2020 Year 12 students and explain the course selection process and timeline.  All students will receive a personalised email on the 6 August that identifies their unique log in code and instructions to complete their subject selection prior to the 16 August.



Mr Jason Nicholas
Head of Senior School

Student Voice Report

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Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) 2019

The Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) is a Rotary sponsored personal development program.

The program is open to young people aged between 14 and 17 years of age and is in the form of a 2.5 day seminar designed to assist the young participants to form their own values and moral standards.  Conducted by the District RYPEN Committee and in compliance with the RYPEN Program guidelines, awardees are sponsored and paid for by Rotary Clubs throughout District 9810.

Location: RYPEN 2019 will be held at the Oasis Youth Camp, 66 -72 Monbulk Road, Mt. Evelyn.
Dates: 4.00pm on Friday 13 September to 3.30pm Sunday 15 September, 2019.
Cost: The cost of the camp is covered by the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley.

Benefits include: developing skills to enhance self-awareness and self-esteem; development of personal values and life skills; working in teams and building team dynamics; understanding how to set goals and the importance of goals in all areas of life; learning how to create motivation for oneself and for others; opportunity to focus on community as well as how and why we contribute.

The program includes a mix of presentations, discussions and demonstrations with practical applications; it includes personal challenges, outdoor activities, music, theatre and sport. If you wish to apply:
– Speak to a parent/guardian and seek their permission.
– Email Miss Dureau by 3pm on Friday 2nd August. Please describe briefly how you believe you would benefit from attending the RYPEN program.
If you have any questions at all, please see or email Miss Dureau.


The McWhirter Conference

Year 11 students Jordan, Ginuli, Jesse and Lynn represented Mount Waverley Secondary College at the inaugural McWhirter Foundation Australian conference at the University of Melbourne on 11 and 12 July .

“The conference was amazing, it was so good to see students at our age coming together to discuss such an important topic that affects all Australians. It was also great to hear for all the speakers as well as the students in our syndicate groups, hearing other people’s perspectives, opinions and even opening up our eyes to thing we hadn’t even considered was so rewarding. We also all made so many new friends from other schools, who were so kind, intelligent and welcoming. Overall just so wonderful, I would recommend this conference to anyone who wanted to participate next year.”     Jesse, Year 11

“The McWhirter conference was really good! We were spoken to by comedian Sami Shah, human rights campaigner Roj Amedi, law professor Adrienne Stone and lawyer Shireen Morris.They all held really interesting perspectives and knowledge about free speech, and although it was hard to keep up with the jargon sometimes, I felt that we all learnt a lot from them!
I think the most interesting part was discussing the speeches in our syndicate groups, where we heard a wide range of opinions and ideas, and it was really good to hear where our present generation stood on certain issues and beliefs.  Overall, it was a really fun and interesting conference! Thanks so much for this unique opportunity!”    Lynn, Year 11


Aotearoa Leadership Tour – UN Youth

Year 12 College Prefect Catherine V travelled to New Zealand during the 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. The group explored indigenous rights, culture, reconciliation, and Australia’s relationship with its first peoples through an intercultural tour of New Zealand. The tour focused on the rich history and tradition of the Maori people, and the methods used to preserve this culture. Catherine travelled 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.


VicSRC Congress Camp

During the holidays Year 9 Mount Matters Representative Shien, and Year 10 Mount Matters Representatives Max and Jeffrey represented the college at this year’s VicSRC Congress Camp at Ormond College at the University of Melbourne.
The three-day student-led and student-focused conference brought together approximately 200 secondary students from year seven to year twelve from all types of schools and all around Victoria.
Students explored the systemic issues that affect all levels of the education system and came up with new, exciting, innovative ways to tackle them. The issues raised at Congress 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!

“During the Term 2 school holidays Chao Shien C, Max C and I had the honor to attend the Victorian Student Representative Council’s 2019 Congress Camp. Over the three day camp we worked through a course of skill-building workshops to research and seek solutions for an issue we thought needed to be brought to attention in the education system. Issues touched on at Congress ranged from Indigenous awareness to sustainability in schools and various others which Victorian students from across the state were passionate about, and on the final day we were given the opportunity to have our pitches heard by major stake holders in education. Overall congress was an educational and prospering experience, all three of us had a great time at camp and Congress has really empowered us as students and promoted our student voice.”   Jeffrey, Year 10

“Going to VicSRC Congress Camp was an experience that I will never forget. Ormond College is a place that is very pleasing to the eye. The room was very contemporary. Every day was jammed packed with fun, thrilling, enjoyable activities. We enjoyed every bit and would highly recommend every student in Mount Waverley Secondary College to take part in this program, as it is highly educational yet fun at the same time.”   Shien, Year 9

Rosebud Secondary College Visit

Last Monday 18th July students from Rosebud Secondary College, along with their Assistant Principal Glenn Powell, visited the Senior Campus and met with some of our Year 10, 11 and 12 student leaders. The students from Rosebud SC were interested in learning about our Teach the Teacher (TTT) program. Our students shared their TTT journey, including some of the challenges and obstacles that teams have faced over the years. Our leaders shared with the Rosebud students the steps they had taken, such as surveying staff and students, conducting their own research, looking at research online, and facilitating professional learning sessions for staff.


Mount Matters

Our Year 8 Leaders facilitated a Mount session on Monday this week with a focus on the appropriate use of electronic devices in the classroom. Students provided input on the existing school policy, with an aim to provide very clear expectations around the appropriate use of iPads at school. The Year 7 Matters Representatives will take part in a similar session next week. Thank you to Mr John Simon and Ms Sam Cody for working with the Year 8 leaders to plan the session. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Ms Sam Cody, Ms Sarah Smith and Mr Andrew Batchelor for attending the session and supporting the students.

Over the last week our Year 9, 10 and 11 Mount Matters Representatives have provided feedback to Sub-school Leaders and the Head of Curriculum, Mrs Debbie Sekula, regarding exams. Students discussed the various strategies and resources they used in preparing for exams, as well as some of the challenges they faced. They discussed possible supports that could reduce or eliminate some of the challenges they faced. Thank you to all of the students who were involved – the feedback you provided will be considered by the Middle School and Senior School in the lead-up to semester 2 exams. A summary of the feedback will be shared with all students and staff. Thank you to Mrs Debbie Sekula, Ms Lauren Kelly, Ms Mardi De Kretser, Mr Jason Nicolas, Mr Matt Cara, Ms Emma Kerr and Ms Megan Reynolds for attending the sessions and supporting our students.


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. An pre-departure information evening is being held for these students and their families on Wednesday 21 August.


Casual Clothes Day

The Term 2 Casual Clothes Day was held on Friday 21 June and raised $1956.85 towards the College Production.


Very Special Weeks

Year 12 Prefects and Captains organised the event Very Special Weeks for the last two weeks of Term 2. Many students participated in the events which included a VCE Downball Tournament, Middle School Basketball competition and Super Smash competition. The team raised $284 for Very Special Kids through a donut sale.


Welcome back Snowy River students!

This term we welcomed back Year 9 students Suhani, Ashton, Aidan, Anna, Kye Li, Saihaj and Kevin, who were at the School for Student Leadership Snowy River Campus for the duration of Term 2. They have enjoyed catching up with their friends, and have found it a little different returning to “normal” classes after experiencing classes in the great outdoors for ten weeks! We look forward to hearing more about their Community Learning Projects in the coming weeks.



Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of  Student Voice

Japanese visitors – Minami Senior High School

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On Saturday 20 July, 80 students and 4 teachers (including the Principal) from Minami Senior High School in Osaka, Japan arrived at Mount Waverley Secondary College.

For the next four nights each would be hosted by a MWSC family and experience life in Australia. Most families spent the weekend showing their Japanese visitors around parts of Melbourne and included the obligatory experience of trying Vegemite for the first time.

On Monday, the Minami students and staff spent the day at school. They were taken on a school tour by Year 11 students, attended a reptile incursion and performed in the Welcome Assembly during period 4. Under the careful direction of Dr Les Mullins, an additional tree was planted in the Friendship Forest and all students attended at least one lesson at school with their host (for which we appreciate your hospitality).

Tuesday was spent on a ‘Melbourne Chase’ around the CBD with students finding their way around independently on our tram system and answering scavenger hunt type questions.
The teachers and students had a wonderful time and will never forget the families they stayed with and their experience here at MWSC.

Thank you all for your ongoing support of the Languages Department as we endeavor to provide international opportunities and exposure to our students.

We would like to thank all of the host families for their generosity and hospitality in hosting students from our sister school Osaka Minami High School this week. The community has given them a once in a life-time opportunity to experience Australian life!
Ms Gokce Delioglu, Ms Michelle Lukaczynski & Ms Ayako Yasunaga
Japanese Language Teachers

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:

For more information, phone the Box Office on 9262 6555 or email



Ms Jane Carter
Production Director

Music Director’s Report

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Australian International Music Festival  2019 – Sydney 

From the 4 -11 July, 38 students including five 2018 alumni and four staff traveled to Sydney to participate in the Australian International Music Festival. This is the first music tour that the college has run and provided the students with an amazing musical and educational opportunity. The Symphonic Band and the Stage Band played at world class venues including, The Sydney Opera House, The Chatswood Concourse, The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Australian Maritime Museum. 

Both Bands were auditioned in October 2018, and those gaining a position in an ensemble began to prepare an extensive program of diverse works. Some highlights of the Symphonic Band’s program included the “Mozart Horn Concerto”, Rondo, featuring Henry L (Year 11) on French Horn as well as an original composition, “Timescape” written by Year 12 Oscar J-W. Both of these works received much acclaim across the band’s performances. 

The tour gave the Symphonic Band the opportunity to participate in a workshop with Sydney Conservatorium music staff, Mr Stephen Williams as well as an exchange rehearsal with ACG Parnell College from Auckland, New Zealand. At the final concert the Symphonic Band received a Silver Award and the Stage Band received a Gold award, an outstanding achievement for both ensembles.

As well as music performances and workshops, the students participated in a range of sightseeing opportunities, including The Rocks, Bondi Beach, Taronga Zoo, A Harbour Cruise, Patty’s Market,  and a visit to the Art Gallery of NSW. 

As a whole, it was an amazing opportunity for staff and students to attend this tour. Extended thanks to music staff: Ms Alahana Somerville, Mr Nathan Liow and Mr Joseph Yu who joined me in accompanying these students to this festival. We are looking to make music tours a bi-annual event for the future and will shortly start looking at options for 2021, an exciting opportunity for our upcoming music students. 



Victorian State School Spectacular

Music teachers Mr Tom Frost and Ms Alahana Somerville  accompanied the MWSC Victorian State School Spectacular Choir visited the Melbourne Town Hall this week for their first full choir rehearsal. We are taking part in the Mass Choir component of the spectacular with over 1200 students from schools around the state. We have had a very productive day singing through all of the songs for the performance and are looking forward to our next mass rehearsals in a few weeks time.

Upcoming music dates – Term 3  – Please check compass regularly to see if your student is involved

  • 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 
  • 27 August – South Street Senior Choir 
  • 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 



Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports Desk

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Summary of last week’s sport results:

Senior Girls Soccer
The Senior Girls team traveled to the Darebin International Sports Centre to compete in the Eastern Metropolitan Region Finals. They competed bravely on the day and were successful against their competition, meaning they will compete for the state title on the 2 September!   Well done!

State Cross-Country
On Thursday the 18 July, 7 students competed in the State cross-country. It was an extremely successful day with three top 20 finishes in the State!
  • – Izak B (Year 8) – 3rd
  • – Tom H (Year 8) -52nd
  • – Richard A (Year 8)  – 71st
  • – Sam G (Year 8) – 90th
  • – Jess B (Year 10)- 55th
  • – Ethan K (Year 10) – 17th
  • – Nathan T (Year 12) – 11th
Senior Round Robin
Last week our senior teams competed in the senior sport round robin. Well done to all teams who competed on the day. The results are as follows;
  • Boys A Team Basketball – 4th
  • Boys B Team Basketball- 5th
  • Girls Basketball – 3rd
  • Boys Hockey – 1st and will compete at the Region finals!
  • Girls Hockey – 1st and will compete at the Region finals!
  • Boys Table Tennis – 4th
  • Girls Table Tennis finished 1st, and will now compete at the Region finals!
Mr Liam Wall & Mr Danny Gwynne
Sports Coordinators
MWSC College News – Issue 11