College Principal’s Report

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International Visitors

On Tuesday 18 February, eight members of Danish Students association visited our college to learn more about our student voice programs. Danske Skoleelever is the peak body for student voice in Denmark.  Thea, Niklas, Leanor, Esther, Mathias, Rasmus, Robert, Anne and Henrik toured both campuses and met with students and staff.  They visited classrooms, had lunch with  student leaders, and learned about our Mount Matters and Teach the Teacher programs.

 

Another group of twenty-four educators, this time from the Netherlands came for a visit on Wednesday 26 February.  The group was in Australia to visit schools to see the work of Melbourne University’s John Hattie’s Visible Learning in action.
They toured both the Junior and Senior Campus before hearing presentations from our students on the Mount Matters and Teach the Teacher programs, and staff regarding the Student Learning Model. Congratulations to our Head of Student Voice- Ms Hayley Dureau for overseeing these visits and thank you to all the staff and students who were involved on the day.

 

 

Lions Youth of the Year

On Wednesday 19 February College Captain Amit, Deputy Captain Jennifer and College Prefect Erin, represented Mount Waverley Secondary College in the Lions Youth of the Year (YOTY) competition. The competition involves a written application, interview and public speaking component, and focuses on leadership and community contribution.
Jennifer was the overall winner on the night, and she made us very proud! Amit was presented with the public speaker award and his speech was on Superheros. Erin’s speech was about Climate Change and was very moving.
Thank you to Mrs Amanda Reed and Ms Hayley Dureau who accompanied me on the night to support our talented students.

 

Swimming Success

Congratulations to our students who competed in the Division Swimming Competition last Friday and won the overall shield for the fifth year in a row, after narrowly beating Vermont Secondary College by 9 points to take out the title. Our students’ determination throughout the day to create this slice of history is a credit to them and their willingness to step outside their comfort zone and compete in every event to gain points for our school was incredible.  Well done to all involved and thank you to Mr Gwynne and Mr Wall for overseeing this event.

 

Farewell to Mr Angus Krezel

Last week we farewelled Mr Angus Krezel who retired from Mount Waverley Secondary College after 40 years of dedicated service to our school. Angus came over to Australia from America on what was to have been a 2 year exchange in the 1970’s when Victoria was recruiting teachers from overseas to fill gaps in our system. He met his lovely wife Carmel and decided to stay. Angus has held many positions of responsibility over the years including the Head of Humanities, Year Level Coordinator, Daily Organiser and Camps Coordinator. Angus has been a wonderful, much loved member of staff and we wish him all the best in the next phase of his life.

 

School Council Student Representatives

Congratulations to Jesse of Year 12 and Isaac of Year 9 who were elected to represent on student body of the 2020/21 School Council.   Special thanks to all of the other students who were nominated and to Ms Hayley Dureau for organising this student election.

 

Working Bee – Sunday 15 March

I am looking forward to seeing many parents, friends and students at our first Working Bee for 2020 on Sunday 15 March between 9.00am and 12 noon on the Junior Campus.  This is an opportunity for parents to establish a strong sense of belonging to our learning community and to show their children how much they value the wonderful educational opportunities Mount Waverley Secondary College has to offer.
If you have some spare time on this day your contribution would be greatly appreciated.

 

Mount Waverley Secondary College alive with the sound of music!        

This year the college has an amazing 300+ students participating in the Music Program.  They are committed to a gruelling training schedule which results in these students showcasing their incredible talents in the 3 concert bands, 2 stage bands, 3 string orchestras, 3 guitar ensembles, 2 choirs, a rock band, a jazz combo, percussion ensemble and clarinet ensemble. This year 2 string orchestras and 2 concert bands will be introduced at Year 7 to give our students an opportunity to experience playing in a band.
Our learning community looks forward to attending and enjoying many performances provided by these students through the year.  This fantastic music program is a tribute to the hard work and talent of our dedicated instrumental and music teachers.

 

MWSC Jazz Night

The Jazz Night is on Wednesday 25 March 6.30pm at the Caravan Club in East Bentleigh. It is a great night and you can purchase tickets now through www.caravanmusic.com.au . Please come along to support our fantastic Music Program.

 

Monash City Council Review

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC) is carrying out a subdivision review of Monash City Council and would like the input of the local community. The VEC recognises your role as a representative of a local school, and would like to ask if you could share the below information with the school community. The Victorian Electoral Commission is carrying out a subdivision review of Monash City Council and wants your input.
The review looks at adjustments to ward boundaries to ensure each voter is equitably represented in the upcoming local council elections. The VEC has released a preliminary report with proposed changes to the boundaries of the following wards: Glen Waverley Ward, Mount Waverley Ward, Mulgrave Ward, Oakleigh Ward.
The report is available:

  • online at vec.vic.gov.au
  • by calling 131 832 or for inspection at council offices during business hours.  You can have your say on the proposed changes to ward boundaries by making a submission to the VEC.
    Submissions must reach the VEC by 5.00 pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Submissions can be made:

For more information on the review process, visit vec.vic.gov.au or call 131 832.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Mount Matters

Planning has been undertaken to again run this fantastic student voice initiative at the Junior Campus commencing in Week 8 of this term. All students in Years 7 and 8 have the opportunity to be involved as representatives from each home group. Each Wednesday fortnight, the Year 7 or Year 8 Mount Matters team will meet where they will discuss and plan how we can further develop and improve our great college. This includes providing positive feedback on what they are finding is working well. Some of our Senior Student Leaders will be involved in leading this work with our Year 7 and 8 students, and we look forward to these sessions which culminate in a whole college Mount Matters Forum at the end of Term 2.   Thank you to Ms Hayley Dureau and Mr Nic Barca for their efforts in providing this opportunity for our students.

 

Junior School Information Evenings

During Term 1 we hold information evenings for parents/carers to outline the programs and expectations for each year level.
Our first evening for Year 7 was held on Wednesday 26 February which was well supported with a large number in attendance.  We started the evening with a Welcome BBQ which was a chance for parents and carers to meet other parents and staff. A large number of our Senior and Junior Student Leaders were also present to welcome families. Following this, parents then met with their child’s Home Group teacher who covered a range of topics including uniform requirements, homework expectations and information about the year ahead.

We held our Year 8 Information Night on Tuesday 25 February.  This information night was also well attended and was designed to help understand what students will experience throughout Year 8. Thank you to our Junior School Team for all of their work organising and running these evenings.

 

Monash Tech School

Students in some of our Year 8 classes have participated in the Monash Tech School Superpowers program. Thank you to Ms Georgia Mangano for organising and to all staff who have attended. We have a great relationship with the Monash Tech School and look forward to more great learning opportunities for our students.

 

Parent Communication

It is extremely important that we communicate with each other as part of our partnership in educating your child. If you have any matters you wish to discuss with your child’s classroom teachers, please contact them in the first instance. If there is something else you would like to discuss following this, please contact a Year Level Coordinator who will assist or refer it to one of our Leading Teachers/Campus Principals.

 

 

 

Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

 

Head of Junior School’s Report

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Monash Tech School

All Year 7 and 8 students will attend the Monash Tech School. The Year 7s will complete the Superhumans program, focused on materials science and manufacturing, and the Year 8s will complete Superpowers, exploring new energy solutions. Thank you to Ms Georgia Mangano, STEM Coordinator, for her efforts in coordinating these visits and to the staff who have attended so far with 8A, 8B, 8C and 8D. You can read more about the programs here: https://www.monashtechschool.vic.edu.au/programs.

Jonny Shannon

On Tuesday 3 March, tech entrepreneur and motivational speaker Mr Jonny Shannon visited the Junior Campus and shared engaging presentations on cybersafety (Year 7) and mental health (Year 8). Thank you to Mr Paul Graham, Manager of Student Wellbeing, for organising Jonny’s visit.

Year 8 Rubicon Camp

A reminder that we are offering 50 Year 8 students the opportunity to attend a camp at Rubicon Outdoor Centre, Thornton, from June 1-5 this year. This camp is designed to develop students’ resilience and leadership capacity through a series of challenging collaborative, outdoor-based activities. Application forms have been emailed to students and are due to the Junior Campus Office by 3.00 on Tuesday 10 March.

Year 7 SYN Radio

Throughout the year, interested Year 7 students will be participating in the Student Youth Networks (SYN) Schools On Air Program. Students will be broadcast live on radio after carefully planning their own show. Tune in to SYN 90.7FM on Tuesdays from 1.00 to 2.00pm to hear the students’ discussions and chosen tunes. Thank you to Ms Grace Leszczynski, Student Activities Coordinator, for organising this program for our students.

 

 

Mr John Simon
Head of Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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How quickly is term 1 moving along. With less than 3 weeks remaining, I have been really impressed with the overall work ethic of our students and their involvement in so many different aspects of school life.  Students are becoming increasingly clearer about what they are expected to know and understand in each of their lessons and our focus on increasing student learning growth will continue throughout 2020.

 

Term 1 – Working Bee

The first working bee for the year will be held on Sunday 15 March from 9:00am until 12:00pm at the Junior Campus.  Please come along and help improve the College.  There a range of jobs including, planting, spreading mulch and general gardening and weeding.

Parents are encouraged to bring along shovels, rakes and brooms as well as gardening gloves and a hat.  Morning Tea will be provided.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Car parking on the Senior Campus

As mentioned in the previous newsletter the school grounds and car park are for visitors (at the front of the General Office) and staff parking only. Parents and carers are requested to not enter the car parks and should pick their child/children up in the side streets (obeying parking restrictions). It is important to leave the spaces along the road free as staff travelling between sites need to use these.

 

Communication and dissemination of information

In a college with more than 1800 students and many families communication can sometimes be difficult. Information is distributed to students and their families via email, Compass, year level assemblies, the college newsletter and the college website. Please check in with your child and on Compass to ensure that you are up to date with activities, news and programs at the college.

 

Peer observations and the Explicit Instructional Model (EIM) and the Student Learning Model

Over the next few weeks teachers on both campuses will again be visiting each other’s class rooms as part of our Performance and Development Process. Teachers work together and observe or observe others to enhance their skills and knowledge.  A group of teachers will also be completing Learning Walks through both campuses to observe and reflect on what is happening in teaching and learning across the college.

 

Student focus groups – Feedback for a Curriculum review

In term four 2019 and during term one this year a group of teachers have been revisiting the curriculum at Years 7, 8 and 9. As part of this process a number of students in Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 have also provided feedback. The purpose of the review is to ensure that the curriculum is providing students with the skills and knowledge needed as they move into further education and the workplace. Thanks to all of the staff and students for their input and ideas.


Parent Teacher Conferences – Thursday 26 March (last week of term one)

Please check Compass for information regarding parent teacher conferences. Bookings will open shortly.

 

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

 

Head of Senior School’s Report

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Over the past two weeks our VCE students have completed their first round of SACs. This can often be a challenging time for students as they find it difficult to balance school and extra curricula commitments. To help prepare for assessment tasks students are encouraged to:

  • Seek feedback and assistance from teachers
  • Write and review study notes
  • Complete practice questions
  • Study without technology in the room
  • Develop a study timetable
  • Eat Healthy
  • Have a minimum of 8 hours sleep per night

It is important to develop positive study and revision techniques as this will help students improve their learning and growth.

If a student is absent for a SAC task a medical certificate is required. An alternative SAC task will be rescheduled to be completed the following Wednesday. If your child is absent on the day of a SAC task please ensure the absence is recorded on compass.

 

Parent Student Teacher Conferences

On Thursday 26 March all parents, carers, and students are encouraged to attend Parent Student Teacher Conferences. This is a valuable opportunity for families to discuss your childs progress, identify areas to help improve learning, and discuss support strategies to ensure 2020 is a successful year for your child.

 

Year 11 Guest Speaker

On Monday 2 March the year 11 students listened to guest speaker Mr Jonny Shannon. Johnny shared his experiences from his childhood and enforced that developing resilience is the key to ensuring you reach your goals and dreams. Jonny introduced our students to the PERMA model and discussed how the model can be applied in everyday life.

Celebrating International Women’s Day

On Wednesday  4  March,  we attended the Monash City Council’s Women’s Business Lunch in celebration of International Women’s Day.  We heard from Ms Carley Scott, the CEO of Equatorial Launch Australia who is leading the development of Australia’s first commercial spaceport near Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory.  We really enjoyed the experience of connecting with business men and women in our community and found Carley’s achievements as a woman in STEM inspirational.

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Student Wellbeing Report – Jonny Shannon

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As part of the Student Wellbeing Program for 2020, Mr Jonny Shannon (Youth Worker and most requested speaker in Australia) presented this week to the Year 7’s, 8’s and 11’s.   Jonny entertained the students with his fun stories, relatable tales and provided them with strategies and tips that is backed by research.

On Monday 2 March, Jonny presented to the Year 11 cohort.   He talked to them about what influences their life (genes, environment and choices) and encouraged them to take control.  The main message of his presentation was to promote the scientific theory of happiness/Positive Wellbeing- the PERMA model.  PERMA stands for Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Achievement.  He urged the Year 11’s to set up a vision board and set achievable short and long term goals that they can aim towards.
On Tuesday 3 March, Jonny presented a cyber safety presentation to the Year 7’s.  This presentation was more than just the dos and don’ts of the internet world, but it was also about how to connect to your peers.  He talked about the top 5 issues students have identified as causing friendship breakdowns or has ruined their reputation and he encouraged students to think about the HALT theory when dealing with conflict between in their friendships groups- Am I Hungry, Am I Angry, Am I lonely and Am I tired??  If the answer was yes, he suggested resetting and not engaging in the conflict.
During period 3 and 4 on Tuesday 3 March, Jonny presented on Mental Health to the Year 8’s.  This is a serious topic but Jonny found a  way with his humour and storytelling to engage the students whilst sending a really important message about anxiety and depression. He encouraged students to support each other and to always get help.
Jonny was incredibly impressed with the reception the students gave him and how engaged they were. We look forward to welcoming Jonny back later in the year to once again speak to our Year 11’s and no doubt we will be having him present to students in future years.      www.jonnyshannon.com
Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

From the Sports desk

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On Wednesday 26 February, our Senior sports teams represented Mount Waverley Secondary College in Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and Cricket. They were joined by the Intermediate teams who were, unfortunately, rained out the previous week. On the day, all teams battled bravely with Senior Baseball, Senior Girls Tennis and Senior Boys Volleyball all coming away victorious. These three teams will now represent Mount Waverley SC in the upcoming region finals. Thank you to all those who attended on the day and good luck to all teams going through to the next round!

Congratulations to all MWSC swimmers on achieving our 5th consecutive Division Swimming Title in today’s competition, defeating Vermont Secondary College by only 9 points.  MWSC were initially down by 3 points with 2 races to go and won we won them both to take the title. What an awesome achievement. Well done!

Senior Girls Tennis

It was a typical Melbourne day – mist, rain, and sun – and despite the varied elements, the students aced, smashed, volleyed and struck with vim and vigour. All competition groups fought on through the day, but only the Senior Girls tennis team prevailed, going through undefeated. Congratulations everyone on your efforts!  ~ Ms Smith

 

Senior Boys Volleyball

After a grueling training regime the boys teams turned up to Springer’s Leisure Centre full of excitement. Despite minor setbacks, both the A and B teams were able to reflect, regroup and gain victory in their respective grand finals. Congratulations to the A team who will go on to the next round of the competition in their bid for a volleyball three-peat.~ Mr Sheehan

 

Intermediate Girls Softball

The girls played hard all day through trying conditions. They battled torrential rain, before rounding the day out in the sunshine. Unfortunately they went down in the first match but rallied well to take an easy victory in the second game. They all played fantastically and were great representatives of the school. ~ Mr Myers

 

 

Music Director’s Report

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Jazz Band and Stage Band – Ross Irwin Workshop

Students from the Jazz Band and Stage Band were privileged to have the opportunity to work with Ross Irwin last Monday afternoon. Ross is part of many Australian bands including The Cat Empire and The Bamboos, and is also known for his highly ambitious compositions and arrangements that have been performed by countless big bands and orchestras have cemented him in the Australian music industry. Most recently he has also added co-writer, arranger and producer credits to this list, for bands and artists like Lanu, Felix Riebl, The Cat Empire, and The Bamboos. The students and ensemble directors worked with Ross to improve skills related to Big Band playing in readiness for the upcoming Generations in Jazz Festival the groups are attending 1st-3rd May.

 

Music Uniform

With concerts such as the Jazz Night, Open Night and VSMF coming up over the next term it is important that any students that are enrolled in a MWSC ensemble, have the correct music uniform as listed below. Please note that all students must have a black music shirt (these can be purchased through PSW Mount Waverley). Pants must be tailored black trousers and cannot be denim, grey school pants, tracksuits or leggings. Students must have a belt and boys must tuck in their shirts. Students that attend a performance with incorrect uniform may not be allowed to perform. Thanks for your support with this.

Boys:
● MWSC music shirt (tucked in) – from PSW
● Black tailored pants, no denim or tracksuit
● Black belt
● Black socks
● Black leather school shoes (polished)

Girls:
● MWSC music shirt (tucked in) – from PSW
● Black Tailored Pants, no denim, tracksuit or leggings
● Black Belt
● Black Socks
● Black Leather School Shoes

 

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/

 

Upcoming Music Dates

  • Lunchtime Concert – Friday 6 March – Junior Campus 
  • 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 from 9am – 1pm
  • Seussical Orchestra Rehearsal #2 – 18 April (selected students) 
  • Open Night – Selected bands performing (students chosen will receive Compass notification in coming weeks) 
  • Generations in Jazz : 1 -3 May – Jazz Band and Stage Band 

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Head of Health and Physical Education’s Report

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Year 12 PE Biomechanics Incursion

Our Year 12 Physical Education students are currently studying Biomechanics, which involves structure, function, and motion of the mechanical aspects of the body.   This week, we had METS Performance Consulting (A Sports Science Team) come out and run sessions without Year 12’s that demonstrated a range of biomechanical principles in a practical sense, that are taught over this current Area of Study.   This included assessing the impact that mass and friction have on acceleration using timing gates, how to generate more momentum in activities such as throwing, assessing force and stability using a force plate and reviewing ways to change angular/rotational momentum in sports such as gymnastics and dancing.
Our students found the experience extremely valuable and engaging. We can’t wait for METS to be back next term to work through our second area of study!
Ms Emma Kerr
Head of Health and Physical Education

International Women’s Day Breakfast

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On Friday 6 March, the Wellbeing team held a breakfast at the college for International Women’s Day (IWD), which is held on 8 March each year.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.  Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equity.

IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.  The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.  This year’s special guest speaker was Ms Jemima Montag, Australian Race Walker and Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist in 2018 for the 20km Walk.

     

Jemima’s inspiring presentation was based around 3 key points:

  1. Discover your ‘Why’ – having a goal and the reason why you want to achieve that goal.
  1. Build your support network – surround yourself with people who can support you no matter what that support looks like.
  1. Embrace the challenge – remember that the future is not a destination, it is a direction.  Be at peace with winning and losing.  Successes don’t come around very often so you have to value the journey and make sure you are grateful for the experiences and the people around you.

 

Jemima highlighted the unconditional support of her Mum, in giving her the freedom to try lots of different sports and encourage Jemima when she may not have believed in herself as much as she could have.
What makes you special doesn’t change based on the outcome or the result.  Your support network will still be proud of you.  Jemima’s message tied in very well with the 2020 IWD motto of “Each for Equal”, which celebrates each individual woman to strive for equal opportunity.  We all wish Jemima the very best of luck with her first Olympic Games in July this year to be held in Tokyo.

 

 

Art Show 2020 – Robert McCubbin Primary School

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Mount Waverley Secondary College are excited to announce that the following students have been invited to exhibit their 2020 VCE art works at the Robert McCubbin Art Show on Friday 13  and Saturday 14 March;
  • Dunethri Wickaramasinghe
  • Natasha Hilton
  • Lynn Li Gan
  • Katherine Vally
  • Ava Owen
  • Selina Guo
We are very excited about this amazing opportunity for our alumni students.   All are invited to come and enjoy the Art Show.    For full details please click on Here.
Ms Jane Carter
Head of Arts

MWSC Alumni Program 2020

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MWSC welcomes former student, Ms Annabelle Lim  (class of 2016) as our new College Alumni Coordinator.   Annabelle is completing her Bachelor of Arts at The University of Melbourne and is considering future work in education.   Annabelle will be supported by Ourschool (a not-for profit service that helps public high schools build a thriving alumni network to benefit current students) but is mainly supported by staff, alumni and the wider college community.

The core objectives of this student-centric alumni program are to: inform and inspire students, broaden their thinking about future aspirations, as well as to strengthen and enrich the College community. Alumni are relatable role models and having them share their experiences and valuable advice with students may have positive impacts their thinking, self-belief and future direction.

The Program is also designed to ‘open doors’ for students to learn more about the world of work.  One of the ways alumni can help do this is to facilitate or host a meaningful work experience placement for a Year 10 student.

How can current / past parents help? If your daughter or son attended Mount Waverley Secondary College, please let us know what she or he is up to by emailing alumni@mwsc.vic.edu.au – noting the year they graduated, post school pathway and contact details so Annabelle can get in touch.

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MWSC College News – Issue 3