College Principal’s Report

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Term 2 – Welcome back

I hope everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable holiday. I am excited to have started my seventh year of service as your College Principal at Mount Waverley Secondary College this term. It’s inspiring for me to be part of a learning community where teachers and students are passionate about doing their best and join together as a supportive team to unite in a spirit of cooperation and success.

 

Uniform Changeover Time

Just a reminder that all students should now be wearing winter uniform, which includes wearing the college tie. Please ensure that your students have the correct college uniform which is only supplied by PSW.
PSW has recently moved and is now located at 342 -350 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley (behind Officeworks). The new PSW store will commence trading at 9am on Friday 30 April 2021.

 

 

ANZAC Sub School Assemblies

Last Monday 26 April we held three sub school assemblies to recognise the importance of ANZAC Day. I spoke to the students and showed a video clip about the history of the day and our Business Manager Mrs Linda Westgarth spoke about her family’s history with the ANZACs. Both her grandfather and her husband’s grandfather fought in the First World War and Mrs Westgarth was able to talk about personal visits to the Western Front War Cemeteries as well as visiting the town of Villers Bretonneux in France.

Our College Captains Lila and Aarya and Junior Campus Captains Yash and Riveen also read the moving poems ‘In Flanders Fields’ and ‘The Ode’.
We were also lucky enough to hear Mr Joseph Yu and Tom S from Year 10 play the ‘Last Post’ and ‘The Rouse’ on the trumpet as we all observed a minutes silence.

ANZAC Day is a day for all Australians, regardless of religion, racial background or place of birth. It is a day to commemorate the bravery and self-sacrifice of past and present generations of Australians, so that Australia can be a place of freedom for all. Lest we forget.

 

 

State Swimming Success  

Nine students represented our school at the School Sport Victoria State Swimming Championships, held recently at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.  Our students achieved some excellent times in the pool and achieved some of our best ever results at the State level.

Congratulations to our gold medallist in three events, George H of Year 8 who won the 50m butterfly, 50m freestyle and 50m backstroke and came second in the 50m breaststroke and Aleisha C of Year 7 who won gold in the 50m backstroke. What fantastic achievements!

Well done to our U14 medley relay team of George H, Austin H, Jake N and Jon W who won a bronze medal and our U13 50m freestyle relay team Austin H, George H, Hyuga W, Seth S who won a silver medal.
This year it was wonderful that staff and parents/Carers could see the events by live stream. Thank you to Mr Danny Gwynne for accompanying our students on the day.

Student Parent Teacher Conferences

I have received a lot of positive feedback from parents, students and staff regarding our Virtual Student Parent Teacher Conferences held on Tuesday 30 March. Such large numbers attending online clearly demonstrates that Mount Waverley Secondary College parents and students value the learning opportunity on offer and enthusiastically seek teacher support to reflect on their progress, with the aim of continually improving to achieve excellence in learning outcomes. Can I encourage all parents to ensure that your student is present for these interviews, so that they can take ownership of their learning.

 

 

Sir John Monash Awards



Last month the 2020 Sir John Monash Awards were celebrated. These awards honour outstanding members of our community, the event was delayed last year due to COVID-19.

Congratulations to Boris L of Year 10 who won the Youth Leadership Award. Boris is a founding member of the Monash Youth Ambassadors program with Monash Youth Services.  Boris has dedicated his time to this program to provide an active voice for other young people in the community. Boris engages in Monash Youth Service’s annual youth consultations and community focus groups, with engagement from 2500 young people across the municipality.

From meeting with the Monash Sustainability Team to discuss how young people can support environmental action, through to his most recent contribution to the Monash Community Engagement Policy Consultation.  Boris provides his own perspective, yet also represents his peers in these settings.

As if this isn’t enough, Boris is currently completing his Duke of Edinburgh Program – Bronze Award and decided to progress his skills even further by doing the Monash Young Men’s Leadership Program.  Well done Boris!

 

Rotary Club of Mount Waverley ANZAC Breakfast    

On Wednesday 28 April, 24 students from years 8, 10, and 12 attended an ANZAC Day Commemorative breakfast organised by the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley. The ANZAC Centenary Walkway, on the grounds of the Mount Waverley Community Centre, provided the perfect backdrop for a morning of reflection on, and appreciation for, the contributions of all returned servicemen and women.

After listening to stirring renditions of Waltzing Matilda and Amazing Grace from a local bagpiper, the students enjoyed some short historical remarks from members of Rotary, before sharing breakfast with members of the local community. Not only was it a wonderful chance to reflect, it was a valuable opportunity to bring generations together to celebrate in the spirit of community.

We thank Ms Hayley Dureau, for overseeing the event, and Mr Jacob Myers, Ms Sam Cody, Mrs Meagan Merlino, Ms Sarah Chase, and Mr Matt Sheehan, for attending

 

Virtual Open Night

It was wonderful viewing all the videos made for prospective parents for our 2021 Virtual Open Night and hearing feedback from all members of our learning community regarding the virtual WebEx meetings that took place on the evening of Thursday 29 April. A lot of hard work and preparation goes into an event such as this and I would like to thank Mr Matt Sheehan Acting Campus Principal and the Junior Sub School Team, Mrs Narda McLennan Marketing and Events Manager and Alumni Ethan Bibile for overseeing the organisation of Open Night and all of the Faculty Heads for their input into the video clips and for meeting parents on the night to discuss their subject areas.

School Tours for prospective parents are now available on both campuses, please see our college the website for further details.

 

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Virtual Open Night

The college’s Virtual Open Night occurred this week. For the first time, we invited our prospective families to join us for an online Principal’s address, followed by the chance to meet some of our teachers through Webex. Accompanying these sessions were a series of videos (produced by alumni Ethan Bibile) that sought to showcase life at the Junior Campus. These are still online, available for you to watch, for those of you who would like to see a little more of how the college operates.  https://www.mwsc.vic.edu.au/welcome-to-mwsc-2021-virtual-open-night/

 

Student attendance

Could we please remind parents/carers to log any student absence on Compass as soon as is practical. Compass is set up to send a message each morning at 10:45 am to the families of those students who are absent without notice. If you have any questions relating to attendance please call the General Office to discuss.

9803 6811 – Senior Campus
9887 9290 – Junior Campus

 

NAPLAN

As you may be aware, the annual NAPLAN testing is scheduled for the coming weeks. Our year 7 students will be participating in the following tests:

  • Tuesday 11 May  – Language conventions & Writing
  • Wednesday 12 May  – Reading
  • Thursday 13 May  – Numeracy
  • Friday 14 May – Catch-up sessions for individual students who missed a test

 

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Welcome back to Term 2

Welcome back to all students and parents to our second term of learning for the year.  This term always proves to be a busy term with sport, excursions, production rehearsals to name a few of the things that will be happening across this term in the middle school.  Our Year 9 students will be undertaking NAPLAN testing in May and our Year 10s will have a week of Work Experience later in the the term.  Students in both Year 9 and 10 will have exams towards the latter part of the term and will receive a semester report, which will provide an indication of their progress and also help with future learning.

 

Student Attendance

Could I please remind parents/carers to log any student absence on Compass as soon as is practical.  Compass is set up to send a message each morning at 10:45 am to the families of those students who are absent without notice.  If you have any questions relating to attendance please call the General Office on the Senior Campus 9803 6811 to discuss.

 

Holiday Works

Across the holiday period the ICT and Facilities Teams were busy improving the college.

The ICT Works undertaken included:

  • Updating switches and cabling
  • Upgrading our Internet Router
  • Firewall maintenance
  • Imaging classroom computers
  • Projector maintenance and screen replacement
  • Deployment of new printers
  • Updating Papercut
  • Clickview maintenance works

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

  • Painting on both campuses including Year 8 Locker and SC Hall Foyer
  • Gutters cleaned on both campuses
  • Annual tree audit completed with work to follow
  • Glass replacement in selected rooms
  • Improved access to SC Oval via Staff Carpark for emergency evacuations including concreting and bollards
  • Fixing locks on doors and windows across both sites
  • Moving furniture between rooms and clearing out old furniture

Thank you to our ICT and Maintenance Teams for their work.

 

 

Hall Walkway

Work has continued across the holidays, with the painting and coating of the deck the last work that needs to be completed.  Handover is scheduled for early May.

 

 

STEAM Centre

Design work on the STEAM Centre is continuing as we move into the detailed design which is exciting as we see how each room and the building itself will function.  Meetings with BKK Architects, project managers Johnstaff as well as VSBA and regional staff alongside a team from Mount Waverley will continue to ensure we 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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VCE – Central Australia Trip 2021

There was an information evening last Tuesday to outline the trip which is planned for September. Thanks to all of the students and parents who attended via WebEx. Expressions of interest are due by Wednesday 5 May and can be accessed via the link (https://forms.gle/jdiHmhkmcrcdxbud8).  If you have any questions about the trip please contact me at the college (caj@mwsc.vic.edu.au ).

Thanks also to Ms Lisa McKiernan (Head of Senior School) and Mrs Linda Westgarth (Business Manager) who attended the evening.

 

 

Year 11 Exams & Year 12 SAC Week

The exam timetable and SAC week are currently being finalised, information will be distributed to students shortly. Thanks to the Senior Subschool for their organisation and planning and to the teachers for their support of our VCE students.

 

Student attendance

Could parents/carers log any student absences on Compass as soon as is practical. Compass is set up to send a message each morning at 10:45 am to the families of those students who are absent without notice. If you have any questions relating to attendance please call the General Office to discuss.
Senior Campus – 9803 6811
Junior Campus – 9887 9290

Attendance is particularly important for VCE students as there is a 90% attendance requirement to satisfactorily complete a unit and there are strict attendance requirements in relation to assessment tasks.

 

 

Summer/Winter Uniform transition

Please note that as of next week students need to be in full winter uniform. If any student is not in correct school uniform they need to have a note and get a uniform pass from the Senior School Office.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Senior School’s Report

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Year 12 End of Term Picnic

Well done to our Year 12 Leadership team for organising an entertaining picnic for the Year 12 cohort on the last day of term 1. The picnic was held at lunch time in the beautiful sunshine with DJ Dulith playing some funky tunes. Our leaders also organised a lucky door prize raffle with 10 prizes up for grabs. To finalise a successful term 1 the Senior Sub School team gave each student a small gift of appreciation. Thank you to our Year 12 leaders for organising a fun event.

 

VCE Term 2 Key Dates

Last Day of Unit 1 and 3 Classes      : Friday 28 May

Year 11 Mid Year Exams                        : Monday 31 May – Thursday 10 June

Year 12 SAC Week                                   : Monday 31 May – Thursday 10 June

General Achievement Test (GAT)     :Wednesday 9 June

Year 12 Formal                                        :Wednesday 9 June

First Day of Unit 2 and 4 Classes     : Monday 14 June

 

 

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 can be found on the compass news feed. 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

Student Voice Report

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School for Student Leadership – Gnurad-Gundidj Campus

The School for Student Leadership is a Victorian Department of Education initiative offering a unique residential education experience for Year 9 students. Year 9 students Avril, Aanya, Milly, Sophie, Liam and Luke, left last weekend for Gnurad-Gundidj, one of the school’s three campuses. Over the next nine weeks they will attend classes with students from across the state (40 students in total) with a focus on personal development and leadership. They will work together on a Community Learning Project, with the aim of having a positive impact back in their school and/or broader community when the return. During their time at Gnurad-Gundidj they will also take part in a range of activities such as surfing, rafting, bridge building, mountain bike riding, and canoeing.

 

Student feedback surveys

At MWSC all teachers collect student feedback as part of our Performance and Development process. Teachers have a choice between using the college’s Teach the Teacher survey (which was designed by staff and students at the college) or taking part in the Monash University Panorama survey project. The teachers involved in the Monash Project received their first round of data last week. Over the coming weeks, teachers will be reviewing student feedback and using it to help inform and guide their practice. Thank you to all teaching staff for their efforts in administering surveys and reviewing student feedback. Thank you also to all students for providing constructing feedback to your teachers. We really appreciate it!

 

 

Mini Mount Matters

In 2019 we established a partnership with Mount Waverley North Primary School that saw our senior students support the MWNPS Grade 6 Captains to facilitate Mini Mount Matters with students in Years 3 – 6. Many of those Grade 6 students are now our current Year 8 students, including Junior School Captain, Yash! This week we re-launched Mini Mount Matters as well as Mini-Mini Mount Matters with Prep – Grade 2 students! Thank you to Andrew Crosby from MWNPS and to our senior leaders for their time and effort in planning and running the sessions and making this partnership possible. We look forward to hearing more about the impact of student voice at MWNPS!

 

Mount Matters

Thank you to Miss Sam Cody and to our Year 8 Leaders for their work in getting Mount Matters up and running on the Junior Campus! Year 7 and 8 Mount Matters sessions are running on alternate Tuesday mornings.

Our Year 9, 10 and 11 Mount Matters groups are in full swing on the Senior Campus. A recent topic of discussion has been positive student-teacher relationships. Another topic has been feedback on the canteen, which Chalkboard Catering has asked for. Thank you to all of our Student Leaders and Mount Matters representatives for their contributions. Thank you also to Mr Jacob Myers and the sub-school staff for their ongoing support of the program.

 

ANZAC Breakfast

On Wednesday morning the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley hosted student leaders from Year 8, 10 and 12 at the Rotary ANZAC Breakfast. The breakfast was held at the ANZAC Walkway, opposite Mount Waverley station. Thank you to Mr Matt Sheehan, Miss Sam Cody, Mr Jacob Myers, Mrs Meagan Melino, and Ms Sarah Chase for attending the event. A huge thank you to Geoff and Terry from the Rotary Club of Mount Waverley for organising the event.

 

 

Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

From the Sports desk

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State Swimming Carnival

It was difficult to think of a scenario where we could exceed the results of our zone swimming carnival, but on Thursday 22 April, we did that! Our zone champions headed off to MSAC to put their speed in the pool up against the very best from the state of Victoria. The results, in order of events, were as follows;

George H- 50m breaststroke – Silver medal
Riley O – 50m breaststroke – 6th place
George H – 50m butterfly – STATE CHAMPION
Tolly N – 50m butterfly – 6th place
George H – 50m freestyle – STATE CHAMPION
Aleisha C – 50m backstroke – STATE CHAMPION
George H – 50m backstroke – STATE CHAMPION
Jon W, George H, Austin H, Jake N, – Medley relay – Bronze medal
Riley O – 200m – 6th place
George H, Austin H, Hyuga W, Seth S – 50m freestyle relay – Silver medal

4 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze. A golden day for the great swimmers here at MWSC!!

A special mention to Aleisha C (7H) on being a State Champion in the 12/13 girls backstroke, and to George H (8K), who won an incredible 3 events and is now a State Champion in butterfly, freestyle and backstroke. These types of victories are never achieved on skill alone. The dedication all these students put into their swimming is a credit to them as individuals, and we are lucky to have you all as students here at MWSC!!!

Congratulations to all!

 

 

 

Mr Daniel Gwynne
Junior School Sports Leader

Music Director’s Report

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MWSC Jazz and Stage Band

The Music Department at the college is back in full swing with lessons, rehearsals, festivals and concerts happening on a regular basis. Our Year 7 cohort has begun lessons on their chosen instrument, and the Year 7 string orchestras and concert bands will begin their rehearsals in coming weeks.

The Jazz Band and Stage Bands participated in a whole day Jazz Camp during the holidays to prepare for All-State Jazz Championships taking place this Sunday 2 May. During these rehearsals students took part in all day rehearsals, sectional rehearsals and an outdoor concert for parents at the end of the day. Each band worked hard to master three songs to perform and is looking forward to competing. Events like this couldn’t happen without the support of the music staff. Thanks to Ms Melissa Knowles, Mr Joseph Yu, Mr Damien Maughan and Mr Nathan Liow who joined me at school on this day.

 

MWSC Seussical Orchestra

 

The Seussical Orchestra preparation is in full swing as the second rehearsal taking place last Saturday 24 April. The ensemble of 16, mostly made up of staff, students and alumni has worked hard to rehearse the difficult musical score. We look forward to working with the leads of the show in an upcoming Sitzprobe later in May. Thanks to all members of this orchestra, it is a testament to the college music community for so many to volunteer their time.

 

Upcoming music events:

(Please refer to Compass to see if your student is involved) 

  • 2 May    – All State Jazz (Jazz Band & Stage Band)
  • 13 May – Unit 3 Recital
  • 21 May – Year 10 Recital (Classroom music students only)
  • 27 May – Unit 1 Recital
  • 3 June & 17June – MWSC Soirees (information re: performers and ticketing coming in future weeks)
  • Week 6:   Instrumental Music CATS – instrumental students will be preparing for this with their teacher

 

 

Mrs Titjtje Keatley
Music Director

Little Stories, Big Ideas Competition

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A huge congratulations to the winners of the first edition of Little Stories Big Ideas.  Well done and what an amazing achievement for our literary superstars:
Senior Division – Years 10 – 12
Winner – Jack T  (year 12)  – ‘Dancers in the Dust’ (Mount Waverley Secondary College Vic)
2nd Place – Sarah B (year 10)  – ‘Fourteen Years Left’ (Mount Waverley Secondary College Vic)
3rd Place Simon B (year 10)  –  ‘Strife of Tomorrow’s World’ (Mount Waverley Secondary College Vic)
Honourable Mention – Emma C  – ‘The Last One’ (St Thomas More College Vic)
Junior Division – Years 7 – 9
Winner – Maya C (year 9)  – ‘Peaches 2.0’ (Mount Waverley Secondary College Vic)
2nd Place – Sara P (year 9)  – ‘Silence’ (Mount Waverley Secondary College Vic)
3rd Place Jasper F –  ‘Dystopian Desolation’ (Monbulk Secondary College Vic)
Honourable Mentions:
Abbey L (year 8)  –  ‘Dandelion Field’ (Mount Waverley Secondary College Vic)
Alex S –  ‘Welcome to 2050’ (Sorell School Tasmania)
Little Stories, Big ideas will be publishing each of the above entries on their facebook page over the coming weeks, and will be available on their website www.littlestoriesbigideas.com.au

 ~ Ms Mary-Jane Boughen

Outdoor and Environmental Studies

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On Thursday 22April, 12 Outdoor and Environmental Studies students ventured up towards the Dandenong Ranges to take part in a river kayaking and caving expedition.
The weather started as a warm 17 degrees during the kayaking section of the day and despite a few bumps which included students ending up in the water, everyone seemed to have had a good time.
We then moved onto Yarra Junction to take part in the Caving.  By this time, the outside temperature was a brisk 8 degrees, but inside the cave it was a warm and cozy 20 degrees.
Although the caves were tight in some spaces and we experienced a  few deeper than expected puddles,  all students left with a huge smile on their face and said it was an experience they wouldn’t forget.
Outdoor and Environmental Studies is a VCE new subject at Mount Waverley Secondary College.  Students will participate in various outdoor activities as part of their course this year.
So far this semester, the class have partipcated in mountain bike riding and now river kayaking and caving.  We look forward to undertaking surfing, sea kayaking and potentially a coastal camp later this year.
Mr Liam Wall
Senior School Sports Leader

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

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The Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge is now open and Mount Waverley Secondary College is excited to be participating. The PRC application offers a range of exciting features including:

  • access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)
  • a modern user-friendly interface
  • rewarding  students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved
  • the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 17 September 2021.

Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/prc

 

 

Ms Robyn Whitelaw
Resource Centre Manager – Senior Campus

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