College Principal’s Report
I hope everyone had a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday. As College Principal I look forward to joining with students, teachers and parents for another exciting and productive year of teaching and learning at Mount Waverley Secondary College.
I am pleased to report that the college continues to build upon our successes. Our 2021 VCE results were not only excellent but outstanding considering the last two years of remote learning and is a testament to the dedication of our wonderful staff and the resilience of our students. Our 2021 College Dux, Rachel Tan, received a perfect ATAR score of 99.95 which was an outstanding result and only 39 students (out of 50,723) received perfect scores across the state. Seven students received an ATAR over 99 and seventy-two students received an ATAR over 90 which was 20% of our cohort. Nine students also received perfect study scores of 50 in Accounting, English Language, Further Mathematics, Health and Human Development, Japanese, Music, Philosophy and Psychology which was amazing!
254 VCE students received their VCE certificate which is a great achievement, considering the challenging year we all experienced.
A very warm welcome to all of our new students and their families. You are embarking on a wonderful learning journey, which will be enhanced by always trying your personal best.
Mount Waverley Secondary College provides a learning community where we all respect and care for each other, always working cooperatively as a team. In addition our college provides you with magnificent facilities and resources which are yours to use to maximize your learning opportunities. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions. Staff and students are eager to help you make a successful transition into our college.
Introducing the Executive Team
I am extremely lucky to have a wonderful Executive Team to support me in running such a large school. The Executive Team is made up of my three Campus Principals Mr Matt Sheehan who runs the Junior Campus and who is also responsible for the portfolios of student management and community engagement, Mr Ian MacLeod Campus Principal-Middle School who manages the portfolios of ICT, maintenance and facilities and Mrs Julie Cain Campus Principal-Senior School who manages the portfolios of teaching and learning and professional development.
My two Business Managers Mrs Linda Westgarth and Mrs Judith Walsh are also members of the Executive Team. Linda and Judith manage the finances of the college as well as lead our 50 Education Support Staff.
New to the team this year is Mr Paul Graham who is our Student Support and Resources Manager. Paul was our Student Wellbeing Manager previously, but his portfolio has expanded this year. As well as looking after our Wellbeing Team which includes our Mental Health Practitioners, Student Wellbeing Coordinators, Nurses and Inclusion Team, he will also be overseeing the Careers and Resource Centres. Paul will also be leading the ongoing implementation of our Student Wellbeing Model.
We welcome Paul to our Executive Team and know that his experience in the wellbeing area will be invaluable to the leadership of our college.
Welcome new staff
I would like to welcome the following new staff to the college:
New Leading Teachers/Learning Specialists
Mr Sam Butterfield – Head of Pedagogy – English
Ms Melissa Chapman – Learning Specialist – Maths/Science
Mr Tristan Kent – Learning Specialist – English/English Language
Mrs Deborah McKay – Learning Specialist – English/History/Humanities
Mrs Asha Vazirani – Middle School Sub School Leader – Maths/Psychology
Mrs Brittany Barber – Maths
Other New Staff
Ms Linda Davies – Food Technology
Ms Amy Farmer – Psychology/Health
Ms Ivanka Fonseka – Maths
Ms Beth Johnston – English
Ms Madeleine Kerr – Drama/English
Ms Stephanie Lamborn – English/EAL
Ms Sherilyn Lee – Piano
Mr David Radford – Literacy Tutor
Ms Laura Truong – Maths/Science
Ms Amy Walk – Media
Mr Hans Wang – Chemistry/Maths
Mr Adam Wheeler – Humanities
Ms Stephanie Xing – English
Ms Eliza Yates – English/Humanities
Ms Yuchen Zhao – Accounting
Mrs Emma Elliott – Senior Campus Reception
Mrs Claire Ferguson – Integration Aide
Mrs Sumali Jayaweera – Science Lab Technician
Ms Lea Marrison – Mental Health Practitioner
House Swimming Sports
On Friday 4 February we held our annual House Swimming Carnival at Oakleigh Recreation Centre. I had the pleasure of visiting the sports on the day and the weather was perfect.
Our students can be extremely proud of their participation and conduct, including those who have been successful in gaining a place in our college swimming team. We wish these students all the best as they take on the division on other schools in the Division finals Friday 25 February.
Congratulations to Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Jaidyn Newport our Sports Leaders for their organisation of this event.
School Council Election 2022
The Department of Education and Training has approved the commencement of the electoral process for the election of School Councillors for 2022.
- Membership – Our College Council consists of seven parents, two students, five staff members (including College Principal) and four community members.
- Term of Office – Term of office is for two years with half of members retiring each year but eligible for re-election. Four parents, two staff members and two student members end their term of office in March 2022
- Retiring College Councillors – The following members of College Council, while they may be eligible for re-election, retire next month:
Ms Divya Sharma
Ms Pene Dedes
Mr Jimmy Mastrandonakis
Mr Ian Davidson
Mrs Debbie Sekula
- Proposed Timeline
Friday 11 February – Call for nominations
Friday 18 February – Nominations close 4.00pm
Monday 21 February – Nominations displayed at each campus
Election held if required
Friday 11 March – Close of ballot 4.00pm. Votes counted
Thursday 17 March – College Council AGM, followed by meeting of new Council.
- Voting – If the number of nominations exceeds the vacancies in either the parent, student or staff categories, an election will be necessary. All parents are entitled to vote for parent representatives, all students are entitled to vote for student representatives and Department of Education and Training (DET) employees vote for staff representatives.
- Methods of Voting – There are two ways in which you can record your vote on the official voting form during the election period dates as listed above:
- Post or email your vote to the college to arrive by 4.00pm Friday 11 March
- Students will receive electronic voting slips (if required)
- Nominations of Candidates – For most school councils, there are four possible categories of membership:
- A mandated elected Parent category – more than one-third of the total members must be from this category. Department of Education and Training (DET) employees can be Parent members at their child’s school as long as they are not engaged in work at the school.
- A mandated elected Student category – to be elected the person must be a student enrolled in Year 7 or above. These 2 members are elected by all students enrolled in Year 7 or above at the school.
- A mandated elected DET employee category – members of this category may make up no more than one-third of the total membership of school council. The principal of the school is automatically one of these members.
- An optional Community member category – members are co-opted by a decision of the council because of their special skills, interests or experiences. DET employees are not eligible to be Community members.
- Role of School Councillors – School Councillors currently play an important role in decision making and the management of our college. They donate many hours to the sub committees of Council: Finance, Education and Buildings & Grounds. Councillors belong to one subcommittee, attend one monthly council meeting and represent the college at many functions.
SCHEDULE 4 – Notice of Election and Call for Nominations
Nomination forms may be obtained from the college website and must be lodged by 4.00pm on Friday 18 February 2022.
Following the closing of nominations, a list of the nominations received will be displayed at each campus. The terms of office, membership categories and number of positions in each membership category open for election are as follows:
Membership Term of Office Number of positions
Parent Member 17 March 2022 to 17 March 2024 3
DET Employee Member 17 March 2022 to 17 March 2024 2
Student Member 17 March 2022 to 17 March 2024 2
If the number of nominations is less than the number of vacancies, a notice to that effect and calling for further nominations will be posted in a prominent position at the college.
If there are more nominations than vacancies, a ballot will be conducted. The ballot will close at 4.00pm on Friday 11 March 2022.
2022 College Uniform
All families should have seen a copy of our 2022 College Uniform Policy. Your support in ensuring the correct uniform is worn is much appreciated.
If your child cannot wear the correct college uniform, a note from a parent/carer is required. This should be forwarded to the appropriate Year Level Coordinator before school. An out of uniform pass will be indicated in the students’ planner or a pass given.
Mount Waverley Secondary College is the college of choice in our local area and it is important that our students wear the uniform with pride, representing the college in a positive manner.
Annual Privacy Reminder
Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found on our website https://www.mwsc.vic.edu.au/privacy-policy-3/
Selective Entry High School
Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted into Year 9 at Selective Entry High Schools this year:
|Abbey L||Jason H|
|Adith D||Jayden Z|
|Arav R||Desmond W|
|Bihan J||Phuong L|
|Colin S||Nusayeeba Z|
|Dai G||Phong T|
|Ethan D||Prisha K|
|Imandee A||Riveen G|
|Jamie S||Yejeong C|
We know that your studies at Mount Waverley Secondary College have given you a strong foundation for your future academic pathways.
Mrs Karen Wade