MWSC College News – Issue 14

6th September 2019

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

Photo:   Tuesday 3 September – Principal for a Day Program  – Dr Zivit Inbar , Founder and  CEO of DifferenThinking .

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

College Principal’s Report

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Senior Campus General Office Opening

Mount Waverley Secondary College administrative staff celebrated the official opening of our newly refurbished Senior Campus General Office last week.  This refurbishment has been developed with the best interests of the college and it’s school community. After months of planning and construction, we are now enjoying a fresh and comfortable new work environment.
Thank you to our school council president Mr Nishant Patel for his support, speech and cutting of the ribbon at the opening.We appreciate the patience shown by our staff, students and families through this development. We look forward to welcoming you all to this new space, come in and say hello to our friendly general office staff.

Principal for a Day

The Principal for a Day program is a program we have been involved in for many years.  Our Principal for the Day this year was Dr Zivit Inbar.  Dr Inbar is the founder and CEO of DifferenThinking, a consulting practice that specialises in people, culture and leadership.  She works closely with technology and start-up companies helping to make them better businesses.  Dr Inbar is also an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University’s MBA program where she works with upcoming business leaders to support them to lead the businesses of the future.  Dr Inbar immersed herself in the college on the day, including presenting at our Campus Assembly where she shared with students that she has dyslexia and how this has presented challenges but not obstacles throughout her career.  She also spent time on classrooms on both campus and meet with staff and students throughout the day.

NAPLAN results

College life continues to be busy with a wide range of activities and events happening in conjunction with learning in the classroom.  NAPLAN results will be coming out to families in the next few days and these results provide a snapshot of performance for students in Year 7 and 9.  These results are used in conjunction with wide range of other data to help staff to tailor learning for our students.

German Study Tour

Our 2019 German Study Tour departed on Monday 2 September with Ms Mary-Jane Boughen, Ms Jo Rogers and Mr Adam Laan who are taking 27 Year 9/10 students with them.  The group immersing themselves in everything German while on the trip including visiting our sister school in Darmstadt as well as visiting Berlin and other areas of Germany.  We look forward to hearing the stories and seeing the photos of this great trip when they return.

 

Victorian Young Leaders to India Program

We are excited to be involved in the pilot of the Victorian Young Leaders to India Program which departed on Friday 6 September. Miss Hayley Dureau and six Year 9 students are heading off to India for 3 weeks as part of this brand new program through the Department of Education.

 

Building project

The Building Works across the college are progressing with the newly refurbished toilets close to being finished.  The new bike sheds are in fully operational on both campuses which is great to see.  Work is continuing on the VCE Decking and the new open learning spaces on the Senior Campus.  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!

 

 Mr Ian MacLeod
Acting College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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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.

 

German Study Tour

Our 2019 German Study Tour departed on Monday 2 September with Frau Boughen, Frau Rogers and Mr Adam Laan who are taking 28 Year 9/10 students with them. Thank you to Frau Boughen for her organisation of this tour, well supported by Mrs Narda McLennan and Ms Gokce Delioglu.

 

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 have opened via the Compass Parent Portal.

 

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.

 

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 schools including Essex Heights Primary school and Mount Waverley North Primary School. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Mrs Danielle Mott and Mr Paul Graham for their leadership and support of this program.

 

Round Robin Sport

Our Year 8 Round Robin ran this week on Monday with the Year 7 Round Robin on Friday 6 September. Thank you Mr Danny Gwynne for organising these days and all staff who have volunteered as coaches. Congratulations to all participants.

 

International Students’ Term 3 Lunch

Thank you to Mrs Linda Smith and Mrs Susan Stratford for their work in organising the International Students’ Term 3 Lunch on Tuesday 27 August. It was a great opportunity for our International Students to come together as a group and be further welcomed into the school community and Australian culture. Thank you also to Mr Thomas Lo for being supportive of this event and our students.

 

 

Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

Head of Junior School’s Report

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Year 8 Kinglake Camp 

Thank you to those who have already returned their medical forms for the Year 8 Kinglake Camp taking place in October. Payment and consent are due via Compass on Monday 16 September.

This camp will be an excellent experience for students and is an important aspect of the Year 8 program. The camp will provide opportunities for students to challenge themselves, bond as a year level and build their leadership capacity before transitioning to the Senior Campus in 2020. Therefore, it is expected that all students will attend.

If you have any questions about the camp, please contact the Junior Campus administration staff, or John Simon or Sam Cody to discuss further.

 

2020 Junior Campus Leadership Team 

Applications will open at the start of Term 4 for current Year 7 students to apply for leadership roles for 2020, including Junior Campus Captain and House Captain positions. These roles provide great opportunities for students to lead in the College community by running programs and leading students on our campus. We hope all Year 7 students consider submitting an application – more information about this process will be provided after the holidays.
Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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As a college we are fortunate to be able to provide many unique experiences and opportunities for our students, with a special highlight being overseas travel. Travelling abroad allows our students to experience different cultures, develop resilience, and form lifelong memories of their experiences. We currently have many Middle School students participating in the following programs, German Study Tour, Young Leaders to India Program, and G’Day Space.  Good luck to all staff and students participating in these programs, stay safe and enjoy your experience.

2019 German Study Tour  (2 – 28 September 2019)

Auf Widershehen und gute Reise to our 27 students and 3 staff who departed for Germany on Monday 2 September for a 4 week Study Tour. They have arrived safely and have already been immersing themselves in this cultural  experience.

Young Victorian Leaders India Program (6 – 28 September 2019)

Today Year 9 students Lachlan, Yianni, Nive, Talyssa, Charlotte and Kes departed 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 with Miss Hayley Dureau as part of a group of 40 students and 8 teachers from seven Victorian schools. Students 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! We look forward to hearing all about the trip when they return to school in Term 4!

 

G’Day Space  (20 – 29 September 2019)

On the final day of term 18 students will travel to the United States to participate in a 10 day STEM program. Students will spend 4 days at NASA and will participate in an astronaut training program. They will also visit the USS Hornet in San Francisco where the group will see how chemistry, physics and mathematics apply to the operational functions of a World War II aircraft carrier.  Another highlight of the trip is the Energy in Motion Program that they students will participate in at Knotts Berry Farm. I am sure that this will be a great educational experience for all of the students.

 

Parent Teacher Student Conferences

Our Semester 2 Parent Teacher Student Conferences will be held on Thursday 12 September from 1pm-7pm.   This is an opportunity to meet with your child’s teachers to gather feedback on their progress and discuss strategies to support their learning.  Bookings can be made via the Compass Portal.   Students are not required at school on this day, however they are required to attend  Parent Teacher Student Conferences.

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Acting Campus Principal – Middle School

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Bookings have opened for next week’s Parent Teacher Conferences. Please note that if you have already seen a teacher in the VCE conferences held earlier this term there is no need to book another interview. Interviews will take place between 1 and 7.30 pm with a 30-minute break at 4.30 pm (teachers will not be available at this time).

 

VCE Revision Program – Term holidays 

Students have received information about the upcoming revision program. Students are expected to attend the program which involves revision lectures, guest speakers, trial exams and students working with their teachers. Thanks to all of the teachers who have given up their time to present or organise the programs. 

 

2020 Central Australia Trip

The trip will now go ahead and there are no more places. The final itinerary and total cost will be confirmed shortly and parents and students will be notified. The college is pleased that this trip is going ahead again.

 

Year 11 Fancy Dress

Tonight nearly 180 of our Year 11 students and teachers will attend the Fancy Dress. Thanks to all of the students who will attend, the staff who are going and to the senior subschool team for their organisation of this fun event. I know it will be a successful evening. 

 

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

 

Music Director’s Report

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Victorian School Music Festival -Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Wind Band, under the direction of  Mr Joseph Yu and Miss Alahana Somerville took part in a very successful performance at the VSMF on Wednesday night.  The band was awarded the prestigious Platinum Award and we are very proud of the students for this achievement.  It is the colleges first ever Platinum award for VSMF.   Congratulations to everyone involved.

 

Royal South Street Eisteddfod 

Over the past two weeks, three ensembles have travelled to Ballarat to compete in the Royal South Street Eisteddfod. All ensembles were well recognised in each section. The Senior Choir  received a Bronze award in the Open Choral section. The Symphonic Band, received a Highly Commended award and the Stage Band were awarded Silver this morning. Congratulations and well done to all three ensembles and their Directors for the hard work to prepare for this prestigious event.

 

 

 

Gala Concert Spectacular – Thursday 10 October at 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. The link will be 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.

Don’t miss out on a great show. Get your tickets early to help support the planning of this great event!

Performing students are not required to purchase a ticket.   https://www.trybooking.com/534889

 Ticket prices:

$10.00  Adults
$8.00    Concession (under 16)
Children under 2 can sit on adult lap free of charge
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 at 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

  • 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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It’s been a massive week for Sport at the Junior Campus. Over 160 students, from both Year 7 and 8, have ventured out to participate in our term 3 round robin sports of hockey, table tennis and basketball.

On Monday 2 September, our Year 8 girls made it through to region by narrowly defeating Vermont. Our Year 8 girls table tennis team also made the final, falling ever so short in the final. Our boy’s B basketball team were undefeated throughout the entire competition, while our girl’s basketball team showed an enormous amount of growth and promise on the court.

On Wednesday 3 September, Lachlan, Izak, Amir, Oliver, Aiden and Brian competed in the All-Schools Track relay championships. Our boys, all 14 years old, competed against both public and private schools, many on track scholarships. Due to age brackets, they had to compete in the under 16 group, making their day even more challenging. Against the best Victoria has to offer, our 4 X 100m relay team did the impossible, qualifying for the final and then finishing a remarkable 5th. Our medley team also did themselves proud, finishing 14th out of 28 teams!
On Friday 6 September, our Year 7 teams will be competing in their sports, and we look forward to updating their results as they happen!
Mr Danny Gwynne
Sports Coordinator – Junior Campus
Year 8 Boys Table Tennis Team
 On Monday 2 September, the year 8 boys table tennis team traveled to the Kilysth table tennis Stadium to compete in the district round robin.  The A team consisted of Josh D, Harry C, Dev S and Roger L defeated Vermont SC  before losing to Highvale SC & Glen Waverley SC.
The Boys Table Tennis B team consisted of Chethan S, Milindu S, Alec F, Senuja R,  and Ronit I had similar results, coming third overall.   Congratulations boys you represented the school with distinction. Well done!    ~ Mr Campbell
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