College Principal’s Report
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.
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.
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
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