MWSC College News – Issue 10

23rd July 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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College Raffle

We have been working hard on sourcing some great prizes for our college raffle this year. Nearly $2800 worth of prizes have been donated including Microsoft surface pro, Apple IPad, Sony Speaker, Toshiba portable hard drives, Bunnings, Kmart Gift cards, Campion Education Voucher and Book Hamper, Texas Instruments MathPrint Calculators and Peridot Theatre Company Tickets.

The college raffle is running online this year and tickets can be purchased via compasstix. Please support the college by purchasing either a $10 (5 tickets) or $20 (10 tickets) book.  Feel free to forward the compasstix link to family and friends.

All proceeds will go towards supporting the college production ‘Seussical the Musical.’

Raffle tickets can be purchased online now via compasstix link:

Our online college raffle is due to close on Wednesday 4 August.  Raffle to drawn and winners announced on Friday 6 August.


Star Performer

I would like to congratulate Sherry W of Year 9 who was awarded the golden medal in the 18 years and under category of the Melbourne division of the ‘Cultures of China-Water Cube Cup 2021 Chinese Songs Contest’.

Sherry has qualified to participate in the global grand final contest at the Beijing Olympic Water Cube. (This year it will be held online). This contest is a very important international singing contest for the global Chinese community, and we are so proud of what Sherry has achieved!

Sherry had this comment to share with us –
“The competition I participated in is an international singing competition for the global Chinese community. I came to know about it through one of my father’s friends, and decided to participate in it. I had been learning for 3 months this year under an Opera singer who has helped me increase my skill in singing drastically over that short period of time. Due to my lack of experience on stage, I found it difficult to overcome my stage fright. Thankfully, my father helped me prepare for the stage and I was able to pass the first rounds successfully with the highest score. The second round was more difficult, with a harder song and a shorter time limit. Fortunately, I was able to successfully polish my singing by then, and also won this time with the gold medal. Now, however, I am going into the international rounds, and if not for COVID, I would be in Beijing by next month, and I hope to be able to achieve a high score and make it past the preliminary international round.”


Australian Society of Medical Research School Quiz

I am delighted to announce the winners of the Victorian ASMR School Quiz 2021. There were three categories of years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12 and eight winners overall.

Our school had the highest number of participants in this year’s ASMR Quiz in Victoria and the most brilliant outcome with 3 winners! Congratulations to our talented students and thank you to the staff who supported this quiz.

Winners of ASMR School Quiz 2021:

Victoria State 1st Prize Winner for Year 8 – Presented to Kayden L

Victoria State 2nd Prize Winner for Year 8 – Presented to Adith D

Victoria State 2nd Prize Winner for Year 11 – Presented to Sophia C

Congratulations Kayden, Adith and Sophia!


Australian Business and Community Network Accelerate Scholarship Program

Applications are now open for a scholarship supporting Year 10 students facing economic, family or social challenges that impact their studies or capacity to achieve their tertiary pathway.

The three-year Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) Accelerate Scholarship program provides students with a dedicated corporate mentor and financial support.

This includes time with the mentor to help set goals and develop valuable workplace skills and $7000 in financial assistance over a three-year period.   Students can spend the financial assistance on study materials, education costs and transport.

Eligibility requirements:

All Year 10 students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply.

Students must also meet two out of the three categories to be eligible:

  • demonstrated commitment and high engagement in academic schoolwork
  • demonstrated responsibility and organisation as a leader at school or in extra-curricular activities
  • demonstrated commitment and dedication to community service and sports, including those in need and their extended family unit or team.

How to apply:

Interested students should speak to Miss Dureau, Head of Student Voice about the application process and their eligibility.

As part of the application, students must submit a short essay addressing the topic ‘The difference this ABCN scholarship will make to my life and the community around me’, and include the following responses:

  • the benefits of having a mentor
  • what the student would use the scholarship funds for
  • the impact they would have in their community.

The application must be submitted by the principal on behalf of the student.  Applications close Friday 20 August.  Scholarship recipients will be informed in October 2021.



Get Active Victoria

When children participate in regular physical activity, it boosts their physical and mental health and improves academic performance.  Physical activity throughout the day also improves concentration, and the ability to retain information and solve problems.

There are many benefits to being active and getting your move on, but a lot of children aren’t moving enough, particularly while learning from home.

15 minutes 4 times a day is all it takes.

To help support your children to stay active while learning from home, families can access a range of free COVIDSafe ideas to stay active and games through Get Active Victoria.

Families should remember that whatever gets children moving, gets them active.


The Get Active Kids Voucher Program

Does your child love sport and being active? Does your family have a Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card? You may be eligible for up to $200 to put towards the cost of your child’s participation in physical activities. The Get Active Kids Voucher Program helps eligible families get their kids involved in organised sport and active recreation activities.

Under the program, children may be eligible to receive up to $200 to help with the cost of membership and registration fees, uniforms, and equipment.

Special consideration also applies for children named on their own Australian Government Health Care Card or residing in care services as well as temporary or provisional visa holders, undocumented migrants or international students.

Applications for vouchers in round two of the program close at 5pm Friday 30 July. For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the Get Active Victoria website.


Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

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 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 during this time.

I encourage everyone in our community to access these resources and take care of themselves during this time.


Services and support for students and their families

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 the current 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 COVID-19, 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 COVID-19.

Wellbeing guidance for parents and carers is also available on the Department’s website, or through the confidential parent support hotline, Parentline, available 8am to midnight, seven days a week. Phone: 13 22 89.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Professional Learning Day – 12 July

All of our teaching staff participated in a Professional Learning Day last week. We heard from our keynote speaker, Dr Ryan Dunn from the University of Melbourne, and teachers were involved in a range of workshops during the day. Sessions focused on differentiating student work, formative assessment, using command term and building skills in Years 7 to 10 students and teachers working on moderating and analysing student work.

The last afternoon sessions focused on student feedback and some of these sessions were facilitated by staff from Monash University.

All of these workshops were organised and run by staff at the college. This work will be revisited and built upon in the next professional learning week which takes place this term.

The fact that the college can run sessions using the expertise and experience of the teachers is a testament to the knowledge and skill of the staff at Mount Waverley Secondary College.


2022 Subject Handbooks

All of the 2022 college handbooks are now on the website. We encourage all families to look at the relevant handbook. They contain advice on the subschool and programs at that year level as well as descriptions about the subjects on offer. There is a Junior School Handbook, a Year 9 and a Year 10 handbook and a VCE Handbook.


VCE Parent Teacher Conferences

The college held parent teacher conferences last Thursday after school via WebEx. The interviews provided parents/carers and students with the opportunity to discuss the end of semester reports and to receive feedback to assist in term three and for the rest of the year. The conferences are very useful for students in a Unit 3 & 4 (Year 12) subject as they complete their internal assessment by the end of this term.

Thanks to the parents and students who participated and to the VCE teachers who conducted the interviews at the end of their teaching day.

Any parent/ carer who was not able to attend a conference and would like to speak to a subject teacher can email the teacher through Compass.


Subject Information Evenings, 2022 Subject Selection & Future Options Day

During next week, subject to department and health advice, students will be participating in a range of activities and programs to support their subject and course selections for 2022 which will be made in the next few weeks. Programs will either run onsite or virtually.

Information Evenings will run virtually and information is available on Compass with the details for each year level.

Please continue to check Compass for notifications about program and session details and email the relevant subschool if there are any questions or concerns.

Thanks to the subschool teams, Heads of School, the Teaching and Learning team and subject teachers for all of their work in preparing for the events.


Year 10 to Year 11 Subject Selection/ Course Counselling

On Monday 2 August all Year 10 students will be involved in course and subject selection interviews. Please check Compass for updated information on the structure of the day or contact Ms Lisa McKiernan, Head of Senior School, if you have any questions.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Welcome back to Term 3

Welcome back to all students and parents to our second semester of learning for the year.  It was fantastic to welcome our Middle School students back on campus after the break.  Student were settling in well which was pleasing to see.

With the move into lockdown happening rapidly, I would like thanks students and parents for their flexible approach.  Once again students have shown high levels of resilience and have engaged well in the online environment.

We look forward to welcoming back on site in not to distant future, where we will again connect in classrooms for face to face for learning.


Holiday Works

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

The ICT Works undertaken included:

  • Data points and phones upgrades
  • Supporting SC Staff room upgrade
  • Server maintenance
  • Old ICT equipment to IT recyclers
  • Projector maintenance
  • Reimaging computers
  • Firewall maintenance
  • Install Security Cameras

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

  • Refurbishing the SC Staffroom
  • Cocoon Roof on both the SC – Music Centre and Library installed
  • Creation of wellbeing offices in LA61 on JC
  • Landscaping works near JC Woodwork Room
  • Fixing locks on doors and windows across both sites
  • Moving furniture between rooms and clearing out old furniture
  • Maintenance on air conditioners and heaters
  • Liaising with contractors doing investigations for the STEAM Centre

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


STEAM Centre

Work on the STEAM Centre is continuing at rapid rate.  All documentation for tendering is currently being worked on with our architects, BKK, and project managers, Johnstaff, as well as the VSBA.  The start of tendering process is not far away, which means we are getting closer to the start of the building phase later this year.



Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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I would like to commend the Junior Campus staff and students on a successful (although largely unwanted) return to remote learning. While it is not something that we ever thought we would, or wanted to, get used to, it is a credit to all members of the community that we are able to so effectively return to this format for our learning. During the last week, not only have we continued our normal school timetable, but we have been able to continue to provide the diverse opportunities for our students that we value.

Over 50 year 7 & 8 students were able to undertake their online training for their upcoming SYN radio experience. While conducting the training at home is not the same as visiting a radio studio, it is still great that we can offer such a program to our students. Thanks to Ms Grace Leszczynski for managing this. We also ran our Personal Best program launch with our year 8s, who heard from guest speaker, comedian/writer Mr Declan Fay, who urged them to not wonder ‘what if?’ and try to find their passion. Thanks to Mrs Debbie Sekula for organising this event.


Parents at Mount – Save the date

Inviting parents of Year 7 and 8 to join in an informal information evening via Google Meet to find out more about ‘Parents at Mount’ – A group for families of MWSC to connect socially and be involved in the school community. Ideas for involvement in COVID times will be very welcome!

When: Thursday 12 August
Time:   7:00pm
Venue: Google Meet


Junior Campus Remote Security

Remote Learning periods are always a chance to try new ideas and we’ve tried something new this time around. Rather than patrolling the campus myself, I’ve sent in an assistant from home (my backyard on the left) to go and keep an eye over the Junior Campus. So far he’s reported that everything is running smoothly.



Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

Student Wellbeing Report

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Welcome everyone to term 3. It’s obviously not the way we wanted to start the term but hopefully we will all be back at school next week! Whilst we are in lockdown and students are engaged in remote learning, it’s a good time to remind parents/carers of esafety commissioner and the great resources available to you and your child on staying safe online.

It is also really important to encourage your child to stay connected to their peers during this time. For some this is easy but for others being in lockdown creates significant challenges socially and it’s important that you help facilitate and encourage them to maintain connections. It is the single most challenging issue for students when they transition back to on campus learning.

Support during remote learning:
Student Wellbeing is available for support during lockdown. Students can access support via email or video counselling. Please feel free to contact any of our wellbeing staff if you are concerned about your child’s overall wellbeing and would like some support and or advice.

New Staff: 
At the start of term 3 we welcomed our new Mental Health Practitioner, Ms Phoebe Cummings to the Senior Campus. Phoebe is a registered Psychologist and will provide psychological intervention through counselling, psychoeducation, and mental health support. All referrals to Phoebe are allocated by the Manager of Student Wellbeing.

Parenting Program:
For those parents/carers who are interested, City of Monash is running a parent program called “Tuning in to Teens” – a 6 session parent program starting on the 4th of October focusing on ‘Emotionally Intelligent Parenting’. More information can be found by emailing


Student Wellbeing Program – Term 3

Year 7:
On Tuesday and Wednesday of week 1, Reach foundation delivered their “connection” workshop with our year 7’s. The workshop focused on strengthening connections, building resilience, showing empathy and enhancing social and emotional skills.

Year 8:
On Friday 3 September, students will receive a presentation by one of Australia’s most sought after motivational speakers, Mr Luke Kennedy. He will be speaking to the year 8’s on how to detach from labels and negative thoughts.

Year 9:
Each home group will attend an alcohol and drug education workshop by Access Community Health. This is in support of our health curriculum and offers a proactive, fun and engaging workshop to provide students with a tailored presentation by trained youth workers.
On the last day of term, year 9 students will participate in the “Year 9 Wellbeing Day”. The day starts with a guest presentation by author Ms Melissa Keil. Students will then attend a workshop teaching them basic first aid skills by our college nurses and then a mental health presentation by Headspace. The day will conclude with several opt in fun activities such as yoga, downball, soccer and dodgeball.

Year 10:
Its a very busy term with several wellbeing programs delivered for the year 10’s, this is due to postponing some of these workshops from term 2 due to lockdown. During mentoring, students will engage in a presentation on the Power of Nutrition and the Power of Sleep by Felstead Education. Both are very important topics for students and will help them get the best out of their academic performance.

On Tuesday 17 August – The Student Wellbeing and Careers team will be providing the opportunity for our 10 students to participate in a day focused on building on their character strengths, problem solving, challenging gender stereotypes, building resilience and exploring future career options.

Students will attend a Q & A presentation by Ms Tayla Harris (Australian Rules Footballer and well known activist for female participation in sport) and then they will attend 4 separate workshops. Two workshops will be delivered by SALT (Sports and Life training) “Empowered” and “Health Masculinity”. The other two workshops will be delivered by MWSC alumni presenting on their career journeys.

On Tuesday 31 August – Student Wellbeing specialist and award winning international speaker and author, Mr Daniel Merza will be coming down from Sydney to present his empowering presentation on “Leader of your life”. He will aim to inspire year 10 students to take control of their destiny through positive thinking, which will set them up for a positive approach to VCE in 2022.

Year 11:
During mentoring, year 11 students will receive a presentation from Red Frogs on developing their own self identity. Red frogs are a well respected and engaging company of speakers who present at schools on a range of topics. They are most well known for their talks on schoolies and helping students stay safe at the end of their year 12 celebrations.

On Monday 13 September, the year 11 students will also receive a presentation from Ms Jemima Montag (commonwealth gold medalist and Tokyo Olympian) She will be fresh from competing in the Tokyo games to share with the year 11’s all the lessons she has learnt this year competing for gold and striving to be her best.


Student Wellbeing Model

(Positive Relationships, Social and Emotional Learning, Student Voice and Agency and Partnerships and Support) 
Phase one of the implementation of the student wellbeing model was achieved in semester 1 with several presentations on the wellbeing model presented to students at every year level and all staff. The poster of the model is now in every classroom to remind students and teachers of the importance of the wellbeing model.

The second phase of implementation includes engaging students with the student wellbeing model, including running activities in home group and mentoring focusing on the four areas of the model as well as running professional collaboration sessions with staff.  We will also be delivering an online virtual event to promote the model to parents/carers later in the term.
I hope everyone stays safe during this time and please let us know if there is anything the student wellbeing can do to support.



Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

Head of Languages’ Report

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Languages Day

At the Junior Campus on Wednesday 11  August, there will be Languages Day special activities and lunches.

Activities on the day include:

HG, Period 1 & 2 – Assembly
Period 3 & 4 – German and Japanese cultural activities for all students including the EAL and English Literacy students
Lunchtime – Germany vs Japan Soccer match

Special German and Japanese themed lunch orders will be available. Please keep an eye out for Compass notification.


Parent Language Assistants – Thank you!

We were fortunate to receive an overwhelming number of applications for volunteer language assistant positions. Since late Term 2, Ms Nobumi Kato-Smith, Ms Hiro Von Fischer, Ms Rika Demizu, Ms Rebecca Hagedorn, Mr Stephan Reiner, Mr Juergen Wilholt have been working with our Year 12 Japanese and German students. We thank these volunteer assistants and all the other parents who contacted us and generously offered their time and expertise to support our students


Virtual Japanese Model UN – 22 July

Ten VCE Japanese students have participated in the Japanese Language Model United Nation Online Conference on July 22. This event was a simulation of the UN General Assembly, but entirely done in Japanese! We were allocated three countries to present their position on Ocean Conservation.

Delegate of Fiji:          Felicia L, Hanh L, Isabelle N

Delegate of Canada:  Rio S, Mifa M, Megan L

Delegate of the UK:   Jemina L, Sophia C, Subeen A, Kye Li G

Students spent weeks in preparation for the event, researching, writing up and filming their position statement in Japanese, and watching position statements from other 15 participating countries. They have displayed leadership, teamwork, perseverance, motivation for learning, and courage to get out of their comfort zone. The students found this language immersion experience overwhelming at first, however, they gained their confidence throughout the day and led the discussion by actively asking questions and sharing their views. I would like to thank Nobuko Kumakawa Sensei for spending many lunchtimes and hours helping these students. It was a huge commitment for both students and teachers, but it was such a rewarding experience.



Ms Ayako Yasunaga
Head of Languages

From the Sports desk

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Year 7 Boys Badminton – 25 June

On Friday 25 June, ten year 7 boys represented the school in the district badminton round robin. The A team won their first match against Vermont 5-1 and the B team also won 5-1. In the second round we played Highvale SC with the A team winning 6-0 and the B team going down 2-4. The third round saw the B team defeat Glen Waverley SC 4-2 and the A team played off in the Grand Final losing 2-4 to Glen Waverley Secondary College.

Well done to all the boys with both teams finishing second in the district.  The behaviour, skill and sportsmanship displayed was exemplary. ~ Mr Campbell

The team consisted of:

Ian W
Anhad K
Amav K
Yajur K
Hridaan J
Joshua P
Sifat M
King F
Jayden C
Rithila R


Senior Girls Soccer – 14 July

Eastern Metropolitan Regional Winners!

The ladies did not concede a goal:

Against Brentwood SC       4 – 0
Against Lilydale SC             4 – 0
Final against Baldwyn SC   2 – 0

Congratulations and Well done. ~ Mr Beale



Little Stories, Big Ideas Competition

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Congratulations to Isabella K of year 10 who received third place in the second term “Little Stories, Big Ideas” competition.
The theme was acceptance and Isabella’s piece was entitled, “How Sapphires are made.”

Anne F also of year 10, received an honorable mention for her writing entitled, “Winter Love.”

Congratulations to these very talented students!

Well done to all those who entered; we are so proud of you too.

Left to write is the MWSC creative writing club. We meet on Friday lunchtime’s in A3, and via remote during lockdown. For details, please email Mary-Jane Boughen


Acceptance – Isabella KWinter Love – Anne F
Diamond eyes gleaming,
years of unseen depression,
in the form of tears.Sapphire jewels tumble,
down freckled cheeks
dripping mascaraShe visits the cemetery,
leaving luminescent lilies of ivory over the black tombstone,
engraved with memories,
some remembered,
others forgotten.

Stormy clouds ahead,
she greets the rain
iridescent bubbles

Mist gathers around her like a gown
pearlescent starlight shines down on her
Raindrops and teardrops alike descend to earth

As caramel silk turns to silver,
the tears finally dry up like seafoam against sand,
And black satin fades to tatters, she finds herself

Still learning to accept
Still learning

Senseless and seekless, we have persisted.
Grappling onto the tiniest emits of spark.Once your lips were blushed hearths over my own; the heat nowadays unwelcomingly scorching.Stuck in this timeless loop,
spiteful words acclimating in our throats
Tearing ourselves down to shredded cords from our screaming,

Only to dissolve
Dissipate into an endless blizzard.

unlovable hand in unlovable hand, alone
yet together in this raging tempest.

Both to numb to seek any other; If not is this,
The best our deceased love could do is persevere.

Only to accept
No summer to thaw,
the forever to be winter.


MWSC College News – Issue 10