MWSC College News – Issue 15

29th 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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It was wonderful to see our students returning to onsite learning over the past week and I look forward to seeing all students back onsite from next Monday 1 November.

 

Virtual Graduation Evening: Farewelling our Year 12 Class of 2021

Our second ever Virtual Year 12 Graduation Ceremony Evening was held on Wednesday 20 October and it was a great success. The Year 12 Virtual Graduation Evening was an evening of nostalgia as we celebrated the achievements of each of our Year 12 students from the Class of 2021.

The evening provided an opportunity to acknowledge the great contribution of all the past teachers from Prep to Year 12 who have significantly influenced our students’ development into fine young men and women – not to mention the invaluable guidance and support provided by parents and carers.

The Year 12 students received packs for this event that included a certificate, ticket and program for their Virtual Graduation Ceremony and a beautiful graduation photo which was taken by one of our teachers Mr Bill Thomas who is also a professional photographer.

I am so proud of our Year 12 students whose behaviour has been exemplary as they competed their final lessons and celebrated virtually in their classes during the day.  The Class of 2021 commenced their exams last Wednesday and our best wishes are with them as they do their best over the coming weeks.

Thank you to one of our past students Ethan Bibile who helped video different sections of the event and congratulations to Ms Lisa McKiernan – Head of Senior School, Mr Matt Cara – Senior School Leader and their team for the countless hours that went into organising this ceremony. I would also like to thank our College Council who helped fund these end of Year 12 activities.


World Teachers’ Day

On Friday 29 October Mount Waverley Secondary College celebrated World Teachers’ Day.  Our teachers provide learning opportunities for our students way beyond what is expected.  They strive to improve their professional practice at all times in order to support students to achieve excellent learning outcomes.  Often the efforts of our teachers are not acknowledged, but the rewards they experience in supporting students to achieve success are priceless. On behalf of all the students and parents, I thank our brilliant team of teachers for always giving their best to make Mount Waverley Secondary College a great educational provider.

 

Victorian Young Leaders Global Youth Forum

Ten of our wonderful Year 9 students will be taking part in the Victorian Young Leaders Global Youth Forum. The forum is funded and supported by the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Thank you to Ms Sarah Smith, Year 10 Coordinator and Mrs Meagan Merlino, Middle School Leader for supporting the students throughout the program, which runs over three days. The first day of the forum was held on Thursday 21 October and by all accounts, it was a great success and the students had a wonderful time hearing from guest speakers and meeting up via video call with a language class in Japan!

 

Unit 2 Music Solo Performances

I had the pleasure of joining a YouTube premiere  on Thursday night and hearing the performances of our talented Unit 2 Music Solo Performance students.  Congratulations to all the students involved and thank you to Mrs Tijtje Keatley for supporting our talented music students.

   

 

 

Mount Waverley Secondary College features in a DET publication

Our college was asked to feature in a DET resource regarding how we have positioned remote learning as a time for staff to experiment and learn, but with student wellbeing, agency and assessment (for learning) firmly in mind. Congratulations to all of our staff who were mentioned in this article.
You can read the article here:  https://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/Resource/LandingPage?ObjectId=46897bae-f4b6-4018-95bf-5d942617ec32&SearchScope=All

 

A message on behalf of the Mount Waverley Public Library

The Mount Waverley Library will be reopening to the public on Wednesday 3 November from 10am. Our hours will be 10am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.
It is important to note, however, that as per the Government requirements, students aged 12 to 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
All visitors to the library will be met by a concierge located outside in the library forecourt and required to use the Services Victoria app/QR code and be double vaccinated (or show proof of medical exemption). People not fully vaccinated will not be able to enter the library.
Density requirements on the number of simultaneous visitors to the library will be in place when they reopen, so people may need to queue in the afternoons. This is likely to change when the double vaccination rate reaches 90%.

 

Policies – updated

Many of the college’s policies have been reviewed and updated this year. These policies are available to view on on the college website: https://www.mwsc.vic.edu.au/our-college/college-documents/#policies

 

2021 Examination Dates

The exam 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 / Student Free 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 YEP (Year End) Program will run for 2021.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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It has been wonderful to have our year 7s, year 8s and staff back on-site this week. While it is still an unusual time, and compromises need to be made, the chance to resume our classroom learning and socialisation is a welcome change after a very disrupted term 3.

Back in June’s edition of the newsletter, I wrote about the importance of our school motto; Community, Choice, Engagement. The past week has been designed to embody these ideals inside and out of the classroom. Our Junior School leader, Miss Sam Cody, along with the sub school team, oversaw the development of the Reconnect Program, designed to re-engage students with their classmates, the campus, and our community of learning.  As part of this program, the year 8 students were finally able to present their Personal Best projects. It was wonderful to hear of the hobbies, projects and tasks that our students did to further themselves (and keep busy) during the extended lockdown last term.

Our year 7s also had the chance to vote on their Junior School Captains for 2022. Well done to all of the students who applied for Campus Captain or House Captain positions, and especially those who were shortlisted, interviewed, and presented a speech to their peers. Our student leadership program is truly world-class, and it was wonderful to hear from our enthusiastic students about how they would like to contribute to our college. We look forward to announcing our 2022 Captains, Vice-Captains, and House Captains shortly.

Finally, the last two years have seen our teachers continue to be flexible and innovative, in the face of various challenges. It’s been wonderful to see our teacher embrace Covid-safe practices while back on campus. Many classes have been taking advantage of the warmer weather and our flexible outdoor spaces, to find a new way for learning to take place. Thank you to all staff and students for their willingness to cooperate, follow the ever-changing guidelines, and respectfully support each other through this challenging time.

Photo: Miss Kerr and her understudy Mr Waters taught their year 7 Maths classes ‘Stem and Leaf Plots’ out on the basketball court.

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Acting Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Last few weeks for Year 12

During the past three weeks students have been working with their teachers and revising and studying for their final exams. On Wednesday 20 October students dressed up and participated in a virtual assembly at school and received their graduation packs. In the evening a virtual graduation ceremony was held. It was heart-warming for everyone to read the student reflections. Many thanked their families and teachers who supported them during their time at the college.

While the events had to take place under COVID-19 guidelines it was still great to see the students celebrate together.

 

VCAA Exams

A large number of our students also completed external oral and performance exams in a number of different languages, Drama and Music during the past few weeks. The teaching staff have all commented on the commitment and positive work ethic of our students.  They have managed the demands of VCE in very demanding circumstances.

The VCAA written exams started on Wednesday with the 3-hour English exam. Thanks to all of the students who arrived in time and prepared for their exams. These will continue until November 17. Thank you to all of the senior subschool staff who have overseen the exams.

I encourage all students to use the time wisely, study hard and to do their best and I wish them luck for the exams and their future endeavours.

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.

 

Reports

End of semester reports will be available to parents on Tuesday 14 December. More information will be communicated via Compass in the near future.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Senior School’s Report

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Class of 2021

It has been an extremely busy time in the Senior School over the past two weeks. We celebrated the completion of 13 years of schooling and farewelled our graduating class of 2021.  Although celebrations looked different this year due to covid19 restrictions we were fortunate to have a PJ dress up day on Friday 15 October, followed by celebration activities and a virtual graduation ceremony on Wednesday 20 October. We wish the class of 2021 all the best for their upcoming exams and future endeavours.

Year 11 students return to on-site learning

On Friday 22 October we had the pleasure of welcoming our year 11 students back on site after a long period of remote learning. It was wonderful to see our students reconnecting with friends, engaging with their teachers, and enjoying the little things about school life that they have missed over the past 3 months. On behalf of our college community, I would like to congratulate our year 11 students on their commitment and willingness to keep trying throughout remote learning, we are so proud of you.

 

 Covid Safety – Mask Wearing

Whilst it is exciting to have everyone back on campus, students are reminded that they are required to wear a mask at all times on campus and also when travelling to and from school.

 

 Year 11 Exams

Due to the extended period of remote learning the examination period has been slightly adjusted to allow for more face to face teaching time. Year 11 exams will begin on Monday 22 November through to Thursday 2 December.  Friday 3 December  is correction day; students are not required at school on this day.

 

 Early Commencement Program (ECP)

ECP will start on Monday 6 December and finish on Friday 10 December. Students will commence their 2022 studies and will follow their 2022 timetable. More information will be provided in next week’s newsletter.

 

 

 

Ms Lisa McKiernan
Head of Senior School

Student Wellbeing Report

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On 19 October 2021, the Year 10 students attended a virtual presentation by motivational speaker Mr Daniel Merza called Leader of your Life. Daniel challenged the year 10 students to ‘get the monkey off their back’ and become the best version of themselves that they can be. Daniel presented with a lot of energy and we can’t wait to have him in person next year.

On Thursday 28 October, well known Australian speaker, Mr Jonny Shannon presented his virtual mental health presentation to our year 7’s. It’s a really important presentation and introduction to mental health. Jonny is a very engaging presenter and we are lucky to have him present several of his talks to our students. This will be the 5th year in a row that Jonny has presented to MWSC students.

We are currently working on the student wellbeing program for 2022 and are excited about the guest speakers and presenters that we will welcome to our school.

Next week we will be advertising a parent webinar run by our two Mental Health Practitioners. Keep an eye out on compass news feed for the date. (Late November/early December).

Some of you may be aware of the new tv show, Squid game, which has quite violent content. Reachout.com which is a great resource, has put together an infographic – checklist for disturbing content to support parents/carers.

 

 

Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

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