MWSC College News – Issue 12

9th August 2019

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

Photo:  2019 College Production of “The Addams Family – A new musical comedy’ – opening night performance on Thursday 1 August 2019

Upcoming Events

College Principal’s Report

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We are well into Term 3 with students busy making progress across a range of areas at the college.

The Addams Family

This year’s college production has been a huge hit!  With four fantastic shows at the Whitehorse Centre starting on Thursday 1st and going through to Saturday 3rd August.  Congratulations to all of students, staff and parents involved in making it a success.  Special thanks must to go Ms Jane Carter for her work in making this fantastic show happen.


House Athletics

With over 750 students, heading out to the Knox Athletics track on Friday 29 July it was all about running, jumping and throwing.  With students all trying to go faster, further and higher it was a great day at the track.  Well done to Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Liam Wall for their great work in organising this whole school event.  Thanks also to all of the staff who helped make this a successful day for our students.  We now look forward to District Athletics later in the term.


Building project

The Building Works across the college are progressing well with refurbished Senior Campus General Office now back in operation and the new Year 9 Locker Bay opening in the coming days.  Work is continuing on the bike sheds and refurbishment of the D Block toilets at the Senior Campus as well as the learning spaces.  The current timeline is for all works to be completed is towards the end of this term.


Visit from the No. 2 High School of East China Normal University

From Monday 29 July to Thursday 8 August we are hosting 13 students and 2 staff from our new Sister School in Shanghai. The visit is based on the Junior Campus and commenced with a welcome Campus Assembly on Tuesday 30 July, along with attending classes with their homestay students, participating in special activities, attending excursions, attending our College Production and learning more about our great college and country.  The opportunity for students from Shanghai 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.  Thank you to our host families for looking after our visitors during their stay.  Thank you to Mr Andrew Batchelor for leading this work and also to Mr John Simon for his support in making this visit a great success.


Subject Information Week

Across this last week students in Year 8 through to Year 11 and their parents have been engaged in a wide range of presentations, information session and activities to help with making choices for subjects in 2020.  Thank you to our Sub School Teams and Faculty Leaders for their work behind the scenes to make this week happen at the college.



Mr Ian MacLeod
Acting College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Visit from The No. 2 School of East China Normal University

We welcomed 13 students and two staff from our Sister School in Shanghai, The No.2 High School of East China Normal University, to us on Monday 29 July .  Thank you to all of those families of Year 7 and 8 students who have hosted a student or students during this time. During their visit, they have participated in classes, been on excursions and trips to various locations in Melbourne and Victoria, and went to the opening night of our College Production. Their visit has further strengthened the relationship between our two great schools. Thank you to Mr Haoliang Sun, Ms Liya Lin, Mr Kevin Hu of the Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language and Culture School who have played a key role in the visit. Thank you to our Principal Class team, Leadership Team, all of our staff and students who have been so welcoming of our guests. We are planning a Cultural Exchange Trip to The No.2 High School of East China Normal University in 2020.



Mount Matters

Mount Matters has commenced again this term on the Junior Campus, being led by some of our Year 8 Student Leaders. 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.


As previously mentioned, we are one of eight schools chosen to pioneer the Ourschool alumni program, the first of its kind in Australia. The aim is to build our alumni community in order to support and further strengthen the college. Ms Elise Dunstan and Ms Chloe Yap will be on campus each week. If you would like to contact her with any information, please do so via email: We look forward to welcoming our alumni back, as was the case at our 2020 Year 11 and 12 Information Evenings, which was a great success. Thank you to Mr Jason Nicholas and Mrs Stephanie Thomas for their efforts in making this possible.


Peer Support Transitions Program

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 have been trained as peer support leaders to visit local feeder primary schools. The mentors 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. Our peer support leaders are visiting some of our local primary schools including Essex Heights Primary School this Wednesday morning. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Mrs Danielle Mott and Mr Paul Graham for their leadership and support of this program.



Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior Campus

Head of Junior School’s Report

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Interact Club

Well done to our Interact Club for running a Casual Clothes Day and Sausage Sizzle today to raise funds for UNICEF. On the Junior Campus, the club consists of Years 7 & 8 students who have shown great enthusiasm for supporting worthy causes and have developed their leadership skills through these opportunities. Thanks to the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley, our Senior Campus Interact students, Mr Bill Thomas and Mr Andrew Batchelor for their work with this team and mentoring of the students.


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 have been trained as peer support leaders to visit local primary schools. On Wednesday 7 August, the 11 Year 8 mentors ran 3 “circle time” discussions with Grade 6 students at Essex Heights Primary School. In the sessions, they shared their experiences about the move to high school and answered students’ questions around transition. The students were confident, articulate and empathetic and were excellent representatives of our school. Thank you to the Student Wellbeing and Junior Subschool teams for their support of this program.


Subject selection update

On Monday 5 August during Periods 5 and 6, Year 8 students attended a series of presentations on the Junior Campus about Year 9 elective offerings. Current Year 9 students presented about the nature of each elective to assist students in making informed choices when selecting subjects for 2020.
An information evening was also held on Thursday 8 August for current Year 8 students and parents on the Senior Campus. Staff discussed electives and the Year 9 curriculum and information was presented about the process of choosing subjects. Thanks to all students and staff who attended.
Students are encouraged to speak to their teachers or the Junior subschool team if they would like any advice and support or if they have any questions about the move to Year 9.


Kinglake Camp update

A reminder that payment and consent is now open for the Year 8 Kinglake Camp via Compass. A medical form has been distributed to all students and a digital copy is also attached to this News Feed. Please return this form to the Junior Campus office by Friday 30 August. Payment and consent is due on Monday 16 September. We are looking forward to this new and exciting camp!



Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Our teachers know their students, know their expectations and aspirations and push their student learner to exceed those expectations and grow. As part of our careers and transition program, students, parents and teachers have this week begun our course counselling processes, discussed pathways and attended information nights. I was fortunate to attend both of our subject information evenings throughout this week and it was encouraging to see our students engaged in making informed choices about their future pathway options. Our college offers a wide range of subjects aimed to maximise learning outcomes and to optimise pathway options for all students. On Monday August 12 our Year 10 students will have a 1:1 course counseling interview to support their transition into VCE, please see Compass for more information. If you would like further information about the 2020 curriculum please refer to the Handbooks found on the college website, or alternatively contact the Middle School team. All subject selections are to be made via webchoices and are due by Friday 16 August.


Building Works Update

Excitement was in the air this week as our Year 9 students moved into their new locker bay. Next week, work will commence on transforming the existing locker bay into a brand new open learning space for our senior campus students.


The front office refurbishment on the Senior Campus has also been completed. Our accounts desk is now located in the General Reception area.  Please feel free to pop in and say hello to our wonderful administration staff.

New Water Stations

Feedback from Mount Matters representatives on both the Junior and Senior campuses was the need for water bottle refill stations. Thank you to our maintenance team for organising the installation of 2 new water stations. The Junior campus water station is located outside the resource centre and the Senior campus station is located at the top of the stairs near the fish bowl.



Working Bee – Sunday 15 September 

Our next working bee will be held on the Junior campus on 15 September from 9am-12pm. Please save the date in your calendar, it will be great to see you there.



Ms Lisa McKiernan
Acting Campus Principal – Middle School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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It has been a busy couple of weeks in Middle School, with subject selection for 2020 in full swing and our year 9s moving into their new locker bay.

Year 9 Subject Selection

The Year 9s were involved in an afternoon of subject information sessions to find out about their subject options for next year. This was followed by an information night attended by both students and parents to learn about the programs offered at year 10 in 2020, as well as the structure of the curriculum at year 10. The Year 9s are now in the process of entering the subject selections online using Edval, the details for which were emailed to all year 9 students. Online subject selection forms are due in by 16 August.

Year 10 Mental Health and Salt Sessions

On Monday 5 August the Year 10s took part in session #2 of their Mental Health First Aid, they also attended a session run by Salt, where they were split into gender groups where they were challenged on gender stereotypes. Session #3 and the final session of the Mental Health will occur on 22 August.

Monash Tech School Visit

On August 5 through to August 7 we had 54 year 9 student visit the Monash Tech School where they were engaged in a program called Superhealth. The program begin with an excursion to the Yakult Factory, the second day allowed for students to develop empathy for the patients, the work of health professionals and hospital design. The third day focussed on students designing their prototypes to solve a problem for patients in a hospital setting.

Ms Lauren Kelly
Acting Head of Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Year 11 2020 Central Australia Trip

As outlined in the last newsletter and via Compass the college is pleased to offer a 9-day trip to Central Australia at the end of term one into the term one holidays in 2020. An information evening will be held on Tuesday 20 August at 7pm in rooms D8-10 on the Senior Campus.   Any questions can be directed to me at the college by phone or email –


Year 10 and 11 subject selection sessions Year 10, 11 and 12 Information Evenings

This week has been a very busy one at the college. Information sessions were held during the day for Year 8, 9 and 10 students to provide students with information to make decisions about electives and subjects for 2020. This was supported by information evenings on Tuesday and Thursday. Students and parents had an opportunity to talk to teachers, faculty heads and Alumni about possible subjects and careers and study pathways.

I would like to thank the staff for their commitment and involvement in these events. There is a great deal of planning and preparation in the lead up to these events. A special thank you to the Subschools who support the programs, in particular the heads of school; Mr John Simon, Ms Lauren Kelly and Mr Jason Nicholas, Careers Coordinator, Mrs Stephanie Thomas, Head of Curriculum, Ms Debbie Sekula and all of the faculty heads and teachers who support students and parents to allow them to make informed decisions about courses and subjects.


Year 10 subject selection and course confirmation interviews

Information has been sent out via Compass regarding Year 10 into 11 subject selection interviews. These will take place on Monday 12 August.  Thanks to all of the staff who will be involved in the interviews and to Head of Senior School, Mr Jason Nicholas, for his planning and management of the day.
It is important that families read the relevant year level subject handbooks to ensure that they have enough information to make decisions regarding 2020 subjects. All subject handbooks are on the college website.


Careers Expo

On Tuesday this week our Year 10, 11 and 12 students had the opportunity to attend the Careers Expo during the afternoon. Representatives from a number of universities, TAFEs and the Victoria Police were in attendance.   Thanks to Stephanie Thomas for overseeing and organising this.

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School


Head of Senior School’s Report

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There is a lot happening with the Year 11’s this term!

Fancy Dress

Year 11 Fancy Dress is on Friday 6 September at Novotel, Glen Waverley.   This is looking to be a really fantastic event with students already sharing some great ideas for costumes. We are really looking forward to it! Payments for this are due on 23 August for catering purposes.

Elevate Education Session

On Tuesday 30 July, Elevate Education presented to 10 groups of Year 11’s. They covered a range of time management skills, learning skills, ways to organise study and revise content outside of students set homework. The cohort provided really positive feedback on the session and have been able to take away some key learnings with them.

Course Selection

Course selection for Year 12 in 2020 is well underway! Students have been sent their subject selection forms and information regarding the process that occurs through Compass. The course selection is due Friday  16 August. If students have any queries regarding their subjects or the process, they are encouraged to speak with a member of the Senior Subschool Team.

Senior Round Robin

Congratulations to all of the senior students that participated in the Senior Round Robin at the end of July.   A positive result all round.
We’d like to thank the cohort for all of their hard work throughout the beginning of Unit 2 and are looking forward to the weeks to come.
Ms Emma Kerr
Year 11 Coordinator

Music Director’s Report

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Victorian schools music festival (VSMF)

Many ensembles from Victoria and from all over Australia attend the VSMF each year. It provides an invaluable experience for young musicians to perform for a panel of adjudicators, listen to other schools, and take part in an on-stage tutorial with the chief adjudicator.

The MWSC Concert Band attended the VSMF, last Monday 29 August.  With 43 members ranging from Year 7-10, including 3 music mentor students from Mount Waverley Primary School. The band under the direction of Ms Melissa Knowles, played a range of concert band repertoire for adjudication. The ensemble received Silver Award with some excellent feed-back from the chief adjudicator, Mr Jeff W. Ball, the Founder, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Brooklyn Wind Symphony.

The Senior Choir, directed by Mr Tom Frost, also attend the VSMF on Wednesday 8 August. Performing at the Surrey Centre, a new venue for the festival, the choir was well received and was awarded a Silver Award.
Like the Concert Band, the Senior Choir had the opportunity to receive feedback and work with the chief adjudicator, Ms Christie Anderson, a singer and award-winning conductor who is currently holding the position of Artistic Director of Young Adelaide Voices.

Congratulations to both ensembles for your hard work and excellent performances.


3BS “The Talent”

On Tuesday 30 July, Year 12 Student, Jessica Y performed on 3MBS as part of the “The Talent”.  In order to take part in this opportunity, Jessica had to complete an audition and once accepted she  took part in some Professional Development.  Jessica performed beautifully on the evening and opened the program of talented performers taking part, most from tertiary institutions. Jessica was accompanied on the piano by Ray Liang, MWSC alumni.

Please support Jessica by logging on and voting for her performance:

Congratulations to Jessica on this amazing achievement.


Box Hill Institute – Sing Sing Studio Recording

On Thursday 1 August, the Jazz Band and Stage Band went attended Box Hill Institute  to participate in a professional recording studio ‘Sing Sing East’ located at Box Hill Institute. This gives both bands an excellent opportunity to prepare for their upcoming VSMF performances, as well as learn about the recording process in a professional setting.  Thanks to Box Hill Institute for donating time to us.


Mount Waverley Primary School Performance – Jazz Band

On Monday 5 August,  the Jazz Band had a successful performance at Mount Waverley Primary School Assembly in front of around 800 students, teachers and parents. The purpose of the performance was to promote the MWSC music mentor program where 6 MWPS advanced music students rehearse and perform across four of our ensembles. Noah from the primary school talked about the opportunities the program offered and performed with the ensemble. Thanks to Mount Waverley Primary School for hosting us.


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

  • 12th August – VSMF Stage Band
  • 13th August – VSMF Jazz Band
  • 27th August – South Street Senior Choir
  • 28th August – VSMF Symphonic Band
  • 3rd September – South Street Symphonic Band
  • 6th September – South Street Stage Band
  • 12th September – Unit 4 Recital
  • 13th September – Year 10 (classroom music) Recital
  • 14th September – Victorian State School Spectacular – Selected students
  • 19th September – Year 12 Solo Performance recording studio
  • 10th October – Gala Concert (All Mount Waverley ensembles – not Bridging Bands)
  • 17th October – Year 7 Band Program Concert (All Year 7’s – Bridging Bands)


Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director


From the Sports desk

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Year 7 Boys Soccer

Our Year 7 Boys Soccer team won their Division finals on Friday 2 August and are now through to the upcoming State finals in September.
Results from the division finals were:   Draw with Rowville 1-1 in opening game, then won 13-0, 10-0, and the grand final 4-2!!
Well done and Congratulations to all the boys and their coach Mr Peter Young!
Mr Danny Gwynne
Sports Leader – Junior School

AGTV German Poetry Competition

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17 keen German students from years 7-9 took part in the German poetry regional competition on Tuesday 6 August at Amsleigh Park Primary school.

Students are required to select and perform a poem from a choice of four and recite it to two judges. They are scored on pronunciation, expression and interpretation.
All of the  students were a credit to our school and the Languages faculty is incredibly proud of their wonderful effort and dedicated hard work.

Two of our students now progress to State finals on the 17 August; a superb effort indeed!
Well done und Viel Glueck!


Year 7

Liam C – Honorable mention
Melissa S
Benji M  – 2nd 
Madeline D – Honorable mention
Maya C   – 3rd


Year 7 and 8
Open section

Brendan J –  2nd

Year 8

Ellen L
Viola H
Daniel K
Hiba A
Tiya S  –  2nd
Alannah T

Year 9

Natalie L
Caitlyn C
Mia V
Rydha K – Honorable mention
Nora B
Alanna M

Frau Boughen, Frau Smith, Frau Rogers and Frau Chitters. 

Aotearoa Leadership Tour

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Aotearoa Leadership Tour

by Catherine V (Year 12)

In the June/July holidays this year I had the privilege of joining the Aotearoa Leadership Tour run by UN Youth Australia. UN Youth Australia is a youth-led organization that aims to create change through the education and empowerment of young Australians. They also run events in relation to politics and current affairs.

We started our journey in Sydney then flew to New Zealand where we went to Wellington, Rotorua, Paihia and Auckland. The aim of the tour was to learn about indigenous culture and reconciliation. We travelled between Australia and New Zealand to compare how each country has treated their indigenous people and also to learn what we could do in our own communities to preserve or promote reconciliation.

 The trip was inspiring to say the least. I would say that an essential part of the experience was travelling between Australia and New Zealand. This element allowed us to compare policies and practices between the two countries and thus suggest possible solutions to local problems.

 In New Zealand, we watched various cultural shows from Maōri people, and were invited into their ‘maraes’ which are carved buildings that act as their meeting places. We met significant figures such as Nanaia Mahuta, who is the current Minister for Maōri Development. The main theme for our consultation in this case was “korero”, a Maōri word meaning “a conversation or discussion”.


 Near to the end of the tour, we were a part of the first Mahi Tahi Hui (translates to ‘working together’) event run by UN Youth New Zealand. The event involved a few key speakers and the Australian Aotearoa Leadership Tour delegates were responsible for organising and running a workshop. Our workshop focused on teaching the New Zealand delegates about Australian Indigenous history. Many New Zealand delegates were shocked particularly at the current state of Indigenous affairs in Australia.

 There were a number of people that I was honoured to meet. One person that stood out in particular was Ezekiel Raui, a young Maōri leader who focuses on youth mental health issues. He told us about how we as individuals can create change coming from a Maōri perspective. Ezekiel’s way of talking as he shared his personal perspective was as if he was without judgement no matter who we were.


I would say that the reason the tour was as powerful as it was, was because it expanded our knowledge on current issues in regards to Indigenous rights, allowed us to ask questions in a safe environment and allowed us to grow as individuals. I am deeply thankful for being given the opportunity to be a part of the Aotearoa Leadership Tour 2019, meet the amazing delegates that were on the journey with me, the facilitators who led our tour as well as all the other people we met for consultations along the way. I urge everyone to either experience the tour for themselves, or research how you can make a positive change in your community.





MWSC College News – Issue 12