MWSC College News – Issue 13

17th 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

College Principal’s Report

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Star Performer

Congratulations to Blair P of Year 11 who has been selected in the 2021 Australian Schoolboys President’s Team. Since 1969 the Australian Schools’ Rugby Union has selected Australian Schoolboy teams to play other nations both in Australia and overseas. The title of Australian Schoolboy is synonymous with players of high rugby skill and outstanding personal character. We are very proud of you Blair!


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.

The 2021 VCE Leadership Award Ceremony was held online today and Rachel T of Year 12 represented our college with pride. She was one of six students who won a VCE Leadership Award and was in the running to be the VCE Leader of the Year. Although Rachel didn’t win the overall award we are so proud of her achievements.

Rachel has not only been a leader at school but Rachel is extremely passionate about empowering young people in the community. She has volunteered at her church and has supported international students from Deakin University who were adversely affected by the lockdown. In recent years her volunteer work has included running holiday programs for children, alongside Operation Stitches – a charity for children from disadvantaged families living in the Collingwood public housing estate.

In her capacity as a 2021 College Prefect, Rachel has led an initiative connecting senior students with the students on our Junior Campus. As part of the Year 12 leadership team, Rachel has worked with staff and students across the college on a range of initiatives. An example of this is her work in the college’s Wellbeing Model Working Party. She has supported the Head of Student Wellbeing to facilitate workshops with students on components of the model, including student voice and agency, and community partnerships and support.

Rachel has volunteered at the local primary school, Mount Waverley North Primary, to run Mini Mount Matters, a student-voice initiative that also runs at Mount Waverley Secondary College. Rachel has been actively involved in both Mount Matters and Mini Mount Matters throughout her VCE, creating opportunities for young people to have a voice and take part in genuine student-led change.

In 2020, Rachel was a member of the Remote Learning Working Party, which involved students, staff and leaders from the college. The working party surveyed over 1400 members of our school community throughout lockdowns 1.0 and 2.0, and used feedback from students, staff and parents/carers to inform the college’s approach to remote learning.


Celebrating Victoria’s Longest-Serving Teachers

Hundreds of Victorian teachers, principals, school administrators and policymakers are being recognised for their long-serving dedication to students and families through the Recognition of Service to Victorian Education program.

Minister for Education James Merlino last week congratulated 342 staff across the state being honoured for more than 40 years of service each to Victorian education, acknowledging their dedication, hard work and persistence over many decades – and particularly their resilience and support for their school communities during the pandemic.

A total of 174 teachers and staff are being recognised for 40 years of service, 119 staff for 45 years of service, 40 staff for 50 years of service, and nine staff for 55 years of service. I am pleased to announce that Mr Ian Davidson and Mr Warwick Irwin, two of our long serving staff members received their 50 years of service awards. Congratulations Ian and Warwick!

Minister for Education James Merlino stated “These teachers and school staff members have given so many years to delivering fantastic education to Victorian students – and I know all Victorians are with me when we thank them for their decades of dedication.”

Student and Parent Teacher Conferences

Last Thursday 9 September the college ran another successful student and parent, teacher conferences via WebEx. Feedback from parents and staff was extremely positive. Thank you to all involved in organising the event and to the teachers who provided feedback and advice for their students and their parents/ carers.


College Raffle

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets in the College Raffle this term. We raised $3630 in total which contributed to some of the costs involved with the college production. We will aim to get these prizes to the winners concerned when we reopen next term.


Special Screening of our 2021 College Production

I am thrilled to announce that we will have a special screening of our College Production “Seussical” via live stream on Thursday 14 October at 7pm. It will be great to come together (all be it virtually) to enjoy our students and staff performances. Virtual tickets to attend the performance is $10 and can be purchased via this Trybooking link:

This cost will allow you;

  • access to the stream on 14 October
  • your own copy of the Seussical link to keep
  • an electronic copy of the Seussical program

Sales open on Monday 20 September at 9am and will close on Tuesday 12 October.


Term 4 Program

Please note commencement dates for Term 4 (unless otherwise advised)
Monday 4 October – Continue remote learning for all year levels
Tuesday 5 October – Year 11 & 12 students studying Unit 3/4 subjects to attend the General Achievement Test (GAT) at the college.


2022 Scholarships

Scholarships are available for Year 4-11 students, Year 12 students planning to undertake tertiary studies in 2022, and Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students planning on completing Years 11 and 12.

Year 4 – 12 student scholarships:

The Department of Education and Training manages a number of scholarships which are available to students who are currently enrolled in Years 4-12.

Applicants for these scholarships are evaluated on their:

  • participation in school activities
  • community involvement
  • academic record for the current year.

Scholarships are either one-off payments or for the duration of the student’s course/study annually.

Applications for these scholarships, number of which have specific eligibility criteria, will open on 1 October 2021 and close on 28 February 2022.

For more information and a list of available scholarships visit the 2021 Student Scholarships for Years 4-12 Factsheet.

How to apply:

For information on how to apply visit the student scholarships web page.


My Sincere Thanks

My sincere thanks to our wonderful learning community who has banded together in support of our students and children to give them the best education possible during such challenging times. I am so proud of the way our students, teachers and support staff have conducted themselves and they have actively displayed the college values of ILEARN-Integrity, Learning, Excellence, Accountability, Respect and Nurturing. Have a well-deserved break. We look forward to starting Term 4 on Monday 4 October.

Take care everyone.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Head of Senior School’s Report

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I would like to congratulate our VCE students for their outstanding commitment to their learning throughout term 3. Much of this term has been spent at home in lockdown with students learning remotely. Whilst it has not been easy, we are so proud of each and every student for working through the ups and downs of lockdown and still showing up every day and giving their best. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I think this saying proves evident throughout remote learning, and our students are fortunate to be part of such a strong school community.
Thank you to our families who have continued to support our students at home, thank you to the college Wellbeing Team for providing one on one support, parent resources, and student presentations. Thank you to the Senior Sub School team for always making yourself available to support students and their families. Most importantly, thank you to our amazing team of VCE teachers who have maintained their excellent standard of teaching to ensure our students continue to achieve success in the classroom.

Unit 4 is coming to an end and our year 12 students are starting to prepare for their end of year exams. To help students prepare for their final exams, year 12 teachers have produced resource packs to support students with their revision over the holiday break. Thank you to Mrs Narda McLennan for all of your work in organising the printing of these terrific resources. Unfortunately due to being in lock down students were unable to collect their resource packs onsite at school. I would like to thank our college Principal, Mrs Karen Wade, for organising each resource pack to be individually delivered via courier to our 400+ students completing a Unit 3&4 exam in October.

On behalf of the Senior School team I would like to wish our students and their families a restful holiday break. Hopefully we will be back on site early in term 4.


Consideration of Educational Disadvantage (CED)

VCAA announced earlier in the term that all students studying a Unit 3&4 subject are eligible for CED. Students have already completed and submitted their statement of disadvantage. The Senior School team will work with VCE teachers throughout term 4 to continue this process to ensure that any disadvantage experienced is taken into account.


General Achievement Test (GAT)

The GAT is scheduled to be held on Tuesday 5 October. Students were provided with important information via a remote assembly in week 9. Students are encouraged to arrive at school by 9am on the day. In the days prior to the GAT we will provide an update for students and families regarding the most up to date covid measures.



Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Student Activities – Junior School

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Throughout the month of September our Year 8 Leaders have helped facilitate the creative event of the year!

Each day a prompt is sent to the Junior Campus students to respond through painting, drawing, short stories, poems, the opportunities are endless. We have had a huge amount of responses allowing our students to show off their creative flair throughout remote learning and earn their Mount Waverley College House points.

Our Leaders will be deciding winners for the event based on the following categories:

  • Most creative
  • Most submissions
  • Most effort

Enjoy some of the submissions below to be later displayed on campus.


Junior Campus Students SYN Radio Nomination

Our student’s engagement with the Schools On Air Program throughout 2021 has been exceptional! So much so that
SYN Radio has nominated our students for a Learning Broadcast award. Their shows have been well planned, entertaining and exciting for the participants as well as the radio audience they are broadcast throughout to the term.

We wish our students the best of luck with their nomination. For the duration of term 4 MWSC you may listen to our student shows on radio frequency 90.7 FM on Tuesdays from 1 – 3 pm.


Sports Dress Up Day

On Friday 17 September to celebrate the end of Term & the upcoming Footy finals Junior Campus students are having an online sports dress up day. Students were encouraged to wear their favourite team jersey, hat, scarf or put on a filter on their camera to join in.

There was be a Premiership Winner Survey & Lunchtime Kahoots or Trivia to jump onto and be social with other students.



Ms Grace Leszczynski
Student Activities Coordinator – Junior Campus

MWSC College News – Issue 13