College Principal’s Report

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Campus Assemblies

Campus assemblies were held this week to celebrate the start of Early Commencement. At the Junior Campus assembly one of our alumni Ms Kimberlee Wells, CEO of Advertising Company TBWA, spoke to the students about her journey through school and her approach to leadership. She finished with a quote from Desmond Tutu “Always speak the truth to power.” At the Senior Campus assembly, the College Captains received their badges and our Year 12 Prefects were also recognised. We then heard from students about three recent overseas tours, the G’Day Space Trip, Victorian Young Leaders to India Program and German Study Tour. It was wonderful to hear about their experiences overseas and what they had learnt. Congratulations to all of our 2020 leaders and all of the students who participated in these assemblies.

Term 4 Working Bee

Thank you to all the staff, parents and students who attended the final working bee for the year on the Senior Campus last Sunday. Mulching and weeding took place and our gardens are looking great.


2019 Year 7 Information Evening

It was wonderful to see over 500 parents and students attend our 2020 Year 7 Information Evening on Tuesday 26 November.  I spoke about what skills, attributes and strategies I would want my child to develop at school and encouraged the new Year 7 students to get involved in the many opportunities and extra curricula activities on offer at Mount Waverley Secondary College.  I left the students with a quote from Dr Seuss “You’re off to great places, today is your day.  Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”


2020 Early Commencement

Our whole school rolled over to our 2020 timetable this week and our 2019 Year 8 students have begun classes on the Senior Campus.  Early Commencement is a great way for students to get a head start on their studies for next year.  At our Senior Campus assembly I encouraged students to complete set homework and read their texts before returning to school next year.


2020 Starting Dates

A reminder that Years 7, 9 and 12 students begin on Wednesday 29 January. Year 8, 10 and 11 students begin on Thursday 30 January.


Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars

Over 1700 applications from students across Victoria were received for the University of Melbourne Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars. Congratulations to Rachel Tan who was accepted into the Class of 2021. We will be recognising Rachel’s great achievement at Presentation Night.


Presentation Night

Students receiving awards for Presentation Night will be informed next week. Presentation Night will be held in the Besen Centre at Mount Scopus College on Friday December 13 at 7.30pm. Further Information regarding tickets sales will be emailed out to families.


Year 7 State Finalists

Congratulations to our Year 7 Boys State Hockey and Baseball teams who competed in the State Finals last week. Thank you to Mr Peter Young who coached both teams.

Our Year 7 Girls competed in the Cricket Finals last Tuesday finishing 3rd in the State. Special thanks to Mr Greg Campbell for coaching this team.

It is great to see the strength of our sporting programs across the college. Well done to our Sport Leaders Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Liam Wall for their tireless work in this area.


VCAA Examinations

Our Year 12 VCAA examinations concluded last week and as you can imagine the organisation of these exams is a huge logistical task. Thank you to Mr Matt Cara, Senior Subschool Leader for overseeing this process along with our Chief Examiner, Mr Alex Bernhardt. We now await our Year 12 results which are released on Thursday 12 December.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal – Junior School’s Report

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Student Goals

Our third and final session of Student Goals for 2019 took place on our Junior Campus on Wednesday 20 November during period 2 and on the Senior Campus on Tuesday 26 November during period 2. These sessions on the Junior Campus were led by either a current Year 11, Year 12 or Alumni student, whilst on the Senior Campus, our 2019 Year 12 students led them. These sessions were fantastic and provided the opportunity for students to reflect and celebrate their achievements in working towards their goals set earlier in the year. These reflections are available for viewing by parents/carers via Compass under the Insights tab. Thank you to Miss Hayley Dureau, Mr Matt Sheehan and Mr John Simon for their efforts in organising these sessions, supported by Mr Scott Smith and Mr Greg Campbell. Congratulations and thank you to all of our Senior students who led these sessions and to all staff involved for their support in this initiative.


Year 7 in 2020 Information Evening

On Tuesday 26 November we held an Information Evening for families of our new 2020 Year 7 cohort. It was a wonderful event with a real positive atmosphere as we welcomed them to our learning community and introduced them to key people here at the college. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Mrs Colleen Pritchard and Ms Rhonda Palstra for their work in organising this event, along with those in attendance to speak and meet with our new families: Mrs Karen Wade, Mr Ian MacLeod, Ms Gabe Windsor, Ms Jo Rogers, Mr James Johnston, Ms Rachael McCracken, Mr Mark Quiambao, Mrs Danielle Mott, Mrs Margaret Taylor and some of our 2020 Junior Campus Captains.



Junior Campus Assembly

On Monday 25 November we held a Junior Campus Assembly to start our Early Commencement program. This was an opportunity for our 2020 Year 8 students to come together as we formally acknowledged our 2020 Junior Campus Captains and House Captains.  We also had Ms Kimberlee Wells, Alumni and School Captain in 1994, return and address students related to leadership and her learnings and experiences. Thank you to Mr John Simon for organising the assembly, along with the Principal Team and Junior School Team for ensuring a great occasion.



Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

Head of Junior School’s Report

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We wished our 2019 Year 8s all the best for their start on the Senior Campus this week. They’ve been a fantastic cohort and have been exemplary in their contributions to so many aspects of school life: sport, music, leadership, as well as in the classroom. Special thanks to our 2019 Student Leadership Team, who were the first team in our new leadership structure on the Junior Campus and led tours, events, assemblies, Mount Matters and more.

On Monday 25 November, our new Year 8 students began the Early Commencement Program with an inaugural Checkpoint Day. This was a day designed to get our students to pause and reflect on their learning and character strengths before commencing a new academic year. Students also got to know the students in their new Home Groups and, in the afternoon, heard a presentation about healthy gaming from The Gaming Institute. We were impressed with the students’ positive mindsets and insightful reflections on their learning and effort as they look ahead to 2020.

The themes of Year 8 in 2020 are challenge, resilience and leadership. A key part of this focus is the Year 8 Challenge Program. From 12 to 14 February, the Year 8 students will participate in a compulsory educational program built around the theme of Challenge. The program has been designed to challenge the students in a range of activities. Students will all have the opportunity to climb and abseil a high climbing wall, enjoy a circus performance and learn new tricks, participate in impromptu performance, experience the thrill of the wild with reptile encounters. learn to dance in hip hop style and more. We are pleased to again have the participation of Bernard Mangakahia Mana who will present ‘The Spirit of Polynesia’. Consent and payment are due via the event on Compass by Monday 3 February 2020.

Lastly, thank you to the 2019 Junior School team for their care, empathy and hard work with our Junior School students. Thank you to our Year 7 Coordinators – Ms Rachael McCracken, Ms Samantha Cody and Mr James Johnston (Term 3), our Year 8 Coordinators – Mr Mark Quiambao and Ms Jo Rogers, our Student Leadership and Activities Coordinator Ms Sarah Smith and our Junior Campus Student Wellbeing Coordinator Ms Danielle Mott. Special thanks to our Junior School Leader Ms Lauren Kelly for her leadership and hard work, and Mr Andrew Batchelor for his ongoing mentoring and support of the Junior School team.


Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School


Campus Principal – Middle School’s Report

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As we move through November and into December the Middle School students have been busy in classrooms starting their 2020 courses as part of the college’s Early Commence Program.  This program is designed to give students a head start on their learning for 2020.

Working Bee

Thank you to all students and parents who attend our final working bee for this year on the Senior Campus on Sunday 24th November.  We moved a mountain of mulch as well as weeding and general tidying up of our gardens.


Building Works

The buildings works across both campuses have been finished with classes starting in the new open plan learning space on the Senior Campus last Monday.  The feedback from both students and staff has been very positive about these new learning spaces.


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 – Senior School’s Report

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Exams on the Senior campus

Over the last few weeks the senior campus has been a very busy place. Students in Year 9, 10 and 11 have been completing exams and teachers have been marking them and writing reports.


Early Commencement Program

Students in Years 7 to 11 have started their 2020 subjects. This program provides an opportunity for students to meet their teachers, start work for next year and, in the case of the Year 8 students, get used to the senior campus. All year levels participated in a range of programs as well as classes. A special thank you to the staff and in particular the subschool teams for all of their hard work.


Report verification and feedback day

Teachers were involved in writing and verifying reports during the week. Year 7 to Year 11 students and parents will receive an end of semester report via Compass on the 6 December. The reports are a culmination of the written feedback from their teachers with additional information on work behaviours and, for Year 7 to 10 students, Victorian Curriculum levels.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Senior School’s Report

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I would like to congratulate our 2020 VCE cohort on a fantastic start to their studies during the early Commencement Program. It has been pleasing to see students start their academic year with a positive attitude and a dedicated approach to every class.

Our Senior School team is looking forward to supporting our students both inside and outside of the classroom next year, and look forward to watching them reach their full potential.   If you have any concerns regarding your child’s academic progress or wellbeing please contact the year level coordinators.


Year 11 Coordinators

Ms Linda Crook
Ms Gabrielle Phelan

Year 12 Coordinators

Ms Rebecca Kosach
Ms Kydi Cassar

Senior School Leader

Mr Matt Cara

Head of Senior School

Ms Lisa McKiernan



Holiday Homework

All students will be given holiday homework to complete over the holiday break. It is an expectation of the college that this work is completed and submitted to teachers on upon returning to school. Any student who fails to complete their scheduled homework will be required to attend afterschool support classes in the first two weeks of term.


Start of Term 1 – 2020

Year 12 students will begin school on Wednesday 29 January. Students will participate in a special program designed to introduce them to the demands of Year 12 and how to manage their time and wellbeing. This program is compulsory for all students.  Students will then attend Year 12 Camp from 30-31 January. Any Student not attending Year 12 camp is required to attend the alternative program running at the college.

Year 11 Students will start school on Thursday 30 January. Students will participate in the Flying Start Program. They will have a structured program here at the college on Thursday, followed by a full days program at Deakin University on Friday 31 January.   The Flying Start program is a key component of the student’s transition from Year 10 in VCE, attendance is compulsory.

If you have any questions regarding these programs please contact the Year Level Coordinators for further information.



Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Head of Student Voice Report

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Student Goals

Over the last two weeks, all students at the college have been involved in end of year Student Goals reflection sessions. On Wednesday 20 November our 2019 Year 7 and 8 students took part in a session on the Junior Campus, led by a mix of 2019 Year 12s and Year 11s and alumni. It was wonderful to see our 2017 College Captains Neha and Campbell return to take part in the session. Thank you to all of the students who led sessions, including 2019 Year 12s who returned just a week after finishing their final VCAA exams, and 2019 Year 11s, many of whom were still in the middle of their exams period.
On Tuesday 26 November almost 300 of our incredible 2020 Year 12 students stepped up and led sessions for the 2020 Year 10, 11 and 12 students on day 2 of the Early Commencement Program. Feedback from the staff involved was exceptional. On all accounts, our incoming Year 12s are showing great leadership already. We are excited to have them as the leaders of the college for the next twelve months!
Thank you to Mr Andrew Batchelor, Mr John Simon and Mr Matt Sheehan for their time and effort in leading this wonderful opportunity for our students.

2020 Year 8 and 12 Leaders

On Monday 25 November the 2020 Year 8 Leadership Team was formally introduced to their cohort and Junior Campus staff at the Junior Campus Assembly, and on Wednesday this week our 2020 Year 12 Leaders were formally introduced to the Senior Campus students and staff at the Term 4 Campus Assembly. Well done to the Junior Campus Captains and College Captains for hosting the assemblies.
The 2020 Year 8 and 12 Leaders will take part in a full-day 2020 Student Leadership Planning Day next Friday 6 December. A number of past College Captains will attend and have lunch with the leaders. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Mr Andrew Batchelor, and Mr Liam Wall for their support in planning the day.

Casual Clothes Day

Friday 29  November was a casual clothes day on both campuses. The money raised will be donated to the Monash Children’s hospital. Well done to the 2019 Year 10 Student Leadership Team for overseeing the organisation of the day, which included an ice-cream truck on the Senior Campus!

Victorian Young Leaders to India 

Congratulations to Charlotte, Nive, Kes, Yianni, Lachlan and Talyssa for presenting at the VYL Post-Program Reflection Day at CERES on Friday 15 November.  The VYL students spoke about their experience at this week’s Campus Assembly and encouraged our 2020 Year 8 students to consider applying next to be part of the program next year. They were presented with a certificate on behalf of the Education Department.

2020 Year 9, 10 and 11 Leadership 

Information about 2020 Year 11 Leadership Opportunities will be presented at an assembly on Monday 2 December.  2020 Year 9 and 10 students will hear more about the various leadership opportunities early in Term 1, 2020.

2020 College Prefects

Congratulations to our newly appointed 2020 College Prefects, who will join the College, Deputy, Music, Arts, House and Sports Captains in making up the 2020 Year 12 College Leadership Team.

Jesse J,  Erin T,  Peter L,  Zana B,  Marcia A,  Ellen A,  Ginuli D,  Taylah S,  Vuyo M,  Bach N,  Feena L,  Shenara P
Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Year 7 Girls Cricket – State Finals

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On Tuesday 26 November, the Year 7 Girls Cricket team headed to Northcote to play in the State finals.

Our first game was against Melbourne Girls Grammar school where both teams played some incredible cricket, only for our girls to go down by 4 runs in the last over.  In the second game we played Strathmore Secondary College with the girls displaying some great skills to win by 50 runs.

We then played St Joseph’s College Echuca in the final pool game with both teams finishing on 96 runs each.  The girls had one win, a tie and a narrow loss, finishing second in their pool and third overall in the State. This is a fantastic achievement and the girls can be very proud of the way they represented the school
Congratulations to the following girls and we look forward to them achieving some great things in year 8.
Shreya A
Eliza B
Tabitha C
Isabella D
Yenuli D
Sethumi F
Taya F
Georgia K
Cammy N
Sara P
Yashoda S (Captain)
Sophie W
Special thanks to Ms Cindy Fraser for these action photos taken on the day.
Mrs Campbell

Student Wellbeing – A note from the nurses

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Safe Holidays from the Nurses and important information for 2020

The start of the year is a busy time for the Nurses with Camps across Year 7, 10 & 12. There are also many Year level activities occurring on and off campus; including the swimming carnival. To assist in our preparations, and to ensure the safe transition of your child into their year levels, it would be appreciated if you would ensure that you have provided the College with the necessary medical information, treatments and medications including management plans such as Asthma and ASCIA Allergy or Anaphylaxis.

Get ‘asthma ready’ for Back to School

All students with asthma must  provide an Asthma Action plan to the College and carry or have access to their own prescribed reliever medication at all times, including off campus activities. A spacer is also recommended as it is well researched that a spacer used in the delivery of medication is more effective.

Asthma Action Plans and more information to prepare for the school year can be found here: 

If your child will be attending a camp in 2020 please ensure that their Asthma Action Plan is reviewed ready for the school year as they need a current Asthma Action plan to attend camps.

Is your child’s allergy information current?

All children with confirmed allergies are required to provide either a green or red coloured ASCIA Action Plan to the College. Please note that black and white printed forms cannot be accepted.

ASCIA action plans can be accessed at:

ASCIA Action Plans should be reviewed and reissued when your child is reassessed by their doctor, which is approximately every 12 to 18 months. If your child has an Adrenaline Autoinjector then a great rule of thumb is New Pen ~ New Plan. This ensures that the plan is reviewed each time a new prescription is acquired.

Please note; as instructions for management of allergies has changed, the College is only able to accept the current version of ASCIA actions plans (2018©️). We recommend taking a coloured copy with you to the appointment to ensure they complete the correct form.

The College website is also a reference point for many forms necessary for your child’s safety at school, including the Anaphylaxis Policy

Please do not hesitate to call the Nurses on your child’s campus if you have any questions or wish to update their medical history.

Have a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to caring for your child in 2020.



Caz & Kate – Junior Campus Nurses
Jody & Sophie – Senior Campus Nurses

Alumni Development Program

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On Monday 25 November, alumna Ms Kimberlee Wells ’93 spoke with great warmth and candour at the Junior School assembly about her journey as a leader. From being a distracted student to leading the College in her final year, and now being CEO of one of Australia’s most prominent and highly awarded advertising agencies she certainly had a lot of experience to draw on and wisdom to impart to the new batch of Junior School leaders badged for 2020. Kimberlee’s presentation, charisma and sound messages captivated the entire gym, and two impactful take-aways were notions of effective leaders prioritising serving others, and the importance of speaking truth to power.




Ms Chloe Yap
Alumni Coordinator

MWSC College News – Issue 19