College Principal’s Report

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I hope all members of our college community had a restful enjoyable holiday. I have returned from long service leave and would like to sincerely thank Mr Ian MacLeod for doing an outstanding job as Acting College Principal whilst I was away.

The school grounds are looking magnificent at the moment with the onset of spring.  I would like to thank all staff involved in preparing our grounds, facilities, ICT area and new timetable for the Early Commencement program.

 

MWSC Gala Concert  

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Gala Concert which is one of the highlights of the school year.  I was so proud to see our students perform with such joy and dedication.  I was particularly proud to see our Year 7 students perform who have been learning their instruments since February.

Twenty –two college ensembles, with students from every year level, performed at this concert, demonstrating the hard work and dedication our music students and staff put into preparing for this event.

I know that all members of the audience would have thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment.  Congratulations to all of the students and staff involved on the night, and a special thank you to Ms Tijtje Keatley, our Director of Music, for all of her tireless work in this area.  I truly believe our Music Program is one of the best in the State!

 

2019 German Study Tour

Our students and staff recently returned from our 2019 German Study Tour which left at the end of last term.  Twenty seven students from Years 9 and 10 participated in the tour.  As College Principal, I was extremely proud to hear that our students were great ambassadors of Mount Waverley Secondary College. Special thanks to Ms Mary Jane Boughen who organised this tour and Mr Adam Laan, Ms Jo Rogers who gave up a week of their holidays to supervise and care for our students.

 

Victorian Young Leaders India Program

Our college was one of six schools chosen to send six Year 9 students on the Victorian Young Leaders India Program. They visited the Springdales School in Delhi and completed some STEM related activities. James Merlino Minister for Education also met our students over there as this was the inaugural program of this new Department of Education and Training initiative. Special thanks to Ms Hayley Dureau, Head of Student Voice who accompanied our students on this auspicious program.

 

G’Day Space Tour 

Our first G’Day Space Tour also returned over the holidays. Eighteen Year 9 and 10 students visited the Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando, the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios in Los Angeles where they completed STEM related activities. Thank you to Ms Lisa McKiernan and Mr Andrew Morton for accompanying our scientists of the future.

 

Best wishes to our Year 12 students

Over the holiday break many Year 12 revision classes ran and I would like to thank my dedicated Year 12 teachers for providing this opportunity to their students.

Congratulations to all Year 12 students who are now nearing the completion of thirteen years of school.  This is a magnificent achievement.  I would like to thank our Year 12 students for their contribution to our learning community which has allowed Mount Waverley Secondary College to maintain its well deserved, outstanding reputation.

Special thanks to Demitri and Laura for the magnificent job they have done as our College Captains and also I congratulate Jessalyn and Nathan for their great contribution as Deputy Captains.

These senior students have been excellent role models, clearly demonstrating great leadership skills whilst maintaining a focus and dedication to study.

I have enjoyed meeting our Year 12 students throughout the year and have been impressed with their dedication to study, support of their peers and positive relationships with their teachers.  Thank you to all of the staff who have supported our Year 12 students throughout their time at our college.  I encourage our Year 12 students to always believe you can achieve your dreams.  Never give up when life throws up a challenge.  That is the key to success.  Keep striving towards your goal and you will reach it.

I wish each and every Year 12 student all the best as they enter the next exciting phase of their lives.

 

Mobile Phone Policy

On 26 June 2019, the Minister for Education, the Hon. James Merlino MP, announced a new mobile phone policy for every government school in Victoria. The new mobile phone policy comes into effect from Term 1, 2020, and requires that students who choose to bring mobile phones to school must have them switched off and securely put away during school hours.

The policy is designed to support teaching and learning in an environment that is free from unnecessary distractions, disruptions and student inattention caused by the urge to check their phones. At recess and lunch times, students will be better-placed to communicate with each other face to face and/or be involved in activities rather than being focused on a device or on social media.

The school is currently working on our own mobile phone policy that will implement the Government’s announcement in a way that reflects the needs of our own community, details about the finalised policy will be made available throughout Term 4. Additional information regarding the policy is available on the Department of Education and Training’s website.

 

 

Please support Mount Waverley Secondary College’s Mango Fundraising Drive.  Orders need to be submitted via https://www.trybooking.com/BGDSL  by 3pm on Wednesday 30 October.

A tray of 14-20 ‘Kensington Pride’ mangoes for only $27 (approximately 7kg of fruit, number per tray varies with size) and delivered to the college towards the start of December.  Families will be notified closer to the time regarding the date and time to collect orders.  Please follow the link below to order your delicious mangoes in time for the festive season.     Thank you for your support.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

 

Campus Principal – Junior School’s Report

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Year 8 Camps

This week our Year 8 cohort attended camp at Kinglake.  Year 8 Camp 1 with students in 8A, B, C, D, F, H, M attended from Monday 14 to Wednesday 16;  Year 8 Camp 2 with students in 8E, G, I, J, K, L and N attended from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 October. The camp was a great opportunity for students to challenge themselves and consisted of three streams they chose to participate in: Hike, Challenge or Community. Feedback from students and staff has been extremely positive with everyone having a wonderful time. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Ms Sam Cody, Ms Lauren Kelly, Ms Jo Rogers, Mr Mark Quiambao and Mr Greg Campbell for their efforts in organising this camp for the very first time.

 

 

Monash Tech School

More of our Junior Campus students attended Monash Tech School this week:  Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 October with students in 7C and 7D. Thank you to Ms Sam Cody and Ms Lauren Kelly for organising, along with Mr Jason McCrae, Mr Greg Campbell, Mrs Lily Papadopoulos and Mrs Julie Cain for attending.

 

Year 7 Music Concert

This Thursday 17 October we held our Year 7 concert.  It was a great opportunity for our Year 7 students to play together in their respective bands to a large audience in the Senior Campus Hall. Thank you and well done to Mrs Tijtje Keatley and our talented music teachers for all of their work throughout the year with our Year 7 students in their respective bands.

 

2020 Enrichment Interviews

The process for selection the 2020 Year 7 Enrichment Class is well underway with testing completed towards the end of last term. Interviews of prospective students have now concluded. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Mrs Elizabeth Sutherland, Ms Alahana Somerville and Mrs Colleen Pritchard for supporting this selection process.

 

Year 8 into 9 Transition

This past week our Year 8 students have visited the Senior Campus to support their transition before the Early Commencement Program. Students have spent a double period there gaining further insights into the Senior Campus. Thank you to Ms Lauren Kelly and Ms Mardi De Kretser for organising these visits.

 

Mango Fund Raiser       

As previously highlighted, Mount Waverley Secondary College is undertaking a Mango Fundraising Drive. Orders are now open and are required by 3pm on 30 October.  For only $27, you will receive a tray of fruit containing 7kg of freshly picked, juicy mangoes. To order please use the following link at Trybooking:   https://www.trybooking.com/BGDSL

 

 

Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal – Middle School’s Report

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Welcome back to a new term of learning.  Learning doesn’t just happen by accident it is through careful planning and preparation that teachers provided students with high quality learning experiences.  These experiences, both inside and outside the classroom are a vital part of the way we educate our students.

This is a busy term with students completing their studies for this year while starting to think about next year.  As we move through this term students will undertake a range of learning activities and assessment as we lead up to our final examination period for middle school students.

As the year has progressed students in Year 10 have started to look towards VCE making subject selections for their next step in their journey through the college.  With their final set of exams the last chapter of their Middle School experience at the college.

The Early Commencement Program will see Year 9 become Year 10 and our Year 10 moving into Year 11 and the opportunity to start their VCE program.  This program is an important step forward for all students in starting their 2019 studies.

I would encourage all Middle School students to take every opportunity provided by teachers to put themselves in the best possible position complete the year successfully.

 

Building Works

Work has progressed on the Learning Spaces on the Senior Campus across the break with the space now taking shape.  Works will continue across the next few weeks with the opportunity to move into the space later in the term.  Thank you to both students and staff for their understanding and flexibility while the building works have occurred across both campuses.  We are almost finished!

 

Holiday Works

The Facilities and IT Teams have achieved some great things over the school holidays, these teams are constantly working to maintain and improve our college.  As always, the term break provides a great opportunity for a range of works at the college.

The ICT Works undertaken included:

  • Junior Campus Wireless Backbone upgrade
  • Security Camera installations and server upgrade
  • Maintenance work on servers and back up servers including upgrades and additional storage
  • Setting up Hybrid devices for staff to support Year 7 hybrid program roll-out
  • Maintenance on classroom notebooks and desktops across the college

The Facilities Team work on a wide range of tasks as outlined below:

  • Painting on Senior Campus – Theatrette foyer and disabled toilet
  • Remove of old heating vents and reinstatement including carpeting in Senior Campus Administration area
  • Installation of pinboards, shelves and hooks in A12
  • Fitted locks to cupboards in LA37
  • Various electrical works across the college including – replacing lights and flood lights
  • Emergency lighting replacement on Senior Campus
  • Air Conditioner servicing and maintenance
  • Various plumbing works on toilets and taps across both campuses
  • Installation of blinds in A9 and A10

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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Welcome back to term 4. It was wonderful to see our students return refreshed and ready for the busy term ahead. Term 4 is an important term for all students as they complete their final common assessment tasks, end of year exams, and also start the 2020 academic school year. To ensure students are organised and prepared I encourage all families to make note of the following key dates and events:

End of Year Exams

Year 10 Exam Period (Monday 11 November – Thursday 21 November)

Students are required to attend for scheduled exams, please ensure you arrive 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. There are no scheduled classes during the exam period.

Year 9 Exam Period (Monday 18 November – Thursday 21 November)

Students are required to attend school throughout this week, exams have been scheduled within the current timetable. Students will be provided with supervised study opportunities throughout the week.

The end of year exam timetable has been published on Compass. Students and parents are encouraged to download this document and develop a study timetable. If you have any concerns regarding the scheduling of exams please contact the Year Level Coordinators.

Preparing for Exams – Positive Study Habits

Achievement and success does not just happen overnight, it is a combination of effort and hard work over a period of time that see’s results. With everything in life the harder we work, the better the result; preparing for exams is no different.

Here are some tips to help students get started:

  • Give yourself enough time to study. Don’t leave it until the last minute
  • Organise your study space
  • Use flow charts and diagrams to identify key concepts
  • Explain your answers to others
  • Organise study groups with friends
  • Take regular breaks
  • Snack on ‘brain food’
  • Maintain a balanced lifestyle – exercise, 8 hrs of sleep per night
  • Avoid listening to music whilst studying

 

Early Commencement Program

The Early Commencement Program will commence from November 25 – December 10.  The Early Commencement Program marks the beginning of the 2020 academic year, attendance during this program is compulsory.

 

Year End Program (YEP) Attendance  11-13 December 

It is a Department of Education requirement that Years 7-10 students attend school at this time, therefore the college expects all students from Years 7-10 to attend the YEP program. Should exceptional circumstances prevent your child from participating in this program, please collect and complete a “Non-Attendance form” from reception at either Campus during Term 4, forms are due by Monday 4 November.

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Middle School

Campus Principal – Senior School’s Report

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Revision Program – Third Term break

A large number of staff and students attended the Year 12 revision program during the term break. Thanks to all of the students who attended and a special thank you to the teachers who gave up their time to support students in performance and language exams, presented revision lectures, supervised practice exams and organised guest presenters.

A special thank you to Head of Senior School, Mr Jason Nicholas and the senior subschool team for their organisation and support of this program.

 

Last few weeks for Year 12

During the past two weeks students have been working with their teachers and revising and studying for their final exams. Next Monday, 21 October, is the last day of classes for our Year 12 students. On this day there will be a lunch and activities for the students and then a rehearsal for the next evening’s Graduation Ceremony which will be held on Tuesday 22 October. These two events provide an opportunity for students to come together with family, friends, their peers and teachers to celebrate the end of their time at the college.

A large number of our students also completed external oral and performance exams in a number of different languages, Drama and Music. The teaching staff have all commented on the commitment and positive work ethic of our students. I encourage all students to use the time wisely, study hard and to do their best and I wish them luck this term with their external exams. The study and revision they do in this time can have a positive impact on their final results.

I would like to publicly acknowledge the work of our staff in supporting the Class of 2019 and particularly their Year 12 teachers who have worked very hard to support their students.

 

Parking in and around the college

Thanks to all of the parents and families who have been obeying the parking signs in and around the senior campus. Please plan to meet you child outside the college and be aware of others moving around in the area.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

 

 

Head of Student Voice Report

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Year 12 Leaders Lunch

Thank you to Mr Jason Nicholas, Head of Senior School, and the sub-school team, for putting on a special lunch for our Year 12 Captains and Prefects on Monday this week. The leaders were presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of the tremendous amount of time and effort they have devoted to the college’s leadership program.  Thank you Year 12 Coordinators, Ms Linda Crook and Ms Kydi Cassar, for their work with the team this year.

2020 Leadership Positions

Applications for 2020 Leadership positions at Years 8 and 12 are now underway.
 

2020 Year 12 Leadership 

Our Year 12 2020 Leadership Applications closed last week. We have had a huge number of applicants for the various roles, and thank all of the students who applied for the time and effort the put into preparing their applications. Applications are currently being shortlisted, and students will be interviewed in the coming weeks. Applicants for 2020 College Captain who make it to the final round of the process will make a speech to the current Year 11 cohort on Tuesday 29 October.

2020 Year 8 Leadership

Current Year 7 students heard at assembly on Thursday 10 October about the opportunity to apply for a 2020 Junior Campus Leadership position. The positions available include Junior Campus Captain (x4), and House Captain (x12). Applications close on Monday 21 October at 3pm. The application forms were emailed to students by Mr Batchelor on 10/10/19.  Applications should be typed, printed, signed, and handed-in at the General Office.
 

2020 Year 9, 10 and 11 Leadership 

Information about 2020 Leadership positions at years 9, 10 and 11 will be communicated to students in the coming weeks.

Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Student Wellbeing Report

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Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Illness is common and unfortunately is becoming more and more common with young people. There are a number of reasons which can be debated however we acknowledge there is a lot more stress and pressure on young people than ever before. 1 in 5 young people between the ages of 15-19 develop a serious mental health problem (Black dog institute) and half of all mental health issues emerge at the age of 14.

It is becoming more evident that we all need to continue to develop our mental health awareness and be able to identify triggers and risks at the earliest opportunity. One of the best training available for both young people and adults is Youth Mental Health First Aid. Last term all of our Year 10’s participated in Youth Mental Health First Aid learning to identify symptoms, a basic understanding of mental health and how and where to get help.  We also trained 20 of our teachers in Youth Mental Health, which was a 2 day course teaching them how to identify and support students who may suffer from depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse. This training is now being offered to parents and I cannot recommend it highly enough!  The knowledge and skills you will learn in Youth Mental Health First Aid are invaluable and a must for all parents.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Poster – November 2019 Courses

 

 

After School Program

In Term 4 Student Wellbeing are hosting “The Arvo Club” in the Fish Bowl on the Senior Campus on Tuesday afternoons 3:10pm to 4:00pm. This is a chance for students to drop by, having something to eat, catch up with their friends, play games, listen to music and have a chat.

 

 

Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

Music Director’s Report

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Annual Gala Concert

The annual Gala Concert was held on Thursday 10 October in the Senior Campus Hall.  Hosting an audience in excess of 600 people, the concert featured 20 of the college ensembles and students from across Year 7-12. The standard and variety of this concert has risen with each year that the event happens thanks to the dedication of the music community at the college.

Thanks to the dedicated music staff and music students at the college. Concerts like this one do not happen without a lot of hard work and dedication. Thanks also to the Parents at Mount who supplied a wonderful array of baked goods, tea and coffee for the event.

 

 

Aged Care Performance  

Mr Tom Frost, Ms Melissa Knowles and Ms Alahana Somerville accompanied the Junior Choir, Flute and Clarinet ensembles to the Aveo Aged care facility last Wednesday 9 October. The students had a fantastic time performing and sharing music with all who attended. The students were also able to mingle over afternoon tea with the residents at the end of the performance as well which was really lovely.

Year 7 Band Program Concert 

On Thursday the Senior Campus Hall featured yet another large concert, the Year 7 Band Program Concert. This concert has been reformatted in 2019, to include the addition of the Year 7 Bridging Ensembles to the College music program. With over 300 students performing during the evening, the bridging bands took our Year 7 classroom music program to the next level, allowing students to apply their music skills to a large, mixed ensemble.

Congratulations to the staff and students involved in this massive musical event, and thank you for the support of the college community for attending.

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports desk

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Regional Athletics

On Friday 11 October, 47 Mount Waverley students travelled to Knox Athletics track to take part in the regional finals. The day started and ended with some very strong performances that at one point had Mount Waverley at third overall on the points tally! There were some fantastic results, with numerous podium finishes and an amazing 12 students will now be representing our college on Friday 18 October at the state finals!    Congratulations to all involved!

Mr Liam Wall, Sports Coordinator 

 

 

Year 7 Regional Table Tennis

On Thursday 17 October,  Year 7 boys and girls Table tennis teams played in the Eastern Metropolitan Regionals.  The boys team were in pool 2 where they defeated Upwey HS  6-0, Upper Yarra 6-0 and Templestowe SC 6-0. They then played Brentwood SC in the semi finals, unfortunately losing 2-4.
The girls team were also in pool 2 winning all their games, defeating Fairhills HS 4-2, Lilydale Heights 3-3 (12-10 on games), and Auburn HS 5-1. They then went on to play Balwyn HS in the semi finals, unfortunately also losing 2-4.   The skill and sportsmanship displayed was outstanding. Well done!

Congratulations to Zainab A, Emilia A, Aarav B, Charlotte C, Aanya G, Lion J, Jacky Q, Eeshan W, Caden W, Sophie W.  Thank you to Maisie B for scoring.

Mr Greg Campbell

Year 12 Drama Performance – Monash One Act Play Festival

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Advance Australia Fair

Congratulations to the Year 12 Drama students who performed their Award winner devised ensemble piece Advance Australia Fair on Friday 4 October at the Monash One Act Play Festival. The festival was hosted by Peridot Theatre company and featured 16 entries from all across Victoria.  The thought-provoking performance was based on a dissection of the Australian Anthem, questioning whether the Anthem is still relevant and inclusive to modern Australian society.  We were honoured to win the Best Youth Production and the VDL Youth Award.  We were also nominated for Best Production, Best Direction and Best Playwright.
Congratulations to Director Jane Carter and the Year 12 Drama students: Breanna E, Harry G, Ethan B, Monique L, Nina P, Laura C, Thomas M, Justin L and Andrew E

 

 

Ms Jane Carter
Head of Arts

Victorian SAGSE Scholarship Winners 2019

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Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange

The SAGSE annual Gala Presentation Evening 2019 was a great success. This event was to congratulate the 2019/2020 scholarship recipients.

We would like congratulate Freida B (Year 11) and Emma D (Year 12) who are our successful recipients of the Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange.

Over the past 51 years SAGSE has awarded scholarships to students to enhance their relationship and understanding between Australia and Germany. Students travel to Germany for 10 weeks during their summer holidays. The exchange program aims to give students an insight into a foreign culture and build friendships between the youth of these 2 countries. Each year 30 students in Years 11 and 12 from NSW, Western Australia and Victoria are selected by SAGSE to participate in the program.

This year there were over 200 applicants in Victoria and after a very rigorous selection process (group activities and an interview in front of 8 assessors) 12 students in total were chosen to represent Victoria.

What an incredible achievement this is for Freida and Emma! Their passion for languages, their enthusiasm and hard work has now paid off. End of November, both students will embark on their adventurous trip to Germany.

GUTE REISE!!

 

 

Ms Katja Chitters
German Teacher

Year 7 – 10 Reach Mathematics Competition

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The results are in!

In term 3, 1122 Years 7 to 10 students participated in the Reach Mathematics Competition. This year for the first time the competition was conducted online rather than a paper and pen test.  Students and staff, confidently navigate the new electronic platform.  We achieved 11 Exemplary, 91 Outstanding, 119 Commendable level awards.

Some of our students performed extremely well. We had eleven students who placed in the top 1% Australia wide! They were:

 Year 7 – Sohom C, Benji M, Rachel H, Ricky J, Josh R, Monica H and Austin M

Year 8 – Rowan C and Saksham S

Year 10 – Thong T and Boris C

Outstanding and amazing overall results by our students!

I wish to offer my thanks to all the staff that assisted in the implementation of the competition across both campuses.

 

 

Ms Felicia Williams
Head of Mathematics

 

Monash Mini Maker Faire

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Come and support our student exhibitors at the Monash Mini Maker Faire!

Organised by Monash Tech School and the City of Monash, and held at Monash University in Clayton, this faire is an interactive celebration of all things technological and creative.
Our students will be exhibiting their work alongside Makers from the Monash community, and all are welcome to come and explore the impressive creations of these talented minds.

It will be held on the Sunday 1 December 2019 from 10am till 4pm.

Get your free tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/monash-mini-maker-faire-attendeeregistration-tickets-68101913657?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

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MWSC College News – Issue 16