MWSC College News – Issue 5

1st April 2021

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

Photo:  Mount Waverley Secondary College, Senior Campus – Lechte Road Mount Waverley.

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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Star Performers

Congratulations to Class of 2020 students, Selina G and Amilie H who were chosen to have their work exhibited in the Top Arts 2021, at the National Gallery of Victoria at Federation Square. Selina and Amilie were two of the final forty-six students from across the state whose artwork is on display. Please visit this free exhibition at NGV, Federation Square between 26 March 21 – 11 July 21.


Congratulations to Sam Spicer, class of 2020 and 2020 Music Captain, who performed for VCAA Top Class 2021 at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 30 March.  Sam played Memphis Stomp with poise and style.  Well done Sam.


National Day against Bullying and Violence

I was pleased to see our Year 7 and 8 recognise the National day against Bullying and Violence on Friday 19 March. This day is Australia’s key bullying prevention initiative, connecting schools and communities to find workable solutions to bullying and violence. Thank you to our Chaplain Haley who ran some activities at lunchtime to highlight the important message that bullying is never okay.


Eastern Metropolitan Regional Swimming

On Tuesday 23 March, twenty-eight students from the college competed at the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Swimming Championships. Our students performed extremely well on the day and we came in the top five of schools overall.

Congratulations to all of the students who competed on the day and well done to George H from Year 8, who won all of his 6 events. A top achievement!   Good luck to our eight students who will now go on to compete in the State Championships early next term.


Presentation Night

We had over 400 families watching our first Virtual Presentation Night which was wonderful.  As you can imagine organising such an event take hundreds of hours of time. Special thanks to Alumni Ethan Bibile who filmed the event and put this together and thank you to Mrs Narda McLennan and Ms Bree Thomas for all of their efforts organising awards and certificates. Thank you to all the students who performed and came on the day of filming, particularly our 2020 Year 12 students who returned to the college for this special event.



MWSC Jazz under the Stars

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the MWSC Jazz Night which was not held under the stars but in the hall due to the weather conditions. Congratulations to our two Music Captains Chris and Lesedi who oversaw the organisation of the night. I was proud to see our students perform with such joy and dedication. Performances included ensembles such as the Jazz Band, Senior Choir, Jazz Combo, You’re out of the Band, Practice 3, Take 4, Alumni Band, Senior Stage Band and The Teachers Band.
Special thanks to the alumni who performed on the night and all of the Instrumental Music teachers who also took the stage. I know that all members of the audience thoroughly enjoyed the evening’s entertainment.


Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences – a resounding success

Thank you to the many parents and students who attended our virtual conferences on Tuesday 30 March.  Such large numbers clearly demonstrate that Mount Waverley Secondary College parents and students value the learning opportunities on offer and enthusiastically seek teacher support to reflect on their progress, with the aim of continually improving to achieve excellence in learning outcomes.  After talking to many parents, students and teachers, it is clear that the college is going from strength to strength and continues to strive to meet each student’s individual learning needs.



2020 Annual Report

The 2020 Annual Report has been endorsed by College Council and can be found on the college website under Parents-College Documents and Policies-Reports if you would like to read it. We again achieved some excellent results compared to the state and similar schools which was extremely pleasing.



Uniform Changeover Time

Winter uniform starts in Term 2, although for the first two weeks of term there is a changeover 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 their store in Mount Waverley. Please note that PSW are moving to a new spacious, state of the art retail outlet at 342 -350 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley (behind Officeworks) on 24 April.   The PSW new store will commence trading at 9am on Friday 30 April 2021.



End of Term 1 – Start of Term 2

Students will be dismissed at 2.30pm on Thursday 1 April and we will look forward to their return for Term 2 on Monday 19 April.


Happy Holidays

First term 2021 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 School

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Parent-Teacher Conferences

While teachers right across the school enjoy the opportunity to meet with the parents & carers of our students, the Junior Campus staff particularly relished the chance to discuss student progress at the recent Parent-Teacher Conferences. Given the disruptions over the past 12 months, many of our Junior Campus families have not had the opportunity to spend time at the school, meeting the teachers. These interviews, albeit very brief at six minutes apiece, provide one way through which teachers and families can work together to celebrate the successes of our students, and provide tangible recommendations for the next steps.

Thank you to all parents/carers who participated. We look forward to getting to meet you again later in the year.


Junior Campus Lego Competition

To celebrate the end of term, Year 7 and 8 students had the chance to participate in a LEGO competition with an Easter theme!  The inspired creations took many forms with winners for creativitiy and technique earning themselves a tasty prize.

Virtual Open Night

Of recent weeks you may have seen advertising for our upcoming Virtual Open Day. Each year the college opens its doors to the broader community to showcase the work of our students and staff. While the focus is typically on the families of primary-aged students who are considering enrolling at our school, we know that many of our current families enjoy the opportunity to visit and see what is happening on campus. Given the uncertainty of the current climate, in 2021 we have opted to shift our Open Day to an online version. In the coming weeks, there will be a range of virtual tours on our website, as well as a live-streamed Open Night event on Thursday 29 April. We welcome all current members of our community to access these events, or to pass on the information to friends and family who may be interested in joining the Mount Waverley Secondary College community.


Study and organisation skills

After the enormous adjustment required of our Junior Campus students, we would like to encourage all families to take some time over the break to consider some effective study and organisation strategies. Each student now has a range of information available to them that could shape their habits for next term and beyond: CAT results, written feedback, discussions from Parent-Teacher conferences, self- and peer-reflections, among others. More importantly, it is important that each child reflects on how they are feeling about their learning in order to enhance their agency, and maximise their outcomes.

Creating a regular, manageable homework and study routine can result in a rapid improvement to academic results and confidence levels. Setting out a plan for the week that takes into account extra-curricular activities, while designating time for subject-specific homework, and flexible revision periods, is one activity that you can do with your child to assist them to become more effective high-school students. Displaying this in a shared part of the home, and finding positive ways to make the young person accountable for their adherence to the schedule, goes a long way to set up the kinds of habits we have seen from our most successful VCE students.

Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Thank you

Thanks to all of our VCE students, families, senior subschool team and staff for their hard work this term. Best wishes for a safe and relaxing break.



Parent Teacher Conferences

These were held virtually last Tuesday. Thanks to all of the teachers and families who were involved. If a teacher was absent they will follow up with you next term.



Compass – Assessment tasks

Teachers provide regular feedback on CATs and SACs (Learning Tasks) via Compass. This occurs during each term to provide students with feedback and strategies to improve. A report in Compass allows students and parents/carers to see what assessment is scheduled for each subject.



VCE Central Australia Trip

The college is offering a trip to Central Australia in the last 3 days of term 3 and into the term holidays.  An information evening will be held on Tuesday 27 April at 7 pm via Webex. More information and the meeting link will be sent in early term 2.
Please contact me at the college ( ) if you have any questions. The trip will be subject to health advice and also permission from the Department of Education and Training.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School


Head of Senior School’s Report

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On behalf of the Senior School team I would like to congratulate our VCE students on a successful Term 1.  We are proud of the effort, resilience, and determination our students have shown toward their studies throughout the term. The key to successfully completing the VCE is the strength of a students support network.  I would like to thank our families for their ongoing support of our students and teaching staff; I encourage families to continue to communicate and work in partnership with your child’s classroom teacher to help maximise their learning opportunities.

Over the holiday break it is important for students to switch off and have some rest to ensure they return refreshed for Term 2.  Students should ensure that they make a study timetable over the holiday break that incorporates a balance of homework/study and also rest and relaxation.

The Senior School team wish everyone a safe and restful holiday break.


Mid-Year Entry to Northern Hemisphere Timetable Information Evening 

Mount Waverley Secondary College will again offer Year 10 and 11 student’s access to our Northern Hemisphere Timetable. The advantage of this program is that it will allow students to finish one subject mid-year in Year 12 and they will then have more time to concentrate on the remaining four subjects in Year 12. In 2021 we are offering the following units:

  • Unit 1 and 2 Biology
  • Unit 1 and 2 English
  • Unit 1 and 2 General Maths
  • Unit 1 and 2 Accounting
  • Unit 3 and 4 Biology
  • Unit 3 and 4 English
  • Unit 3 and 4 Further Maths
  • Unit 3 and 4 Accounting

This year we will be hosting a virtual information evening to provide detailed information about this program. Students who are interested in participating should attend this information evening, parents/carers are also encouraged to attend this session.

DATE:    Tuesday 4 May  
TIME:     7:00 pm  

Registration is not required for this session. A link to the session will be posted on the compass news feed prior to the event. This is a live visual presentation; however participants will not require a camera. There will be an opportunity to ask questions via a survey upon commencement of the presentation.



Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Head of Student Voice Report

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Lions Youth of the Year District Final

On Saturday 27 March College Deputy Captain Jaquelyn Gunn represented the college in the Lions Youth of the Year district final. Thank you to Head of Senior School Ms Lisa McKiernan, and Jaquelyn’s Visual Communications teacher Ms Cecilia Carlill, for attending the event and supporting Jaquelyn. Although she will not progress to the state final, Jaquelyn’s speech was highly commended by the judging panel. We are very proud of you Jaquelyn!



Mount Matters

In Year 11 Mount Matters this week, the Year 11 student leaders facilitated a session on Positive Relationships in the classroom. Thank you to Mrs Meagan Merlino, who worked with the leaders to plan the session and also attended the session as an observer. Our Year 11 Mount Matters representatives had some great insights about how students and teachers can foster positive relationships in the classroom. They will continue this work into next term, with the goal being to present some of the information to teachers at a staff meeting.

In Year 9 Mount Matters last week, Year 9 students Luna, Farah, Charlotte, Clementine, Maya, Alannah, Madeleine, and Georgia, facilitated a session around the college values – iLearn (integrity, learning, excellence, accountability, respect, and nurturing). The session focussed on the associated behaviours and actions, and how they are demonstrated in the classroom. Thank you to the students who organised and led the session – we look forward to seeing how you share this feedback with the broader school community.




Year 8 Student Leadership

Thank you to Miss Sam Cody, Leader of Junior School, and Miss Grace Leszczynski, Junior Campus Activities Coordinator, for their ongoing work with our Junior Campus Leadership Team. Sam and Grace have supported students in their weekly meetings and have assisted in the planning, advertising, and running of a House Volleyball competition and casual clothes day.



Senior Campus Student Leadership

Thank you to Mr Jacob Myers for his outstanding work with the Year 10 and 11 student leadership teams throughout the term. Jacob has attended weekly meetings and supported the students to plan Mount Matters sessions and set goals for the year ahead. Thank you to Mrs Antia Hill and Ms Rebecca Kosach for their ongoing support of our Year 12 student leaders.



Cross-Campus Connections

Our Year 12 leaders have had a real focus on building stronger connections with the Junior Campus this term. For the last few weeks, groups of Year 12 students have visited the Junior Campus at lunchtime on a Wednesday and run a range of activities with the Junior students, including a dodgeball competition and a human bingo game. This week, a group of Year 12 leaders visited to assist with the lunchtime Lego competition. Thank you to Prefects Stephanie K and Rachel T for their leadership of this initiative.



Casual Clothes Day

The casual clothes day on Thursday 1 April raised money for our World Vision sponsor children and community. As a college, we are sponsoring two children, Arunima and Nasir, and also the Nyakitonto Adp community in Tanzania. Thank you to all of the students who donated, and to the Year 8 and 12 Leadership Teams for promoting the day.


Teacher Feedback surveys

Over the course of Term 1, all teaching staff have surveyed at least one of their classes to collect feedback from students about their experience in the classroom. Teachers have a choice between using the MWSC Teach the Teacher survey or taking part in a research project with Monash University and using the Panorama survey. Last week, 70 classes were surveyed using the Panorama platform. In the coming weeks, teachers will work together to review student feedback and use it to set improvement goals. Thank you to all students and teachers for their time and effort facilitating and completing the surveys.



Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

Student Wellbeing Report

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On Monday 22 March, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg spoke to our Year 12’s on how to survive the year and get the best out of themselves. This presentation was followed up with a lesson plan in mentoring this week, summarising Dr. Carr-Gregg’s presentation and asking the students to complete a time management exercise, writing down their demands and the resources they will use to help them.

At the end of last year, we developed a Student Wellbeing Model. The model is a holistic approach to supporting students to be happy, healthy and thrive. In the first phase of implementation, we have briefed the staff and presented it to the Year 9 and 10 students.
On Tuesday 30 March, with the help of four Year 12 leaders, Priyal, Emilie, Rachel, and Stephanie, I presented the model to the Year 8 leaders and a selection of Year 8 students.  Following the presentation they worked in small groups to provide their advice and suggestions on how to implement the model in the classroom. Next term I will present the model to the Year 11’s and to the Junior Campus, Year 7 and 8 students.
Further information on the rollout of the implementation will be communicated in upcoming newsletters including information on a virtual parent event.
Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

Head of The Arts Report

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Top Arts Exhibition 2021

Congratulations to our past students Selina Guo and Amilie Hsiao (class of 2020) who have the immense honour to be exhibiting in Top Arts 2021, at NGV Fed Square. 131 Victorian Studio Art students were shortlisted for Top Arts 2021 including 3 students from Mount Waverley Secondary College!  Selina Guo and Amilie Hsiao are 2 of the final 46 students statewide to be part of the Top Arts 2021.

Selina Guo created a series of digital artworks exploring humanities’ pervasive fear of nature, while Amilie Hsiao’s work explores the relationship that humans have with viruses.  Ms Lynette Spiller taught both these students in 2020 and is immensely proud of their achievements during 2020.
Please visit this free exhibition at NGV, Federation Square from 26 March 21 to 11 July 21.


Year 10 Drama – “Voldemort and the Teenage Hogwarts” performance

On Wednesday 22 March the Year 10 Drama class ventured to the every quirky and innovative Theatreworks in St Kilda.  We were there to watch the much celebrated parody “Voldemort and the Teenage Hogworts.
In this new Covid normal we were seated in perspex boxes each with its own ‘House Affiliation” – I was Hufflepuff!    This highly energetic musical did not disappoint!    The students thoroughly enjoyed it and we can’t wait to pull it apart in class  and analyse the style, conventions and dramatic elements!
Ms Jane Carter
Head of The Arts

Music Director’s Report

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It is wonderful to see live musical performances return to the college with two taking place in the past week. 

The first was a lunchtime concert held in the Senior Campus Fishbowl.  Featuring jazz group, “You’re Out of the Band”, a drum solo by Year 10, David R, and the MWSC Rock Band, a large group of students and staff gathered to enjoy these performances. Well done to all of our performers, we look forward to holding a number of these lunchtime concerts throughout the year. 

MWSC Rock Band – feat Strings from Chamber Strings 


The MWSC Jazz Night was held on the 25th March and included performances from current students, alumni and staff in a wide variety of jazz genres. Although the venue was changed to the SC Hall due to inclement weather, the evening was enjoyed by an audience and the atmosphere was great. It is such a great honor as a music director to such a thriving music community with so many students going on to continue playing their instrument either as a vocation, or as a hobby.  

Thanks to the wonderful MWSC Music Leadership Team, led by College Music Captains, Lesedi M and Chris R who helped to organise, run and MC the evening.




VCAA Top Class 2020

On Tuesday 30 March, Sam Spicer (class of 2020) performed for the VCAA Top Class at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Sam performed his work Memphis Stomp, from the contemporary piano repertoire with expertise and poise. Well done Sam for this amazing achievement. 




Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports desk

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Regional Swimming Championships

On Tuesday, 23 March, we had the pleasure of taking out 28 students from the college to the Regional Swimming Championships. This event was quite a milestone to what we have overcome, as this was the first sporting event lost to lockdown in 2020. MWSC had one of the biggest teams entered in the competition based on our exceptional divisional results, and we were rewarded with a top 5 finish on the day. 

However, team results at this carnival run second to the individual accomplishments. And on this day, I witnessed what can only be described as the greatest sporting achievement I have witnessed in my 22 years at this college. George H (Year 8) qualified for an astonishing 6 events. He was up against the best swimmers in Eastern Victoria. He won EVERY single event, many of them in record time! Congratulations George on what was an absolutely stunning performance!

While we were very unlucky on not being able to send more students to the State Championships after a few races were decided by less than 0.05 of a second, we are exceptionally proud of all team members!   In particular, we would like to acknowledge the following who have qualified for the State Championships to be held in April;

1) Aleisha C (year 7)–  50m backstroke

2) Austin H  ( year 8) – 200m freestyle relay and 200m medley relay

3) Jake N  (year 8) – 200m medley relay

4) Jon W  (year 8) – 200m medley relay

5) Hyuga W (year 7)  – 200m freestyle relay

6) Seth S  (year 7) – 200m freestyle relay

7) George H (year 8) – 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke, 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 200m freestyle relay, 200m medley relay

8) Riley O (year 11) – 50m breastroke, 200m individual medley



Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Liam Wall
Sports Coordinators


Year 8 Rubicon Camp

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Year 8 Rubicon Camp

By Riveen  G and Yash K (8D)

Last week from 22 -26 March, some Year 8 students had the exciting opportunity to participate in a 5 day camp at Rubicon Education School.  Almost 50 Year 8’s were lucky enough to be able to travel to Nayook and be able to do some amazing leadership activities combined with some fun. These included a 2 pair canopy quest with flying foxes, tight ropes and a whole lot of fun and teamwork; there was a tiring yet awesome mountain biking course which tested everyone’s limits whilst there also being a spectacular rafting journey through the Yarra River, which proved as one of the best activities on camp, with the feel of the water gushing past you as you rode down with your friends and the beautiful scenery that lay above you.

After a tiring day, students were able to navigate the dark yet peaceful grounds of Rubicon, doing activities and exploring the campsite on a Night Navigation, which was a mini Bush Rogaine which was another awesome experience where a pair had a sheet and map and ventured through the vast forest which contained some markers that they had to find in the 1 hour they had before they had to get back. Some of the other activities also included a hike to a waterfall and a tree challenge which tested your leadership skills and stamina. Despite this camp being a jam packed and awesome experience, there were some challenges that students faced. Some were emotional, while some were physical. Personally for me, I have a fear of heights, and doing the high ropes course/ canopy quest was quite scary, however, with the help of my friendly peers and staff members and teachers of Rubicon and Mount Waverley Secondary college, I was able to overcome my fear and just have fun.

Apart from other physical challenges such as endurance for the hike, river journey and mountain biking, or the balance you had to maintain from the unstable ropes course, there were some mental challenges that had to be overcome. For some groups, we may not have been with our friends, and at first most people would have been reluctant and hesitant, however as you do more and more activities with these new people, you realised just how wonderful they are. Personally I made heaps of new friends, with almost every single person in my group! It was a bit hard at first to acknowledge and adapt to the new environment and new people I was around, but in the end it was a fantastic journey.

Through this camp, we have learnt many things about ourselves and our peers. Some students learnt that certain activities were actually fun even though they were hesitant at first. Students were brought out of their comfort zones and the enthusiastic camp staff helped us to embrace our fears to try new things. We have realised that before trying something you shouldn’t judge or back away from it, you should always have a go and then decide whether you like or dislike it.

Of course we must give a huge thanks to Mr Stroud, Miss Gibson, Miss Robertson and Mr Quiambao  who attended camp with us. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedules to come and enjoy the awesome activities with us! I highly recommend this camp for students who are interested. It was honestly a life changing experience, we all tried things we normally don’t do at regular school camps. We were able to go caving and rafting in the Yarra River which is something we would’ve never gotten the chance to participate in! Rubicon camp was the perfect opportunity for students aspiring to be future leaders to learn about leadership and teamwork. Camp also brought us out of our friendship groups and encouraged us to socialise with other students, this is what made camp so enjoyable. All in all the Rubicon Camp for Outdoor Education was by far the best camp we had ever gone on, with great food, great friends, teachers and staff, and a whole lot of fun!


Left to Write – MWSC Creative Writing Club

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Express Media run a mentorship program for young writers and one of our members, Maya C of Year 9, has been accepted into  the fiction writing group this season. This is sensational news; most of the participants are adults.   Congratulations to Maya!

Here are two brilliant examples of the genre by Maya :

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telephone wireshung ominously above

houses awaiting

return of hulking, metal

spiders that had spun them out

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tree branches fuzzy,

fragile and embarrassed by

brown leaves on the ground.

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Ms Mary-Jane Boughen
Creative Writing Co-Captain
MWSC College News – Issue 5