MWSC College News – Issue 1

5th February 2021

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

Photo:  MWSC House Swimming Carnival at Oakleigh Recreation Centre on Wednesday 3 February.

Upcoming Events

Sep
20
Mon
School holidays
Sep 20 – Oct 3 all-day
Sep
27
Mon
Revision Lectures/Practice Exams – Year 12
Sep 27 – Oct 1 all-day
Oct
4
Mon
Performance & Languages Oral Exams and Extended Investigation: Oral Presentations
Oct 4 – Oct 31 all-day
Term 4 commences
Oct 4 all-day
Year 12 Elevate Session
Oct 4 @ 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

College Principal’s Report

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Welcome back

I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday.  As College Principal I look forward to joining with students, teachers and parents for another exciting and productive year of teaching and learning at Mount Waverley Secondary College.

I am pleased to report that the college continues to build upon our successes. Our 2020 VCE results were excellent with our College Dux, Daniel Zhu, receiving an ATAR score of 99.5, thirty two students received an ATAR of over 95 and 44% of the cohort received an ATAR of 80 or above. 279 VCE students received their VCE certificate which is a great achievement, considering the challenging year we all experienced last year

A very warm welcome to all new students and their families. You are embarking on a wonderful learning journey, which will be enhanced by always trying your personal best.

Mount Waverley Secondary College provides a learning community where we all respect and care for each other, always working cooperatively as a team.  In addition our college provides you with magnificent facilities and resources which are yours to use to maximize your learning opportunities.  Please don’t be afraid to ask questions. Staff and students are eager to help you make a successful transition into our college.

 

Welcome new staff  

I would like to welcome the following new staff to the college:

New Leading Teachers
Mrs Meagan Merlino – Sub School Leader Middle School – Maths/Psychology

Returning Staff
Mrs Alison Armstrong – Maths
Ms Samantha Cody – Sub School Leader Junior School

Other New Staff are
Ms Jovana Removic – German
Mr Conrad Soderlund – Systems Tech/Design Tech
Ms Nicole Dickinson – English
Mr Jay Honey – Maths/Science
Ms Beth Johnston – Tutor – Literacy
Ms Jasmine Lange – Maths
Ms Jenny Curtis – Tutor – Numeracy
Ms Tiffany Zhang – Tutor – Numeracy
Ms  Danielle Robertson – English

ES Staff
Mrs Judith Walsh – Business Manager
Mrs Melinda Rowe – Middle Sub School Admin
Mrs Agnes Triwiyono – Senior Sub School Admin
Mrs Trish Munday/Jane Hamer – Food Assistants Senior Campus
Ms Haley Bullmore – Chaplain

 

School Council Election 2021

The Department of Education and Training has approved the commencement of the electoral process for the election of School Councillors for 2021.

  • Membership

Our College Council consists of seven parents, two students, five staff members (including College Principal) and four community members.

  • Term of Office

Term of office is for two years with half of members retiring each year but eligible for re-election. Four parents, two staff members and two student members end their term of office in March 2021

  • Retiring College Councillors

The following members of College Council, while they may be eligible for re-election, retire next month:

Parent Members :
Mr Nishant Patel,  Mr Madhur Gupta,  Mrs Manpreet Oberoi and Mrs Shraddha Apte

Staff Members :
Mr Bill Thomas and Ms Lisa McKiernan

Student Members :
Lewis Cavolo and Jesse Jovellan

  • Proposed Timeline

Friday 5 February                   Call for nominations

Friday 12 February                 Nominations close 4.00pm

Monday 16 February             Nominations displayed at each campus.

Election held if required.

Friday 26 February                 Close of ballot 4.00pm. Votes counted.

Thursday 18 March                College Council AGM, followed by meeting of new Council.

  • Voting

If the number of nominations exceeds the vacancies in either the parent, student or staff categories, an election will be necessary. All parents are entitled to vote for parent representatives, all students are entitled to vote for student representatives and Department of Education and Training (DET) employees vote for staff representatives.

  • Methods of Voting (voting slips available on college website or college office)

There are two ways in which you can record your vote on the official voting form during the election period dates as listed above:

  • Post your vote to the college to arrive by 4.00pm Friday 26 February or
  • Vote in person at the college general office at either campus between 8.00am and 4.00pm during the election period
  • Students will receive electronic voting slips (if required)
  • Nominations of Candidates

For most school councils, there are four possible categories of membership:

  • A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
  • A mandated elected Student category – to be elected the person must be a student enrolled in Year 7 or above. These 2 members are elected by all students enrolled in Year 7 or above at the school.
  • A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
  • An optional Community member category – members are coopted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
  • Role of School Councillors

School Councillors currently play an important role in decision making and the management of our college.  They donate many hours to the sub committees of Council:  Finance, Education and Buildings & Grounds.  Councillors belong to one sub committee, attend one monthly council meeting and represent the college at many functions.

SCHEDULE 4 – Notice of Election and Call for Nominations

An election is to be conducted for members of College Council of Mount Waverley Secondary College.

Nomination forms may be obtained from the college General Offices or the college website and must be lodged by 4.00pm on Friday 12 February 2021.

Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations received will be displayed at each campus.  The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:

Membership                           Term of Office                         Number of positions

Parent Member                       18 March 2021 to 18 March 2023                 4

DET Employee Member      18 March 2021 to 18 March 2023                 2

Student Member                   18 March 2021 to 18 March 2023                 2

If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the college.
If there are more nominations than vacancies, a ballot will be conducted.  The ballot will close at 4.00pm on Friday 26 February 2021.

 

2021 College Uniform

All families should have seen a copy of our 2021 College Uniform Policy. Your support in ensuring the correct uniform is worn is much appreciated.

If your child cannot wear the correct college uniform, a note from a parent/carer is required. This should be forwarded to the appropriate Year Level Coordinator before school. An out of uniform pass will be indicated in the students’ planner or a pass given.

Mount Waverley Secondary College is the college of choice in our local area and it is important that our students wear the uniform with pride, representing the college in a positive manner.

 

Annual Privacy Reminder

Our school collects, uses, discloses and stores student and parent personal information for standard school functions or where permitted by law, as stated in the Schools’ Privacy Policy

Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website https://www.mwsc.vic.edu.au/privacy-policy-3/

For more information about privacy, see: Schools’ Privacy Policy – information for parents. This information is also available in nine community languages.

 

 House Swimming Sports

On Wednesday 3 February we held our annual House Swimming Carnival at Oakleigh Recreation Centre. I had the pleasure of visiting the sports on the day and the weather was perfect.  

Our students can be extremely proud of their participation and conduct, including those who have been successful in gaining a place in our college swimming team. We wish these students all the best as they take on the division on other schools in the Division finals Friday 26 February. 

Congratulations to Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Liam Wall our Sports Leaders for their organisation of this event.

 

 Selective Entry High School

Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted into Year 9 at Selective Entry High Schools this year:
Karar A, Sandesh T, Himaya F, Yura K, Teresa W, Sethumi F, Dhiren M, Yu Zheng L, Eunice Y, Misthi R, Shishta J, Rachel H, Agastya G, Anish T, Kavika A, Radin T, Tian C, David L and Zainab A.

We know that your studies at Mount Waverley Secondary College have given you a strong foundation for your future academic pathways.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Welcome to 2021

Welcome to our new Year 7 families and welcome back to our returning Year 8 families for 2021. The Junior Campus is an exciting place to be at this time of year.  I am thrilled to be returning to the campus to lead our team of teachers, alongside Ms Debbie Sekula (Head of Junior School) and Ms Sam Cody (Junior School Leader). I would also like to acknowledge the work of our year level coordinators, who developed an engaging program to help all students and teachers settle in to 2021.  At Year 7 we have Mr James Johnston and Ms Lauren Lockhart, who are feverishly putting the final touches on the planning for the Year 7 camp to Phillip Island.  At Year 8 are Mr  Mark Quiambao and Mr Jackson Waters, who have a thrilling program planned as part of Year 8 Challenge Week.

Thanks must also go to all of our Junior Campus staff and students for the way they have started the year.  It is an exciting learning community and we’re looking forward to a great 2021.

 

Masks and social-distancing

The Junior School team has been very impressed with the responsible wearing of masks, and respectful social-distancing, by our Junior School students. We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and flexibility in this changing landscape.

 

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.

 

Car parking at the Junior Campus

This is a reminder to all families that unfortunately there is no parking available on-site at the Junior Campus.  We ask that any families travelling by car make use of the streets adjacent to, and opposite the campus while respecting our neighbours’ needs. We also ask that families refrain from stopping on Stephensons Rd. for pick-ups and drop-offs as this is very disruptive to the flow of traffic.

 

Bags and books

We encourage all students to check their timetables carefully for each day so that they are not transporting books and other materials that they do not require. Some families like to draw up a timetable at home to assist in this process. We recommend that students only need to bring their Lenovo device, exercise books for the day, pencil case, lunch, hat and mask.

 

 

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Welcome back to what will be another busy year in the Middle School. My name is Ian MacLeod, I am the Campus Principal who works with Middle School.  I would particularly like to welcome our Year 9 students and families as they start their journey at the Senior Campus of the college.

We welcomed our Year 9 and 10 students to the college last week.

Thursday saw our Year 9 student return to the college, starting the year with a special program that included a guest speaker, Mr Declan Fay, a Careers activity and a session on the student learning model.  This was followed by the return of Year 10 cohort on Friday who also had a specially designed program for their first day which included guest speaker Ms Jem Fuller, a careers session and some information about the student learning model.  Thanks to the Middle School Team – Wayne, Sarah S, Elektra, Jo R, Megan M, Sarah C and Melinda R for making this happen.  Thanks also to Jo Hall, Paul Graham, Kerry Haworth, Mardi de Kretser, Athena and Matt Sheehan who also contributed to the success of these Day 1 programs.

 

Middle School Team

The Middle School team are here to help you support our Year 9 and 10 students both inside and outside the classroom.  Please contact the coordinators if you need any support.    The team is as follows:

Head of Middle School – Ms Sarah Chase 

Leader of Middle School – Ms Meagan Merlino

Year 9 Coordinators  – Mr Wayne Griffin and Ms Sarah Smith

Year 10 Coordinators – Ms Electra Sassos and Ms Jo Rogers

Student Wellbeing –  Ms Kerri Haworth

MS Admin Support: – Ms Melinda Rowe

 

Student Diaries

Student have received their diaries which are valuable tool to support their learning.  Students should record homework and upcoming events to assist with time management and organisation.  The diary also contains many worthwhile resources and parents are encouraged to check it weekly and discuss “What went well” for the week.

 

Parking in and around the Senior Campus

The Senior Campus has parking which is for staff only.  The carparks at the Senior Campus 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 the Senior Campus.  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 commencement of the school year 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.

 

Compass

All parents should now have access to Compass.  Compass is used to communicate with parents on a wide range of activities within the school.  Compass can be access through the college website using any web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) via your desktop computer or mobile device.   Alternatively, parents can also download the Compass App from the Apple App store or Goggle Play by searching “Compass School Manager” which will allow you to access Compass through their mobile device.  It is important to note that some of features of Compass are only available in the “browser” version.

 

Holiday Works

Across the holiday period the ICT and Facilities Teams were busy improving the college.  The ICT Works undertaken included:

  • Work on Servers including installing a new server and cabling
  • Updating switches and cabling
  • Updating Wifi systems and software
  • Set up and imaging new computers – classrooms and OSS Teachers
  • Projector and TV installations and repairs
  • Reimaging computers
  • Learning tasks and reporting work

Thanks to Aro, Andrew and Steve for this work across the break.  Well done!

The Facilities Team work on a wide range of tasks as outlined below:

  • Painting of SC Hall
  • Recoating of floors in both halls
  • LED light changeover on JC
  • Air conditioner maintenance and installations – both sites
  • Maintenance on Roof Access points
  • JC Portables eaves replaced with Colourbond
  • Installation of sink bench at woodwork JC
  • SC Music Centre painting and new carpets tiles
  • SC Staffroom Upgrade – part 2 – painting and new desks
  • Blinds in SC Staffroom
  • Pressure cleaning across both sites
  • Signage – JC and SC
  • Window tinting in Room LA64/65
  • Test and tag of electrical equipment

Thanks to Wendy and Kevin for their great work across the holiday period.

 

School Photos

Arthur Read Photos will be at the College on Monday 8 February to take our school photos.  Students should come in the correct summer uniform for photos.  Information on how to order photos will be given to students on the day.

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Welcome back to all of our senior students, it has been a productive and smooth start to the year. A special welcome to our new students and families who have joined our college community in 2021.

Senior School – first week back

Last week our students in Years 11 and 12 were involved in a range of different camps, activities and programs. The Year 12 students attended a special program on the first day back and heard from speakers from Elevate Education strategies and approaches to assist them in their studies and revision. Feedback from staff and students was positive and it was then into classes for the Year 12s.

The Year 11 students had a similar program last Friday and heard from Elevate Education presenters about studying skills and ideas to assist them in starting their VCE studies.

Thanks to all of the senior subschool team who planned and organised the programs and to all of the staff who were in sessions and the students for their active participation.

 

VCE Information Session – Tuesday 9 February at 7 pm

An information evening for parents of Year 11 and 12 students will take place remotely next Tuesday.
The Webex link is;  https://eduvic.webex.com/eduvic/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea20e77f7b4d9593c61805758aeb167bd

Event password: mwsc

 

Uniform and student planners

All students have received a student planner. There are tips, ideas and strategies for managing their school work. It is an expectation that students use the planners to write in assessment and other activities and plan their homework and study timetables.

The college also asks for your co-operation in ensuring our students are in correct uniform and wearing the uniform with pride to and from school and during the school day. The uniform requirements are set out in the student planner and in the Uniform Policy on the college website. If, for some reason, your child is not in full school uniform please contact the subschool or provide a note so a uniform pass can be issued.

 

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 (not to pick up students at the end of the day). 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.

 

Communication with staff at the college

The education of our students is a partnership between the school, teachers, the student and parents/ carers. Staff are happy to communicate with parents, however, as teachers spend most of their time in the classroom it is easier to contact teachers and subschool teams via email; teachers will respond.

 

Compass

Announcements, updates and information is available for parents and students through Compass, please check this on a regular basis.

 

Assessment Tasks – Common Assessment Tasks (CATs), School Assessed Tasks (SATs) and School Assessed Coursework (SACs)

Students in Years 7 to 10 complete a number of Common Assessment Tasks (CATs) each semester. Students in VCE complete SACs and in some subjects’ SATs. Information on upcoming assessment is available in Compass and feedback and results are also there which can be assessed during the term.

Parents/ carers are asked to access Compass on a regular basis to check upcoming assessment, and for feedback provided by teachers on completed tasks.

To make reviewing marks and comments for Learning tasks easier, MWSC has created a report that will be gradually populated over the semester. The assessment tasks will be visible by subject so this should be easier to navigate and check.

You can access this report at any time for up to date information. Not all learning tasks appear at the moment, the reported will be continually updated and teachers will notify you when feedback is available. The instructions to access the report are below;

 

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Parents/ carers are reminded that the Department of Education and Training does not provide personal accident or ambulance cover for students. Parents and carers of students, who do not have private health insurance or ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for their injured child.

Private property bought to the college by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department is not responsible for any loss or damage. This can include mobile phones, calculators, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.

It is recommended that parents/ carers consider insurance policies that can be purchased from commercial insurers.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

 

Head of Senior School’s Report

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It was wonderful to see our VCE students return rejuvenated from their holiday break.  Our focus in the Senior School this year is to continue to improve on the resilience our students developed in 2020.  The challenges of last year have shown us how important it is to have supportive people in our lives. Having a support network in VCE is extremely important as it provides students with opportunities to seek help and guidance during uncertain or overwhelming times. Our year level coordinators are available to support students and families through academic or health related challenges. If you have concerns about your child we encourage you to contact the year level coordinators.

Year 11

Ms Stefanie Bear – BES@mwsc.vic.edu.au
Ms Gabi Phelan – PHE@mwsc.vic.edu.au

Year 12

Ms Rebecca Kosach – KSH@mwsc.vic.edu.au
Ms Anita Hill – HIC@mwsc.vic.edu.au

 

Virtual VCE Information Evening – Tuesday 9 February 7pm

The VCE Team would like to invite all parents and carers of VCE students to join us for a virtual information evening on Tuesday 9 February at 7.00pm.

You may be experiencing the first challenges of being a parent/carer of a VCE student and will be wanting, not only information, but also strategies on how to best assist your child through the challenges they will face this year.  Or you may be wondering about what is the best way to support your child through the rigors of Year 12 and what needs to be done to be prepared for post school options.

VCE can be a challenging time for students.  Our student wellbeing coordinator will be talking to our VCE community about the health supports we have at the college and also in our local community.  Ms Joanne Hall – Manager of Careers Education, supports our students with up-to-date career and pathway information and she will be talking to our VCE community about post school options, with specific detail regarding the VTAC application process.

We look forward to welcoming you all on this evening.  This is a virtual event, there is no need to RSVP.

The event can be accessed using the following link:     https://eduvic.webex.com/eduvic/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea20e77f7b4d9593c61805758aeb167bd

Event passwork: mwsc
Participants do not need access to a camera of microphone.

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Student Voice Report

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Lions Youth of the Year (YOTY)

Year 12 Leaders Aarya (Captain), Jaquelyn (Deputy Captain) and Stephanie (Prefect) will represent MWSC in the 2021 Lions Youth of the Year (YOTY) competition. The competition involves a written application, interview, and public speaking component. The focus is on leadership and community contribution.

Aarya, Jaquelyn and Stephanie will be interviewed by the panel on Sunday 21 February and will compete in the public speaking component of the competition at an afternoon tea that same day.   More details about the competition can be found at: http://lionsclubs.org.au/activities/youth/yoty/

 

Student Representatives on School Council

The Victorian Department of Education and Training requires all government schools with secondary students to have two student members as part of each school council.  Nominations closed on Friday 5 February and a student vote will be held next week to determine who our two student members.  Keep an eye on your emails!

The position is a two-year tenure (successful candidates will be appointed for 2021 and 2022 unless they are in Year 12 in 2021).

What does it mean to be on School Council?

Every school in Victoria has a School Council. School councils are groups that make decisions that set the direction of the school.
They:

  • help create and check the school’s budget
  • contribute to the school strategic plan
  • make decisions on policies like investments, payments by parents, dress code.

Councils usually have between six and 15 members and include:

  • the principal, who is the executive officer
  • parents who are chosen through an election
  • a school or Department staff member
  • two students, if the school has year 7 students and above.

School Councillors play an important role in decision making and the management of our college. Students on the council will be a member of a council sub-committee: Community Engagement, Finance, Education or Buildings & Grounds. Councillors attend monthly council meetings and represent the college at functions throughout the year.

 

Thank you to our Year 8 Leaders!

Many of our amazing Year 8 leaders volunteered their time on January 28 to welcome the new Year 7 students. The new Year 7s were greeted by a smiling face as they arrived, and had plenty of people to ask for help throughout the day as they familiarised themselves with the Junior Campus. Thank you to Ms Sam Cody and the Junior School team for overseeing the Year 8 leaders’ involvement on the day.

 

Senior Leadership Teams

Our Year 12 leaders have had a busy start to the year, meeting with their coordinators to arrange the opening of their Year 12 Common Room and taking a leading role at the Swimming Carnival. Thank you to Ms Rebecca Kosach, Ms Antia Hill, and Mr Liam Wall for their work with our Captains and Prefects this week.

Our Year 11 Leaders will meet for the first time next week. Thank you to Mr Jacob Myers for his work in supporting the Year 11 team.

Our Year 10 leadership team will be finalised in the coming weeks. Thank you to the Middle School team for their involvement in shortlisting candidates for Year 10 leadership.

 

Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Student Wellbeing Report

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Firstly I’d like to welcome all the new parents/carers and year 7 students to MWSC. It has been a busy start to the year as always and I hope you all feel welcomed and part of the MWSC community.

In Student Wellbeing, we welcomed a new staff member,  Ms Haley Bullmore who has taken up the position of school Chaplain replacing Mia who is on maternity leave.  Haley is a youth worker and has experience in supporting students one on one and running group programs. She is very enthusiastic and is looking forward to attending Year 7 camp next week.

On Thursday 28/1/2021, we hosted comedian Declan Fay, who spoke to year 9’s on their first day. Declan’s funny and inspiring talk encouraged students to seize every moment and don’t be left wondering “what if”.
On Friday 29/1/2021, we hosted Leadership consultant and public speaker, Jem Fuller, who spoke to the Year 10’s on their first day.  Jem shared his journey and wisdom focusing on 3 keys… Self acceptance, Your beliefs shape your reality and connection/kindness and gratitude.
Next week on Monday 8/2/21, we are hosting Jonny Shannon, one of Australia’s most popular school presenters. Jonny will be talking to the year 11’s about resilience, disempowering vs empowering thoughts, growth mindset and the PERMA model.
As always we are here to help and support MWSC students and families. If you need any advice or want us to check in on your child’s wellbeing please email me on gpd@mwsc.vic.edu.au or contact Senior Campus wellbeing coordinator, Ms Kerri Haworth (mkd@mwsc.vic.edu.au) or the Junior Campus wellbeing coordinator, Ms Danielle Mott (mot@mwsc.vic.edu.au).
Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

2021 Top Arts Exhibition at NGV

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MWSC Studio Arts students showcased in Top Arts Exhibition at NGV

2020 was a stellar year for Studio Arts students at Mount Waverley Secondary College, as evidenced by the highly creative and technical excellence of the work submitted in their folios. Three of the students from last year’s cohort were shortlisted for Top Arts, with two students, Amilie Hsiao and Selina Guo, being accepted into this highly esteemed exhibition that showcases the very best artwork from Studio Arts and Art at the NGV gallery.     Congratulations to Amilie and Selina.

Sculptures by Amilie featured above

To view Selina’s digial moving images please click here:  https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1gVA5cAK4MzdT0RCL9jOPEAc8E1fte10V

Ms Lynette Spiller
Visual Arts and Studio Arts teacher

Music Director’s Report

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With the start of a new school year, it is wonderful to hear music lessons begin with students starting instrumental lessons this week. The music teachers have been hard at work enrolling students, and meeting with the new Year 7’s enrolled in the program. The music team, along with our student music leaders, are in the process of organising the music calendar and we will be announcing some exciting performances in the coming weeks. 


Yasmin A and Nathan Liow starting lessons Week 2

 

The program is a popular one as always, but we still have a few vacancies for students interested in enrolling for individual and group music lessons.  Currently the violin, drums/percussion, viola,cello, double bass, guitar (acoustic and electric) and bass guitar are completely full. However, we still have some positions for lessons in 2021 in the following instruments:

  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone 
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone 
  • French Horn
  • Euphonium
  • Tuba 
  • Vocals 

If your student is interested in taking lessons on one of these instruments in 2021 from our quality music staff, please take the time to explore our new MWSC Music Website: https://sites.google.com/view/mwscmusic

This website includes instrument demonstrations, advice on instruments, and the enrolment forms and much more. Any completed enrollment forms need to be returned via email to mca@mwsc.vic.edu.au 

Congratulations – 2020 Year 12s – Alex L and Sam S

Congratulations to Sam and Alex, musicians from our 2020 Year 12 cohort who have been selected to audition for VCAA Season of Excellence – Top Class Music 2021. This is a great honour as recognition as some of the best VCE Music Performances in the solo performance examination. We wish the boys luck for this audition.


Music Awards Wall – SC Music Centre

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports Desk

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House Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 3 February was a very special day for our college.  After a difficult 2020 in which no sport was played for almost the entire year, this day represented the return to competition for hundreds of students.

It was, of course, our annual house swimming carnival held at Oakleigh Pool. We couldn’t have been blessed with a better day.   26 degrees and sunny!  Perfect for MWSC finest to strut their stuff in the pool.

The purpose of the day is to select our division team, a team that has won 5 consecutive division titles.  But apart from that, it was a chance for our students and college to reconnect on the sporting map. The 400 students who attended were sensational, in both behaviour and performance. We are really confident that we will be able to pick a team that will give us a great opportunity to chase down an unprecedented 6th title.

Thanks to all the students and staff who attended and all contributed to a great day. The final results were;

1st   – Goolagong 537 points
2nd – Cuthbert 511 points
3rd  – Whitten 510 points
4th – Bradman 495 points
5th – Landy 445 points
6th – Fraser 431 points

 

 

Mr Danny Gwynne & Mr Liam Wall
Sports Leaders

Year 9 & 10 Programs – January 2021

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Year 9 Inspire Program

On Thursday 28 January, the Year Nines of 2021 embarked on their first day of school for the year. The day began in the hall where we were welcomed by our coordinators Ms Smith and Mr Griffin, and introduced to the Middle School Faculty.  Afterwards, comedy writer and producer Declan Fay spoke to us remotely via Google Meet.
He told us stories of his life during and after school- emphasizing to us the importance of trying new things and seizing opportunities. As the day proceeded we were allocated lockers, and completed workshops within our homegroups. These workshops included a Careers Activity where we began learning to write resumes, a Student Learning Model Activity where we built towers in teams and discussed how these practices of listening, sharing and adapting fit in with the Learning process, and a wellbeing activity where we discussed belonging and filled in a mind map of where we as individuals belong in our various communities. Altogether, the day was a positive start to 2021.

by Georgia K

 

Year 10 Setting up for Success 

Returning to school in 2021 was a day to look forward to, though we were less than keen to leave the summer holidays behind!  The senior campus was once again busy with Year 10 students last Friday the 29th undertaking their Special Program “Setting up for Success”.
In the morning, Jem Fuller – a motivational speaker and guidance counsellor – spoke to the cohort over google meet.  He spoke about his life journey to where he was now, which was helpful as the Year 10s begin to think about their own career paths. Jem’s talk was engaging, interesting and helped to create a positive frame of mind for the rest of the day and hopefully, the rest of the school year.
For the rest of the day, the Year 10s stayed in their mentor groups for various activities and talks around good study habits, work experience and the year ahead, before finishing the day with a year level assembly. 
by Alannah T
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