MWSC College News – Issue 14

15th October 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

College Principal’s Report

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My Wonderful Staff

Thank you to my incredible staff for the way they have supported our students at the start of term four. It has been challenging at times for Year 12 teachers who are currently teaching face to face and in the remote learning environment. A special thank you to the senior subschool; Ms Lisa McKiernan, Head of Senior School and her team for all of their hard work in organising school events in a COVID safe way and for their willingness to make changes as required. They have had a very busy few weeks and have had to make changes to proposed activities in line with the DET School Operations Guide.


Year 12 Revision Program

Thank you to all of the teachers who worked with our students during the second week of the term break by running revision sessions, practice exams and arranging presentations. Their hard work and dedication to their students does not go unnoticed.


GAT Examination

Our GAT Exam took place on Thursday 7 October and 410 students sat this exam. Special thanks to Mr Matt Cara, Senior School Leader and Mr Alex Bernhardt our Chief Examiner for organising and overseeing this event and thank you to all the support staff and volunteers who helped supervise on the day.


Special Screening of our 2021 College Production


On Thursday 14 October we held a special screening of our College Production “Seussical” via YouTube. It was great to come together (virtually) to enjoy our talented students and staff performing in this amazing production, which was 2 years in the making.

Congratulations to all of the students, staff and Alumni involved in making it such a success. Special thanks to Mr Tom Frost – College Production Director and Mrs Tijtje Keatley – Music Director.  Thank you to Mrs Narda McLennan our Marketing and Events Manager for making this event possible.


Amazing Writers / Writing Success

Congratulations to Maya C of Year 9 who recently won the Hachette Australia Prize for young Writers for her story entitled, “Leap Frog’s Boy.”

Maya was presented with the award online at the National Young Writers Festival at a special event, and won a $500 cash prize, an exclusive book pack from Hachette Australia and acknowledgement of her winning entry in Express Media’s flagship publication Voiceworks.

Maya C and Sarah B of Year 10 were also successful in the city of Monash Wordfest writing competition, part of the annual literature festival of the Monash Public Library Service.

Maya won third place with her story entitled “Unbolted” and Sarah received a high commendation for her work titled “An Elusive Death.”  Congratulations to these two fine writers.  Well done on your achievements


School Shade Grants Program

I was contacted recently by Mr Matt Fregon MP, Member for Mount Waverley District who informed me that our college will receive $23,450.00 for shade sails on the Senior Campus. Thank you to Mr Bill Thomas who oversaw this successful grant application for the School Shade Grants Program.


New examination dates for Years 9, 10 and 11

Information will be provided shortly regarding the exams for Years 9, 10 and 11.

The new dates are as follows:

  • Year 10 and 11 exams start Monday 22 November and finish Thursday 2 December
  • Year 9 exams start Monday 29 November and finish Thursday 2 December
  • Correction Day will be held on Friday 3 December
  • The Early Commencement Program (ECP) for 2022 Years 8-12 will be held from Monday 6 December until Friday 10 December
  • No Year End Program (YEP) will run for 2021


Dates for Students Returning to Onsite Learning

Just a reminder that from Tuesday 26 October all Year 7 and 11 students return to full time onsite learning.

From Tuesday 26 October Year 8 and 9 students return Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

Year 10 students return Thursdays and Fridays only.

From Friday 5 November all students return to onsite learning.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal – Junior School

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Return to On-site Schooling

As you would be aware, students will be returning to on-site learning from Tuesday 26 October. Year 7s will be full-time from this date, and year 8s will attend on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only, for the first two weeks. From Friday 5 November, we anticipate that all students will return to full-time face-to-face learning. We ask that all students attend school wearing appropriate face masks, including having a small supply in their school bag. While the college does have some masks available in the event of damage or loss, this supply is very limited, and we are not able to provide each student with masks.


Year 8 Personal Best

Upon our return to school, our year 8 students will be given the opportunity to share their Personal Best projects. We thank parents/carers for their support with this changing program. While the final iteration was not in line with our original plans, we are very excited to see and hear what our students did to extend themselves and keep themselves busy during lockdown in term 3 and into the holidays.

On Wednesday 27 October during periods 5 and 6, students will be presenting their projects to their home groups. We encourage them to complete the template that has been provided to guide their presentation. This is not expected to be onerous, but we hope to be able to celebrate student achievement during this time.


Junior Campus Events

As you are likely aware, due to public health advice and guidance from the Department of Education and Training, regrettably we have had to make the decision to cancel any remaining events for our Junior Campus students in 2021. This includes the Year 8 Kinglake Camp, all remaining Monash Tech School excursions, and the Year End Program (YEP). The college continues to value these programs, and thoroughly looks forward to their return in 2021, however they are just not possible in the current climate. Please contact the college for further information.



Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal – Senior School

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Revision Program – Third Term Break

A large number of staff and students attended the virtual Units 3 & 4 revision program in the second week of the term break. Thanks to all of the students who attended and a special thank you to the teachers who gave up their time to support students in performance and language exams, presented revision lectures, supervised practice exams and organised guest presenters.

A special thank you to Senior Sub School Leader, Mr Matt Cara for overseeing the program and to all of the teachers who presented or organised sessions for students.


General Achievement Test (GAT)

On Tuesday 5 October all students completing a Units 3 & 4 subject sat the GAT. There were 420 students in attendance. There was a great deal of planning and preparation leading up to the exam to ensure all exam requirements were met. Thanks to Mr Matt Cara, Senior Subschool Leader, Head of Senior School, Ms Lisa McKiernan and the Senior School Team for their assistance. Thanks also to the staff who assisted in setting up and planning for the exam and to all of the exam supervisors.


Year 12 – Term Four

During the past two weeks students have been working with their teachers and revising and studying for their final exams. Students and staff were pleased to be on campus for classes last week. Next Wednesday 20 October is the last day for our Year 12 students. On this day students will take part in a celebration session (in line with department guidelines).

The virtual Graduation Ceremony is on Wednesday evening. Families will be able to celebrate this event together. There has been a lot of work involved in putting this together.  Again thanks to the senior subschool team, Year 12 teachers and staff who have supported the event.

A large number of our students also completed external oral and performance exams in languages, Drama and Music.

The teaching staff have all commented on the commitment and positive work ethic of our students. I encourage all students to use the time wisely, study hard and to do their best and I wish them luck this term with their external exams. The study and revision they do in this time can have a positive impact on their final results.

I would like to publicly acknowledge the work of our staff in supporting the Class of 2021 and particularly their Year 12 teachers who have worked very hard to support their students.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Student Wellbeing Report

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Welcome to the last term of 2021. To say it has been a challenging time for all students is an understatement. It was great to welcome back to school the year 12’s last week. Everyone in the Student Wellbeing team would like to wish them good luck as they embark on their last term of school and head into exam preparation.

Towards the end of last term, the year 12’s received a powerpoint presentation on managing stress and motivation by our new Mental Health Practitioner, Ms Phoebe Cummings. She talked about finding the right amount of stress, because it’s not all bad and also encouraged students to stop “looking for motivation” and start being task orientated.

During term 3, the student wellbeing team launched “The Summit – A MWSC student wellbeing podcast”.  The podcast focuses on helping students get the best out of themselves by focusing on their overall wellbeing. The next episode will be out next week (22/10/21), focusing on how students can get prepared for their exams. You can access episode 4 and previous episodes on spotify or apple podcasts.


Student Wellbeing Program

On Friday 17 September, the Student Wellbeing Team hosted the Year 9 & 10 Wellbeing Day. The day started off with a combined sub-school assembly and guest speaker, Ms Linh Do.  Linh is the Director of the Wattle Fellowship at the University of Melbourne.  Linh shared her journey with the students, which has included helping to install clean water wells in a Kenyan slum after working on the policy that funded the project.  Linh’s recurring themes in her work are sustainable development, social change and social justice.  Linh completed an Ikigai activity with the students.  Ikigai is a Japanese concept that means ‘your reason for being’, and the activity is designed to encourage people to find a motivating force; something or someone that gives a person a sense of purpose or a reason for living.

After a short break the Year 9 students enjoyed an interactive session with our MWSC Nurses that focussed on first aid (including a practical CPR lesson), hearing health, hygiene and a Q&A session.  During this time, the Year 10 students were playing interactive games that had been organised by our Chaplain.

Our third session to both year levels was from guest presenters, Mike and Ben from Real Life Resilience.  Both of these men have overcome the most incredible hardships and are now flourishing in their lives and sharing their stories with young people to show them how to build resilience from the challenges that life throws at us.

After lunch, both year levels again joined in with our final session, which was a yoga session presented by qualified yoga instructor, Ms Simone Cosgriff, specifically aimed at teaching our students how to connect to their breath and use breathing to calm their bodies, thoughts and emotions, to get the absolute best outcomes in both their learning and their day to day life.

The Wellbeing Day involved a huge amount of organisation, but was a great way to finish off a challenging term and continue to upskill our students with their health and wellbeing.  The feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive and a really positive way to end the term. Thankyou to Ms Kerri Haworth (Student Wellbeing Coordinator) for her leadership in organising the successful event.

On Tuesday 5 October, the year 10 students attended an online presentation on the “power of sleep” by Brad Felstead. Brad promised students an increased academic performance just by shutting their eyes and getting a little bit more sleep. He shared with students the scientific evidence the power of sleep can give them an advantage especially towards exam time.


Parent Webinar

The office of the eSafety Commissioner is running webinars on Digital Technologies and Mental Health, with several sessions running from 19 October to 18 November. The webinar will provide parents and carers with an understanding of how games, apps and social media can influence young people’s mental health. Parents care register now by accessing



Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

MWSC College News – Issue 14