MWSC College News – Issue 12

3rd September 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, Junior Campus 145 Stephensons 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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Year 12 Motivational Letters

Recently all of our Year 12 students received an individualized thank you letter with comments from some of their teachers. Thank you to the Senior School team for organizing our Year 12 Motivational letters for our students and special thanks to Mrs Narda McLennan for compiling these letters. Some student responses were:

“Thank you for the email this is beautiful!” 

“Thank you so much for sending this through, it really made my day :)” 

“This is incredibly thoughtful idea and has made many year 12 students days and weeks, it means a lot!   Thank you to everyone who was involved in organising it :)


VCAA VCE Leadership Award

The 2021 VCE Leadership Awards are coordinated by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to recognise VCE students for their leadership, initiative and involvement in extra-curricular and community activities.

I am pleased to announce that the VCAA has selected Rachel T of Year 12 as a winner of a VCE Leadership Award. The 2021 VCE Leadership Award Ceremony will be held on Friday 17 September where the VCE Leader of the Year will be announced.

On behalf of our MWSC learning community I would like to congratulate Rachel on winning such a prestigious award.


MWSC Virtual Cross Country

Congratulations to the students and staff of MWSC on what can only be described as an unbelievable effort during last week’s virtual cross country.

Our school walked or ran a total of 9,015.33kms. We travelled through Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, and the Northern Territory and into Western Australia, where our journey came to an end in Port Hedland. Unfortunately, we missed out on breaking our record from last year by only 3.3kms, but this is still an amazing effort by the entire school community. Well done!

I would also like to congratulate our individual winners:

Year 7 Results
1st Place – Aaron C
2nd Place – Noah B
3rd Place – Yaj K

Year 8 Results
1st Place – Marcus W
2nd Place – Kavil S
3rd Place – Andrew D

Year 9 Results
1st Place – Neyssa S
2nd Place – Anneliese B
3rd Place – Lachlan B

Year 10 Results
1st Place – Viola H
2nd Place – Jocelyn S
3rd Place – Ellen L

Year 11 Results
1st Place – Bowen C
2nd Place – Jaimi A
3rd Place – Natalie L

Year 12 Results
1st Place – Charlie W
2nd Place – Andrew K
3rd Place – Hannah R

Staff Results
1st Place – Mr Wallace
2nd Place – Ms Boughen
3rd Place – Mr Martin tied with Ms Thomas

Congratulations to Mr Danny Gwynne our Junior Campus Sports Leader, on this great initiative and for entertaining us with fun video clips during the week!


Alumni Music Concert

On Friday 27 August we were entertained by seven alumni at a lunchtime music concert. The quality of performances was amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to these talented musicians. Thank you to our Alumni Yi Yang, Henry, Rick, Mitch, Vuyo, Ray and Alex for performing on the day and special thanks to our Music Captains Chris and Lesedi and our Director of Music, Mrs Tijtje Keatley for organising this special event.


Book Week

Well done to the Library team for all the great activities on offer last week during book week. Special thanks to all the students and staff who got involved. I am sure the students really enjoyed the week and activities on offer.


Student Parent Teacher Conferences

A reminder that Semester Two Student Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday 9 September between 1pm and 7.30pm.  Conferences will once again be held online via Webex links.  Thursday 9 September is a student free day and no classes will be running.  Please encourage your child/ren to attend these conferences with you so that they can receive feedback regarding their learning.


STEAM Centre

We are moving closer and closer to building commencing on our new STEAM Centre. The tender documentation is almost finished, which will then allow the tender process to occur which will determine who will build this fantastic new centre. We are still on track for a December start to these works. Thank you to Mr Ian MacLeod – Campus Principal Middle School, for overseeing this building project.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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2020 was an unprecedented year. The same, sadly, cannot be said of 2021. Our students are going through their second year punctuated by periods of remote learning, and while it is not getting any easier, our students continue to find ways to impress us and adapt to their surroundings.

Our Year 7 students have the dubious honour of having completed a significant portion of both their final year of primary school and their initial year of secondary school in a remote environment. The ability of these students to embrace secondary life, despite the many disruptions, is nothing short of inspiring. We commend them for their efforts this term, and cross our fingers that in 2022 they will be able to embrace all that secondary school life should be.

Our Year 8s have seemingly not even had the time to enjoy all that the Junior Campus has to offer, before soon getting ready to make the transition to the Senior Campus. During this time, we are supporting them through their Personal best project. The Junior Sub School team, led by Mrs Debbie Sekula, have adapted the program to meet the needs of the online environment. Now, more than ever, we encourage students to take up a new skill, hobby or task in order to extend themselves, keep them motivated, and spend some much-needed time away from screens during lockdown. Over the past few weeks some members of the Junior School team have shared their own projects, including a sustainable veggie patch (Mr Sheehan), learning Japanese (Miss Leszczynski), writing a text-book (Mrs Sekula), and working on a shaky forward defence on the cricket pitch (Mr Waters). We look forward to celebrating everyone’s new-found skills and projects next term.


Virtual Cross Country

Well done to all students who took part in the 2021 Virtual Cross Country! In the absence of competitive sport opportunities for our students this term, Mr Danny Gwynne organised our second annual event. The goal this year was to beat our efforts from 2020.

This year I am happy to report that our year 7 students were the year level contributing the most distance (not far behind our staff). Our year 8s were next best. Staff and students combined to travel 9012.03 kilometres, just 3km shy of last year’s total.







Thanks to Mr Gwynne for motivating staff and students each day, and well done to everyone who participated!


Homework Clubs

As a school we are pleased that a number of students have been able to join in the homework clubs both on campus, and in the remote world. The aims of these programs are to provide a space for students to share ideas and understanding, promote individual accountability, and encourage questioning and student agency.

If you have a child who you think would benefit from Homework Club please email the teacher-librarian,  Mrs Stephanie Thomas ( for more information.

The clubs run on the following days after school:

  • Tuesday- General Homework Club
  • Wednesday – Maths Homework Club
  • Thursday – Science Homework Club



Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

Student Wellbeing Report

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On Wednesday 25 August, we arranged for a presentation for the Year 9’s from guest speaker, Ms Melissa Keil. This, by coincidence, happened to occur during Book Week.  Melissa is an author of fiction books for young adults.  Melissa shared her journey from working in a diverse range of jobs to coming back to her original passion of writing.  Melissa’s presentation was very engaging and students and staff really enjoyed it.  The questions to Melissa from the students at the conclusion of her talk were fantastic and insightful and showed a real connection to the content of her presentation.

On Friday 3 September, the Year 8’s received a presentation from motivational speaker, Mr Luke Kennedy. He challenged students to ignore labels and be their true selves. He encouraged positive self talk, making little changes along the way to make positive choices and learn from your mistakes. He also emphasised that we are all born as a blank page and its up to us what goes on it.

We thank both Luke and Melissa for their presentations and look forward to welcoming them back to MWSC in 2022.
On Monday 6 September, Ms Jemima Montag will be presenting her inspirational story of resilience to our VCE students. Jemima recently competed in the Tokyo Olympics – finishing 6th in the 20k race walk.


Headspace Webinars

We know that it’s an extremely challenging time for parents at the moment, trying to work from home and support your child in remote learning. There are lots of great resources out there for parents including several webinars. We recently sent out information on two Headspace webinars. Here are a couple more for your interest:




Fact Sheets

We have also created some fact sheets for parents/carers – to help with dealing with common issues for young people.  They include topics on social media, body image, grief, anxiety, stress management, school refusal and peer relationships. We have also created a fact sheet on supporting your child during lockdown. If you want any further support please contact student wellbeing or the relevant subschool. is also another great resource for parents. check out this page for tips on how to support your teen during coronavirus.

We continue to offer support to students but we have noticed that students are reluctant to take up the offer during lockdown. This may be due to the nature of the support being online, but please encourage your child to access support if they need it. We can support via email or google meet. They don’t have to have their camera on during the video counselling sessions if they don’t want to. We are also offering group wellbeing check ins.. so students can come along with their friends and check in with a wellbeing staff member.



This term during remote learning we welcomed Ms Aisha Patternot – Mental Health Practitioner to the Student Wellbeing Team. Aisha works Wednesday to Friday on the Junior Campus and is available to support families and students. Feel free to make contact with her via





Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

Music Director’s Report

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From Monday 2 August – Thursday 5 August, I was lucky enough to participate in rehearsals and a closed door recording of MWSC Production of Seussical the Musical. The 16 piece orchestra that I had the privilege of conducting, was made up of staff, alumni and current students. A production such as this offers an amazing opportunity for musicians to work in a professional environment, learning challenging and beautiful music. As a musical director, it is a rewarding experience to work with these talented musicians and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for donating their time to this wonderful production.



Remote Learning 

It is wonderful to see the musical journey of MWSC students continue despite the current restrictions. Over the past week, I have heard, and seen some wonderful musical performances and achievements via digital means. The music students at the college are highly committed and have been attending lessons via Google Meet, participating in recordings, and attending rehearsals – conducted in a variety of ways. The students continue to improve their musical skills and engage in practice to improve weekly.

Congratulations to the music staff at the college, and these students for continuing to demonstrate resilience and flexibility.


Remote Concerts

Over the past three weeks 2021 College Music Captains, Lesedi M, Chris R and myself have organised a series of remote lunchtime music concerts to present to the college community. Featuring VCE students, music leaders and alumni, these concerts have been well attended, and feedback from staff, students and parents has been enthusiastic and positive. Thank you to all who have participated in the concerts, if you were unable to attend, there are links to the recordings on the MWSC Music Website.






Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Book Week 23 – 27 August 2021

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“Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds”

Book Week 2021 online was good fun. Students participated in a variety of activities based on the theme: “Old worlds, New worlds, Other Worlds”.

Special thanks to Jack T (Year 12) the MWSC Poet Laureate, for being on the judging panel of the writing competition, and to Kyra H (Year 11) & Viola H (Year 10) who ran the online Kahoot.

Also, a big thank-you to all the staff who took part in the activities, be it reading or judging.

Book voucher PDFs will be emailed to individual students. Minor prize winners can collect their prizes from the Resource Centre when we return to Campus.

Congratulations to everyone who took part.


Book Week Book Quiz winners

All correct entries will receive a minor prize:

1st correct entry:         Rutvi D (Year 7) – book voucher

Minor prize winners:   Marlo B,  Phoebe C, Arith D and Xiao Yu W (Year 8),  Jocelyn S, Amelia G and Olivia R (Year 10), Kyra H (Year 11) and Momina W (Year 12).


‘A New World’ writing competition winners

All entrants will receive an official CBCA Book Week pen.

Senior Campus

1st Prize:                        book voucher              Maya C
2nd Prize:                       book voucher              Sarah B
3rd Prize:                        book voucher              Isabella K
Honourable Mention:     minor prize                Olivia R

Junior Campus

1st Prize:                        book voucher              Abbey L
2nd Prize:                       book voucher              Catherine F
3rd Prize:                        book voucher              Lavanya S
Honourable Mention:     minor prize                Charvi J


‘What is that staff member reading?’ competition winners

Senior Campus

1st Prize:                     book voucher              Ellen L
2nd Prize:                    book voucher              Amanda F  and  Farah H
3rd Prize:                     minor prize                 Jocelyn S

Junior Campus

1st Prize:                     book voucher              Adith D
2nd Prize:                    book voucher              Tiya C
3rd Prize:                     minor prize                 Hruthi M


Re-name The Land of the Unicorn Map competition winner

Ellen L  (Year 10)


Book Worlds Kahoot! winners

1st Prize:                     book voucher             Amanda F
2nd Prize:                    minor prize                 Rutvi D
3rd Prize:                     minor prize                 Farah H
4th Prize:                     minor prize                 Vishwa P
5th Prize:                     minor prize                 Sarah B


Second Chance Draw Winner 

All students who participated were automatically entered.

Nithilan E (Year 7) will receive a book voucher



Resource Centre Team

MWSC College News – Issue 12