College Principal’s Newsletter

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College Raffle

Special thanks to Ms Bree Thomas, Mrs Narda McLennan and Mr Aro Ezackial who have been working hard on sourcing some great prizes for our College Raffle this year. Over $2000 worth of prizes have been sought including a Microsoft Surface Go valued at $840 and Ipad 7th Gen valued at $690 and many other fantastic prizes. Each student and staff member in the college will be sent a Compass alert at the start of next term with a link to purchase these tickets online.  Please support the college by buying tickets.  In 2019 we raised over $6000 which went towards the purchase of extra outdoor student furniture. This year’s proceeds will go towards supporting the college production ‘Seussical the Musical.’

 

Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Student/Teacher conferences are being held remotely for VCE students on Thursday 15 July (Week 1 – Term 3). These will be conducted via Webex Meetings.  Please note these interviews relate to Semester 1 subjects only.  As there are only 30 spaces for each teacher if you can’t make an appointment please don’t hesitate to contact teachers via email if you would like further feedback.  On Thursday 9 September  we will be holding a whole day of interviews for Years 7-12 students.

 

Ritchies – Community Benefits 

The original Ritchies Community Benefit card program has ceased and we encourage all members of our learning community to join the new Ritchies Card program by either using a phone and downloading the Ritchies Card App from the App store or Google Play, or by going online to www.ritchies.com.au/loyalty using a tablet or desk top computer. You can then pick up a physical card available from the friendly cashiers in-store, which you can link to your online account.   Once you have set up your account you can nominate Mount Waverley Secondary College as your preferred beneficiary.

I encourage all parents/carers to patronise Ritchies Supermarkets and access a new Ritchies Card.  Each time you shop at Ritchies you will be actively contributing to your child’s education by helping us continue to provide quality resources throughout the college.

 

Services and support for students and their families/carers

 It can be challenging to process and manage changes to routines and the uncertainty that comes with COVID-19 and related restrictions;  including moving to and from remote learning. To support our school community during this time, resources and support are available for parents, carers and families. These resources will help to support the mental health and wellbeing of our students and the young people in our care.

I encourage everyone in our community to access these resources and take care of themselves.  A Quick Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellbeing resources is available for students, parents and carers looking to access expert guidance and resources to support wellbeing.

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our students remains our priority this year, especially during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and while students are learning from home during circuit breaker restrictions.

For students, the guide includes resources to support their own mental health and wellbeing.

  • Advice and resources for students about ways to adapt their learning during coronavirus, to look after themselves and where to get help.
  • Wellbeing activities featuring AFL and AFLW players with tips on managing stress, staying active and gratitude.
  • Kick it with Victory physical activities with Melbourne Victory Football Club.
  • Smiling Mind mindfulness activities for senior secondary school students, including short videos, online tip sheets and meditations

The guide also includes resources and supports for parents and carers to help them build their child’s physical and mental health and wellbeing. This includes:

  • resources to support children’s physical, mental health and wellbeing
  • wellbeing activities and conversation starters
  • Raising Learners podcast series
  • how to talk to your child about coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Department has developed two fact sheets for students and families to support the mental health and wellbeing of students over the school holidays.

The fact sheets highlight resources and guidance which:

  • support positive mental health and wellbeing of students
  • help students and families identify the signs that students may need mental health support
  • help students and families access support.

 

Senior Secondary Certificate Reform

Victoria is transforming the delivery of senior secondary education with the introduction of a single senior secondary certificate that will offer greater access to quality vocational and applied learning pathways for all students. The senior secondary education reforms aim to provide access to education and training that is relevant, engaging and that delivers in-demand skills for the future world of work, ensuring that students can access education that leads to employment.

Next year students will still be able to enrol in either the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). The following year, in 2023, VCAL students will be enrolled in the new VCE Vocational Specialisation or the new foundation pathways certificate which will be introduced to replace Foundation VCAL.

The VCE Vocational Specialisation will be recognised internationally, be valued by employers and will build on the strengths of VCAL including providing:

  • flexible timetables that allow students to study at school, TAFE and work
  • opportunities to experience real-life workplaces
  • subjects that will build students skills and prepare them for life after school
  • greater access to high quality VET learning, either in school, a neighboring school or a local TAFE

The new certificates are part of a suite of 38 reforms recommended in the Review into Vocational and Applied Learning Pathways in Senior Secondary Schooling (the Firth Review) to lift the quality and perception of vocational education and help more students’ access high-quality applied learning programs.

Students at Mount Waverley Secondary College will continue to enrol in the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) when they complete their course selections for 2022.

 

QR Codes

The use of Service Victoria QR codes for electronic record keeping is mandatory for all workplaces to enable the effective contact tracing of any COVID-19 cases.

This now includes all education sector workplaces, including schools.

QR codes will be required to be used by:

  • all parents who enter buildings when on the school site
  • all visitors, including contractors, external Department staff and building and maintenance staff

QR code check ins will not be required for staff or students.  Office entry and exit points will now display QR code posters. If you are required to enter buildings on school grounds, for whatever purpose, you are now required to use the provided QR code check-in.   If you are not able to check in using a smartphone or tablet, a Kiosk check-in service is available at the General Offices.

 

Happy Holidays

It has been another interesting term and one we will never forget. Have a well-deserved break everyone and enjoy time with your family and friends. A reminder that Term 3 begins on Tuesday 13 July.
Stay well, take care and I will see you next term.

 

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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End of Semester

I would like to thank all students and staff on the Junior Campus for the way they have approached semester one. It has undoubtedly been a complex time, in which patience, resilience and flexible thinking have been necessary tools for us to survive and thrive. All teachers have been able to adapt their planning, assessment, and reporting to meet moving deadlines, all while continuing to support the social, emotional, and academic development of our students. Particular recognition should go to our teachers of semester-length subjects who were able to wrap up their learning and bring the semester to a close, often having to adapt to the lack of access to physical materials and machinery. I implore students to reflect on these subjects, alongside those that they will undertake in semester two, and consider the skills and knowledge they have acquired as they move into the middle and senior years of their secondary schooling.

With the new semester comes new opportunities for students. There are new art and technology subjects to attempt, in some cases new teachers with whom to interact, or perhaps for some students the new semester provides an opportunity to reset and reengage with their learning. Whichever category each student finds themself in, we encourage them to set some new short- and long-term goals to achieve in semester two.

 

Semester Two

There is a lot to look forward to in semester two for our year 7 and 8 students. This includes, but is not limited to:  (subject to Department of Education and State Government restrictions and guidelines)

  • Reach Foundation Workshops (year 7)
  • Personal Best Program (year 8)
  • Regional Cross Country
  • House Athletics carnival
  • District Round Robin competitions
  • Seussical The Musical
  • Languages Day
  • Careers Presentation – Tayla Harris (year 7)
  • Wellbeing Presentation – Luke Kennedy (year 8)
  • Kinglake Camp (year 8)
  • Monash Tech School
  • Night at the Museum (year 7)
  • Year End Program (YEP)

At Mount Waverley Secondary College, we pride ourselves on being able to provide not only a high-quality education but a well-rounded one. We hope that all students are able to embrace this diverse range of activities and events, and enjoy the Community, Choice, and Engagement that we offer.

 

Junior Sub School team

I would like to take this opportunity to farewell our Year 8 coordinator, Mr Mark Quiambao, who leaves us for a new opportunity in Townsville. He has been a wonderful contributor to our Junior Campus community, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.    I would also like to welcome Ms Grace Leszczynski into the role of Year 8 coordinator.  She will join Mr Waters in supporting our year 8 students from term 3.

 

 

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Students in the Middle School have started Semester 2 including moving into new subjects this week.  As we move towards the term break it is worth reflecting on the first half of the year which has included learning across the eight learning areas as well as sport, excursions and competitions.  Recently we moved into remotely learning again and it was pleasing to see how engaged both students and parents where while working remotely.  Sadly, Year 10 Work experience was cancelled as lockdown made it impossible to offer this to students.  The Year 9 Explore program has been postponed and we will provide detail on dates in Term 3 regarding the rescheduling of this program.

Can I wish all families a safe and restful break and look forward to welcoming students back to the college on Tuesday 13 July to commence Term 3.

 

Semester Reports

Congratulations to students who have applied themselves throughout the semester, especially those who have reflected on assessments, taken on board feedback and applied suggested strategies for improvement.  It is important to remember that some students’ self-esteem is effected because they feel they have let others down even when they have worked to the best of their ability.

How do we encourage genuine positive self-esteem in our young people at this time? One way is to provide unconditional positive acceptance, while encouraging an appreciation of individual special abilities and worth. This involves showing that you do care and respect their skills across a broad range of activities, not merely judging them based on their behaviour or academic success.  It is important for students to focus on achieving their personal best in all facets of their lives.

 

STEAM Centre

The design work for our new STEAM Centre on the Senior Campus has continued at a rapid rate.  We have now completed the detailed design work of the learning spaces.  Work on the external look of the building and landscaping has also occurred.  We have been working closely with partners including our architects BKK, Project Managers – Johnstaff and the Victorian Schools Building Authority.  Work will continue now on creating the documentation require to undertake the tendering process to build this fantastic addition to the college.

 

This shows the external look of the new STEAM Centre.

 

 

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

 

 

 

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Reports

The Semester One reports will be sent via Compass at the end of next week (Friday 2 July).  Parents and carers will be able to gain an overview of the assessment tasks students have completed and their child’s Learning Behaviours and for Years 7 to 10 their Victorian Curriculum levels.

I would like to thank all of the teachers who have had a busy few weeks preparing and marking exams, marking SACs and CATs, moderating student work and completing reports. Much of this work is completed out of school hours and on weekends to ensure students get results and that reports are completed in a timely manner. It has been a very hectic time as the shift to remote learning and back meant that exams, assessment and timelines for reporting had to change.

I would also like to acknowledge the hard work of Ms Clare Challenger (Acting Head of Curriculum), the faculty heads and Mr Andrew Wallace who have overseen the reporting process as part of their roles.

 

Years 9, 10 and 11 Exams and Year 12 SAC Week

Thanks to all of the staff who were involved in writing and developing assessment tasks and exams, supervising exams and SACs and then marking them during the past few weeks.
A special thanks to the Middle and Senior Subschool Teams for all of their hard work and Mr Scott Smith (Timetabler and Daily Organiser) for his work in putting together the supervision rosters.

 

 

General Achievement Test  

The new date for the 2021 GAT is now Thursday 29July.  Further information will be provided to students. Any student completing a Units 3 & 4 subject is required to sit the GAT.

 

 

VCE Units Two and Four

Information has been given to students regarding coursework requirements for their VCE units. This will support the work students need to complete to obtain a satisfactory result for each unit outcome.

 

 

Professional Learning Day – Monday 12 July

The first day of term three is our Professional Learning Day and a student free day.  Staff will be focusing on using data in the classroom to support their students learning growth. The college has Dr Ryan Dunn from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Melbourne as a keynote speaker and then sessions facilitated by our Learning Specialists and Leading Teachers at the college. The focus is on enhancing the skills of teachers in a range of areas including; formative assessment, moderation, differentiation and explicitly teaching students command terms.

Congratulations to students and staff on another successful and busy term. The resilience and ability to adapt to changing circumstances of our students and staff has been demonstrated again.

 

 

Best wishes for a safe and relaxing term break.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Senior School’s Report

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The last three weeks have challenged our senior students. The Senior School team would like to congratulate our students on their ability to display a great depth of resilience as they transitioned from onsite learning, to remote learning, back to onsite learning, and finally into exam/SAC week. Although there were lots of transitions within a short period of time, well done to our staff and students for supporting each other to achieve their best.

Week 10 marks the beginning of Semester 2 subjects, Unit 2 and Unit 4. For our year 12 students this means you are at the half way point of your final year of schooling, you should be very proud of everything you have achieved so far, remember year 12 is a marathon and not a sprint, keep taking it one day at a time.

I would like to thank the Senior School team for supporting our students and families this semester. Their dedication throughout the term ensured that all students were supported to achieve their best. Thank you to our Year 11 Coordinators  Ms Gabi Phelan and Ms Stefanie Bear, Year 12 Coordinators Ms Bec Kosach and Ms Antia Hill, VASS Administrator Ms Agnes Triwiyono, and Senior School Leader Mr Matt Cara.

Over the holiday break I encourage students to take a break from technology, develop positive sleeping habits, spend quality time with family and friends, and recharge for the beginning of term 3.

 

Year 12 (Unit 3&4) Examination Period

The VCAA have published exam timetable for Unit 3&4 exams. The examination period will run from Wednesday 27 October – Wednesday 17 November. Please use the link below to access the exam timetable: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/administration/Key-dates/Pages/VCE-exam-timetable.aspx

ATAR Scores will be released to students on Tuesday 14 December from 7am onwards.   Further information and support regarding VTAC applications will be provided in early term 3.

 

VTAC Information Evening

Monday, 2 August  at 7 pm the Careers staff at Mount Waverley Secondary College will be presenting an overview of the VTAC process to all year 12 students and their parents. This presentation will be held via webex, information will be published on compass at the beginning of term 3. The VTAC application is an important part of planning a meaningful tertiary pathway, all students and parents are encouraged to attend. Please save the date.

 

VCE 2022 Course Information Evening

This year we will be hosting a virtual information evening held via Webex for 2022 VCE students. The information evening will be held on Tuesday 27 July.  Detailed information will be provided at the beginning of Term 3 via Compass. Please save the date in your calendar.

 

Year 12 Formal

Due to the recent lockdown the revised date for the formal is Wednesday 1 September.

 

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Head of Student Voice Report

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What a term it has been! Students and teachers at Mount Waverley Secondary College “pivoted” to remote and flexible learning smack-bang in the middle of what would have been Work Experience week for our Year 10s, and Exam/SAC week for our Year 9, 10, and VCE students.  Following (and during) the 2020 periods of remote and flexible learning our Remote Learning Working Party (consisting of students, teachers, and school leaders) collected feedback from students, staff, and parents/carers; much of this was useful in determining the college’s approach to remote learning when we returned to it briefly during Term 2.

Thank you so much to all the students who provided detailed feedback last year – we hope that your recent remote learning experience was as positive as can be.  School Captains Lila and Aarya spoke at College Council last week and expressed their gratitude for the hard work of all of their teachers.

I would like to thank Miss Sam Cody and Mr Jacob Myers for their outstanding work with our student leaders across the college this term, including their support of this week’s casual clothes day. Thank you also the Year 12 coordinators Ms Bec Kosach and Ms Antia Hill for their work with our Year 12 leadership team, and to the Senior School, Middle School, and Junior School teams for their ongoing support of our student leaders and Mount Matters program.

 

 

The McWhirter Conference

The McWhirter Conference offers a unique educational opportunity for the next generation of school leavers. It provides a forum where students listen to others, put forward their own ideas, debate, and gain confidence. The conferences aim to encourage students to think about how they may be able to participate in shaping the future. Many past students describe the experience as ‘life changing’ and have been inspired to pursue further education and career options they may not have otherwise considered.

Congratulations to Year 11 students Kye Li and Ahnaf have been selected to attend the third Australian McWhirter conference during the upcoming school holidays.

 

 

Miss Hayley Dureau
Head of Student Voice

 

Music Director’s Report

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As we conclude Semester 1, I would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the music students and staff at the college. These students have persisted through lessons delivered in person, remotely, concerts changing dates and rehearsals being delivered in a variety of forms. Throughout, the dedication to music has been exceptional, and through this it is wonderful to look forward to performances rescheduled and arranged for Terms 3 and 4.

 

Year 11 Recital

The Unit 1 Music Performance Class participated in their first recital performance on Thursday 24 June. The students prepared a program of approximately 10 minutes of both accompanied and unaccompanied works. Thanks to our staff member Mr Rick Liang who accompanied the students. While restrictions were in place in terms of running this recital with a live audience, the performance was live streamed and students were assessed by a panel of teachers providing invaluable feedback. Well done to these student performers.

 

Alumni Success 

Congratulations to 2017 MWSC Music Alumni, Ray Liang who was chosen as a grand finalist on  3MBS “The Talent”.  Ray came second out of a large pool of talented performers and showed outstanding piano skills.  Congratulations to Ray on this outstanding achievement.

 

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports desk

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Intermediate Boy’s Soccer

The Mount Waverley Intermediate Boy’s Soccer team was an undefeatable force  on Friday 14 May , with their lowest score being 5 – 1 and the result in the final being somewhere near 8 – 0… goals coming so thick and fast it was hard to keep up!  The lads  look forward to the Regional competition scheduled on Monday 19 July.   Well done! ~ Mr  Young

 

 

Year 8 Girls Badminton

Today (Friday 24 June), five Year 8 students represented MWSC in the District Badminton Round Robin.  The girls won their match against Highvale SC but were unfortunately defeated by Vermont SC and Glen Waverley SC.  Well done to all the girls for their exemplary behaviour, fine sportsmanship and for achieving 3rd in the District!
The team consists of Abbey L, Ananya J, Selina H, Anvi R and Elaine Z. ~ Mr Campbell

 

Junior School – Remote Learning Challenge

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Remote Learning House Points Challenge

To encourage engagement, creativity and belonging at MWSC during remote learning our  Junior School students were invited to a challenge a day!  Alongside their classes students were tasked with insightful trivia, tricky origami, creative writing and inspired art pieces. It was really positive to see our students participate for their Mount Waverley Team House and show off their interests.

Two questions from the trivia the students enjoyed for you to have a go at:

 1. A person and their 9 friends all stand under an umbrella, how did they not get wet?
 2. Why do crocodiles eat stones?

 

Enjoy some art submissions from the final day of remote learning, Art pieces ‘Space’ theme:

Anagha M  Tasmiya H        Lili M    Hruthi M

 

 

Miss Grace Leszczynski
Student Activities – Junior School
(Answers to quiz: 1. It wasn’t raining 2. Crocodiles swallow stones to aid with their digestion)

College Production ‘Seussical – The Musical’

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Mount Waverley Secondary College proudly presents our 2021 College Production  “Seussical- The Musical!”

Based on the works of Dr Seuss, ‘Seussical’ tells the story of Horton the Elephant and his quest to make the citizens of Whoville “heard,” to prove that a person’s a person, no matter how small.
It is a story of compassion, bravery, using your imagination and standing up for what you believe in.

Performances will be held at the Drum Theatre in Dandenong on Friday 6 August (7.30pm) and Saturday 7 August (2pm and 7.30pm).

Tickets are now on sale.  Please click on link:   https://drum.greaterdandenong.vic.gov.au/drum/events/mount-waverley-secondary-college-production-2021-seussical

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

Mr Thomas Frost
Production Director

Monash Public Library – Short Story Competition

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2021 WordFest Short Story Writing Competition

 

Monash Public Library Service is launching the annual Short Story Competition as part of the WordFest literature festival on Thursday 17 June. The Short Story Competition is open to students who attend school or reside in Monash and who are aged 12 and over.  It’s a great opportunity for young people to submit their stories, express themselves, refine their writing skills, and potentially win cash prizes.
Please visit the link for further details.  The closing date for the competition is Sunday 18 July.

https://www.monlib.vic.gov.au/Whats-On/WordFest-2021/2021-WordFest-Short-Story-Writing-Competition

 

 

 

Mrs Robyn Whitelaw
Resource Centre Manager – Senior Campus

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