MWSC College News – Issue 3

5th March 2021

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

Photo:  Division Swimming Finals at  Oakleigh Recreation Centre on Friday 26 February.

Upcoming Events

School holidays
Sep 20 – Oct 3 all-day
Revision Lectures/Practice Exams – Year 12
Sep 27 – Oct 1 all-day
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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Lions Youth of the Year

On Sunday 21 February College Captain Aarya, Deputy Captain Jacquelyn and College Prefect Stephanie, 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.

Jacquelyn was the overall winner on the night, and she made us very proud!    Stephanie was presented with the public speaker award and her speech was focussed on vocational education.

Thank you to Ms Hayley Dureau who accompanied our leaders on the day 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 sixth year in a row, after narrowly beating Vermont Secondary College by 18 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.  Special congratulations to the following students who were awarded as Year level champions;

Aleisha C  – Year 7
George H – Year 8
Edolie R – Year 9
Tolly N – Year 12

MWSC also won the Junior and Intermediate shields, and came second in the Senior shield.    Well done to all involved and thank you to Mr Gwynne and Mr Wall for overseeing this event.


School Council Student Representatives

Congratulations to Monil and Jane of Year 12 who were elected to represent on student body of the 2021/22 School Council.

Special thanks to all of the other students who were nominated and to Ms Hayley Dureau for organising this student election.



Mount Waverley Secondary College alive with the Sound of Music!        

This year the college has an amazing 250+ 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, 2 guitar ensembles, 2 choirs, a rock band, a jazz combo, percussion ensemble, production band and various chamber ensembles. We also have 2 string orchestras and 2 concert bands that are part of our Year 7 classroom music program giving every one of our Year 7 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.


Seussical the Musical     

Thank you to all the students who auditioned for Seussical the Musical last weekend. Special thanks to Mr Tom Frost who will be directing the production this year and Mrs Tijtje Keatley who is the Musical Director. Thank you to our 2019 Alumni students – Ethan, Monique, Chana, Laura and Nina who came to support our students on the day. Rehearsals will begin this week!




MWSC Jazz Night

The Jazz Night is on Thursday, 25 March 6.00pm at the Fish Bowl on the Senior Campus.   All tickets were sold out very quickly. The money raised will go towards the college jazz and stage bands participating in the Victorian All-State Jazz Championship in May. This is a picnic style event where attendees will be required to bring their own chairs and rugs (max 10 sitting together).
Entry through Gate 5 Beaufort Street only where tickets will be checked as well as details for COVID safe purposes. An alternate date has been organised in the case that the event is rained out – Wednesday 31 March 2021.




Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Community, Choice, Engagement

It has been a huge first month of 2021 for our Junior Campus students. In addition to meeting their new teachers and classmates and, for the year 7s, learning their way around a brand new school, the students at the Junior Campus have been involved in a range of activities that add to their secondary schooling experience. Their involvement in these activities, alongside their day-to-day academic progress, is what makes Mount Waverley Secondary College so special, and our Junior Campus students embody the College motto of ‘Community, Choice, Engagement.’

Already this year our year 7 and 8 students have been involved in: Orientation programs, House Swimming Carnival,  Year 7 Phillip Island Camp, Year 8 Challenge Week, Remote Learning, SYN radio, Cyber Safety Presentation, Monash Tech School, Division Swimming Finals, and countless other lunchtime clubs and activities that have occurred on campus. The ability of our College to offer so many enriching programs is a wonderful strength, but the real power comes from our students’ willingness to get involved. Our Junior Campus students value being part of the school community, they relish in the wide choice of activities and programs available to them, and this all adds to their engagement both in and outside of, the classroom.

I would like to congratulate those year 7 and 8 students who have thrown themselves into all that is on offer at the Junior Campus and urge others to get involved and embrace our school’s motto.

Information evenings

I would like to recognise the wonderful work of the Junior Sub School team in their preparation and delivery of the recent Information Evenings for our year 7 and 8 families. Ms Debbie Sekula, Ms Sam Cody,  Mr James Johnston, Ms Lauren Lockhart, Ms Danielle Mott, Mr Mark Quiambao, and Mr Jackson Waters all put in an enormous amount of work to set up the events and were ably supported by the Year 7 home group teachers who also gave up their time on the night to speak to the families of their Home Group students.

I would also like to thank the families who participated in the evenings. There were almost 200 members of our audience for the Year 7 evening, and a little over 100 for your year 8 night. Your attendance, and interaction in the Webex breakout rooms afterward, speaks to your dedication to your young peoples’ education, and building these partnerships with families, albeit online, plays a big role in the success of our learning community. We look forward to other opportunities to interact with families this year. In the meantime, do not hesitate to contact the relevant year-level coordinators if you have any questions or concerns.


Lockers at the Junior Campus

From Tuesday 9 March year 7 students will begin to access their lockers for 2021. We thank all students, teachers and families for their patience as we have monitored the current situation in regards to COVID-19 restrictions and Department of Education and Training guidance to monitor our school’s decision-making about lockers.
Due to the spread of year 7 lockers across the campus, we feel we are now in a position for them to be safely accessed by students. We will monitor this situation and hope to give all year 8 students access in a further two weeks, followed by students at the Senior Campus next term, subject to changes in restrictions.
Once students have access, it is important that the lockers are used for daily storage only. We still expect students to be taking home their materials each evening in case of another period of remote learning being announced at short notice.



Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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How quickly is Term 1 moving along.  I have been really impressed with the overall work ethic of our students and their involvement in so many different aspects of school life as we are slowly moving back to our new normal.  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 2021.


Morrisby Year 9 Careers Program

The Morrisby Careers Program, funded by DET, is a unique program combines an online questionnaire and a follow up Careers Counselling Session for our Year 9 students.  Students have completed the online questionnaire and will have a counselling session later this month.  Thanks must go to Jo and Athena in our Careers Team for making this program happen.


School Photos

Our annual school photos have been taken and are now ready to order.
Arthur Reed Photos uses an online ordering system where you can view your photos prior to ordering.
On photo day all students received a flyer which includes a code unique to them.  You will require this 2021 code to register online and view your photos.
If you have already registered, you will receive an email or SMS from Arthur Reed Photos with a link to view your photos.
If you have not yet registered, please go to and enter your code to complete your order.
If you have misplaced your registration code, please contact the Arthur Reed Photos customer service team directly on 5243 4390 or
Please note that you will need to register online with your 2021 photo code to gain access to this year’s images.
All photo packages are being sent home in 2021, so please ensure that you enter the correct details and nominated shipping address upon checkout.

If you require any assistance ordering your photos, please contact Arthur Reed Photos directly on 5243 4390 or email


Hall Walkway

Work has continued across this week, with the installation of the roof and start of the cladding.  We are nearing the completion of this project with handover scheduled for late March.


STEAM Centre

The Schematic Design of the STEAM Centre has been finalised.  Meetings with BKK Architects, project managers Johnstaff as well as VSBA and regional staff alongside a team from Mount Waverley were very productive, resulting in a schematic design that will meet our future teaching and learning needs in the STEAM disciplines.



Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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The Year 12 Jackets have arrived!

Last Friday our Year 12 students received their jackets just in time for some cooler weather. Thanks to all of the students for their co-operation in collecting their jackets, to some of the prefects who helped give them out and a special thanks to the Year 12 co-ordinators, Ms Antia Hill and Ms Rebecca Kosach for all of their efforts in getting the jackets organised.


2021 Central Australia Trip

The college has planned a 9-day trip to Central Australia which will be offered to Year 11 and 12 students. It is tentatively booked (subject to health advice) for the last three days of term 3 and into the term holidays. There will be an information evening early term two. Please email me ( if you have any questions.


Car parking on the Senior Campus

Please note that 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). Safety is our first priority.


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.


Parent Teacher Conferences – Tuesday 30 March (last week of term one)

Please check Compass as information regarding conferences will be available shortly. These will take place virtually via Webex.




Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School


Head of Senior School’s Report

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Celebrating our college values

Our college values of integrity, learning, excellence, accountability, respect, and nurturing underpin the work we do with our young people on a daily basis. As a college community it is important to recognise and celebrate our students who consistently demonstrate these values. The year 11 classroom teachers and Senior Sub School team would like to recognise and thank the following students for their contribution to the college.

Unni V :  Always asking questions, volunteering answers, and putting in effort to extend his understanding.
Kyra H :  Fantastic work ethic, collaboration skills and creative thinking in ensemble work.

Georgia A :  Georgia underestimates her natural talent in English and how much effort she actually puts into the work.
Elijah M :  Consistently prepares for class and readily contributes to all class discussions.

Subeen A :  Subeen works hard and approaches tasks with an organised mindset.
Han L :  Han has quietly been working on an extremely complex design, she has excellent drawing skills and very high expectations of her own work. She asks for feedback and is always improving her work.

Alisha G :  Has shown a great work ethic throughout the year as well as volunteering to be in mount matters.
Riley O :  Riley always volunteers to read aloud in English or offers an opinion when no one else will. This makes the class much more interesting and is greatly appreciated.

Johanna L :  For respecting staff and students at all times, and helping to create a safer space for everyone at the school.
Harry M :  Harry encourages others to listen and focus; he likes to have a chat and a joke but he readily moves on when it’s time.

Livinya H :  Nurturing – For the empathy and compassion shown in class.
Jason Y :  Jason is friendly, kind and considerate to teachers and other students. He is a delight to have in the classroom. He goes out of his way to help other students and to be friendly and cheerful.


Year 12 Jackets have arrived

On Friday 26 February our year 12 students collected their Year 12 jackets. It was lovely to see our students wearing them with pride. Thank you to our year 12 coordinators Ms Rebecca Kosach and Ms Antia Hill for all of their hard work to ensure the jackets arrived early in term 1.



Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School


From the Sports desk

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Senior Round Robin – Wednesday 24 February

Senior Baseball and Softball 

Both teams were superb on the day, however they were unlucky not to advance to past the first round.  The girls team unfortunately did not register a win but played a gallant softball in what was described as pitch perfect conditions.    The boys team managed to win their first baseball game against Glen Waverley, however they fell short to Vermont to be runners up on the day.  Well done to all the players!   ~ Mr Myers


Senior Volleyball

The Senior Boys team played well and got better as the day progressed, unfortunately they did not win any games.  Our Senior Girls teams both made it to the finals, with our A team advancing through to the next round. ~  Mr Newport


Senior Boys Tennis

Valiant volleys, sizzling serves, and superb strokes: all in a day’s work for the Mount Waverley Secondary College Senior Tennis Team. Soundly defeating Highvale and Vermont, it all came down to the grudge match with Glen Waverley. Heading into the doubles at a 2-all score after the singles matches, we needed to win at least one to take the day. Unfortunately, Glen Waverley was simply too strong this year. However, the sportspersonship and team support of the students made me proud to be a member of the MWSC community. ~ Mr  Peters

Intermediate Girls Cricket

Sport was the winner and in particular Middle School Girls Cricket Team on Tuesday 2 March. Four teams played. Winners of the first two matches played off for the chance to go through to the next round.
Our first match against Glen Waverley Secondary College allowed our girls to refine their skills before easily coming out first match winners. Our second match was against Vermont Secondary College.

We won the toss and elected to bat. An opening partnership of 103 runs (half century each) by Nikita L (Year 10) and Yashoda S (Year 9) placed MWSC in a commanding position at the end of our 15 overs with a total of 141 runs.  Vermont SC took the crease but seemed to be overawed by our batting performance. Some early bowling success sealed their fate and we ran out winners 141 vrs 56.

Congratulation girls on a fine performance and special thanks to Emily H (Year 12) for her help and assistance on the day.  Looking forward to hearing the sound of “leather on willow” as we progress to the next round in October.    ~ Mr Thomas



Division Swimming Finals –  Friday 26 February

Our 72 swimmers from Year 7 to 12 successfully defending its division title, winning an amazing 6th consecutive title.    In what is known as an individual sport, Friday was one of the greatest team accomplishments I have witnessed in my time at MWSC!   We had students who swapped out of events they excel in to fill gaps, as well as have students swim in events totally out of their comfort zone. And as a team, our students dominated the most important events, the relays.

The final scores were:
1)   Mount Waverley SC – 844 points
2)  Vermont SC – 826 points
3)  Glen Waverley SC  – 594 points
4)  Highvale SC – 355 points
Special congratulations to the following students who were awarded as Year level champions:
 Aleisha C – Year 7
George H – Year 8
Edolie R – Year 9
Tolly N – Year 12
Mount Waverley Secondary College have won the Junior and Intermediate shield, and came second in the Senior shield . What an amazing feat!
We would like to acknowledge our Year 12 swimmers, led by Tolly and Alannah. These incredible two swimmers, who were joined by Alyssia, Emily, Luke, Mitch, Chloe, Aakhyaan, Eugene and Ernest (I hope I didn’t leave anyone out!), achieved something truly special.   As Year 7’s in 2016, they were a part of a team that won its first division title in over a decade. On Friday, they were a part of a team that won its 6th consecutive title, every year of their time at MWSC.
Congratulations guys, you were simply sensational!
Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Liam Wall
Sports Coordinators
MWSC College News – Issue 3