College Principal’s Report

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Communication is vital

Mount Waverley Secondary College has a commitment to provide all the care and support necessary for each student to do their best and achieve the highest possible learning outcomes.  It is important that when families have concerns about their children they contact the relevant staff members immediately to ensure a quick supportive response.

I encourage families to maintain open communication with staff members to ensure each student is provided with optimal support.

The most appropriate staff members to talk to when you have specific concerns are the classroom teachers, then Year Level Coordinator, then Sub School Leader or Head of Sub School prior to contacting one of the Campus Principals.  These are the staff members who have a thorough understanding of the needs of the students in their care:

Year Level Coordinators:

Year 7         Ms Jo Rogers,  Mr James Johnston
Year 8         Ms Racheal McCracken,   Mr Mark Quiambao
Year 9         Mr Wayne Griffin,  Ms Sarah Smith
Year 10       Mr Chris Beale,   Miss Elektra Sassos
Year 11       Ms Linda Crook,   Ms Gabi Phelan
Year 12       Mrs Antia Hill,   Ms Rebecca Kosach

Junior School Leader:                       Mr Nicholas Barca

Head of Junior School:                     Mr John Simon

Middle School Leader (Acting):    Miss Mardi deKretser

Head of Middle School :                   Ms Sarah Chase

Senior School Leader :                     Mr Matt Cara

Head of Senior School:                    Ms Lisa McKiernan

During the last few weeks I have visited many classrooms and I have been very impressed with how focused the teaching and learning activities have been.  Teachers and students are clearly demonstrating our motto “Community, Choice and Engagement”.   I am particularly pleased to report our new Year 7 students are making a very smooth transition to the college.

Walking around with visitors to the college, they observed that our teachers and students seem to have a lovely rapport in the classroom.  Our college is a safe and caring learning community and our students and staff believe that Mount Waverley Secondary College is a very special place which offers magnificent learning opportunities.

 

Community Involvement

Research clearly indicates that if parents are involved in their child’s education, they enhance the learning outcomes for their students.  I would like to thank all the parents who have already volunteered to be involved in our learning community.

 

Parents @ Mount

Parents @ Mount holds regular meetings and helps support college activities.  If you would like to become a member please refer to the Parents @ Mount page on the college website.

   

Ritchies – Community Benefits 

I encourage all parents to patronise Ritchies Supermarkets and access a Community Benefits Card, nominating Mount Waverley Secondary College as your preferred beneficiary.  Each time you shop at Ritchies you will be actively contributing to your child’s education by helping us continue to provide quality resources throughout the college.

 

Student/ Parent/ Teacher Conferences

Our first student/parent/teacher conferences for the year will be held on Thursday 26 March from 1.00pm-4.30pm and 5.00pm-7.30pm.  Further information will be sent out closer to the time.

 

Working Bee

Our first working bee for the year will be held on Sunday 15 March from 9.00am until noon on the Junior Campus.  It would be great to see as many families there as possible.

 

School Council Election 2020

Congratulations to our new and returning members; (Mr Ian Davidson, Mrs Debbie Sekula, Mrs Divya Sharma, Mr Jimmy Mastrandonakis, and Ms Pene Dedes) were successful in their nomination for College Council for the term March 2020 to February 2022. They will join our other parent, staff, student and community representatives on our College Council with the first meeting of the new council to be held on Thursday 19 March.

2020    Parent Members are:

Mrs Shraddha Apte
Mr Madhur Gupta
Mrs Manpreet Kaur Oberoi
Mr Nishant Patel
Mrs Divya Sharma
Mr Jimmy Mastrandonakis
Mrs Pene Dedes

2020    Staff Members are:

Mr Ian Davidson
Mrs Debbie Sekula
Ms Lisa McKiernan
Mr Bill Thomas

2020    Student Members are:

Still to be finalised

2020    Community Members are our College Captains:

Lynn Li Gan
Amit Kafe

If any other members of our learning community would like to attend our Special Meeting of College Council on 19 March, as an observer, you are most welcome. The meeting will start at 7.30pm in the Senior Campus Conference Room.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Year 7 Camp

Our Year 7 Camp at Phillip Island ran from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 February and was a great success.  Our Year 7 students enjoyed the opportunity to develop stronger bonds with each other whilst participating in various engaging activities.
Thank you to Mr John Simon, Mr Nic Barca, Ms Jo Rogers and Mr James Johnston for their work in organising this great opportunity for our students. Thank you to all staff who attended and helped make the camp a success: Ms Clare Challenger, Mrs Jude Ewart, Mr Thomas Frost, Ms Lucy Ho, Ms Ruby Hooke, Mr Peter Jackson, Ms Grace Leszczynski, Ms Lauren Lockhart, Ms Georgia Mangano, Mr Mark Quiambao, Mr Jamie Stroud, Mrs Stephanie Thomas, Mr Jackson Waters, Mr Jacky Wong, Ms Mia Walduck, Ms Kate Tosin, Mrs Bronwyn Nash and Mrs Margaret Taylor.
Thank you to Mr Greg Campbell for all of his work supporting the camp.

 

 Year 8 Challenge 

Year 8 Challenge program ran at the Junior Campus this week from Wednesday to Friday and was also a huge success. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Mr Nic Barca, Ms Rachael McCracken and Mr Mark Quiambao for their work organising this opportunity for our students. Our Year 8 students had a great time being able to extend themselves by participating in a range of different activities including Hip Hop Dancing, Reptiles, Circus Arts, Yoga, Rock climbing, Improvisation, Wellbeing, PE/Sport and Our Planet. Thank you to all of our own staff who helped supervise or presented to students during these sessions.

 

College Values

We are looking to add further emphasis on our College Values and what these look like as actions each day.  All of our teachers on the Junior Campus are recognising students demonstrating these in and out of the classroom via our merit card system. Congratulations to all of our Year 7 and 8 students who clearly demonstrated these during Week 3 whilst participating in Year 7 Camp and Year 8 Challenge. We look forward to acknowledging students over the course of the year as we aim to consistently demonstrate our community values.

 

Visitors to the college

Throughout the year there may be times when parents/carers need to visit the college to discuss a matter with a member of staff.  If this is the case, please contact the college to arrange an appointment prior to attending – due to teaching commitments, teachers are often not available during the day.  All parents/visitors attending the college must report to reception to sign-in prior to entering any area of the college.  A reminder for those visiting our Junior Campus that you will need to park in the adjacent streets (please check the parking signs), the car parks are for staff use only unless needing to use one of our disability parking spaces. Thank you for your support.

 

 

Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

 

Head of Junior School’s Report

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The Year 7 Camp to Phillip Island ran from Wednesday 12 February to Friday 14 February and was a great success. Back at school during this time, the Year 8s immersed themselves in a range of opportunities as part of the annual Challenge Program. Below are some students’ reflections on the events:

Year 7 Camp -Phillip Island Adventure Resort

On Wednesday 12 February, the Year 7 cohort went on an exciting camp to Phillip Island Adventure Resort. This camp was conducted as an orientation program to the school, along with the perfect opportunity to meet new people and spend time with their friends and peers. Activities throughout the camp included a twin flying fox, high ropes course, ball games, canoeing, rafting, initiatives course, team rescue games, giant swing and even a trip to Amaze’n’Things, along with many more games, activities and programs to ensure everyone had the best possible experience while on the camp.
On the first night, students were given the opportunity to either watch a movie or go on a beach walk under the stars. Both activities were a success, as staff and students enjoyed their preferred activity.
Phillip Island’s weather was generally quite nice to us, being over 20° each of the three days we spent at the campsite. These were more than ideal conditions, and perfectly convenient to participate in every activity offered.
The food was good, especially because they had to cater for a group of approximately 300. The resort did an outstanding job tailoring for everyone’s dietary requirements and needs and put a delicious plate of food out for all students and staff attending the camp.
We would like to thank all the teachers who attended the camp for being so punctual and organised, along with assisting and running activities, games, programs, etc. They did an awesome job taking care of us… even if that meant forcing us to fall asleep at night-time. They ensured we had the best possible experience on camp.

by  Emma & Nicola G  

 

Year 8 Camps in 2020

This year, we are running two camp experiences for Year 8 students. The focus of the Year 8 program is building resilience, overcoming challenges and developing students’ capacity for leadership. The camps have been carefully chosen to complement and enhance this focus and provide opportunities for students to develop these skills. Year 8 families will receive further information next Tuesday 25 February at our Information Evening, commencing at 7.00pm.

 

Uniform reminders

Please ensure your child has a named College hat with them each day to wear at recess and lunchtime on the Junior Campus. If your child is unable to wear full school uniform on any day, please send a note and remind them to visit the Coordinators before Home Group to obtain a Uniform Pass. Thank you for your support.

 

Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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The energetic buzz and the enthusiastic start to the year heralds a real sense of optimism about what can be achieved in and out of the classroom.  I encourage each student to make the most of class time, build a positive working relationship with his or her teachers and make the commitment to perform at his or her best.

Learning to grow and growing to learn

At our first  Senior Campus Assembly I shared with students three simple questions to help them focus on their learning growth across 2020.
At school, learning growth is about increasing student’s knowledge and skills in the eight learning areas and of equal importance is developing their emotional and social skills.  Growth is an outcome, an outcome of what you do each day.  It’s all about making choices.  Learning Growth at school is about choice, by asking these three questions students can focus on learning growth each lesson, each day and every week.

Question 1:  Did I take every learning opportunity today?

The first thing to learn is to take every learning opportunity that comes their way.  Take every opportunity to grow – make the choice!

Question 2:  Was that my best effort?”

Opportunities are important and so is effort and hard work.  “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.”  Growth doesn’t just happen through putting in effort for one lesson, one day or for one week, it’s requires a long term ongoing commitment to hard work.

 Question 3:  ”So, what’s next?”

This question is about a choice of what to do next, to keep growing and improving.  It is a future focused question that sets a goal for the next phase of growth.

In summary – students should take every learning opportunity, put in their best effort always and look forward to what’s next!

 

Morrisby Year 9 Careers Program

Our Year 9 Students have started the Morrisby Careers Program that is funded by DET.  This unique program involves and online questionnaire and then a follow up Careers Counselling Session for our Year 9 students.  The program is designed to help students identify possible careers interests and options.

 

School Photos

Arthur Reed have completed our photo days and now busy processing them ready for delivery.  The expected delivery date of photos is late term 1.  Parents are encouraged to register for the online portal which allows them to view and order photos.

 

Working Bee

The first Working Bee for 2020 is happening on the Junior Campus on Sunday 15 March starting at 9:00am.  There will be a focus on weeding, mulching and general cleaning up of the grounds.  All staff are invited to attend on the day.  Morning tea is provided.  Bee part of it!

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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It’s hard to believe we are already four weeks into the school year. It has been a great start to the year with the middle years students already having participated in a number of programs including Year 9 Inspire program and the Year 10 Camp.

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, my name is Sarah Chase and I am the Head of Middle School. My role is to support the educational programs as well as the student management within Middle School which provide the opportunity for those students in year 9 and 10 to grow and experience success both educationally and socially.

Year 9

This last week saw the whole year 9 cohort complete their online assessments as part of the careers guidance Morrisby program. The online assessments are used to create their Morrisby profile which gives them insight into their personal aptitudes, learning and working styles to help them make informed decisions about their future career plans. Students will then use these profiles as part of the careers counselling interviews they will participate in March. Any students who missed out on the online assessment or did not complete them fully will be provided with an opportunity to do so ensuring they have a completed profile for the counselling sessions.
The students should be congratulated on the positive approach they took to the completing of these assessments and their excellent behaviour. The middle years team would also like to thank all the year 9 teachers who  facilitated the day and the hard work and support of the careers team, Ms Joanne Hall and Ms Lyn Luongo.

Year 10

The year 10’s have also received information and forms regarding their upcoming work experience. If they require any further information or additional forms they can visit the Careers Office for further support and advice.

 

General reminders

Just a reminder that subject changes have closed, there was an opportunity during the early commencement program for changes to be made and any such requests need to be made directly to the middle school sub-school leader or the head of middle school.

Lateness please remember if your child is late they need to come with a note and sign in at the Middle School office. If they are late three times without a valid reason they will be issued with an afterschool detention.
General attendance, please remember to notify absences via Compass or provide a note or medical certificate for your child to bring to the Middle School Office on their return.

 

Points of contact

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s academic progress or wellbeing and would like some additional support please contact the Year Level Coordinators as your first point of contact.

Year 9

Ms Sarah Smith – SSM@mwsc.vic.edu.au
Mr Wayne Griffin – GRI@mwsc.vic.edu.au

 

Year 10

Ms Elektra Sassos – SSS@mwsc.vic.edu.au
Mr Chris Beale – BEC@mwsc.vic.edu.au

 

 

Ms Sarah Chase
Head of Middle School

 

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Music Tour 2021

On Tuesday evening an information session was held for interested students and families in regards to the 2021 Music Tour to the USA. The tour will take place at the end of term one and into the school holidays.

Please contact Mrs Tijtje Keatley, Director of Music via email on ell@mwsc.vic.edu.au if you are interested or require further information. An expression of interest must be completed by Monday 2 March and returned to the General Office on the senior campus.   Further details and information will be provided once the trip is confirmed (subject to numbers). The trip is for Music students at the college.

 

Communication at the college

School is a partnership between parents, students and the college.    While we are proud of the channels of communication we have at the college it can sometimes be difficult when staff work in a school with more than 1800 students and their families. We, as do many schools, use Compass as a means to communicate with families and students. Please check Compass on a regular basis as we send out forms and information through this.

Please note that all staff, including those in the subschools, have a teaching allotment and may not always be available. Please contact the college to make an appointment if you wish to meet with someone. If you need to contact a teacher this can also be done through the email facility in Compass or a phone message can be left.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Term One Parent Teacher Conferences will occur on Thursday 26 March. There are no scheduled classes on this day. Information will be sent to all parents in the next few weeks via Compass and bookings can be completed on line.

 

Parking in the college grounds

Please note that parents cannot park on the junior or senior campus. Visitors to the college should park in the designated visitors’ car park on the senior campus.
Please be aware of others when dropping off and picking up students around the school to ensure the safety of all.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

 

Head of Student Voice Report

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School Council Student Representatives

The Victorian Department of Education and Training now requires all government schools with secondary students to have two student members as part of each school council.  Five students have been nominated for a position on School Council. These students are (in alphabetical order by surname):

Lewis C – Year 9
Jesse J – Year 12
Stanley L – Year 9
Sara P – Year 8
Radin T – Year 8

Students have until 3pm on Monday 24 February to place their vote via the link that has been emailed to them.

 

VicSRC Ambassador

Congratulations to Isabelle N and Lewis C of Year 9 who have been selected as 2020 VicSRC Ambassadors. The Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) Ambassadors program aims to connect like-minded students in their local regions and support them to create real, student-led change in their communities. Isabelle and Lewis attended their first Ambassadors meeting last weekend. Topics on the agenda for the VicSRC Executive in 2020 include Climate Crisis & Sustainability Education, Politics 101, Real Life Skills in Education, and Fundamental Equity. In their role as Ambassadors Isabelle and Lewis will promote student voice and advocacy in their local community. Congratulations again, Isabelle and Lewis! We look forward to supporting your work throughout the year!

 

Year 8 and 12 Leadership Teams

Our Year 8 and 12 Student Leadership Teams are up and running on our Junior and Senior Campuses. Both teams held their first meetings during Week 2, and have already been busy setting goals and planning for the year ahead. Thank you to the Junior Sub-school and Senior Sub-school teams for their support our Year 8 and 12 Student Leaders.

 

Year 11 Leadership Team – 2020

Congratulations to Kim N, Luc L, Aarya T, Boris L, Hifzhan H, Stephanie K, Eve C, Rachel T, Lila O, Jaquelyn G, Alyssia F, Max C, Francis M, and Hannah R, who have been appointed as 2020 Year 11 Student Leaders. The team was officially introduced to the Year 11 cohort at an assembly on Monday afternoon. The Year 11 Leaders will work closely with staff and students throughout the year to represent their cohort and the college. Congratulations!

 

Mount Matters

Mount Matters Representatives attend fortnightly student-led focus groups where they represent their peers and work together with student leaders to create a forum for student voice and agency. Mount Matters nominations were held in Year 9 Home Group and Year 10 Mentoring classes this week, and will occur in Year 11 Mentoring and Year 7 and 8 Home Group next week. Thank you to all of the Home Group and Mentor teachers for their support in facilitating nominations, and to Nic Barca for overseeing this process on the Junior Campus.

 

Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA)

MUNA is a program for Year 11 students and is part of Rotary District 9810’s commitment to Youth Development.  This year MUNA will run on the weekend of Saturday 2nd May and Sunday 3rd May 2020 at Parliament House, Melbourne. MUNA is a great program for those interested in global politics (or learning more about them!) and is a great way to develop skills in leadership, debating, public speaking and research. Above all else, it is a lot of fun! Students compete in teams of two, and represent a country from the UN. The Rotary Club of Mount Waverley will sponsor two teams from MWSC. Students who are interested should email Miss Dureau dur@mwsc.vic.edu.au.

 

International Visitors – The Danish Students’ Association

On Tuesday this week we had a visit from eight members of the Danish Students’ Association, Danske Skoleelever, the peak body for student voice in Denmark. The organisation represents the 700,000 students aged between 6 and 16 years old in Denmark. Four times a year Danske Skoleever hold National General Assembly events which attract 300-400 students. The National Danske Skoleever board consists of the 34 student regional leaders (two from each region), the two Vice Presidents and the President – 37 young people in total. We had the pleasure of meeting with eight of them – Thea, Niklas, Leanor, Esther, Mathias, Rasmus, Robert, Anne, and Henrik. The group toured both campuses and met with students and staff. They visited classrooms and had lunch with student leaders. A huge thank you to all staff and students involved in the organisation of the day!

 

 

Lions Youth of the Year Competition

On Wednesday evening Amit K (College Captains), Jennifer C (Deputy Captain) and Erin T (College Prefect) competed in the final stage of the Lions Youth of the Year competition – the public speaking component. They were each required to make a five-minute speech. All three spoke beautifully – Erin about climate change, Jen about Australian innovation, and Amit about superheroes!
They were competing against the Captain and Deputy Captain from Ashwood High School. Each competitor also had to answer two impromptu questions: Which celebrity would you like to meet, and why? and What do you think is the greatest challenge Australia is currently facing? Amit took out the award for public speaking, and Jen took out the overall Lions Youth of the Year prize and will move to the next round of the competition (district) on Sunday 15 March!     Thank you to Karen Wade and Amanda Reed who attended to support Amit, Jen, and Erin.

 

Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Music Director’s Report

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MWSC Jazz Night

This annual event, run by our Music Captains and the College Music Leaders is a must attend event.  Held at a Jazz club, the night features MWSC students, alumni and staff.   Tickets are limited and are selling quickly so don’t miss out.     https://www.caravanmusic.com.au/gigs/mt-waverley-secondary-jazz-night-2/

 

Music Tour -USA 2021 Information Evening

On Tuesday 18 February, we held an information evening giving students from Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band and Stage Band, the opportunity to hear about this exciting tour taking place in Term 1, 2021.  Having travelled to Sydney on the Colleges’ first music tour last year, I can say from experience that the musical opportunities offered by being involved in a trip such as this are amazing!
Thank you to all of the families who attended. 

 

Upcoming Music Dates :

  • Jazz Band & Stage Band Workshops with Ross Irwin – 24 February
  • Seussical Orchestra Rehearsal #1 – 21  March (selected students) 
  • MWSC Jazz Night – 25 March, 6:30pm.  Caravan Club – Tickets on sale now!
  • Jazz Band & Stage Band Camp – 6 & 7 April  (school holidays) from  9am-1pm
  • Seussical Orchestra Rehearsal #2 – 18 April (selected students) 
  • Generations in Jazz – 1 -3 May, Jazz Band and Stage Band 
  • Lunchtime Concert – 2 March, Senior Campus Fishbowl 

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports desk

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On Friday 14 February, Mount Waverley Secondary College’s very own Amelia V (Year 12)  was selected to play her first game as a Western Bulldogs in the AFLW.
Wearing the number 28, Amelia started on the interchange before making her way into the action throughout the first quarter. In blustery conditions, disposals were hard to come by, however, Amelia was able to impact the game through her attack on the ball and her fierce tackling skills.  We look forward to seeing Amelia continue to dominate for the rest of the 2020 season and for years to come.

Well done, Amelia!   This is a huge achievement to play at the elite level while also juggling Year 12 studies.

 

 

Mr Liam Wall
Sports Leader – Senior Campus

 

German Language Assistant

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This year we are very fortunate to host a funded language assistant from Germany, and we welcome Johanna Vennemann to our college.  Johanna comes from Oldenburg, a town in the north of Germany. Before coming to Melbourne, Johanna finished her studies to become a teacher, at the University of Hanover.

The Language Assistant Program is a long-standing initiative of the Department of Education and training that places native speakers from different European countries in Victorian government schools. To be eligible to host a funded language assistant, schools must apply as a partnership of two schools. Johanna is working at Mount Waverley Secondary College on Monday’s and Thursday’s and at Mount Waverley North Primary School on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s.

Johanna is currently providing assistance in conversation practice to our Year 12 students. Continuous conversation practice on a one to one basis or in small groups with a native speaker is a great opportunity to improve students’ communication skills in German. Students are benefitting from this valuable experience not only in improving their fluency, but also in improving their cultural knowledge. Getting used to speaking in a foreign language on a regular basis will enable students to step out of their comfort zone, become risk takers and strengthen their passion for language learning.

 

 

Languages Faculty

 

 

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