MWSC College News – Issue 10

2nd November 2020

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

Photo:  Graduating Year 12 s Celebrations – Tuesday  27 October

Upcoming Events

College Principal’s Report

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Welcome Back!

It was wonderful to see all students return to the college last Monday. I know it hasn’t been easy for our students and staff but I must congratulate everyone on their efforts in transitioning back from remote learning.
Macey our school therapy dog has been welcoming our students back onsite and keeping me company in my office.

 

Year 12 Celebrations

I am so proud of our Year 12 students whose behaviour has been exemplary as they competed their final classes for the year. Last Tuesday they were able to take photos in front of 2020 balloon displays and watch a Year 12 video in class that was made by the students. On Wednesday they finished their last day with an outdoor Celebration Picnic on the basketball courts. Students were socially distanced and listened to some speeches before receiving their Graduation packs. The packs included a certificate, ticket and program for their Virtual Graduation Ceremony and a beautiful graduation photo which was taken by one of our teachers Mr Bill Thomas who is also a professional photographer.

Our first ever Virtual Graduation Ceremony was held last Wednesday night and it was a great success. Thank you to one of our past students Ethan Bibile who helped video different sections of the event and congratulations to Ms Lisa McKiernan Head of Senior School and her team for the countless hours that went into organising this event. I would also like to thank our College Council who helped fund these end of year events this year.

             

 

 

World Teachers’ Day

Last Friday we celebrated World Teachers’ Day at Mount Waverley Secondary College. I would like to congratulate all of our teachers who have done an incredible job this year under challenging circumstances. The way they have moved from onsite learning to remote learning and back again has been incredible to watch and I have no doubt that the quality of remote learning that your children have received was some of the best in the state.

 

End of Year Examinations

End of Year examination dates are as follows:

  • Year 12 VCAA examinations start 9 November and conclude 2 December
  • Year 11 examinations commence Monday 9 November and conclude Thursday 26 November
  • Year 10 examinations start Monday 16 November and conclude Thursday 26 November
  • Year 9 examinations start Monday 23 November and conclude Thursday 26 November
  • Correction day will be held on Friday 27 November and is a student free day

Our 2021 students then begin their Early Commencement classes which run from Monday 30th November- Friday 4th December for 2021 VCE students and Monday 30th November – Friday 11th December for 2021 Year 8-10 students.

 

COVID Safety Tips

It is still extremely important that our learning community continues to stay COVID safe as we navigate our way through this pandemic. Last Thursday we were visited by a Worksafe Inspector who reviewed our COVID Safety plan. I am pleased to inform you that they were very pleased with our processes and plans. Can I once again remind parents/carers and students of our four safety tips.

 

Parking in and around the College

The car parks on both campuses are for staff only.  Staff carparks 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 both the Junior and Senior Campuses.  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 recommencement of on-site learning 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.

 

Ritchies Community Benefit Program

Ritchies has been a great supporter of our college over many years. The Community Benefit Program will transition to a new Ritchies Card App available from any App store or Google Play. Please download the App or apply on line at www.ritchies.com.au/loyalty and then choose Mount Waverley Secondary School as the school you would like to support. Ritchies “where the community benefits”.

 

2020 Second Hand Book and Uniform Sale

Further guidance is required from the Department of Education and Training before we can organise the 2020 Second Hand Book and Uniform Sale at the end of this year. Further details will be forthcoming via a Compass notification.

 

2020 Presentation Night

As Year 12 results are not released until Wednesday 30  December this year, our 2020 Presentation Night will be postponed until Term 1 2021 to enable us to recognise our Year 12 award winners and College Dux. Further details regarding this event will be released at the start of next year.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Head of Senior School’s Report

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Year 12 Celebration Activities

The class of 2020 have always immersed themselves in everything our college has to offer. Although they unfortunately missed out on many activities this year, we wanted to ensure they could still celebrate the amazing achievement of completing 13 Years of schooling.

On Thursday 22 October we hosted a PJ Day as a little way to say well done on surviving such a hard year. We saw many colourful outfits, Odie was a favourite and the UGG boots were the slipper of choice!

On Wednesday 28 October we had our Celebration morning. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement but with an undertone of understanding that it was the last time that this cohort would be together as one group.  The celebration picnic kicked off with the Captains speeches where the leaders shared their memories of 2020.  Several awards were handed out to students acknowledging their outstanding achievements in Music and in Sport.  The highlight of the morning was when Mrs Wade and Mrs Cain presented each Year 12 student their Graduation Certificates to congratulate them on completing their school journey at MWSC.

As is tradition at all celebration events, students then had the opportunity to sign their school shirts with farewell messages.  It was a colourful and a happy event filled with balloons, laughter and fun that will create lasting memories for all of the Year 12’s of 2020.

 

 

Year 12 Virtual Graduation

Graduation 2020 was unlike any other year.  We had the pleasure of hosting our very first virtual graduation ceremony. Although we were unable to celebrate this occasion on site, we were still able to gather as a college community from the comfort of our own homes and watch the live streamed event.

Upon graduating we had the pleasure of presenting our graduates with a graduation pack consisting of a graduation certificate, graduation gift, professional individual graduation photo, and event program and ticket. Thank you to Mr Bill Thomas for photographing our graduates, our students looked amazing in their graduation gowns. A special thank you to our College Council for funding the graduation packs.

The Graduation Video included special messages from our College Captains, Valedictorian Ebony Glare, Mrs Karen Wade College Principal, Mrs Cain Campus Principal and the VCE team.
Our graduation ceremony took us on the journey the class of 2020 have had over the last 6 years in their time at the college, it was wonderful to reminisce over the amazing experiences our students have had and the life time memories they have made.

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

 

Student Voice Report

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Farewell to our Year 12 Leaders

This week we farewelled our amazing Year 12 students, including, of course, our Year 12 Captains and Prefects.
While this year has been different from anything anyone had imagined, our Year 12 Leaders continued to amaze us with their optimism, adaptability, and resilience. They continued to represent their peers, even from behind a screen in their own homes, and while managing the ups and downs of their own remote learning journey. While many of the opportunities normally afforded to Year 12 leaders did not occur in their normal form this year, they embraced new and exciting opportunities such as being involved in the remote learning survey working-party, working with the Year 12 Coordinators Ms Bec Kosach and Ms Antia Hill to design the Year Book, and working with Mr Paul Graham on material for the new Student Wellbeing website.
Prefect Jesse was the elected student representative on College Council, and attended remote council meetings throughout the year, alongside Captains – Amit and Lynn Li, and Deputy Captains, Jennifer and Riyah. Jennifer was one of just six students in the state to be awarded a VCAA Leadership Award in September. Riyah, Jennifer, and Amit presented at the Lessons from Lockdown conference where they shared their learnings and insights from their perspective, with an international audience. Jesse was invited to present in a webinar about remote learning from the perspective of students. A video of the webinar can be found here: https://youtu.be/0logenX42eo
We are very proud of the achievements of all of our Year 12 Leaders this year and thank them for their contributions to the college. We wish them all the best for their upcoming exams and in their future endeavours, and encourage them to join the college alumni program and stay connected to the college via the many opportunities the alumni program presents.

2021 Student Leadership Positions

Interviews have begun for 2021 Year 12 Student Leadership Positions. Thank you to Mrs Julie Cain, Ms Lisa McKiernan, Mr Matt Cara, Ms Bec Kosach, Ms Antia Hill, Mr Jacob Myers, Ms Tijtje Ellis, Ms Ruby Hooke, Mr Liam Wall, Mr Ian MacLeod, and Ms Jane Carter for their time and effort in shortlisting and interviewing candidates for various positions in the 2021 Year 12 Leadership Team. We hope to announce our 2021 Year 12 Leadership Team prior to the Early Commencement Program.
Interviews for Junior Campus Captains and House Captain positions will occur over the coming weeks. Thank you to Mr John Simon, Mr Nic Barca, and Mr Andrew Batchelor for their time and effort in promoting these opportunities to our current Year 7 students and shortlisting and interviewing candidates.

Applications for 2021 Year 11 Leadership positions are now open and close on November 6. Current Year 8 and 9 students will hear more about 2021 leadership opportunities before the end of the year.

 

Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Student Wellbeing Report

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The student wellbeing team would like to congratulate the Year 12 students on the completion of their classes and we wish them all the best for their exams, which for some of them have already started.
There has been much said about the difficulties and the challenges of this year for us all, but it has been significantly difficult for our year 12’s who have missed out on so much and have had to strengthen skills and develop new ones to get the best out of themselves in 2020.

We have enjoyed supporting many year 12’s this year and we will continue to offer support throughout the rest of the year. VCE students can access support through student wellbeing via video counselling and in person appointments. For those students who want in-person appointments, they must sign in and out. As a parent/carer if you are wanting to get some extra support for your child or if you want some advice please contact us. Students can also access the student wellbeing website which has plenty of tips and helpful strategies to get them through the exam period. Our student wellbeing bulletin also came out last week, so please go check in out.

 

 

Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

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