College Principal’s Report

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2022 Year 7 Information Evening

It was wonderful to see a large number of parents and students attend our 2022 Year 7 Virtual Information Evening on Tuesday 23 November.  I spoke about what skills, attributes and strategies I would want my child to develop at school and encouraged the new Year 7 students to get involved in the many opportunities and extra curricula activities on offer at Mount Waverley Secondary College.  I left the students with a quote from Dr Seuss “You’re off to great places, today is your day.  Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way!”


 Teaching Excellence Program

Nine outstanding Victorian teachers have been chosen to lead the Teaching Excellence Program – an Australian-first professional learning program at the new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership. The Teaching Excellence Program will provide advanced professional learning for highly-skilled teachers at government, Catholic, and Independent schools – working with academics, international experts and partners from across various sectors to deliver an innovative training program for Victoria’s best and brightest educators.

The one-year program will support up to 500 teachers each year to advance their professional practice, with access to the best research in the science of learning and discipline-based content knowledge at academies in Melbourne, Bairnsdale, Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Moe and Shepparton from the beginning of 2022.

The nine exemplary teachers were selected from around Victoria to lead eight disciplinary streams including arts, English, humanities, languages, technologies, science, mathematics and health and physical education. Each Master Teacher was selected based on being recognised as an exceptional teacher in their field, having knowledge and skills for curriculum and professional learning design and contributing to the teaching culture in their school, raising student achievement and learning confidence and participation in their learning.

The Master Teachers for each subject discipline are:

  • Adam Brodie-McKenzie – University High School (Humanities)
  • Dr Andrea Truckenbrodt – McKinnon Primary School (Languages)
  • Christopher Wines – Ballarat High School (Science)
  • Clare Mackie – Haileybury College (English)
  • Colin Chapman – Caroline Chisholm Catholic College (Technologies)
  • Hayley Dureau – Mount Waverley Secondary College (Mathematics)
  • Johanna Simmons – Altona P-12 College (English)
  • Paul Seery – Bendigo Senior Secondary College (Health and PE)
  • Tobias Wilkins – Box Hill High School (the Arts)

Congratulations Hayley on being seconded to this important program, we know you will do a great job!


VCAA Exams

Our Year 12 exams finished last week. Thank you to Mr Matt Cara, Senior Subschool Leader who oversaw this process along with our Chief Examiner Mr Alex Berhardt who has retired from this position after 5 years of dedicated service to our college.


Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars Program

Over 1500 applications from Year 10 students were received for this exemplary Melbourne University program this year.  Mount Waverley Secondary College had two students Alannah T and Ellen L accepted into the Successful Class of 2023 Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholars.   Thank you to Ms Hayley Dureau for supporting our students with their applications.


Australian Schools’ Rugby Union

Congratulations to Blair P of Year 11 who has been selected in the 2021 Australian Schoolboys President’s Team and was presented with his team jersey recently.  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 skills and outstanding personal character.


Victorian Young Leaders: Global Youth Forum 2021

 Thank you to Mrs Meagan Merlino and Ms Sarah Smith for supporting a group of Year 9 students in the DET Global Youth Forum over the past few weeks. The students engaged enthusiastically throughout the duration of the program, shared their stories, and articulate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences on wide-ranging and complex topics, including globalisation, global citizenship, identity, purpose, student voice, and leadership.

Our students demonstrated empathetic and active listening and displayed an eagerness to collaborate with students across Victoria, Indonesia, China, Vietnam, and Japan. They engaged in deep learning about globalisation and global citizenship and have practiced global competencies such as intercultural awareness and communication, leadership, critical and creative thinking, and ethical capabilities. Well done to all involved!


Virtual Arts Festival

Our 2021 Virtual Arts Festival opened last night and the quality of our students’ art work at our college continues to amaze me.

Special thanks to Mrs Cecilia Carlill for creating the website and Ms Jane Carter, Head of The Arts for overseeing this important event. Thank you to all of our talented Arts students and staff who were involved in this fantastic display of work.


2021 Presentation Night

As Year 12 results are not released until Thursday 16 December this year, our 2021 Presentation Night will be postponed until Term 1 2022 to enable us to recognise our Year 12 award winners and College Dux.  Further details regarding this event will be released at the start of next year.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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As the end of term four rapidly closes in, I want to take a moment to reflect on how proud and fortunate I am to work alongside all of the staff and students at the Junior Campus of Mount Waverley Secondary College. The way every member of our community has approached this year is nothing short of extraordinary. Staff and students have time and time again reflected our college values of Integrity, Learning, Excellence, Accountability, Respect, and Nurturing in everything that they do. It has been especially pleasing to see how many staff members have been nominating students for our College Values through Compass.

So many parents have been thrilled to read messages such as the following:

Learning: Caeden has been doing excellent in remote learning Mathematics, he is up to date on all his tasks and even made the effort to do some extra without being asked. It is really wonderful to see his dedication to learning!

Excellence: Riley made an insightful contribution to discussions in class today about Edward Scissorhands – he had really thought about symbolism and meaning in the film. Well done!

Accountability: Stefanie, thank-you for your friendly and cheerful participation in today’s class. Your willingness to speak up and be involved was most appreciated! Danke!

Respect: James always speaks so respectfully with, and around, his peers. He handles difficult situations calmly and expresses his feelings very eloquently.

Nurturing: Jimmy has consistently offered his help to his fellow classmates who needed help in completing their tasks for the Humanities CAT. He has shown maturity and kindness that demonstrates a real commitment to upholding college values. Well done!

Well done to all of the above students, and dozens more who have been recognised this term.

Good luck to year 7s with their move into year 8 during ECP, and a big farewell to our year 8s who will next week be joining the Senior Campus as year 9s!



Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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As we move through November and into December the Middle School students in Year 10 have been busy with exams which will continue next week.  Our Year 9 group have been engaged in the Explore program this week and will undertake exams in the coming week.  Following the exam period students will be busy in classrooms starting their 2022 courses as part of the college’s Early Commence Program.  This program is designed to give students a head start on their learning for 2022.


Year 9 Explore Program

The much anticipated Explore Program happened this week, which was fantastic to see.  Students in Year 9 spent two days exploring the city as part of the Explore program, which included a scavenger hunt, a tour of the city’s laneways and a session on Homelessness run by the Salvation Army.  Teachers have commented on how well our students engaged with all of the activities on offer.  Thanks must go Meagan Merlino for her leadership of this program, thanks also to Wayne Griffin and Sarah Smith for their work helping to make it run smoothly.


STEAM Centre

The tendering process for our new STEAM Centre has closed.  The process of tender selection is well underway and we hope to announce the successful builder prior to Christmas.  We have been working closely with partners including our architects BKK, Project Managers – Johnstaff and the Victorian Schools Building Authority.



Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Exams on the Senior Campus

This week the senior campus has been a very busy place. Students in Years 10 and 11 have been completing exams and teachers have been marking them and writing reports.  Year 9 exams will run next week.

The VCAA exams have also been running and finished last week. Thanks to all the subschool teams, exam supervisors, support staff and teachers who have been involved in all of the exams. It is always a huge undertaking made even more complex with the processes put in place due to COVID19 measures to keep students and staff safe.


Year 11 and Year 12 Formal

With the easing of some restrictions and a change in the health advice, the Year 11 and 12 Formals are able to take place. Thanks for the subschool and Education Support Staff and Business Managers who have worked to get these events going. Parents and students need to take note of the payment deadlines and health requirements of the venues.


Early Commencement Program

Students in Years 7 to 11 start their 2022 classes in the week beginning 6 December. This program provides an opportunity for students to meet their teachers, start work for next year and, in the case of the Year 8 students, get used to the senior campus. All year levels participated in a range of programs as well as classes. A special thank you to the staff and in particular the subschool team, faculty heads and Mr Scott Smith (timetable) for all of their hard work.


Staff Expertise

A number of our teachers have been involved in assessing the written and performance exams for VCAA during term four. This work is important and it is a recognition of the expertise and experience of the teachers at the college. Staff have also been involved in subject association conferences and some have presented sessions for their peers.


VCE Students – 2022 Central Australia Trip

The college will be offering the Central Australia trip to students in Years 11 & 12 (2022). The trip is planned for the end of term three and the first week of the break. More information will be available and an information evening will run in term one 2022.


Semester Two Reports

Teachers have been completing reports and feedback for their students.  Year 7 to Year 11 students and parents/carers will receive an end of semester report via Compass on the Tuesday 14 December. The reports are a culmination of the written feedback from their teachers with additional information on work behaviours and, for Year 7 to 10 students, Victorian Curriculum levels.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Student Wellbeing Report

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On Thursday 25 November, our two Mental Health Practitioners, Phoebe and Aisha presented our first wellbeing at home- parent webinar on family inclusive approaches of supporting good mental health at home. They covered what good mental health looks like, how good mental health promotion can affect other aspects of our lives, how to encourage open communication about mental health concerns as well as exploring other strategies and self care methods that can be achieved together as a family. The webinar was recorded and will be available soon to watch.
We are currently busy in the wellbeing team with supporting students in their transition, especially those transitioning from year 8 to 9. We have just finished a podcast episode where we interviewed a year 10 student who shared her story on change and moving from junior campus to senior campus. This will be available on spotify and apple itunes next week.

We are also currently putting together the Student Wellbeing Program for 2022. We have some exciting guest presenters and workshops being run which we will advertise in the new year.

November/December’s Student Wellbeing bulletin will be out next week.



Mr Paul Graham
Manager of Student Wellbeing

Head of The Arts Report

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2021 what a year.  Every year typically has a few defining moments but the past 12 months has contained so many world changing developments that it is hard not to be overwhelmed by the immense disruption to our lives.

This year as Arts teachers we have had to rapidly shift our perspectives and take up the challenges of teaching Arts Subjects online.  For many of us, the task seemed insurmountable – we rely so heavily on collaborative work, problem solving, audience feedback and connection that only fact to face communication can offer.  we as Arts teachers had to find other ways to teach, we have had to stretch and adapt our pedagogy to the online space.  At the beginning of this year I didn’t know what flipgrid was, poll everywhere of canva?…I do now!

This year despite the challenges, the majority of our Arts students have done really well, working with the students in the virtual work our teachers have still been able to foster their creativity and their independence in developing their own style and sophisticated techniques.

I would like to thank the immense ingenuity, flexibility and resolve shown by our Arts teachers.  Moreover, I would like to thank the many Arts students for their resilience, their optimism and courage to create such brave and arresting art works in such a challenging time.  Well done.

I would like to thank Ms Cecilia Carlill who again spearheaded the Virtual Art Festival and whose tireless work has created this wonderful virtual space for us all to experience.

Enjoy the 2021 Virtual Arts Festival.  Available on the College Intranet. Please ask your children to show you the site.




Ms Jane Carter
Head of The Arts

Music Director’s Report

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It has been wonderful to see students back on site and once again in music lessons. The commitment and flexibility of these students moving from remote to in person lessons should be commended. The music faculty has exciting plans moving forward into 2022. We have begun to plan for ensembles, performances, production and ensembles. We are searching for our 2022 Jazz and Senior Stage Band positions with a full bill of auditions taking place over the next week. Congratulations to those students who have been chosen by the music staff to partake in an audition, and good luck to all.



Remote Gala Concerts

As we have been limited in running live concerts, we are having a series of remote Gala Concerts via Youtube Premiere. These concerts feature students Year 7-12 playing a wide variety of instruments and genres. Each concert is approximately 30 minutes in length. Please come along and celebrate our music program at the college.

NB:  Youtube Links will be sent out closer to the event via Compass



Upcoming Music Events for 2022  

  • MWSC Jazz Night
  • Jazz Camp
  • MWSC All State Jazz Championships
  • Generations in Jazz
  • Unit 10, 11, 12 Recitals
  • Soirees
  • Victorian Schools Music Festival
  • South Street Eisteddfod
  • Music Gala Concert
  • Year 7 Band Program Concert
  • Lunchtime Concert
  • College Production – ‘Matilda’



Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Year 11 Fancy Dress Day

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Last Friday 19 November,  the year 11s were involved in a Fancy Dress Day, where they could come as any character from a movie, book, tv show etc!  The students exceeded our expectations, and the effort that they went to in making amazing, creative and detailed costumes was incredibly impressive!

The day was very fun.  Students congregated at the fishbowl during lunch where photos were taken and awards given.

The winners of the day were:

Nick T – Santa
Charlotte, Jarrah, Mia V and Bella K –  Mean Girls
Megan and Eden – Mr Newport and Mr Wall
Olivia Zhu – Giorno
Tamsyn – Abby from NCIS
John K – Personified

But honestly, we wish we had more awards based on how amazing everyone looked!

Additionally, the year 11 cohort generously donated food goods which will be delivered to the Asylum Seeker Resource Center who are in need of food to provide people doing it rough. Thank you to all the families who donated, and to everyone who got involved in such a fun day!



Ms Gabrielle Phelan
Year 11 Coordinator

Year 9 & 10 Incursion with Tayla Harris

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On Tuesday 16 November, our  Year 9 and 10 students participated in a guest speaking event, Ms Tayla Harris was invited to discuss her journey and how she found empowerment in adversity.  The students may have thought they would learn about and be inspired by the many great achievements Tayla Harris has experienced and this would be a valid assumption.  What they found was, Tayla is so much more than her achievements, she is strong, persistent, focused, determined and courageous.

Tayla presented to the students through a question and answer session and met with the middle school leadership group, her final words of advice were, “invest in your friends and support network, invest in your people”.



Ms Jo Hall
Careers Education Manager

Year 9 Explore Program

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It was with great excitement that 250 students and 50 staff members travelled into the city for 2 days of Exploring our beautiful city, Melbourne. On both days, we were lucky enough to experience glorious sunshine and warmth, which made the experience that much more pleasant. The city was very quiet on both mornings but became more like the bustling city centre that we are familiar with as the day wore on.  Students were clearly excited to be leaving the school grounds and to be in a different environment with their friends alongside.

The program for the 2 days alternated between two itineraries. On one day, students experienced the Graffiti tour – probably better described as the Street Art tour – which we found out is the most popular tourist attraction in Australia in non-Covid times. Students then spent the remainder of the day finding popular landmarks and making their way accurately around the city to solve Scavenger Hunt clues. The alternate itinerary included a Salvation Army Homelessness Tour, which outlined the reasons people become homeless, the information about people who predominantly make up the homelessness cohort and what constitutes homelessness. Students were urged to consider how the challenge of homelessness can be prevented. Finally, students were provided with questions to answer in a Culture discovery of the Greek precinct and Chinatown.

It was clear by the end of each day that the full day of collaborating, wayfinding and stimulation had taken its toll on students, as they looked extremely tired and happy to sit down in the Treasury Gardens prior to boarding the bus.  It was very enjoyable to watch students take control of their navigation around the city, work together to achieve group outcomes and successfully meet in order to come home at the end of the day!

Thank you to the coordinators Mr Wayne Griffin, Ms Sarah Smith and the many staff who dedicated the day to supervising and checking in with our students. Thank you to the students who behaved responsibly throughout, we hope that you learned plenty and enjoyed the 2 days.  Thank you to the parents for supporting the changed departure and return times.

Ms Meagan Merlino
Middle School Leader

Student Activities – Junior School

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St Vincent’s Appeal – Tinnies for Vinnies

Mount Waverley Students on the Junior Campus have been collecting donations for the St Vincent’s Appeal. The hampers are put together for families in need to help them celebrate over the festive season. We’ve had lots of contributions of non-perishable foods including tinned items, rice, cereal and chips. To help the families celebrate with a Christmas meal we’d love some donations of pastas, packaged puddings, Christmas biscuits and anything else families are happy to donate.

We are collecting items until Wednesday 1 December, in a Home Group competition. Students are to bring donated items to their Home Group for it to be recorded and then added to our collection! Thank you for your generosity!


Ms Grace Leszczynski
Student Activities – Junior Campus

Resource Centre News

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MWSC Bookplate Design Awards

The talented Year 11 Visual Communication students were given a design brief by the Library staff, to create a bookplate for Mount Waverley Secondary College.   Bookplates have been used for centuries to symbolically convey meaning and ownership; they provide provenance and as such add value to the book being awarded or donated.

Initially it was envisaged that one design would be selected, but it soon became apparent there were too many exceptional works to choose from. These four winning designs were shortlisted and then went through a popular vote by staff. They not only met the design brief but speak volumes of the wealth of talent at our College. They will be used in books that are awarded as student prizes and books that are donated to the College Library.

Our immense thanks to Ms Cecilia Carlill for agreeing to undertake and guide her classes through this project. Without her it simply would not have come to fruition.



Ms Andrea Daniels
Library Technician – Senior Campus

MWSC College News – Issue 16