Students are fully immersed in their learning across the college. As we moved towards the second part of the term it is important for students to keep up to date with their class work and support their learning by undertaking homework and home study. There has been a great deal of activity in the college in regard to subject and course selections for 2019. With students and parents involved in information sessions to help support the course selection process. As we move through the semester further work will occur with students on moving into the new academic year in 2019.
The Building Works across the college are progressing with the new Year 9 Locker Bay opening in recently and the bike sheds opening this week. Work is continuing D Block toilets at the Senior Campus which will opening soon as well as the new open learning spaces. The current timeline for all works to be completed is by the start of Term 4.
Student Parent Teacher Conferences
These important meetings are scheduled for Thursday 12 September on the Senior Campus. This is an opportunity for students and parents to meet with teachers, receive feedback on learning and determine action plans for further improvement in term 4. I would strongly encourage both students and parents attend these meetings. Further information about these meetings will be forwarded to parents through Compass.
Term 3 – Working Bee
The third working bee for the year will be on Sunday 15 September from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Junior Campus. Please come along and help improve the College. There a range of jobs including spreading mulch and general gardening and weeding.
Parents are encouraged to bring along shovels, rakes and brooms as well as gardening gloves and a hat. Morning Tea and will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!
Languages Day was a huge event for our college on Wednesday 14 August. Thank you to Ms Gokce Delioglu and our wonderful Languages Team for organising sessions and activities on the day. Thank you also to those teachers involved in supervising sessions and helping out on the day.
World Challenge 2020 to Borneo
We recently held a further information session with World Challenge representatives on Tuesday 20 August in further planning this expedition for next year. Thank you to Miss Clare Challenger for attending and who will be supporting our students throughout their planning.
Victorian Young Leaders to India Program
We are excited to be involved in the pilot Victorian Young Leaders to India Program which departs on 6 September. Miss Hayley Dureau and the six Year 9 students have been busy preparing for this exciting experience. Thank you to Miss Dureau for organising the trip for our students including an information evening with students and parents this Wednesday.
Student Exchange information evening
This Thursday we held a Student Exchange information evening for relevant students and their parents who are participating in this to either Germany or Japan. Thank you to Ms Mary-Jane Boughen, Ms Gokce Delioglu, Mrs Ayako Yasunaga and Mrs Narda McLennan for their efforts in preparing for and leading this session.
Student/Parent Teacher Conferences
These important meetings are scheduled for Thursday 12 September on the Senior Campus. This is an opportunity for students and parents to meet with teachers to receive feedback on learning and put in place actions for further improvement in Term 4. I strongly encourage both students and parents to attend these meetings. Bookings will open shortly via the Compass Parent Portal.
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.
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 Mount Waverley North Primary School this Friday 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 School
We are proud to be hosting an informative and entertaining session from Australia’s foremost cybersafety expert, Susan McLean for all interested parents/carers from across the College on Tuesday 19 November on the Junior Campus. Delivered with a ‘no nonsense’ approach, this presentation will cover the positive benefits of technology as well as what parents need to be aware of to keep children safe online.
Please see the below link for further information and a link to register your attendance:
We are looking forward to the upcoming Year 8 Camp. Thank you to all families who have already returned medical forms and provided payment and consent. A reminder that medical forms are due back by Friday 30 August and payment and consent is due by Monday 16 September.
On Friday 9 August I had the pleasure of accompanying our Year 9 and 10 Leaders in attending the 2019 Monash Commemorative Service held in The Legislative Assembly Chamber, Parliament House. The service was in honor of Sir John Monash and his contribution to our nation as a scholar, engineer, and soldier. Our students discovered how Sir John Monash developed resilience throughout his life to overcome challenges, whilst also displaying integrity and respect to contribute to his community. Sir John Monash was a remarkable Australian who left a wonderful legacy for all Australians, our students were inspired by his work and excited to continue contributing to our college community.
“Adopt as your fundamental creed that you will equip yourself for life, not solely for your own benefit but for the benefit of the whole community “- Sir John Monash
Year 10 Youth Mental Health First Aid
This week our year 10 students had their final Mental Health First Aid session. All students will be awarded with a certificate of participation. I would like to congratulate all students on their mature approach to participating in the course and am confident that the knowledge gained will benefit our students throughout their life.
I would like to acknowledge the work of Monash Youth Services for delivering an engaging program that allowed our students to feel safe to ask questions and be supported.
Cyber Safety Information Evening – 19 November 6.30pm
Mount Waverley Secondary College is proud to present this informative and entertaining session from Australia’s foremost cybersafety expert, Ms Susan McLean. Delivered with a ‘no nonsense approach, this presentation will cover the positive benefits to technology as well as what parents need to be aware of to keep children safe online, including:
What kids are doing online Popular social networking sites and apps such as Secret Calculator, Tik Tok, Instagram and Yubo as well as live streaming sites
Online grooming What it is, when and how it occurs, warning signs and what to do if you suspect this is happening to your child
Cyberbullying What it is, where it happens, what it looks like, how to prevent it, what to do if it occurs, and the legal consequences and the possible criminal charges
Sharing nudes The taking and sharing of explicit images, and the social, emotional and legal consequences
Problematic internet and gaming use
Top Tips How to assist the children in your care to stay safe via restrictions passcodes and parental controls
Q & A The session will conclude with time for questions
Please refer to the college website for additional information and to reserve your place.
This week we opened our new bike enclosures on both the Junior and Senior Campus.
The Senior Campus has a new enclosure at Gate 3 next to the Resource Building, as well as the enclosure at P15 near the basketball courts.
The Junior Campus has its new enclosure behind LA61 at the end of the small car park.
Students are reminded that all bicycles must have a secure lock while in the enclosure.
Term 3 – Working Bee
Our next working bee will be held on the Junior campus on Sunday 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
Parent Teacher Conferences will occur on Thursday 12 September from 1pm until 7.30 pm. This is a student free day and information will be available via Compass shortly.
2020 Year 11 Central Australia Trip
Last Tuesday an information evening was run. Thanks to all of the staff who attended and the parents and students. The college is very excited to offer this trip again. If you are interested and could not attend the meeting please contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org Applications and the deposit are due in by Wednesday 28 August. Application forms can be collected from the Middle School Office.
Professional Learning week (August 12-16)
Last week all staff attended a range of professional learning activities at the college. These were presented and facilitated by staff. Thanks to everyone who ran a workshop and participated. It provides staff with the chance to further develop their skills and expertise which supports student achievement and learning at the college.
During the week a number of activities have run and many students and staff could be found reading around the college. On Wednesday Katherine Canobi spoke about her first novel ‘Mindcull’ and the process of writing, drafting and editing. Katherine is a former Mount Waverley student. Today a number of students and staff attended a lunch in the library.
Thanks to all involved and especially Library Manager Robyn Whitelaw and Library Technician Andrea Daniels for their planning, organisation and work during the week.
Last week students were busy finalising their subject selections for 2020. This is a complex and detailed task. It was pleasing to see students and their parents contacting the college to discuss possible subjects and courses. I would like to thank all of the teachers, faculty heads, the middle and senior subschools and Andrew Wallace (timetable) for their work in supporting your students.
Once the subject selections are in the college will start to determine which subjects and classes will run.
Recently, the Year 12s had the benefit of hearing from a presenter that has worked for the Drug and Alcohol commission in law enforcement. Mr Peter McCormack gave the students some very useful insights into the laws surrounding licensed premises and some issues that he has had to deal with over his years of working in the industry. One of the benefits of this visit was the concept of always being polite even if you are being questioned about your eligibility to enter a venue or you risk ‘getting a hamburger with the lot’. This is the phrase they used to throw the book at someone who was difficult to deal with. Our students were mesmerised by the videos shown of difficult people being dealt with by the police. Our students hopefully are now more aware of the impact their actions can have on them and others in their lives if they do the wrong thing!
The Year 12s recently was our Elevate Education sessions which were designed to assist our students with honing their final preparations for their upcoming exams. The young presenters provided more strategies to tackle their study which adds to what we had already discussed in Mentoring earlier this year. This should now ensure that students are able to manage their workload leading up to the exams and also manage their stress levels to enable them to perform as their best.
VTAC and SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) Applications Now Open
During Mentor Class, Year 12 students have been registering with VTAC creating an account, and beginning to identify potential courses of interest for further study in 2020. If any student has not yet completed the registration process if parents could encourage them to do so. Further support from mentor teachers will continue to occur in the coming weeks. Timely applications, including the payment of $39 must occur by the 30th September. Following this, the price jumps to $113. SEAS applications also become open for students to apply for once a student enters a course within their VTAC application. A demo of the SEAS application can be accessed at https://delta.vtac.edu.au/seas/demo.htm Please note that SEAS applications close on the 11th October. Most of the catergories require students to write an ‘Impact Statement’ and have a professional or other appropriate person write a ‘Supporting Statement’. Students should see the Careers or VCE teams if you have questions or would like assistance with this.
Year 12 Holiday Revision Program
A reminder that over the Term 3 holidays most Year 12 classes will have a revision class. These will occur from Monday 23rd – Monday 30th September. All students are expected to attend the sessions for the classes they are enrolled in. A timetable can be accessed and downloaded via Compass newsfeed. These sessions have been designed to provide opportunities for students to become better equipped for the upcoming VCAA exams. This includes revision lectures revising the Unit 3 and 4 course, or applying their understanding to the key knowledge and skills and getting feedback from their teachers through the completion of practice exams.
Support for Year 12 Parents
Red Frogs is an organisation that works to provide support for young people as well as their families. The following link provides a range of information that may be of assistance to parents of Year 12 students, particularly about University Education and Schoolies. https://redfrogs.com.au/information-for-parents
On Wednesday 21 August, Year 12 Prefect Kay, College Captain Demitri, and Year 10 Student Leader Francis presented at the 4th Annual Youth Empowerment Conference. Organised by students at Wooranna Park Primary School, the conference was hosted by Nazareth College and was attended by hundreds of students from primary and secondary schools in the government and independent sectors. Kay, Demitri and Francis presented on Teach the Teacher and Mount Matters. They did an incredible job! Congratulations to Kay, Demitri and Francis for their amazing presentations, and thank you for all of the work that went in to preparing for your presentations on the day, including working together to plan the presentations, create the slides, and schedule rehearsals. Thank you to Mr Ian MacLeod for attending to conference and supporting Kay, Demitri and Francis on the day.
Year 10 Colour Run
Our Year 10 Student Leaders and Mount Matters Representatives have been busy organising a Term 4 Casual Clothes Day and Colour Run to raise money for the Monash Children’s Hospital! The group have been meeting weekly to plan the event. Last week at assembly all Year 10 students were surveyed and had input into the charity. The overwhelming vote was the Monash Children’s Hospital. The tentative date for the Colour Run is Friday 29 November. We look forward to continuing the planning for this event, and hope to have detail out to Year 10 students and the school community soon!
Mount Matters and Mini Mount Matters
Thank you to all of the staff who continue to support Mount Matters across both Campuses. A special thank you to Sam Cody and the Junior School Team for their time and effort in supporting the Year 8 Student Leaders to facilitate Mount Matters sessions for our Year 7 and 8 students each week. Thank you to Deb Munro for her ongoing support of the program on our Senior Campus, and to the members of the Middle and Senior School sub-school teams who support the student leaders each fortnight. Thank you to Kerri Haworth for her work with the Year 9 team.
Year 11 students Ginuli and Amit attended Mini Mount Matters at Mount Waverley North Primary School this week. The Mini Mount Matters students are working on developing videos titled “What makes a good teacher” and “What makes a good learner?”. We can’t wait to see them!
Rotary Youth Programs
Thank you to the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley for their ongoing support of our students and their involvement in the Youth Programs offered by Rotary. Chitrita, Jordan, Marcia and Shirya will attend the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) from Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September. RYPEN is a residential experience through which students are involved in a variety of sessions, workshops and activities which provide an opportunity for them to challenge themselves, build friendships with other like-minded peers, and learn and build your skills in areas such as leadership, working in a team, communication, motivation and self-awareness, life skills, community issues and contributing to the community, and healthy relationships. Congratulations Chitrita, Jordan, Marcia and Shirya on being selected to represent MWSC at RYPEN this year, and thank you to Mr Geoff Logie-Smith, Youth Services Chair at the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley, for his ongoing support.
Student Leadership Teams at Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 meet each week. Students work on a range of projects and aim to improve the school experience for staff and students across the college.
Thank you to Ms Sarah Smith for her ongoing work and support with our Year 8 Student Leadership Team, who meet each week on a Wednesday at lunchtime. The Year 8s are currently organising their upcoming casual clothes day (Monday 16 September), a Fight Cancer Footy Colours Day.
Our Year 9 Leaders meet weekly on a Tuesday, and have been working on plans for the Senior Campus casual clothes day (also Monday 16 September) which will raise money for HeadSpace. The team are planning a week of activities related to mindfulness and wellbeing. Thank you to Miss Elektra Sassos for her ongoing support of the Year 9 Leadership Team.
Our Year 10 Leaders, in addition to their Colour Run plans, have been working on planning Mount Matters sessions and getting excited for the upcoming Gala Dinner. Thank you to Ms Megan Reynolds for working with the team to plan the menu for Gala, and to members of the Middle School Team for supporting Year 10 Mount Matters.
The Year 11 Leadership Team have been busy organising 2020 Year 12 jumpers, Mount Matters, and promoting the upcoming Fancy Dress event! Thank you to Miss Emma Kerr for all of her time and effort in supporting the Year 11 Student Leadership Team.
Our Year 12 Prefects and Captains have just six weeks of school before they start preparing for their final exams. The team meet each week on a Monday, and have been working closely with the senior school sub-school team to plan for their celebration day and graduation events. Thank you to the Senior School Team, and in particular to Ms Linda Crook, for her work with the Year 12 Leaders.
2020 Student Leadership
Students in Years 7 – 11 will receive information about 2020 Student Leadership opportunities in the coming weeks through presentations at Year Level Assemblies and emails. Students are encouraged to speak to their teachers about the many opportunities on offer. Any further questions or queries can be directed to Miss Hayley Dureau in person or via email email@example.com.
Teach the Teacher (TTT)
Our 2019 Teach the Teacher team comprises students from Years 7 – 12! The aim of Teach the Teacher is to work together with teachers to enhance student-teacher relationships, and improve teaching and learning across the college. In previous years, the MWSC TTT teams have led professional learning sessions for staff. This year’s team are working on producing videos – one on feedback, and another on student engagement. The teams have started planning their short films, and filming will begin on both campuses this week.
Victorian Young Leaders to India
On Friday 6 September Year 9 students Lachlan, Yianni, Nive, Talyssa, Charlotte and Kes will depart on a three week cultural immersion trip as part of the Victorian Department of Education’s Victorian Young Leaders to India Program. They will travel as part of a group of 40 students and 8 teachers from seven Victorian schools. Student will attend school at the Delhi and Jaipur campuses of Springdales School. They will also take part in a range of excursions and day trips, including a visit to the Taj Mahal! On Wednesday 21 August we hosted a pre-departure information evening for the students and their parents. Thank you to Mr Andrew Batchelor for his work in supporting the Victorian Young Leaders to India Program, and for attending the information evening. We look forward to hearing all about the trip from Lachlan, Yianni, Nive, Talyssa, Charlotte and Kes when they return to school in Term 4!
Student, Voice, Agency and Partnerships International Conference
The organising committee of the Student Voice, Agency & Partnerships International Conference, which will run in Melbourne from 9- 11 December, are looking for students to join their organising committee. Student Advisory Group info 2019. Any students who are interested are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest by Wednesday 28 August.
School for Student Leadership 2020
We are very excited to have secured six positions for 2020 Year 9 students at the School for Student Leadership. Positions for 3 boys and 3 girls will be available at the Gnurad Gundidj Campus in Term 2, 2020. Current Year 8 students will find out more about this incredible opportunity and how to apply in the coming weeks http://www.gnurad-gundidj.vic.edu.au/
The General Sir John Monash Annual Commemorative Service
Thank you to Acting Campus Principal Lisa McKiernan for attending the General Sir John Monash Annual Commemorative Service with a group of Year 9 and 10 Student Leaders on Friday 9 August. The seventeenth annual commemorative service was held in the Legislative Assembly Chamber of the Victorian Parliament.
Last week we held our intermediate round robin. Well done to all teams who competed on the day! The results were:
Boys A Team, Boys B Team and Girls B Team basketball finished played strongly but unfortunately missed out on first place.
Girls A Team Basketball -1st and will progress to Regional finals
Boys and Girls Hockey Teams – 2nd
Girls Table Tennis – 4th
Boys Table Tennis – 1st and will progress to Regional finals
“Intermediate Boys and Girls braved the cold weather to play their Hockey Round Robin. Both teams finishing off the day with a good win! ” ~ Ms Hooke
“Our Intermediate girls Table tennis team put in a valiant effort, but were unfortunately eliminated. Such effort and sportsmanship!!” ~ Mr Verimieff
Intermediate Boys Badminton and Senior Girls Table Tennis – Regional Finals
The Intermediate Boys and Senior Girls travelled to Kilsyth to compete Eastern Metropolitan Finals on Friday 2 August. Both teams competed extremely well, with the boys finishing just outside of the top two and the girls finishing second!
Congratulations to all the successful students who have progressed to the next round and represented the school at the Regional level on Thursday 22 August. Overall results were:
Junior Shield – 1st
Intermediate Shield – 3rd
Senior Shield – 3rd
Overall – 3rd
Well done to all students for a successful Athletics Day!!
On 12 and 13 August both of the college’s Jazz bands attended the Victorian School Music Festival. The Stage band were awarded silver under the direction of Nathan Liow and the Jazz Band directed by myself were awarded Gold. This is the first gold that this band has achieved at the college. Both bands had an onstage tutorial with American Mr Willie Murillo and participated in a workshop with Australia trumpeter Mr Dave Newdick. Well done to all our students who performed at the highest standard after much hard work.
Victorian State School Spectacular Rehearsal
The MWSC State School Spectacular Choir had their second full rehearsal as members of the Mass Choir for the Victorian State School Spectacular. Our students had the opportunity to rehearse with 1,500 of their peers from government schools around the state, and got to sing alongside the amazing principal vocalists and musicians involved. Some of our students were professionally interviewed by channel 7 and will be included in the broadcast of the Spectacular later in the year. Special thanks to Mr Tom Frost and Ms Alahana Somerville in their support of the event.
Gala Concert – Thursday 10 October 6:30pm Senior Campus Hall
The Annual Gala Concert features all of the MWSC Ensembles. This Concert showcases the talent of our music students from Year 7 -12. Parents, family and friends are all welcome to come along and enjoy the evening. Tickets can be purchased via trybooking and will go on sale this week Trybooking link. This link is also now available through the college website.
All proceeds from the tickets will contribute towards the cost of lighting and hired equipment to ensure a spectacular evening for both the performers and audience.
Ticket prices: $10.00 Adults $8.00 Concession (under 16) Children under 2 can sit on adult lap free of charge Performing students are not required to purchase a ticket
Refreshments are available for a gold coin donation at interval *Note the Year 7 classroom ‘Bridging Bands’ are not performing at this concert
Year 7 Classroom Music Concert – Thursday 17 October 6:30pm Senior Campus Hall
This concert features ALL year 7’s. They will be performing with their respective Bridging Band. The concert will also feature the Junior Wind Symphony and the Chamber Strings. Parents and friends are invited to come along free of charge. This is a ‘picnic’ concert where parents need to bring a rug or chair to sit on (no seating provided).
Details to the students involved will be listed on Compass before the end of Term 3.
Upcoming Music Dates – Please check compass regularly to see if your student is involved
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)
“Wednesday 14 August seemed like an ordinary winter’s day: the sky was bleak, everyone was huddled into their jackets, and rain formed a slick cover over the pavement. Except it wasn’t an ordinary winter’s day; it was Languages Day, one of the most exciting and culturally-awakening days of the year.
When the bell rang, everyone headed to the hall for an assembly where we got to see the Year 7s perform their Sōranbushi dance and the German students show their excellent short films and poetry skills. Ms Lukaczynski and Ms Delioglu got everyone standing up and joining in with the dance, stirring up the Year 8 Japanese students’ memories from the previous year.
After the lively assembly, the activities started. We were split up into our home groups and got to experience both Japanese and German culture. Some of the activities included trying on traditional outfits, watching a Japanese movie, folding origami and the Wunderbar Raisu (Wonderful Race) where we went hunting around the school for clues in a mixture of German and Japanese that would help us unlock the final treasure chest.
The Year 8s also had some important information sessions. One was run by alumni students about the study tour and exchange program opportunities available at the college and the other was about the positive impact that language learning can have on our VCE results if we choose to continue to study them.
There was also yummy obentō and German bretzels on offer for lunch. We were all dismayed to see the day come to an end, but we can all take comfort in knowing that the day was an enriching one and that the year 7s will get to experience this day again next year, as we did.”
Written by Zahra H And Gauri A (Year 8)
“Languages Day is an excitement filled day that all students were anticipating. The Year 7 German students had their own special display: The German-Speaking World. 3D Models were displayed along with plaques and posters full of colour and information.
The German Speaking World was a Display of 3D models that the Year 7 German students made that went along with a plaque. The Plaque was in German and described what the 3D model was, and what it was made out of. The 3D Models themselves ranged from great mountains made out of styrofoam to delicious traditional cakes. The posters were full of colour and pictures to support the information portrayed.”
Written by Charlotte D (Year 7)
“Over the first couple of weeks of Term 3, the year 8 German students started preparing for their first CAT of semester 2. As part of The Berlinale Film Festival (an annual event held in Berlin) the requirement was to make a short film, about 3 minutes long. It could be about anything you want but there were two rules: you can’t copy a film exactly and it had to all be in German. It was pretty exciting to have a CAT that you didn’t have to remember all of the conjugated forms of sein for and lots of people were racing ahead to get their crazy ideas and put them in a movie.
This task required large amounts of German translation and we weren’t allowed to use google translate so we had to use our own knowledge (as well as google translate). If that wasn’t enough, you also needed a lot of good time management as it wasn’t a super long period of time to do the task. I think a lot of groups struggled with doing this because if you didn’t manage your time well, you just wouldn’t finish and I don’t think Frau Rogers would show any sympathy. In the end, there were some truly amazing films and yes, a lot of unfinished ones.
Some of the end results were shown on Languages day and students were to do a poll on what they thought was their favourite. Personally, I thought this project was really fun and we actually learned a lot from it. I hope there are more projects like this in the future.” Tschüss!