MWSC College News – Issue 4

20th March 2020

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

Photo:  MWSC Mini Jazz band: This young group of Year 8 and 9 students held a rehearsal concert for the staff on Thursday, 19 March 2020. 

Upcoming Events

College Principal’s Report

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MWSC Jazz Band Performance

I had the pleasure of attending a mini concert featuring our MWSC Jazz band yesterday morning.  The group is mainly made up of Year 8 and 9 students under the direction of Mrs Tijtje Keatley.  They played three numbers in front of a staff audience and everyone in attendance was impressed with the quality and musicality of their performance.     Congratulations to all the students involved.


Coronavirus Advice for Parents

The Coronavirus (COVID19) is causing anxiety and angst in our community and as a parent I feel it is important to reassure our children. We can do this by keeping them informed of the situation and allowing them to focus on positive messages, at this challenging time.  Dr Michael Carr – Gregg well known child and adolescent psychologist recommends the following advice when talking to children about the Coronavirus.

  1. Keep it simple and factual.
  2. Reassure your child.
  3. Explain what is being done.
  4. Embrace the opportunity.
  5. Encourage self- efficiency.
  6. Stick to routines.
  7. Provide a frame of reference.
  8. Explain that the virus doesn’t discriminate.
  9. Know the signs of anxiety.
  10. Address the issue of panic buying.
  11. Keep talking to provide updates

You can find Michael’s clip on the following link-


Term 1 – Working Bee 

Thank you to all the parents, students and staff who attended the Term 1 working bee on Sunday 16 March at the Junior Campus. A lot of great work was achieved including mulching and weeding of our garden beds.



Student free day – Thursday 26 March

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences have been cancelled due to the advice from the Federal Government regarding large gatherings of people.  We will still have a student free day on Thursday 26 March as this will give our teaching staff time to plan lessons in the event of the school closing. Please do not send students to school on this day.


End of Term 1 – Start of Term 2

 Students will be dismissed at 2.30pm on Friday 27 March and we look forward to their return for Term 2 on Tuesday 14 April.



Uniform Changeover Time

Winter uniform starts in Term 2, although for the first two weeks of term there is a change over period where the students can wear either summer or winter uniform.   Please ensure that your students have the correct college uniform which is only supplied by PSW located at 290 Stephensons Road Mount Waverley.



Happy Holidays

 First term 2020 has been an exciting time for teaching and learning at Mount Waverley Secondary College.  I hope everyone enjoys some family time over the holidays and I encourage all senior students to ensure a balance between study and relaxation.  Develop a study timetable and stick to it, it will be worth it.  Have a safe and relaxing holiday!




Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal



Campus Principal’s Report – Junior Campus

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End of Term 1

Despite this being a shorter term in length, it has been extremely busy and enjoyable with many highlights. These include welcoming and transitioning our new Year 7 students into the college, our Year 7 iLEARN program on the first two days, Year 7 Camp at Phillip Island, Year 8 Challenge program, Monash Tech School for some Year 7 and 8 home groups, House Swimming, Round Robin sport, Year 7 Welcome Picnic, Year 8 Information Evening, along with many student opportunities to be involved in our great college such as student leadership, Interact Club, lunchtime activities and clubs.

It has been wonderful to see the great learning taking place in classes under the expert guidance of our teachers and education support staff. Thank you to all of our students for their commitment to their learning, and to our great staff for providing learning opportunities for our students in and out of the classroom. We look forward to a great last week of term and welcoming students back on Tuesday 14 April.  Have a safe and relaxing break.



Mr Andrew Batchelor
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Prinicpal’s Report – Middle School

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Term 1 – A great start to the year!

Students and staff have settled into the year and the routine of college life very well across the Middle School.  Classrooms have been very productive with students experiencing a wide range of learning activities and Common Assessment Tasks.

A wide range of activities outside the classroom including, Year 10 camp and Year 9 Inspire, lunchtime activities, Round Robin Sports and House Swimming Carnival have all had students involved outside the classroom.  With rehearsals for our college musical underway and our instrumental music students fully focussed in ensembles there is plenty happening to keep students actively engaged both inside and outside the classroom.

It has been a great start to the year!



 Term 1 – Working Bee

A very successful working be was held on the Junior Campus on Sunday 15 March.  With students, parents and staff all helping out on the day with weeding, mulching and generally tidying up the campus.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it a successful day.




Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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VCE students and classes

At the moment VCE classes are running. There have been a number of communications via Compass for both students and parents. Please continue to check messages to ensure that you are up to date, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep the college community informed.


Reporting and feedback via Compass

Teachers are working on putting all assessment activities, CATs and SACs on to Compass. The feedback provided relates to the skills and knowledge demonstrated by the student and suggestions for further improvement.  This provides parents/ carers with an opportunity to support their child at home and be aware of upcoming assessment.


Peer observations – visiting classes

As part of our Performance and Development Process a number of teachers have been working in triads and observing each other’s classes and talk to students about their learning. This provides teachers with an opportunity to reflect on their practice and talk with colleagues. The focus of the observations is on ‘HITS’ (High Impact Teaching Strategies) and student agency within the classroom. This will continue to occur during the rest of the year. During the past few weeks there have also been ‘Learning Walks’ on both campuses with a number of staff visiting classrooms to engage with students and observe what is happening across a range of classes and subjects. Thanks to Mr Matt Sheehan, Head of Pedagogy for arranging this and to the teachers who were visited or visited classes.


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.







Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Senior School’s Report

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As Term 1 ends, I would like to congratulate all VCE students for the way they have applied themselves to their studies and extracurricula activities throughout the term. It is always pleasing to see our VCE students working with their teachers, peers, and family to achieve their best.


Our college values ILEARN support our students to develop resilience.
I would like to congratulate the following VCE students for consistently demonstrating our college values on a day to day basis. Their positive contribution to our college helps make our school community a wonderful place to be.

Dylan N  (Year 12)

Yasmin W  (Year 12)
Amber R  (Year 12)
Cody O   (Year 12)
Amelia M   (Year 12)

Alyce D   (Year 12)
Dhashan N  (Year 12)

Charlie O   (Year 12)
Mekayla M  (Year 12)

Botond B   (Year 11)
Larissa W   (Year 11)

Bach N    (Year 12)
Howie Z   (Year 12)


Year 12 Jackets Have Arrived

On Friday 20 March our Year 12 students received their Year 12 Jackets. Thank you to the Year 12 Coordinators Miss Rebecca Kosach and Mrs Antia Hill for oversee the ordering process. Thank you to the Year 12 Leaders, Charlie and Mekayla for supporting the coordinators to organise the distribution of the jackets.



Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Student Wellbeing Report

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In times of uncertainty our stress levels can be elevated and we can easily become overwhelmed. It is a stressful time for everyone and more than ever we need to stick together and we need to utilise good self care strategies. We need to encourage our students to look after their mind and body during this time, which includes adhering to the advice we are receiving from the government but also the need for them to continue to engage in calming activities that can help reduce stress.

As we all know there is a lot of information out there, especially on social media and online that may be causing stress and anxiety for students. It is important to have open conversations with your child about the use of social media during this time and encourage them to talk about what they are reading or seeing. I strongly encourage you to talk to your child about having some time away from social media or restricting their time.

Whilst we are all dealing with changes to how we socialise with each other over the coming months, it is important for students to try and keep a normal routine where possible. We want to encourage them to stay active, stay connected and stay healthy in upcoming months.

There are some great resources available to young people, such as KIDS help line 1800551800 , Headspace and Reach Out. Below is a link to Reach out – 10 ways to take care of yourself during coronavirus.
I encourage all students and parents to read through this helpful list.







Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing


From the Sports desk

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Year 7 Boys Cricket

On Wednesday 11 March, the Year 7 Boys Cricket team headed to Mulgrave Reserve for the District Round Robin.  Our first game was against Highvale Secondary College where we won the toss and elected to bat. Our boys went on to make 84 runs off 15 overs for the loss of 4 wickets. Our opening batsmen Vishish made 33 and Tarique made 24.
The boys put on a solid display of bowling and fielding, with the opposition reaching the target in the 14th over.   Some excellent direct hit run outs were the highlight.
Bowling first against Vermont Secondary College, we managed to keep them to 103 runs off 15 overs.    Wickets were shared between Johann and Tarique.     From our 15 overs, we managed to score 58 runs. Shriman (15 runs) and Aadithya (13 runs) were our top scorers.

Congratulations to the following boys for their efforts, you represented the school with distinction.

Jishnu SJohann T
Vishisht UMinal N
Praharsh PAnshal P
Shriman AAustin H
Kavil SAadithya P
Tarique DSiddanth N


Thankyou also to our coaches from Year 8 – Aditya C & Shlok M.  Well done.    ~ Mr Campbell

Premiers Reading Challenge 2020

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Mount Waverley Secondary College woud like to invite students to take part in the 2020 Victorian Premiers Reading Challenge.   All students are automatically registered and some Year Levels will use the PRC to monitor reading programs.

The challenge hasn’t officially launched in Victoria as yet but we are one of the schools invited to participate early in order to provide feedback regarding the new website.  If your child/children are interested, please ask them to contact their Campus Library.

Happy reading!


Resource Centre Staff

Head of The Arts’ Report

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VCE students invited to show work in Art Exhibition

Last weekend 2019 VCE students from Mount Waverley Secondary College were invited to submit work in a local Art Exhibition at Robert Mc Cubbin Primary School. The school has a rich history in the visual arts being the birthplace of the movement that became known as the Heidelberg School. In the late 1800’s artists like Tom Robberts and Frederick Mc Cubbin would set up camp at this site near Dampier Creek to spend their weekends painting. This year a special VCE exhibition featured artists from Boxhill, Sienna, White Friars, Kingswood and Marcellon Colleges.

I would like to congratulate our very talented students for contributing to the exhibition: Dunethri Wickramasinghe, Lynn Li Gan, Katherine Vally and Selina Guo.
A special mention to Natasha Hilton who was presented with a Highly Commended award for her self portraits.


Billy Elliot the Musical

Last week all Drama classes from 9-12 ventured to the Regent Theatre in the city to watch Billy Elliot the Musical. This was a wonderful adventure for all students who were thoroughly transfixed by this very arresting performance. For many of these students it was the first time they had experienced live theatre so it was a truly magical moment. Thank you to the assistance of teachers Ms Jane Carter, Ms Jane Abley and Ms Rosemary McGinley.


Ms Jane Carter
Head of The Arts

My Exchange Experience in Japan

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by Bach N  (Year 12)

Highlight at school:   I really enjoy going to a Japanese school and I really love the fact that I can use Japanese on a daily basis. There are many memorable highlights at school but I think one of the best highlights is making new friends from school and from clubs. If I could, I would like to relive the experience over and over again.

Highlight outside of school:   My highlight outside of school is definitely going out with my friends and host family. It was really fun to make new and exciting memories with my friends and host family and at the same time enjoy the Japanese culture and lifestyle.

Challenge:   At first, there were some challenges in regard to the public transport system in Japan. The public transport in Osaka and all of Japan is really complicated and hard to understand at first but from my past experience and with time, I became accustomed to it and the public transport, especially trains, became really convenient. I also got help from my host mother who gave me a map for navigation and my friends who would lead and guide every step of the way.

My host family:   My host family is a family of three and I think I got along with them quite well and quite quickly as well. Everyone is kind and cheerful and they taught me a lot about Japan. After living with them for a while, I felt like I have become a part of their family and I took part in their daily activities. They are quite flexible minded and fun to talk to; we usually make jokes and everyone always has a smile on their faces.


My Exchange Student

Name:   Seika Li
Seika’s passion:   I like to do DIY crafting such as puzzles and paper theatres.
What Seika wants to achieve at MWSC:    I want to gain new experience from Australia and MWSC school life.
Interesting fact about Seika:    I used to play the ‘koto’ which is a Japanese string instrument.

MWSC College News – Issue 4