MWSC College News – Issue 3

11th March 2022

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 -Junior Campus, 145 Stephensons Road, Mount Waverley.

 

Upcoming Events

College Principal’s Report

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Swimming Success

Congratulations to our students who competed in the Division Swimming Competition on Friday 25 February, and won the overall shield for the seventh year in a row, after beating Vermont Secondary College by 77 points to take out the title. Our students’ determination throughout the day to create this slice of history is a credit to them and their willingness to step outside their comfort zone and compete in every event to gain points for our school was incredible.  Special congratulations to the following students who were awarded as Year level champions;

13 yrs Boys – Julian D
14 yrs Girls –  Aleisha C
14 yrs Boys – Hyuga W
16 yrs Girls – Edolie R
16 yrs Boys – Patrick D
20 yrs Boys – Riley O

Mount Waverley Secondary College also won the Junior and Intermediate shields and came second in the Senior shield by three points.  Well done to all involved and thank you to Mr Danny Gwynne and Mr Jaidyn Newport for overseeing this event.

 Victorian State Hockey

Congratulations to Gemma M in Year 9 who has been selected for the Under 15 Victorian State Hockey Team.

 

Lions Youth of the Year

On Sunday 27 February, two Mount Waverley students competed in the Lions Youth of the Year competition, Talyssa E and Charlotte W (Year 12).  The day consisted of various stages of competition for the participants, first an interview with the judging panel, then competitors had to speak for two minutes on two random topics with no time to prepare, finally the day ended with a five-minute prepared speech by each student on a topic of their choice. Talyssa spoke about the development of facial recognition technology and its appropriate regulation, while Charlotte discussed the importance of women in leadership with reference to Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins.  Neither Talyssa or Charlotte progressed to the next stage, but as the judging panel and crowd agreed, everyone was a winner on the day. Both Talyssa and Charlotte represented themselves and the college brilliantly and should be incredibly proud of their efforts.

 Thank you to Mr Jacob Myers our Acting Head of Student Voice who accompanied our leaders on the day to support our talented students.

 

School Council Student Representatives

Congratulations to Krisha and Qingran of Year 12 who were elected to represent on student body of the 2022/23 School Council. Special thanks to all of the other students who were nominated and to Mr Jacob Myers for organising this student election.

 

International Women’s Day

Last Tuesday 8 March, we celebrated International Women’s day to celebrate the social, political, economic and cultural achievements of all women globally.  This year’s theme is ‘Breaking the Bias’ which is about challenging assumptions and prejudices. Our Student Wellbeing student Emilie made purple ribbons for staff to wear and our Youth Work Student Carly created a video montage of staff and students pledging their support behind the theme ‘Breaking and Bias.’ A podcast was also created which can be found on our Student Wellbeing Website. Thank you to Emilie and Carly for your work with this important initiative.

 

2021 Virtual Presentation Night

Congratulations to the following students for receiving awards at our 2021 Virtual Presentation evening last Wednesday evening. I am so proud of your achievements, particularly as 2021 was a challenging year.

Kwong Lee Dow Award Young Scholars Alannah T and Ellen L  (Year 10)
Ampol All Rounder Award Dulith M   (Year 12)
Bindi Gatward Award – Junior School Nicola G   (Year 8)
Community Service Award Hifzhan H   (Year 12)
ADF Long Tan Leadership Award Stanley L   (Year 10)  and Aarya T   (Year 12)
ADFA Future Innovators Award Fatima J   (Year 10)   and Larissa W   (Year 12)
VCE Leadership Award (Norm Gibbs) Rachel T   (Year 12)
Lifetime Achievement in Sport Mitchell F  (Year 12)
2021 Valedictorian Jack T   (Year 12)

 

Year 7 Endeavour  Year 8 Endeavour Year 9 Endeavour  Year 10 Endeavour  Year 11 Endeavour  Year 12 Endeavour 
William A Zain A Gisele A Jiaqi C Subeen A Andre A
Mia B Radin A Eliza B Dylan C Mike C Wilson A
Jayden C Rowan B Charlotte D Hannah F Tiara F Keisha A
Aleisha C Marlo B Brad F Anne F Aland G Ayra B
Isaac C Julian C Brendon J Sam G Ilias G Micah Jane C
Ethan D Andrew D Michelle K Tessa G Yianni G Ben C
Emmet D Jay F Arnav K Ethan H Alisha G Chloe H
Sofie D Hong Jin G Ishmanpreet K Tasfiya H Kyra H Anthea H
Noah G Riveen G Kristy L Isabella K Parsa H Zaid H
Oliver H Alyssa G Austin M Antonia K Alex K Ethan K
Yaj K Jacob G James O Hannah K Aamir K Sandesh M
Hiruka K Tyrone I Vivian P Ishwari N Anne K Isumi M
Zach L Bihan J Edolie R Logan N Amy N Yota N
Bowen P Josh L Alannah R Dhairya S Amiliya S Arisa O
Samadhi S Gemma M Sherry W Alannah T Olivia S Charlie  W
Evan S Matthew M Justin W Joyce Y Deanna T Yuke Z
Bray S Owen O
Hayden V Jon W
Nicholas Y Desmond W
Adams Y Marcus W

 

Year 7 Academic  Year 8 Academic  Year 9 Academic  Year 10 Academic 
Senuli A  Zahra A  Nihitha A  Sama A
 Ava B  Phoebe C  Enhui C  Kiska A
 Tian C  Sihan C  Maya C  Ashwin B
 Jayda C  Yejeong C  Greta G  Sarah B
 King F  Keira G  Farah H  Amanda F
 Aisha H  Nicola G  Tim H  Amelia G
 Jasmine J  Yashodha K  Clementine J  Sheng Jia H
 Sakina K  Prisha K  Georgia K  Wensu L
 Nicholas L  Kaitlyn L  Michelle K  Weng Ji L
 Amabelle L  Phuong L  Emily K  Nguyen M
 Crystal M  Abbey L  Emma K  Alexander R
 Hruthi M  Vinuki R  Karina L  Vidyuth S
 Vincent M  Jessie T  Ashlee L  Jocelyn S
 Shreya N  Kimi T  Benjamin M  Vraj S
 Lily N  Lydia W  Tuong N  Harry S
 Aska R  Xiao Yu W  Melissa S  Madeline T
 Camryn R  Madison W  Yashoda S  Wei Yi W
 Mia W  Xinyu X  Hayley S  Michelle W
 Stephanie W  Jayden Z  Julia T  Isabelle W
 Shiro Y  Nusayeeba Z  Audrey W  Anthony Y
Year 7 Positive Achievement  Year 8 Positive Achievement  Year 9 Positive Achievement  Year 10 Positive Achievement 
Gurleen N Sebastian V Lucy D Lilly R
Year 7 Coordinators Year 8 Coordinators Year 9 Coordinators Year 10 Coordinators 
Indiana I Naomi K Richy N Max D
Stan O Connor M Liam M Vraj S
Year 7 Academic Dux  Year 8 Academic Dux  Year 9 Academic Dux  Year 10 Academic Dux
Aisha H Vinuki R Farah H Amanda F

 

Arts Awards Music Awards
Junior School – Art Shion M Year 7 Purvi S
Junior School – Drama Amelia K Year 8 Prosper W
Junior School – Visual Communication Kimi T Year 9 Farah H
Junior School – Music Jessie T Year 10 David R
Middle School – 2D Art Liam H Year 11 Cameron H
Middle School – 3D Art Charlize M Year 12 Edwin N
Middle School – Drama Poppy M Overall Music Excellence Christopher R
Middle School – Visual Communication Greta G
Middle School – Music Ethan L
Middle School – Media Dmitrii S
Middle School – Journalism Madeleine D

 

Year 11 Academic  Year 12 Academic 
Accounting Stefan M Accounting Rachel T
Accounting – Northern Hemisphere Agam Dev S (Year 10) Accounting – Northern Hemisphere Mitchell F
Biology Weng Shen L Biology Rachel T
Biology – Northern Hemisphere Tajwal A Business Management James L
Business Management Alanna M Business Management Stefan M  (Year 11)
Chemistry Zihan M Chemistry Larissa W
Computing Livru N Classical Studies Veldana A
Drama Sarah B  (Year 10) Computing-Software Development Timothy W
Economics Stefan M Drama Francis M
English Olivia R Economics Derrick F
English – Northern Hemisphere Weng Shen L English Christopher R
English – EAL Jing Yu Z English Kailey G
English EAL Bridging Ziyue N English – EAL Joanne Y
English Language Nam P English Language Rachel T
English Literature Olivia K Environmental Science Chanuth P
Environmental Science Han C Food Studies Charlotte W  (Year 11)
German Second Language Weng Shen L German Second Language Thidas G
Health & Human Development Denisha G Health & Human Development Emilie R
History Revolutions Olivia R History Revolutions Fiona L
Japanese Second Language Hanh L History Revolutions Francesco D
Legal Studies Grace J History Revolutions Luc L
Mathematics Foundation Mia H Japanese Second Language Rachel T
Mathematics General Chloe F Legal Studies Emilie R
Mathematical Methods Ziyi Z Mathematics Further Joanne Y
Mathematics – Northern Hemisphere Ewan B Mathematics Further Rachel T
Mathematics Specialist Ewan B Mathematical Methods Ewan B   (Year 11)
Media Olivia K Mathematical Methods Zihan M  (Year 11)
Music Performance Felicia L Mathematics Specialist Thong T
Outdoor & Environmental Studies Viola H  (Year 10) Media Lila O
Philosophy Talyssa E Music Performance Christopher R
Physical Education Blair P Philosophy Christopher R
Physics Ewan B Physical Education Hannah R
Product Design & Tech (Wood) Cameron H Physics Rithvik A
Psychology Olivia K Physics Thong T
Studio Arts Wenjun C Physics Timothy W
Systems Engineering Max D   (Year 10) Physics Larissa W
Visual Communication Design Hanh L Product Design & Tech (Wood) Hannah R
Psychology Marvin O   (Year 11)
Studio Arts Advika M
Systems Engineering Mingzong L   (Year 11)
Visual Communication Design Sophia A
Year 11 Positive Achievement Award Year 12 Positive Achievement Award
Joshua L Niki R
Year 11 Coordinators Award Year 12 Coordinators Award
Marvin O Jaquelyn G
Grace J Chanuth P
Year 11 Academic Dux Award
Ewan Burgess

 

Top ATARS
Rithvik A
Derrick F
Mitchell F
Thidas G
Kailey G
Esther K
Boris L
Jasmine M
Lily O
Billy P
Jungmin P
Emilie R
Hannah R
Christopher R
Sho T
Rachel T
Thong T
Timothy W
Larissa W
Joanne Y
2021 College Dux   –   Rachel Tan

Special thanks to Mrs Narda Mclennan Marketing and Events Manager of overseeing this event, Ethan Bible Alumni for his work with filming and editing, and all of the other staff who were involved. It is wonderful that special nights like this can continue to be celebrated.

 

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences

The focus for students at Mount Waverley Secondary College is to achieve their very best and to continually improve their learning. An important part of this focus is the partnership between school and home, between teacher and parents/carers and student. Parent/student/ teacher interviews play a key role in this partnership where all parties meet to discuss the student’s achievements, progress and strategies for improvement.   As per the notice that went out on Compass, Parent/student/teacher conferences for semester one are scheduled on Thursday 31  March between 1pm and 7:30pm. These conferences will once again be held online via Webex links.

Thursday 31 March is also a scheduled student free day. No classes will be running on the day.

Please note the following dates and times:

Wednesday 16 March at 6pm – Conference bookings are due to open to parents/carers via Compass.

Monday 28 March at 9am – Conference bookings are due to close.

Tuesday 29 March by 4pm – Confirmation email to parents/carers to be forwarded, noting selected conference times and Webex teacher links.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Award winners

Mrs Sekula, Ms Lockhart and I had the honour of presenting the 2021 Presentation award winners with their certificates, trophies and prizes last week. It was wonderful to gather our students together to celebrate their successes after another challenging academic year. Awards were presented for endeavour, academic success, music and all-around positive attitudes. Well done to all of our award winners. We hope you maintain your approach to your schooling, and that your fellow Junior Campus students continue to follow your example.

Lockers

At this stage, we are planning to have all year 8 students using their lockers at the commencement of term two. We had hoped to begin this process earlier, however with the confined nature of our locker bays, and the recent number of Covid cases within the school, we are maintaining our cautious approach. Thank you to all teachers, students and families for your patience as we continually seek to maintain a safe learning environment.

NAPLAN

To ensure that both the school and the greater NAPLAN server network are ready for the statewide transition to NAPLAN Online, two NAPLAN pretests are being performed on the 17th and 24th March. These tests are only for testing the online network, thus are not graded in any way and students are not required to do catchups should they be absent. Students are required to have their laptop and a pair of headphones, earphones, or earbuds on the day.

 

Year 7 Poetry Incursion

On Monday the writer Steven Herrick entertained all of the Year 7s in the hall. This session was to inspire them for their creative writing and upcoming poetry unit in English. Thanks to Mary-Jane and Vicky for organising it. Here’s what one of the Year 7 students said about the incursion:

On Monday  7 March,  the year 7 students had a 45-minute session with the Australian poet Steven Herrick.  Steven writes free verse poems; poems that have no rules and are normally written in the way a person would speak. During the 45-minute session, the students had the chance to hear many of Steven’s poems which were very amusing and based on everyday things and his personal experiences. A poem that had everyone laughing was “Milla at 12”. To sum it up, Steven Herrick is a great poet who has published many verse-novel books that have  great storylines. It was a great experience having Steven visiting our school and teaching us a bit more about poetry and how it is not as boring as it seems!  ~ Avneet A (7H)

 

Activities and Events at the Junior Campus

It has been wonderful to witness the wide range of events and activities on offer to our Junior Campus students so far this year. We have the great privilege of offering an extensive program of extra-curricular programs, and our students excel in their engagement levels.

So far this year we have had:
  • House Swimming & Division Swimming
  • Staff vs Students cricket
  • Year 7 sport Round Robin
  • Year 7 Poetry incursion
  • Student Leadership
  • Mount Matters
  • ‘Matilda’ auditions
Still to come this term:
  • Monash Tech School
  • Year 8 sport Round Robin
  • Lunchtime clubs and activities
  • ‘Matilda’ rehearsals
  • Cyber Safety presentation
  • ‘Police in Schools’ program

 

Well done to all students who have participated in one or more of these activities. We encourage everyone to have the curiosity and courage to get involved in one of the many options the Junior Campus has on offer.

 

 

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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How quickly is term 1 moving along. I have been really impressed with the overall work ethic of our students and their involvement in so many different aspects of school life as we cross over the midway point of the term.

Morrisby Year 9 Careers Program

The Morrisby Careers Program, funded by DET, is a unique program combines an online questionnaire and a follow up Careers Counseling Session for our Year 9 students.  Students have completed the online questionnaire and the counseling sessions will run for each of the students who have had consent via Compass between the 15th and 29th March.  Each student will be invited to attend an individual meeting with a Careers Practitioner provided by the Australian Centre for Career Education (ACCE).

All individual interviews will be facilitated online, students will be required to attend the MWSC Theatrette at the time specified on their timetable.  Interviews have been scheduled between 9am -3pm Monday to Friday.  Students’ interviews are clearly identified on their timetables, and we ask that both students and parents are proactive in identifying when their interview is scheduled to ensure their attendance.

Successful management of this project can only be completed through a collaborative approach with students, parents and the school community.
Thanks must go to Ms Jo Hall and our Careers Team for making this program happen.

 

Lockers

At this stage we are planning to have all year levels using their lockers at the commencement of term two. We had hoped to begin this process earlier, however with the confined nature of our locker bays, and the recent number of Covid cases within the school, we are maintaining our cautious approach.

Thank you to all teachers, students and families for your patience as we continually seek to maintain a safe learning environment.

 

 

Miss Sarah Chase
Acting Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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The Year 12 jackets have arrived!

Last Friday our Year 12 students received their jackets. The students were very excited and had to wear them despite the hot and humid day. Thanks to all of the students for their co-operation in collecting their jackets, to some of the prefects who helped give them out and a special thanks to the senior subschool team for organising this.

 

2022 Central Australia Trip

The college has planned a 9-day trip to Central Australia which will be offered to Year 11 and 12 students. It is tentatively booked (subject to health advice) for the last three days of term 3 and into the term holidays. There will be an information evening early term two. Please email me (caj@mwsc.vic.edu.au) if you have any questions.  Further information will be sent home via Compass in the next few weeks.

 

Communication and dissemination of information

In a college with more than 1800 students and many families, communication can sometimes be difficult. Information is distributed to students and their families via email, Compass, year level assemblies, the college newsletter and the college website. Please check in with your child and on Compass to ensure that you are up to date with activities, news and programs at the college.

 

Parent Teacher Conferences – Thursday 31 March

Please check Compass as information regarding conferences will be available shortly. These will take place virtually via Webex.

 

Year 12 Camp

The Year 12 Camp will now be held on the 17th to 19th May – students were told the exciting news. More information will be provided shortly.

 

Tips and strategies to support your child in VCE

The jump into VCE is always a big one and at times students and their families can feel overwhelmed. The remote learning of the past two years may have also impacted on student’s ability to study and revise.

Please ensure that your child talks to their teacher and the year level coordinators if they are having difficulties with the work.

Some of the top tips to assist in VCE success include:

  1. Create a study timetable and stick to it (for Year 12 students this should be 3 to 4 hours a night)
  2. Find a place to study and set it up
  3. Don’t study with a mobile phone or devices – they can be a distraction
  4. Practice applying your knowledge – not just remembering it
  5. Use mind maps and tables to summarise the main points
  6. Use the expertise of teachers – they are always happy to assist you
  7. Keep a good work/ life balance – make sure you get enough sleep, exercise and social time. If you have a part time job be mindful of spending too much time working at the expense of study time.
  8. Study time includes revision of work covered, not just homework.
  9. Make sure that you regularly complete homework and revise. Build up the time and do so every night. It becomes a habit.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

 

Student Wellbeing Report

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International Women’s Day (IWD) – 8 March 2022

In previous years we have celebrated IWD by hosting a breakfast for student leaders and staff.  Unfortunately, due to restrictions we were unable to host the event this year however that did not stop us from acknowledging a very important day.  Emilia Thorne (Social Work Student) did an amazing job taking the lead on the celebrations by putting together a video of staff and students pledging their support behind the IWD 2022 theme “Breaking the Bias”.  Emilia also interviewed several year 8, 10 and 12 students for our Student Wellbeing Podcast – The Summit, which you can find on Spotify and Apple.

 

Chilled Out – Anxiety Online program for Teens – Macquarie University

This engaging, interactive online program for 13 to 17-year-olds allows teens to learn strategies to help manage anxiety.  Chilled Out is based on the Chilled (Cool Kids for teens) face-to-face program which has been running at Macquarie University since 1993.  The Chilled program is a structured, skills-based program that teaches teens how to better manage anxiety. Results show most young people who complete our program experience significant improvements, with decreases in worry, fear, family distress and life interference.

https://www.mq.edu.au/research/research-centres-groups-and-facilities/healthy-people/centres/centre-for-emotional-health-ceh/centre-for-emotional-health-clinic/programs-for-children-and-teenagers/online-treatment-accordions/chilled-out-online

 

 

Mr Paul Graham
Student Support and Resources Manager

Music Director’s Report

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Music at MWSC has kicked off the year with some wonderful things happening at the college. Over 250 students have begun music lessons for the year, and it is great to hear the enthusiasm and quality of music surrounding the department on both sites. Intermediate and senior ensembles have begun to rehearse with both the staff and the students feeling grateful to have the opportunity to make music as a group once more. The Year 7 band program has begun instrumental trials for every Year 7 student at the college giving every new student the chance to try a new musical instrument, or try an instrument for the first time. Beginner ensembles and Year 7 instrumental lessons will begin in the coming weeks, as will our bridging ensembles for all Year 7 students.

 

Upcoming music events  for 2022

  • Our Chamber Strings, a senior string orchestra, are busy preparing a audition via video submission for the annual NEVR concert which in 2022, will be held at the Melbourne Recital Center later this year
  • Our Jazz Band and Senior Stage Band are preparing for All State Jazz and Generations in Jazz competitions. These completions are both state and nationally attended.
  • The Orchestra for our upcoming production of Matilda has its first rehearsal next Saturday. This involves hours of practice for all involved and the group is made up of students, alumni and staff form MWSC
  • Our Music Leadership Team is busily preparing for upcoming lunchtime concerts at both campuses’. This team made up of Year 8-12 work closely and meet weekly to help organise and run music events throughout the year

 

Thanks to the college community for your ongoing support of the MWSC Music Program. It is so exciting as a music director to see the hard work and talent we have here at the college, and we can’t wait to see you all at future events.

Senior Stage Band rehearsing for All State Jazz and Generations in Jazz Festivals.

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

UN Youth Victoria State Conference

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UN Youth Australia is a national youth-led organisation, coordinated entirely by young volunteers aged 17-25.  They are dedicated to educating young people about international relations, providing an avenue for the expression of youth opinion, and empowering young people to engage with society. 

Through its eight divisions in each state and territory, UN Youth Australia provides an impressive array of events each year for secondary students centered around global affairs.  They equip students with the skills and the confidence needed to voice their opinions, and to make positive changes on local, national and global levels.

Mr Jacob Myers
Head of Student Voice

Last week we took part in UN Youth Victoria’s annual State Conference. The event ran for 3 days and was a great opportunity for us to further develop our diplomatic and negotiation skills. After being assigned unique countries we, the delegates, were given numerous activities and debates to take part in that linked to the overarching theme of the United Nations and we were given an opportunity to meet like minded individuals keen on international affairs. 

The day began with an insightful presentation led by the United States Consulate General and shifted to an opportunity for us to inquire about the various different roles, responsibilities and actions undertaken by someone of his position. 

Additionally, we went through various different workshops informing us on the contexts of International Law and the United Nations’ role on global issues. Using the knowledge gained and the aforementioned allocated countries we began discussing resolutions replicating debate held in the actual United Nations.

Looking to the future we aim to increase MWSC’s involvement in UN Youth’s numerous programs and recommend any student interested in global issues to participate accordingly.

Vineth M and Stanley L  (Year 11)

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