MWSC College News – Issue 1

7th February 2020

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

Photo:  MWSC House Swimming Carnival at Oakleigh Recreation Centre on Wednesday 5 February 2020.

Upcoming Events

Feb
24
Mon
Year 9 Monash Tech School
Feb 24 – Feb 26 all-day
Jazz Band workshop with Ross Irwin
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Feb
25
Tue
Year 7 SYN Radio Orientation Day (Group 1)
Feb 25 all-day
Year 8 Information Evening @ MWSC Junior Campus
Feb 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Feb
26
Wed
8C & 8D Monash Tech School
Feb 26 – Feb 28 all-day

College Principal’s Report

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Welcome back

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)

Returning Staff

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)

 ES Staff:

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             

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.

  • Membership
    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 BunceMr Ian DavidsonJessica Lim
Mr Andrew BoysMrs Debbie SekulaElizabeth 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.

 

  • Voting

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
DET Employee Member       19 March 2020 to 19 March 2022                 2
Student Member                    19 March 2020 to 19 March 2022                 2

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

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy
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
For more information about privacy, see: Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents. This information also available in nine community languages.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Welcome

Welcome back to the Junior Campus for another exciting year. I would particularly like to welcome our Year 7 students and their families as they start their journey at the college, along with all new students who have commenced.

Our Year 7 students’ first two days at the college involved a specially designed program to help them get a feel for the college.  This built on the transition program which commenced last year and provided a great opportunity for students to get to know their new school, new class mates and teachers including their Home Group teacher.  Our Year 8 students arrived for a special program on their first day designed around the theme of ‘Challenge’. The feedback on the start of the year from students, parents and staff has been very positive.

 

College Values

Our College Values are extremely important in providing guidance as to how we act and demonstrate these in our behaviours and learnings each day. It is something that resonates with me in my reflections as to how I am role modelling these to members of our college community. I encourage you to also reflect on how you are demonstrating these values and what they look like in action.

 

Junior School Leadership Team

The Junior School Team are here to help support our Year 7 and 8 students both inside and outside the classroom. Along with our Home Group and classroom teachers, they can be contacted if you need assistance. The team is:

Student Planners

All Year 7 and 8 students received their planners which are a valuable tool to support their learning.  Students should record homework and upcoming events to assist with time management and organisation. The planner also contains many worthwhile ‘Resilience Project’ resources and parents are encouraged to check it weekly and discuss the successes that week.

 

 Junior Campus Assembly

On Friday 7 February we held our first Junior Campus Assembly for 2020 with students singing the National Anthem and School Song, as well as hearing from our College Principal Mrs Karen Wade. It was great to have our 2019 College Dux, Thanh Nguyen back at the college giving our students an insight into his success as a student.

 

Parking in and around the Junior Campus

The Junior Campus only has a small number of onsite parking spaces which are for staff only. These staff carparks at the Junior Campus should not be used for dropping off or picking up students as this creates a safety issue for both staff and students.  

Students should be dropped off and picked up in adjacent side streets. When parking near the college it is important that parking signs are observed and we ask that you respect our local residents by not blocking their driveways.

A reminder for all parents/carers not to come onto the school grounds at the end of the school day to pick-up your child. This causes congestion for us and also presents an issue as to who from the general public may be on site without permission.

 

Student Safety

With the commencement of the school year it is timely to remind all members of our college community to observe all road laws. In particular, cyclists must wear helmets and when students cross any road, it needs to be done with great care, observing traffic signals and the crossing supervisor. Please discuss this with your child and emphasise the need to follow correct road safety practices to keep everyone safe.

 

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Parents/carers are reminded that the Department of Education and Training does not provide personal accident or ambulance cover for students. Parents and carers of students who do not have private health insurance or ambulance cover are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for injured students.

Private property bought to the college by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the department is not responsible for any loss or damage. This can include mobile phones, calculators, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.

It is recommended that parents and carers consider insurance policies that can be purchased from commercial insurers.

 

Compass

All parents and carers should now have access to Compass which is used to communicate with families on a wide range of activities within the college. Compass can be accessed through the college website. Alternatively, you can also download the Compass App by searching “Compass School Manager” which will allow you to access Compass through your mobile/portable device. It is important to note that some features of Compass are only available in the “browser” version which can be activated using the App versions.

 

 

Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

 

 

Head of Junior School’s Report

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Welcome to 2020! The start of the year has been busy and positive and has provided opportunities for students to set up good learning habits and high expectations for the remainder of 2020.

A key focus for the Year 7 students has been adapting to a new community and they have approached new challenges with boundless enthusiasm. In the first two days, students completed an ILEARN program where they explored the school’s values, discussed character strengths, competed in an Excellent Race tournament and spent some time getting prepared for the year ahead. The Year 8s also had a one-day program focused on challenge, resilience, leadership and house spirit, as well as getting organised.

There are some exciting events coming up for Junior School students including the Year 7 Orientation Camp to Phillip Island and the Year 8 Challenge Program. In the coming weeks a range of clubs and activities will also begin, including an orientation session at SYN FM for interested Year 7 students before they have the chance to host their own radio shift later in the year. Thank you to Ms Grace Leszczynski, Junior Campus Activities Coordinator, for all of her work so far in preparing opportunities like this.

We are fortunate to have such a hardworking team of staff supporting students in the Junior School this year. Thank you to our Campus Principal, Mr Andrew Batchelor, Junior School Leader, Mr Nicholas Barca, and Year Level Coordinators, Ms Rachael McCracken, Mr James Johnston, Ms Jo Rogers and Mr Mark Quiambao, for their hard work and commitment to supporting the learning and wellbeing of all students in their care. Thank you also to Ms Danielle Mott (Student Welfare Coordinator) and Ms Margaret Taylor (Individual Needs Coordinator) who have provided expert support and guidance to our students to ensure their year has started as smoothly as possible.

We look forward to a successful and challenging year ahead in the Junior School and thank all students, families and staff for their support in ensuring the start of the year has been a positive one.

 

 

Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Welcome back to what will be another busy year in the Middle School. My name is Ian MacLeod, I am the Campus Principal who works with Middle School.  I would particularly like to welcome our Year 9 students and families as they start their journey at the Senior Campus of the college.  We welcomed our Year 9 and 10 students to the college last week.

Year 9 Inspire Program

The Inspire program provides our Year 9 students an opportunity to visit the city, a day of sporting activities at Box Hill Indoor Sports Centre and a day of school based activities including a first aid course and problem solving session.  Thanks to our school based presenters Ms Kerri Haworth, Mr Paul Graham, MS Jody Clooney, Ms Sophie Goyder and Ms Sarah Chase.  Well done to Mr Wayne Griffin and Ms Sarah Smith for their working in making the program run smoothly across the three days.  Thanks also to Ms Mardi de Kretser for her work behind the scenes in organising this program.  And finally thank you to all staff who supported this program across the three days.

Year 10 Camp

The Year 10 Camp ran last week at Federation University in Ballarat.   With over 240 students participating in a wide range of activities including bushwalking, mindfulness and a outdoor movie night to name just a few of the activities.  The camp also provided a great opportunity for Year 10 students to engage with sessions on the Student Learning Model and Mental Fitness run by the Black Dog Institute..  Thanks to staff for supporting this camp, special thanks goes to Lauren Kelly and Tim Peters for presenting on student agency and the Student Learning Model to the Year 10 group.  Well done to Ms Mardi de Kretser, Ms Electra Sassos and Mr Chris Beale on leading the camp and for your work prior to the camp, getting everyone and everything organised.

 

 

Middle School Team

The Middle School team are here to help you support our Year 9 and 10 students both inside and outside the classroom.  Please contact the coordinators if you need any support.

The team is as follows:

Head of Middle School:   Ms Sarah Chase
Leader of Middle School  Ms Mardi de Kretser
Year 9 Coordinators:   Mr Wayne Griffin and Ms Sarah Smith
Year 10 Coordinators:  Ms Electra Sassos and Mr Chris Beale
Student Wellbeing:   Ms Kerri Haworth
MS Admin Support:   Ms Athena Geros

 

Student Diaries

Student have received their diaries which are valuable tool to support their learning.  Students should record homework and upcoming events to assist with time management and organisation.  The diary also contains many worthwhile resources and parents are encouraged to check it weekly and discuss “What went well” for the week.

 

Parking in and around the Senior Campus

The Senior Campus has parking which is for staff only.  The carparks at the Senior Campus should not be used for dropping off or picking up students as this creates a safety issues for both staff and students.  Students should be dropped off and picked up in adjacent side streets near the Senior Campus.  When parking near the college it is important that parking signs are observed and we ask that you respect our local residents by not blocking their driveways as you drop off or pick up your children.

 

 Student Safety

With the commencement of the school year it is timely to remind all members of our College Community to observe all road laws.  In particular cyclists must wear helmets and when students are crossing roads, it needs to be done with care and observing traffic signals and the crossing supervisor if present.  Please discuss this with your son/daughter and emphasise the need to follow correct road safety practices to keep everyone safe.

 

Compass

All parents should now have access to Compass.  Compass is used to communicate with parents on a wide range of activities within the school.  Compass can be access through the college website using any web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) via your desktop computer or mobile device.   Alternatively, parents can also download the Compass App from the Apple App store or Goggle Play by searching “Compass School Manager” which will allow you to access Compass through their mobile device.  It is important to note that some of features of Compass are only available in the “browser” version.

 

Holiday Works

Across the holiday period the ICT and Facilities Teams were busy improving the college.

The ICT Works undertaken included:

  • Installation new core servers and infrastructure
  • Replacing network switches in JC and SC server room
  • Compass work including Learning Tasks and Instrumental Music classes
  • Projector maintenance across both sites including projector installations in LA24, LA32 and 33, P12, P15, V2, LA12, LA13, LA37, LA42, LA52 and JC Conference Room
  • Preparation works for NBN rollout across the college
  • Recreation of back-up servers
  • Creation of student accounts
  • Reimaging computers across the college
  • Wireless management system upgrade
  • Disposal of old equipment
  • Work on Year 7 Hybrid program

Thanks to Mr Andrew Wallace , Mr Rohan Cupper, Mr Steve Martin and Mr Aro Ezackial for leading this work across the break.

 

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

  • SC Staffroom refurbishment – including painting, and new desks and shelves
  • Painting on SC and JC – refreshing both interior and exterior
  • Coating of older decks near lower VCE Centre
  • Work on roof of SC Hall and ceilings in H2 on SC
  • Testing and Tagging all electrical equipment across both campuses
  • Coating of hall floors – JC and SC
  • Replacement of SC Hall doors
  • Updating of retaining wall on SC oval near the large staircase

Thanks to Mrs Wendy Middleton and Mr Kevin Cai for their great work across the holiday period.

 

School Photos

Arthur Reed Photos will be at the College on Monday 10 February to take our school photos.  Students should come in the correct summer uniform for photos.  Information on how to order photos will be given to students on the day.

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Welcome back to all of our senior students, it has been a productive and smooth start to the year. A special welcome to our new students and families who have joined our college community in 2020.

Camps and Programs Week

Last week our students in Years 9 to 12 were involved in a range of different camps, activities and programs. The Year 12 students attended a special program and then a two-day camp at Torquay and Anglesea. Despite the extreme heat all students participated in the camp and program. Feedback from staff and students was positive and it was a further opportunity for staff and students to strengthen their working relationships and for the students to further develop connections with their peers.

The Year 11 students were involved in a Flying Start and were involved sessions on wellbeing and relaxation, completing VCAA paperwork and sessions on study skills. They also spent the day at Deakin University where they completed a tour of the campus, listened to sessions on careers and marketing and heard from six Mount Waverley SC alumni.

Thanks to all of the senior subschool team who planned and organised the programs and to all of the staff who attended and the students for their active participation.

 

Uniform and Student Planners

All students have received a student planner. There are tips, ideas and strategies for managing their school work. It is an expectation that students use the planners to write in assessment and other activities and plan their homework and study timetables.

The college also asks for your co-operation in ensuring our students are in correct uniform and wearing the uniform with pride to and from school and during the school day. The uniform requirements are set out in the student planner and in the Uniform Policy on the college website. If, for some reason, your child is not in full school uniform please contact the subschool or provide a note so a uniform pass can be issued.

 

Car parking – Senior Campus

The car parks off Lechte Road and Gordon Road are for college staff only. There are a few spaces available near the General Office at the front of the college for visitors. Parents and carers are asked to drop students off in the surrounding streets. Please obey the parking restrictions and do not enter the school grounds to ensure the safety of our students and staff. When dropping off and picking up students please be mindful of other motorists and pedestrians.

 

Communication with staff at the college

The education of our students is a partnership between the school, teachers, the student and parents/ carers. Staff are happy to communicate with parents, however, as teachers spend most of their time in the classroom it is easier to contact teachers and subschool teams via email; teachers will respond.

 

Compass

Announcements and information is available for parents and students through Compass, please check this on a regular basis. Information on Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) and School Assessed Coursework (SACs) is also provided on Compass. During 202- the college will continue to report and provide feedback on student progress after a CAT or SAC in a timely manner. Parents/ carers are asked to access Compass on a regular basis.

 

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Parents/ carers are reminded that the Department of Education and Training does not provide personal accident or ambulance cover for students. Parents and carers of students, who do not have private health insurance or ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for their injured child.

Private property bought to the college by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department is not responsible for any loss or damage. This can include mobile phones, calculators, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.

It is recommended that parents/ carers consider insurance policies that can be purchased from commercial insurers.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

 

 

Head of Senior School’s Report

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It is hard to believe that the 2020 school year has already started. It was wonderful to see all VCE students return rested from their holiday break and ready to work hard during the year ahead.

Throughout the year our students will experience many triumphs, and also some challenges. Our focus in the Senior School this year is on developing resilience. As a team we are committed to supporting all students and their families to ensure each student has the skills and confidence to overcome challenges in their learning.

If you have concerns about your child’s progress or wellbeing and would like some additional support or advice please contact the Year Level Coordinators for assistance.

Year 11

Ms Linda Crook – CRK@mwsc.vic.edu.au
Ms Gabi Phelan – PHE@mwsc.vic.edu.au

Year 12

Ms Rebecca Kosach – KSH@mwsc.vic.edu.au
Ms Antia Hill – HIC@mwsc.vic.edu.au

 

Year 12 Program and Camp

On Wednesday 29 January we welcomed our Year 12 students back to school as they begin their final year of schooling. It was pleasing to see the students return with a positive and mature attitude toward their studies. The students participated in goal setting activities facilitated by the Reach Foundation, study tips and hints facilitated by Elevate Education, and also gained valuable knowledge about the important VCAA rules. On Thursday morning at 6am the students travelled to the Bellarine Peninsula for an overnight camp. Whilst on camp students participated in a range of activities including a waterfall hike, Master Chef, Golf, Sea Canoeing, Beach Games, and much more. Although the weather was extremely warm I would like to commend all students who attended the camp on their excellent behavior and their willingness to step out of their comfort zone and try new experiences.

Thank you to all staff who accompanied the students on the camp. A special thank you to Ms Anita Hill, Ms Rebecca Kosach, and Mr Matt Cara who oversaw the organisation and administration of the camp.

 

Year 11 Flying Start Program

Our Year 11 students returned to school on Thursday 30 January for the Flying Start Program. On Thursday the students participated in several sessions throughout the day including Developing Metacognition Strategies, study skill tips facilitated by the Elevate Education, students also gained valuable knowledge about the important VCAA rules. On Friday our students had the wonderful opportunity of spending the day at Deakin University. Students participated in campus tours that allowed them to explore all of the new facilities that Deakin has to offer. In the afternoon all students participated in University classes offered by the Arts Faculty, Education Faculty, Science Faculty, and Sports Faculty, this was indeed a highlight for all students.

Thank you to all staff who accompanied and support the students throughout the program. A special thank you to Gabi Phelan and Linda Crook for their organisation and administration of the program.

 

 

VCE Information Evening – Thursday 6 February

Thank you to all students and their families who attended the VCE information evening. Presentation notes will be published on compass for those families who were unable to attend on the evening.

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Outstanding results for MWSC Arts students!

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Year 12 students from Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design achieved outstanding results in 2019.

Students that studied Studio Arts achieved the highest percentage of study scores over 40.

Twenty four percent of students in Studio Art achieved over 40 in their study score.
The second highest percentage of over 40 scores was from Visual Communication Design. This is out of the 35 Year 12 VCE subjects offered at the College in 2019.
One student from Visual Communication Design achieved a perfect study score of 50, (one of only two perfect scores in the 2019 cohort).

These results reflect the highly talented and motivated Arts students at Mount Waverley Secondary College.  Many students have gone on to highly successful creative jobs as highlighted during the Careers Day in 2019.

A big thank you goes to Ms Lynette Spiller (Studio Arts) and Ms Cecilia Harkin/Carlill (Visual Communication Design) for their hard work, expertise and dedication to their students.

If you are passionate about the Arts, follow your passion!

The message is…… choose ARTS and SUCCEED

 

Ms Jane Carter
Head of The Arts

Student Wellbeing

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Welcome to all our students and parents/carers to another school year and a special welcome to our new year 7 students and families.  My name is Paul Graham and I am the Manager of Student Wellbeing.

I’d like to take the opportunity to remind our school community of the support which is offered to students and families through our Student Wellbeing team. We offer confidential counselling and support to all students as well as parent advice. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge in supporting young people and families including knowledge in the local community and services/supports that are available.

Our support is wide and varied, including providing first aid to students by our Division 1 nurses, classroom support with our inclusion support staff and counselling/mentoring with our school chaplain and wellbeing coordinators.

We encourage parents/carers to make contact if you are requiring any support and you can trust that our service is non-judgemental and confidential.  Please feel free to contact either myself or the wellbeing coordinators:

Mr Paul Graham- Manager of Student Wellbeing – gpd@mwsc.vic.edu.au

Senior Campus : Kerri Haworth – Student Wellbeing Coordinator – mkd@mwsc.vic.edu.au

Junior Campus: Danielle Mott – Student Wellbeing Coordinator- mot@mwsc.vic.edu.au

 

 

Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

From the Sports Desk

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House Swimming Carnival – Wednesday 5 February

The sporting year got off to a fantastic start, with over 550 students attending our annual swimming carnival at the Oakleigh Recreation Centre.  After a day of fierce competition and a few free swims in perfect conditions, Whitten House were the eventual winners on 665 points. Bradman came second on 526 points, while Landy were third on 511 points.

Thanks to all staff who attended the day to ensure it ran smoothly, and a huge shout out to all our students who attended. Your behavior was impeccable, and your talent in the pool will ensure we have a team to fiercely represent the college as we aim to win our 5th consecutive division title on 28 February!  Thanks again to all involved
Mr Danny Gwynne & Mr Liam Wall
Sports Coordinators

Music Director’s Report

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It has been wonderful to see lessons begin at the college this week. With 300 instrumental students enrolled, both campus Music Centres are busy places.   Lesson times will appear on Compass to help students remember the time of the music lesson and the day that they need to bring their instrument.
A reminder that lessons for Years 7-10 take place on a rotational basis during the school day.  While teachers have some flexibility to change lesson times due to clashes with a CAT, this is limited. As per the contract sign upon enrollment, the fee covers 30 lessons per year and allows for school activities and teacher illness.

Music Instrument store rooms are located on both campuses’ for secure storage during the school day.   Students are required to take instruments home each afternoon and not leave instruments overnight.

Ensembles will begin the the weeks to follow. All instrumental students will be placed in a college ensemble. We appreciate the support of parents in getting the students to a rehearsal each week as it is an integral part of learning a musical instrument. Bands and Orchestras, while improving instrumental skills, also allow students to develop skills in leadership and teamwork.  Non attendance in these groups lets the team down.

We have an exciting year planned for music and I look forward to hearing our musicians go from strength to strength through music.

 

UPCOMING MUSIC DATES                                                                                                                   

  • USA Information Night – Tuesday 18 February   (viable attendees will receive a notification through Compass)                         
  • Jazz Band & Stage Band Workshops with Ross Irwin – Monday 24 February
  • Seussical Orchestra Rehearsal #1 – Saturday 21 March (selected students)
  • MWSC Jazz Night – Wednesday 25 March, 6:30pm, Caravan Club – Tickets are now available to purchase via www.caravan.com.au
  • Jazz Band & Stage Band Camp – 6th & 7th April (second week of school holidays)  from 9am to 1pm
  • Seussical Orchestra Rehearsal #2 –  Saturday 18 April (selected students)
  • Generations in Jazz – 1st – 3rd May – Jazz Band and Stage Band
  • Lunchtime Concerts on both sites – To be confirmed

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

 

 

 

Japan Exchange Experience 2019/2020

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My Exchange Experience in Japan

by Aaron C (Year 12)

Highlight at school:  Making new friends and participating in club activities.

Highlight outside of school:  Hanging out with my new friends and eating dinner with them.

Challenge:  I had a bit of trouble understanding and interpreting what my friends and teachers were saying in Japanese so I was constantly using google translate and online dictionaries.

My host family:  I went to Kyoto with my host family and spent time with them at home.

My Exchange Student

Name:   Amano Shimomura

Amano’s passion: Reading Japanese books, practicing Kendo, listening to music and drawing.

What Amano wants to achieve at MWSC:  To improve her spoken English and to make lots of new friends.

Interesting fact about Amano: Her favorite food is tomato. Her favorite animals are rabbits.

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MWSC College News – Issue 1