MWSC College News – Issue 11

6th August 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

My sincere thanks goes to all the families and friends who bought raffle tickets this year. We raised $3830 which will go towards our college production costs.

Congratulations to the following prize winners:

 1st  –  Chi Bong Hui
2nd –   
Kim Russell
3rd  –   Christine O’Rourke
4th –   
Anna Kokolios  
5th –   
Justin Gould
6th     Anthea Dunstone
7th    Jeanine Chang
8th    Tas Stamopoulos
9th     Melissa Flowers
10th   Sharon Molenaar
11th –  Rachel Ly
12th   Melissa Eilers


I would personally like to thank all of our sponsors who helped Mount Waverley Secondary College in our fundraising effort. We appreciate the great support you give to our learning community.


Seussical the Musical

I had the privilege of attending a closed rehearsal at the Drum Theatre of ‘Seussical – The Musical’ yesterday. The production team have been working hard over the last two years so it was wonderful to see their performance come to fruition.

The production band under the baton of Musical Director Mrs Tijtje Keatley performed brilliantly and was made up of staff, alumni and students. It was wonderful to hear live music again in a theatre.   The cast and crew were magnificent.

Congratulations to the lead roles:

Cat in the Hat – Neave M
Jojo – Harshitha J
Horton the Elephant – Luna M
Gertrude McFuzz – Alannah R
Mayzie La Bird – Madeleine D
Sour Kangaroo – Yashodha K
Young Kangaroo – Clementine J
Mr Mayor – Charlie M
Mrs Mayor – Ava C
General Genghis Khan Schmitz – Xavier F

And all the supporting leads:

Thing 1 – Anagha K
Judge Yertle the Turtle – Martin J
Wickersham – Sarah B
Bird Girl – Poppy R
Vlad Vladikoff – King Win F
Wickersham – Kyra H
Bird Girl – Kiska A
Wickersham – Anvi R
Wickersham – Mia T
Thing 2 – Chrissa H
Wickersham – Yolanda Y
Bird Girl – Shubhi P

And Mr Ian MacLeod who played the Grinch.

Well done to the Chorus Members:

Sebastian V
Jay F
Enara W
Chianne L
Anne F
Shreya N
Jessica T
Sania M
Sophie C
Tessa G
Divya G
Sanuli F

And Dancers:

Alannah GR (Dance Captain)
Viola H
Lana A
Michelle W
Charlize M
Yara W

Productions like this wouldn’t go ahead without the dedication and hard work of volunteer staff, students and alumni.  Hundreds of hours have been spent in rehearsals making props, set design and costumes.

I particularly want to recognise Director – Mr Tom Frost, Set, Costume and Prop Director – Mrs Stella Lumb, along with Mrs Tijtje Keatley –  Music Director for their efforts on creating what I think was our best school production yet.

Congratulations to everyone involved, I am so proud of all of you!

The production has been filmed professionally and further information about how you can purchase the recording will be sent out to families via Compass.


Olympics Medal Challenge

During our last lockdown I sent a video message to our students and staff congratulating them on their efforts in doing such a great job in remote learning.

I invited students and staff to enter an Olympic quiz to guess how many gold, silver and bronze medals Australia would receive in the Tokyo Olympics. Over 200 responses were received and I will be announcing the winner next week. Thank you to all the staff and students who entered.


MWSC Olympian

Congratulations to alumni Emily Whitehead who took part in the Tokyo Olympics competing in the artistic gymnastics.

We are so proud of her achievements and to see one of our former students compete at such an elite level was inspirational.


Premier’s VCE Awards – Mount Waverley Secondary College Win Top Honours

Congratulations to Emilie R and Jeff C both of Year 12 who have been recognised with a Premier’s VCE Award for their outstanding academic results in 2020.

Emilie received a Study Award for German and Jeff received a Study Award for Chinese as a Second Language which he learnt at the Xin Jin Shan Chinese Language School (which teaches at Mount Waverley Secondary College on the weekend).

There are only three students across the State recognised in each Study Award, so for two Year 11 students to win an award of this type is a remarkable achievement.


Voiceworks Magazine

A huge congratulations to Maya C of Year 9, whose short story is published in the latest edition of Voiceworks.
Voiceworks is a national literary journal that features exciting new writing and art by young Australians. Its purpose is to create a space for people under twenty-five to develop their creative and editorial skills and to publish, and be paid for, their fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art and comics.

This is a great achievement, showing Maya’s amazing talent as an author.  Congratulations Maya!


2021 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey

Invitations to the 2021 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey) have been emailed out.

Each year the school conducts an opinion survey amongst a sample of our learning community. This year, a sample of approximately 30 per cent of parents/caregivers/guardians have been randomly selected and invited to participate. Results will be used to inform and direct our future school planning and improvement. The survey will be conducted online and should only take 20 minutes to complete.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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I would like to thank all parents/carers of Junior Campus for their patience and understanding in relation to the limited opportunities you have had to visit us on campus this year. We continue to adhere to Victorian Department of Health and Department of Education and Training guidelines regarding avoiding ‘non-essential visitors’ in order to protect the health and safety of all members of the school community. We look forward to a day when we can welcome you on campus and give you the chance to share in our vibrant learning community.


Year 8-9 Transition

Recently our year 8 students began the very important process of subject selection for year 9 in 2022. While for you and your young person it might feel very early to start thinking about future pathways, we take great pride in the quality and quantity of information and support we are able to provide our students as they make their way through their secondary schooling. We pay close attention to our transition between year 8 and 9, as students move to the senior campus, and we’d like to thank our parent/carer community for their active involvement in this process. Knowledge is power, and we hope to empower our students to exercise their voice and make informed decisions about their futures.


Year 8 Personal Best

The 2021 Personal Best Program is now up and running. Students were introduced to the concept, and the program, through an online presentation from comedian/screenwriter Mr Declan Fay. They have since been working, through home group sessions, on identifying their personal strengths, and considering the various effective Habits of Mind traits that they possess. They will soon begin to focus on their own personal goal for the semester, culminating in presentations in October. Thanks to all families who joined the information session on Thursday!


Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Subject Information Evenings and Course Selections

The last two weeks have been very busy. Students and staff have moved back from remote learning to onsite. In addition to classes, staff and students have also been involved in subject information, pathway option and course planning sessions.

Students moving into Years 11 and 12 in 2022 were involved in subject selection sessions, parent information evenings, sessions for parents to ask questions about subjects and course selection interviews.

The information evenings were recorded and available to parents/ carers and students. Families are strongly encouraged to read the subject handbooks, watch the faculty-based videos available on the college website and contact members via e mail of the subschool team or faculty heads.

Thanks to all involved in the sessions; subject teachers, faculty heads, Ms Lisa McKiernan, Head of Senior School and Mr Matt Cara, Senior Subschool Leader, Mrs Jo Hall, Careers Education Manager, the IT team for their support and  Ms Clare Challenger, Acting Head of Curriculum.


Year 10 to 11 Course Counselling Interviews

On Wednesday 4 August the Middle and Senior School Teams, a number of teachers and the Careers Team were all involved in interviews to confirm student courses for 2022.
Any student or parent who would like to speak to the Careers Team or a member of the Senior Subschool team can do so by emailing to arrange a meeting or phone call.
Student choices for Year 11 and 12 2022 subjects must be completed via EDVAL.


VTAC Information Evening

Last Monday evening students and their parents/ carers attended a VTAC Information Evening to assist students in their transition from secondary school to tertiary education and other pathways. Thanks again to the Careers Team and Senior Subschool.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Student Wellbeing Report

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Wellbeing Podcast

Last week we launched the very first episode of our brand new podcast! The podcast will provide students with tips and strategies to look after their overall wellbeing whilst trying to get the best out of themselves. We will have several presenters from the student wellbeing team as well as guest student presenters. Episode 2 will be dropping very soon!

This week we welcomed Ms Jess Ellis to the student wellbeing team. Jess is a social work student on placement with us for the rest of the year. Jess will be supporting the wellbeing team and students on both campuses. Jess will be heavily involved in helping us launch our new wellbeing podcast!

Next week we welcome, Ms Aisha Paternott to the Student Wellbeing Team. Aisha is our new Mental Health Practitioner(MHP) and will be based on the Junior Campus 3 days a week, Wednesday to Friday. Aisha is a social worker who works 2 days a week as a MHP in a special school. We look forward to welcoming Aisha and her supporting our students and families on the Junior Campus.


Student Wellbeing Program

On Tuesday, the year 10 students will receive a presentation on nutrition by Ms Teri Lichtenstein. This will be a really important presentation for students to know how food impacts their mood and their energy levels. We have noticed that there are alot of students not eating during the day at school or not eating a healthy diet, which we know impacts on their ability to get the best out of themselves during the day.

Our Year 9 drug and alcohol workshops which were to be delivered during week 5 and 6 have been postponed due to lockdown and COVID restrictions. We are hopeful of rescheduling these to later in the year.


During Lockdown: Healthy eating

Whilst we are on the topic of food.. It’s important to encourage your child to eat a healthy and consistent diet during lockdown. It’s too easy for them to develop bad habits during a lockdown period. The top tips from the George Institute states to stick to a routine, focus on nutritious food, remove temptations, prepare ahead and unleash your inner chef. Lockdown is a great time to get students in the kitchen preparing healthy meals.
As always if there is anything we can do to support you or your child please reach out.




Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

From the Sports desk

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Intermediate Boys Soccer – Eastern Metropolitan Regional finals


Our Intermediate Boys Team fought hard to win their way to the Eastern Regional Final, scoring 3 – 0, 3 – 2, and 3 – 0.

The second game proved their mental resilience as they came back from a shocking 0 – 1 goal in the first minute, with Zander K (year 10)  kicking the winning goal in the last seconds of the game.

The final was a hotly contested match, the boys going up 1 – 0 after 5 minutes in the first half, but then hanging on by their fingernails for the rest of the game, earning a much deserved spot in the State Competition in September.’  ~ Mr Young


MWSC College News – Issue 11