College Principal’s Report
I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday. As College Principal I look forward to joining with students, teachers and parents for another exciting and productive year of teaching and learning at Mount Waverley Secondary College.
I am pleased to report that the college continues to build upon our successes. Our 2019 VCE results were excellent with our College Dux, Thanh Nguyen, receiving an ATAR score of 99.3, twenty one students received an ATAR of over 95 and 277 VCE students received their VCE certificate which is a great achievement.
A very warm welcome to all new students and their families. You are embarking on a wonderful learning journey, which will be enhanced by always trying your personal best.
Mount Waverley Secondary College provides a learning community where we all respect and care for each other, always working cooperatively as a team. In addition our college provides you with magnificent facilities and resources which are yours to use to maximize your learning opportunities. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions. Staff and students are eager to help you make a successful transition into our college.
Welcome new staff
I would like to welcome the following new staff to the college:
New Leading Techers
Ms Sarah Chase – Head of Middle School (Maths/Commerce)
Mr Nick Barca – Junior Sub School Leader (Humanities)
Mrs Brittany Barber
Mrs Kerry Dragwidge
Mrs Lisa Mallet
Mr Jacob Myers
Mrs Alisha Smith
Mrs Kari Simmons
Mr Ras van der Merwe
Other New Staff are:
Mr Nick Barca (Humanities)
Ms Sarah Chase (Maths)
Ms Jenny Curtis (Accounting/Humanities)
Ms Lucy Ho (German/English)
Ms Natasha Johnstone (English)
Ms Nobuko Kumakawa (Japanese)
Ms Keryn Lientschnig (Instrumental Music – Cello/D Bass)
Ms Lauren Lockhart (Geography/Humanities)
Ms Georgia Mangano (Science)
Ms Liz Milsom (Studio Arts/Art)
Ms Deborah Muller (English/Media)
Mr James Stroud (Music)
Mr Harry Tinney (Instrumental Music – Guitar)
Mr Jackson Waters (Maths)
Mr Jacky Wong (EAL/English)
Ms Joanne Hall (Head of Careers)
Ms Annie Koopmans (Executive PA)
Ms Annabelle Lim (Alumni Coordinator)
Ms Maree Pennant (Lab Technician)
Ms Voula Serpell (Admin)
Ms Linda Westgarth (Business Manager)
Campus assemblies were held on both sites today. The theme of the assemblies was ‘Our Motto’ and I spoke to the students about the importance of Community Choice and Engagement. Thanh Nguyen our 2019 College Dux who received an ATAR of 99.3 came and spoke to the students and gave some of his study tips.
School Council Election 2020
The Department of Education and Training has approved the commencement of the electoral process for the election of School Councillors for 2020.
Our College Council consists of seven parents, five staff members (including College Principal) and four community members.
- Term of Office
Term of office is for two years with half of members retiring each year but eligible for re-election. Three parents, two staff members and two student members end their term of office in March 2020
- Retiring College Councillors
The following members of College Council, while they may be eligible for re-election, retire next month:
|Parent Members:||Staff Members:||Student Members:|
|Mr Russell Bunce||Mr Ian Davidson||Jessica Lim|
|Mr Andrew Boys||Mrs Debbie Sekula||Elizabeth Solly|
|Mr Huei Eow|
- Proposed Timeline
Friday 7 February Call for nominations
Friday 14 February Nominations close 4.00pm
Monday 17 February Nominations displayed at each campus. Election held if required.
Friday 28 February Close of ballot 4.00pm. Votes counted.
Thursday 19 March College Council AGM, followed by meeting of new Council.
If the number of nominations exceeds the vacancies in either the parent or staff categories, an election will be necessary. All parents are entitled to vote for parent representatives and Department of Education and Training (DET) employees vote for staff representatives.
- Methods of Voting (voting slips available on college website or college office)
There are two ways in which you can record your vote on the official voting form during the election period dates as listed above:
- Post your vote to the college to arrive by 4.00pm Friday 28 February or
- vote in person at the college general office at either campus between 8.00am and 4.00pm during the election period
- Nominations of Candidates
For most school councils, there are three possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
- A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
- DET Employee Member Category
The DET Employee Member Category includes the principal of the school and DET employees engaged in work at, and for, the school.
- Role of School Councillors
School Councillors currently play an important role in decision making and the management of our college. They donate many hours to the sub committees of Council: Finance, Education and Buildings & Grounds. Councillors belong to one sub committee, attend one monthly council meeting and represent the college at many functions.
SCHEDULE 4 – Notice of Election and Call for Nominations
An election is to be conducted for members of College Council of
Mount Waverley Secondary College
Nomination forms may be obtained from the college General Offices or the college website and must be lodged by 4.00pm on Friday 14 February 2020.
Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations received will be displayed at each campus. The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:
Membership Term of Office Number of positions
Parent Member 19 March 2020 to 19 March 2022 3
If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the college.
If there are more nominations than vacancies, a ballot will be conducted. The ballot will close at 4.00pm on Friday 28 February 2020.
2020 College Uniform
All families should have seen a copy of our 2020 College Uniform Policy. Your support in ensuring the correct uniform is worn is much appreciated.
If your child cannot wear the correct college uniform, a note from a parent/carer is required. This should be forwarded to the appropriate Year Level Coordinator before school. An out of uniform pass will be indicated in the students’ planner or a pass given.
Mount Waverley Secondary College is the college of choice in our local area and it is important that our students wear the uniform with pride, representing the college in a positive manner.
Annual Privacy Reminder
Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website https://www.romseyps.vic.edu.au/page/167/Policies
Mrs Karen Wade