College Principal’s Report

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Thank you to my wonderful learning community 

Thank you to all members of our learning community and our College Council for your continued support this year. It was another challenging year, but I think our programs continued to be exemplary thanks to the hard work and dedication of our staff, students and parents. I particularly want to thank my wonderful Executive Team, Campus Principals, Mr Ian MacLeod, Mrs Julie Cain and Mr Matt Sheehan and Business Managers, Mrs Linda Westgarth and Mrs Judith Walsh for supporting me this year, as we constantly met to ensure smooth operations at the college. Have a wonderful festive season with your families and friends and I (and our therapy dog Macey) look forward to seeing you in 2022!

 

Japanese Language Teachers Association of Victoria (JLTAV)Junior Speech Competition

Four Japanese students recently represented the college at the JLTAV Junior Speech Competition.

Rutvi D – Year 7 & 8 Individual division

Mifa M and Megan L –  Year 9 & 10 Pair division

Kailie B  – Secondary Open division

The students’ entries consisted of a recitation of a set speech and an original speech. The students wrote their own engaging speech script, practised a lot to improve their fluency and pronunciation, and presented both set and original speeches with confidence. I am very proud to announce that Kailie, Mifa and Megan won first place in their divisions. Congratulations to our students and thank you to Mrs Ayako Yasunaga our Head of Languages for encouraging these students to enter this competition.

 

Events and celebrations

It has been wonderful to be able to offer students activities and events again due to advice changing in the School Operations Guide. Thank you to my dedicated staff for planning these events with limited notice and for attending events in and out of school hours. In the last few weeks, the Year 10 students had their Gala at Vogue Ballroom, the Year 11 students had a Celebration Evening at the Novotel in Glen Waverley and last Tuesday our Year 12s came together to celebrate the end of Year 12 with a Formal again at Vogue Ballroom.

 

Orientation Day

Thank you to Acting Campus Principal Mr Matt Sheehan and Head of Junior School Mrs Debbie Sekula and all Junior Campus staff for supporting the Orientation Day on Tuesday 7 December. It was an exciting day, and it was wonderful to see everyone welcoming our new students to the college.

 

Early Commencement Program (ECP)

Our 2022 Year 8-12 early Commencement Program ran smoothly last week. Whilst teaching staff introduced their new students to their 2022 subjects, it was nice to see staff taking the chance to connect or reconnect with the students to start building positive relationships. Special thanks to Mr Scott Smith our Daily Organiser, who has done an amazing amount of work creating the 2022 timetable.

 

Arts Festival Awards

Last Thursday I had the pleasure of attending the Arts Festival Awards where winners were presented with their prizes from Ms Jane Carter our Head of Arts. Our students’ artwork was of a very high standard, and I commend all of our students and staff for your efforts over the past year.

The 2021 Arts Festival Winners were:

People’s Choice Award – Olivia Z
7 Art – Shreya N8 Drama – Mia J
7 Art – Hruthi M8 Drama – Amelia K
8 Art (2D) – Shion M10 Drama – Tessa G
8 Art (3D) – Xiao Yu W11 Drama – Neave M
9 2D Art – Beatrice L9 Media – Pria T
9 3D Art – Tanvi P9 Media  – Maya C
10 2D Art – Siobhan W10 Media – Dmitrii S
10 2D Art – Liam H11 Media – Megan L
10 3D Art – Mifa M11 Media – Olivia K
11 Studio Art – Sabrina C8  Visual Communication Design – Kimmi T
11 Studio Art – Alisha G8 Visual Communication Design – Vinuki R
11 Studio Art – Meeka F9 Visual Communication Design – Farrah H
12 Studio Art – Carolyn S10 Visual Communication Design – Ethan L
12 Studio Art – Fiona L10 Visual Communication Design – Sam G
Junior Music – Vinuki R11 Visual Communication Design – Alisha G
Junior Music – Zahra A11 Visual Communication Design – Hanh L
Middle School Music – Georgia K12 Visual Communication Design – Sophia A
Middle School Music – Sam E9 Journalism – Madeleine D
11 Music – Felicia L10 Journalism – Sarah B
12 Music – Chris R

 

Visual Communication Bookplate Awards

Congratulations to four Year 11 students who won a design competition to design our library bookplates. It is wonderful to see real life projects coming to fruition. I presented the students with their prizes a special morning tea last Week. Special thanks to Mrs Cecilia Carlill and Ms Andrea Daniels for organising this opportunity for our Visual Communication students.

 

2022 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships

Applications for the 2022 Charles Hawker Scholarships have opened and close on Friday 7 January 2022. An application form and further information about C.A.S. Hawker and the scholarships named in his memory are available from www.hawkerscholarship.org or by contacting the secretary to the Trustees on 08 8127 1654.

Hawker Scholarships are valued at up to $60,000.00 over three years and are amongst the most generous, privately funded, residential scholarships available to Australian undergraduate and postgraduate students.

There are a number of scholarships awarded each year. The Trustees offer them to capable students of principle and character who have demonstrated a commitment to the wider community. Selection is based on personal qualities as well as academic ability.

 

Year 12 Results

Congratulations to our Class of 2021 who received their results yesterday. No matter what ATAR you received I am extremely proud of your efforts over the past 2 years under what has been challenging circumstances.

It gives me great pleasure to announce our College Dux for 2021 was Rachel Tan who received a perfect ATAR score of 99.95 Congratulations we are so proud of your amazing achievement!

Our Year 12 and Year 7-11 award winners will receive their awards at our 2021 Virtual Presentation Night which will be held on Wednesday 2 March.

 

2022 Return to School Dates

The first day for Years 7, 10 and 12 students is Monday 31 January, and the Year 10 and 12 students will be off heading off on camp. Years 8, 9 and 11 students start on Tuesday 1 February.  The General Offices will be open for business on Thursday 27 January.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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As we moved further into December, the holidays started to draw closer with students recently completing the Early Commencement Program.  This year’s Year 8 students became our Year 9 students for 2021 and our Year 9s moving into their Year 10 classes.  This program has many benefits including helping to transition students into their new year level and it also allows them to better understand the learning program they will be undertaking in each subject in the coming year.

 

Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions

Thanks to Mr Adam Laan, Mr Jaidyn Newport, Ms Ruby Hooke and Ms Emma Kerr for taking out our Year 9 students on their Duke of Edinburgh expedition last week.  Students spent the week on the water at Lake Eildon as they completed the final hurdle of this award.  As students collected their bags and said farewell, they all commented on how much they enjoyed the week.  Well done to all!

 

Year 10 Gala

Wow, what a night!  The Year 10 Gala was fantastic celebration for our Year 10 students.  The students all looked sharped, they took a million photos and danced the night away!  Thanks to staff who attended on the night.  Thank you to Mrs Meagan Merlino for her leadership to get this great event happening for our students.

 

Term 1 2022

Ms Sarah Chase is going to be in the role of Acting Campus Principal Middle School throughout Term 1 as I take Long Service Leave.  Sarah brings a wealth of experience to the role.  She will continue to work closely with both students and staff in this role across Term 1.

 

Finally, as this year closes we start to look towards next year and the opportunities for learning and growth that will be provided at the college.  I look forward to welcoming students back to college next year at they continue their learning journey at Mount Waverley Secondary College.  Can I wish all families a safe and happy holiday.

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Early Commencement Program (ECP)

The ECP ran for students in Years 7 to 11 last week and was very successful. Students in Year 8 were able to spend time on the senior campus and had an opportunity to settle in and meet their new teachers. VCE students were given homework to do and this must be completed before they start school next year. Students have access to this information via the Compass and through Google classrooms which have been set up by their classroom teachers.

Thank you to all of the staff who organised and taught in the program and to the students who attended classes. It makes for a very positive start to the new academic year.

 

 

Year 12 Formal

It was exciting that, after a number of attempts, the Year 12 Formal was able to proceed. This occurred on Tuesday evening. Thanks to everyone involved in organising and planning the event and the students and the staff who attended on the evening.

It was great way to finish their last year of secondary school.

 

 

Reports – Years 7 to 11

All reports are now available via Compass. Please log in to the parent portal to access this. The reports provide an opportunity for further discussions at home around progress and achievement on Learning Behaviours, Victorian Curriculum Levels (for Years 7 to 10), Common Assessment Tasks and/or School Assessed Coursework and for Year 9 to 11 students their exam results.

Each assessment item also includes advice on areas for improvement. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of teachers in assessing, marking exams and writing reports at a very busy time of the year.

A special thank you to  Mr Andrew Wallace one of our Information Technology team who have overseen and managed the process.

 

 

Year 12 results

Students who completed a Units 3 & 4 subject in 2021 received their results this week. Year 12 students who have applied for a tertiary course also receive an ATAR. It has been a challenging two years, especially for the Class of 2021 and we wish them well in their future endeavours.

More information about student achievement will be shared.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Music Director’s Report

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As we finish another school year, I would personally like to thank the music community at Mount Waverley Secondary College. The performing arts, both in the general community, and in education, have been affected by the lockdowns throughout the past two years. Through this time, the music community at the college has pulled together to continue to make music and nurture our young musicians. High level lessons have continued, moving online to in person, and performances have continued remotely, highlighting our talented students.

Thank-you to the wonderful music teachers at the college for showing such commitment and passion for teaching music.

 

Planning for 2022

The music faculty has been engaging in planning for 2022 and we are all very excited for the year ahead. Places to 2022 Year’s 7-12 instrumental lessons have been finalised, and acceptance emails for the program will be sent out to all students before the end of term.

A large number of students applied to be part of the 2022 Music Leadership Team, and went through an interview process. The music leaders and captains for 2022 have been finalised and will start working on projects in the new year.

Auditions for the MWSC Jazz Band and Senior Stage Band have taken place and positions have been filled for these two amazing ensembles. Both groups have begun rehearsing for All State Jazz and Generations in Jazz, two massive events that take place early in the year.

The music faculty will meet for the annual planning day to map out the year of music events next week.

I look forward to seeing you all at music concerts in 2022.

 

2022 Senior Stage Band

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Library News

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Final Library Celebrations for 2021

After a long period of closure, both the Junior & Senior Libraries were able to award the Premier’s Reading Challenge certificates along with our traditional prizes.

Many of our wonderful readers managed to access reading material from other facilities and met the 10-15 book minimum over the 6 month period. Others, in their usual style, read many more.

Kyra H (Year 11) & Petra H (Year 8) read 46 & 40 respectively, and therefore won a $50 book voucher.

Maya C (Year 9) & Charvi J (Year 7) took out the runners-up prize of a $20 book voucher.

Everyone received a book prize as well.

 

Thankyou also to all our wonderful Library Leaders. Your involvement in all things library cannot be underestimated! We look forward to getting you all involved much more in 2022!

Congratulations to everyone for reading and sharing their book reviews, and contributing to a vibrant reading community.

We hope to continue to encourage everyone in the school community to read, both for pleasure and for information, and we look forward to seeing everyone next year.

 

Have a safe, happy and restful holiday.

Mrs Whitelaw, Ms Daniels and Mrs Thomas
Resource Centre Team

2021 Year 10 Gala Evening

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On Wednesday 8 December, we had our Year 10 Gala. It was a night filled with lots of dancing and celebrations. Though the evening was one that many thought wouldn’t happen due to continuous covid19 lockdowns and restrictions, we got there!

All of us Year 10 Leaders worked really hard to get the night organised and were amazed with how it turned out. The countless hours which went into organising this night run by all leaders and teachers were tremendous but it paid off when the night began. We are extremely thankful for Mrs Merlino, who helped immensely with organising and booking the Gala. The participation from the Year 10 cohort was exceptional, with all 200 attendees dressing to the highest standard. The Vogue ballroom was a perfect location, with the inclusion of a 3-course meal which was delicious and accommodating for everyone’s taste. The dance battles and conga lines were amazing and were a great way to celebrate the long year we have had. As leaders were amazed by the participation from everyone and cannot wait to see the fabulous photos from the night. We want to thank everyone who assisted and all the teachers who came and supervised what was one of the best events that happened in 2021.

by Jocelyn S (Year 10)

 

Special thanks to the Year 10 Leadership Team and Mrs Merlino for their meticulous organisation of the Year 10 Gala. As Year 10 Coordinators, we were so proud of the cohort for their enthusiasm, positivity and excellent behaviour. We were particularly impressed with the number of students that got out onto the dance floor.

Ms Sassos & Frau Rogers

Left to Write

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On Friday 10 December, the MWSC Left to Write writing group launched the inaugural collection of their work.   The audience enjoyed hearing a poem recited  by Viola H (Year 10) and a piece by Kyra K (Year 11) read in a poetry flash mob style!

Jack T (Year 12 Poet Laureate and Valedictorian) gave thanks to Mrs Narda McLennan for making the book become a reality and publishing the book.

Although copies are limited, there will be a copy at the Junior and Senior Campus Libraries for staff and students to peruse. Make sure you have a look; perhaps it will inspire you to write too, for after all “writing is the best way to talk, without being interrupted.”  (Jules Renard.)

Thanks to the teachers and students who attended the launch.
It has been a joy to write with these students this year!

Ms Mary-Jane Boughen
Left to Write Coordinator
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MWSC College News – Issue 17