College Principal’s Report

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I look forward to writing my newsletter article because there are always student and staff achievements which have great cause for celebration.  This fortnight is no exception.

Sports Awards Evening    

Congratulations to Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Liam Wall for their work in organising our first ever Sport Awards Night at the college on Monday 21 October.  It was fantastic to see so many staff and students in attendance, celebrating and recognising the great achievements our students have made in 2019. It was also wonderful to welcome back Ms Kate Eddy, a former Mount Waverley Secondary College student who represented Australia in the 2017 Netball World Youth Group where she held the role of Vice-Captain. Kate is currently playing in the Suncorp Super Netball League for the Melbourne Vixens. Kate willingly gave up her time to come back to Mount Waverley Secondary College for this special event and we proudly inducted her into our Hall of Fame.

 

Graduation Evening: Farewelling our Year 12 Class of 2019

The Year 12 Graduation Evening was held on Tuesday 22 October and was an evening of nostalgia as we celebrated the achievements of each of our Year 12 students from the Class of 2019.

The evening provided an opportunity to acknowledge the great contribution of all the past teachers from Prep to Year 12 who have significantly influenced our students’ development into fine young men and women – not to mention the invaluable guidance and support provided by parents and carers.  Special thanks to Mr Jason Nicholas, Mr Matt Cara and the Senior School team for organising this highly enjoyable evening.  The Class of 2019 commenced their exams last Wednesday and our best wishes are with them as they do their best over the coming weeks.

 

World Teachers’ Day

On Friday 25 October Mount Waverley Secondary College celebrated World Teachers’ Day.  Our teachers provide learning opportunities for our students way beyond what is expected.  They strive to improve their professional practice at all times in order to support students to achieve excellent learning outcomes.  Often the efforts of our teachers are not acknowledged, but the rewards they experience in supporting students to achieve success are priceless. On behalf of all the students and parents, I thank our brilliant team of teachers for always giving their best to make Mount Waverley Secondary College a great educational provider.

 

Night at the Museum – Year 7 Humanities 

Over the past few weeks our Year 7 students have participated in their Ancient Rome or Ancient Greece unit.  This has been an engaging and inquiry based approach to their learning completed in their classes.  Each student spent many weeks researching, making an interactive activity and creating an artefact.  The presentation evening was held on the Junior Campus on Tuesday 29 October and it was wonderful to see so many parents at the college to view and discuss their child’s achievements.  Congratulations to the Year 7 students who have produced some outstanding work and also to their Humanities teachers for their efforts in running and supporting this great learning opportunity.

 

Parent Opinion Survey – confirms Mount Waverley Secondary College is a great school!

Each year we survey a randomly selected cohort of parents to measure parent opinion of our college.  I am thrilled to report our parent responses were very favourable and, in terms of general satisfaction with the college, were much higher than in the past few years.  I am sure everyone would agree the reason why we are becoming a leading school is due to the combination of excellent staff, wonderful supportive parents and enthusiastic students who collaborate as a team to do their best.  Congratulations to all members of our learning community whose valued contributions ensure that Mount Waverley Secondary College is a great school.

 

Last Working Bee for 2019 – Senior Campus

Our last working bee for 2019 will be held on Sunday 24 November from 9am until 12 noon.  If you can spare some time on this day to help it would be great to see you at the Senior Campus.

 

Mango Drive

Thank you to all the families who ordered a tray of mangoes in this year’s Mango Drive.  We are expecting the mangoes to be delivered in the week starting 2 December. Families will be notified when they arrive and where to collect your order.

 

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.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Night at the Museum

Our Year 7 Night at the Museum evening was held on the Junior Campus on Tuesday 29 October and it was wonderful to see so many parents/carers at the college to discuss and share in their child’s learning. This evening was the culmination of a number of weeks work involving research, designing and making an interactive activity, and creating an artefact. Congratulations to all of our Year 7 students who have produced some outstanding work and also to their Humanities teachers for their efforts in running and supporting this great learning opportunity. Thank you to Ms Samantha Cody, Ms Linda Wotherspoon, Mr Peter Soutar, Mrs Sophia Wane, Mrs Kate Rose, Mrs Michelle Lukaczynski, Mr Jason McCrae, Mr Angus Krezel, Mr Peter Jackson, Ms Rachael McCracken, Ms Jo Rogers, Mr Mark Quiambao, Mrs Bronwyn Nash, Ms Lauren Kelly, Mr John Simon, Mr Bill Thomas, Mrs Debbie Sekula, Mr Ian MacLeod and Mrs Karen Wade for their efforts working with our students and/or in attendance on the night.

 

2020 Junior Campus Captains

The application process for our 2020 Junior Campus Captains is underway with interviews conducted and a speech from shortlisted applicants at an assembly this morning. We will announce our 2020 Junior Campus Captains in the near future. Thank you to Mr John Simon and Miss Hayley Dureau for leading this process. We look forward to appointing other 2020 Leaders at the Junior Campus including House Captains, Rotary Interact Leaders, Mount Matters and Teach the Teacher leaders.

 

Transition visits to Primary Schools

Transition visits to our feeder primary schools have commenced to meet with relevant teachers, leaders and support staff in gaining more information about our 2020 Year 7 students. Thank you to Mr John Simon for overseeing this, supported by Ms Lauren Kelly, Mrs Colleen Pritchard, Mrs Rhonda Palstra, Mr Paul Graham, Mrs Danielle Mott, Mrs Margaret Taylor, Ms Samantha Cody, Ms Jo Rogers, Mr James Johnston and Ms Rachael McCracken.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

 

Head of Junior School’s Report

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October was full of action on the Junior Campus as students commenced their last school term of 2019.  In Week 2, Year 8 students attended the 3-day camp at Kinglake Forest Adventures (see below) and took part in a special ‘Step Up’ program back at school in which they attended a transition session on the Senior Campus and reflected on values after a film screening. We hope this program will assist our Year 8s with their move into Year 9 in only a few weeks’ time.

Year 8 Kinglake Camp

The Year 8s attended the first ever Kinglake Camp in Week 2 for three days of the week. The camp had a focus on embracing challenges, reflecting on strengths and developing collaboration and leadership skills through a range of activities including hiking and camping, treetop adventures, the “Leap of Faith” and competitions like Wildergaining and The Hunger Games.

Two of our Year 8s, Roger and Mia, provide some reflections on their camp experiences below:

Roger: “The main highlight of Year 8 camp for me was the Hunger Games event held at night. This was because it helped me to forget about my aches and pains from hiking for just a few hours and allowed me to have some fun with my group. This tournament featured ten challenges that were designed for team-work and to problem solve. Although we did not win, I still had a lot of fun which was what mattered most. Year 8 camp at Kinglake Forest Adventures was definitely the most fun I’ve had at camp. Camping outside has taught me to really appreciate what I have in the present instead of dwelling on what I could have. If you ever get the chance to participate in something like this, I strongly encourage you to try because it’s the priceless experiences like these that make you a better person.”

Mia: “The highlight of my camp experience was watching the campfire in the dark.The orange glow from the fire illuminated everyone’s faces, the group huddled around it for warmth.The rustling sounds of leaves and wind rushed by. It was magical, as were the stars that adorned the sky. There were a lot more stars there compared to the city…My time at camp was amazing but tiring. I don’t regret it. It changed my perspective on a lot of things and made me believe that I can do anything I put my mind to. It also helped me identify character strengths I wouldn’t have realised were in other people until I saw them in different situations.”

Thank you to all the staff who attended one or both of the Year 8 camps as it is with your support and dedication that we are able to run programs like this.

Night at the Museum – Year 7 Humanities

It was great to see so many students and their families at the annual Year 7 Night at the Museum on Tuesday 29 November. The calibre of the work on display was outstanding and showed off great collaboration and creativity. Thank you to our Humanities team for providing this opportunity to our students and to our community for their attendance and support on the night.

Primary School Visits

The Junior School team and some Year 7 students have also been visiting local primary schools in the past couple of weeks to meet with our soon-to-be Year 7s and provide them with some guidance and support for their upcoming transition. Thank you to those students who have volunteered to attend: Yura, Avril, Grace, James, Brad, Taya, Charlotte, Chiara, Minidhu and Ashlee. You were great ambassadors of our school and presented with kindness and enthusiasm.

 

Cybersafety Information Evening – Tuesday 19 November

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.

Date:  Tuesday 19 November
Time:     6.30pm    Light refreshments provided from 5.45pm
Venue:  Junior Campus Hall, Mount Waverley Secondary College
Addresss:  145 Stephensons Road, Mount Waverley

Seats are limited! RSVP essential via the College website here by Tuesday 12 November.

The College is covering the cost of this presentation about these important issues so there is no cost for parents. Please note that this presentation is strictly for parents/carers and is not suitable for children.

 

 

Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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As we move into November Middle School students will be busy finishing of work in their classes and revising in readiness for exams as the final assessments for their subjects.  Following the exam period students will move into the Early Commence Program (ECP) where they move into their 2019 year level to start their learning for the next year.  This program has proved to be very successful with students engaging in new and interesting learning as part of the program.

 

MWSC Sports Awards

The MWSC Sports Awards happened on Monday 21 October.  It was fantastic to recognise our sporting achievers for 2020.  With our special guest, Kate Eddy (Class of 2014) and Melbourne Vixen netballer, sharing her journey as an athlete it was a night of celebration of sport at the college.  Thanks to Mr Kevin Cai and Mrs Wendy Middleton for their work in setting up the hall, to Mrs Narda McLennan thanks for all of your help behind the scenes.  To Mr Matt Hall thanks for running the audio visual and Bill Thomas for taking some great photos on the night.  To Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Liam Wall congratulations on another great awards night.

 

AFLW Draftees

There were some very happy MWSC students last week following the ALFW draft on Tuesday 22 October.  Three students moved into the AFLW with Gemma L (Year 12) being taken at pick 8 by the Western Bulldogs, the Bulldogs also took Amelia V (Year 11) at pick 62 and Emily H (Year 12) found a home at Richmond at pick 93.  Congratulations to all three girls and we look forward to seeing you out on the field in 2020.

 

Working Bee –  Sunday 24 November

The next Working Bee is happening on the Senior Campus on Sunday 24 November starting at 9am.  There will be a focus on weeding, mulching and general cleaning up of the grounds.  All parents and students are invited to attend on the day.  Morning tea is provided.  Bee part of it!

 

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.

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School 

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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VCAA Exams

Our students started their final exams on Wednesday. The number of students who came in to work with their teachers and sent work and completed exams and revision activities in the lead up to the exams was fantastic. A big thank you to all of the Year 12 teachers who have assisted students and will continue to do so in the next few weeks. Many of our staff have worked all day with the students.

A big thank you to the senior sub school team for all of their work and planning in the lead up to the exams. Every one of the team has put in a huge amount of work and a special thank you to Mr Matt Cara for his leadership and Mrs Tammara Smith for her administrative assistance.    We are extremely proud of the efforts and hard work of our students and wish the Class of 2019 the best of luck for their exams.

 

Year 10 and 11 exams

Exams for students in Year 10 and 11 students begin on Monday 11 November. Students are currently working with their teachers to revise and prepare for their exams. Students completing a Unit 2 subject will be assessed on the whole year’s work to assist their preparation for Units 3 & 4 (Year 12).   Thanks to all of the teachers who have been busy completing revision and finishing assessment.

 

Graduation and Celebration Day

On 21 October the Year 12 students celebrated their last day of secondary schooling and spent time with each other and their teachers. Lots of pizza was eaten and students relaxed during lunchtime.
On Tuesday 22 October our Year 12 students graduated and there were nearly 900 people in attendance.    Thanks to all involved and the senior subschool team. They have had a very busy first few weeks this term.

 

Year 9 Morrisby interviews

As part of a federal government initiative Year 9 students have been meeting with trained counsellors and reflecting on what careers and pathways they might like to follow in the future. Thanks to all of the students who have taken a positive approach and a special thank you to our Careers Coordinator, Mrs Stephanie Thomas, who have organised and overseen the program.

 

VCE Music Recital

Last night our Year 11 Music students performed as part of their assessment. It was great to see and hear the quality of their performances. Thanks to Mrs Tijtje Keatley, Director of Music and the Music staff who assisted in the lead up and on the evening.

 

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.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Senior School’s Report

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2019 Graduation Ceremony

The big night had finally arrived and students were groomed to perfection.  They brought their very proud parents along to the Fishbowl for finger food and refreshments to start the celebrations.  This gave the parents a chance to catch up with other parents that had travelled the journey with them and their students for the last six years in a very convivial atmosphere.  The students then went to the hall and gowned up ready to be presented with their MWSC VCE certificate and commemorative mug.

Photos were taken of each student receiving their certificate and shaking hands with the College Principal Mrs Karen Wade or Senior Campus Principal Mrs Julie Cain until all were presented.

How wonderful they looked in their caps and gowns!  2019 Valedictorian, Emma T delivered a heartfelt and emotional speech to the students who ferociously applauded their approval.

With one last rendition of the school song, our Class of 2019 threw their caps in the air to signify that they had done it!

Congratulations to the MWSC graduating class of 2019!

 

 

 

Mr Jason Nicholas
Head of Senior School and VCE Team

 

From the Sports desk

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MWSC Sports Awards

On Monday 21 October, over 80 Mount Waverley Secondary College students attended our annual Sports Awards presentation. The event allowed MWSC to highlight the amazing sporting achievements of our students, including presenting all of our state recipients with a certificate highlighting their success and allowed us to present our House and Year level champions for 2019.
Former student and current Melbourne Vixen, Ms Kate Eddy, returned as our special guest speaker and new Hall of Fame inductee. Kate shared some of her fond memories of MWSC and gave a special insight into what being a professional athlete is like.    Thank you to all who attended and congratulations to all of our award winners.

AFLW

On Tuesday 22 October, Mount Waverley Secondary College achieved a new school first!

Three of our senior students, Gemma L, Emily H and Amelia V, were all drafted during the 2019 AFLW draft!

Gemma went at pick #8 in the draft to the Bulldogs, with Amelia later joining her at ‘The Kennel’ with pick #62. Shortly after, Richmond snapped up Emily with pick #92 completing an incredible day for the three girls and extremely rare hat-trick for MWSC.

Throughout their schooling lives, Gemma, Emily and Amelia have held a strong and consistent presence throughout all of Mount Waverley SC’s sporting teams, most notably within football.  All three girls made it to the state finals in various sports while representing Mount Waverley SC, even managing to win a couple of state titles along the way, further demonstrating their sporting prowess.

We wish Gemma, Amelia and Emily all the best with their future AFLW careers and we are sure they will continue to kick goals for years to come.

 

 

Intermediate Boys Table Tennis

Congratulations to the Intermediate Boys Table Tennis team who came runners up in the Regional competition held on Wednesday 30 October.  The team consisting of Jeff C, James L, Yuv R, Aakhyaan S, Nithik V, and Charlie W, played fantastic table tennis to just miss out on a place in the State finals.  The boys defeated many schools on the way to the final, including a close win over Balwyn High, but could not get over a well drilled Templestowe College team.  Well done boys.  ~ Mr Bartlett

 

 

 

 

Mr Liam Wall
Sports Leader – Senior Campus

Year 10 Drama – Suitcase Series

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Congratulations to the Year 10 Drama class who performed in the Suitcase Series today at the Malthouse Theatre. A self devised performance using extensive research on the current issue of Climate Change.

Well done guys. So proud of you! A really powerful message about Climate Change. Big thank you to Mr Matt Hall who came along to support the class.

 

 

Ms Jane Carter
Head of The Arts

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