College Principal’s Report
Mount Waverley Secondary College alive with the Sound of Music!
This year the college has an amazing 250+ students participating in the Music Program. They are committed to a gruelling training schedule which results in these students showcasing their incredible talents in the 3 concert bands, 2 stage bands, 3 string orchestras, 2 guitar ensembles, a choir, a jazz combo, percussion ensemble, production band and various chamber ensembles. We also have 2 string orchestras and 2 concert bands that are part of our Year 7 classroom music program giving every one of our Year 7 students an opportunity to experience playing in a band.
Our learning community looks forward to attending and enjoying many performances provided by these students through the year. This fantastic music program is a tribute to the hard work and talent of our dedicated instrumental and music teachers.
Congratulations to all the students who were successful in becoming a cast member for this year’s college production of Matilda the Musical.
Rehearsals have begun and we can’t wait to see the performances at the end of July in our very own MWSC Unicorn Theatre!
|Lead Roles||Classroom Ensemble|
|Matilda –||Willow P||Bruce –||Harshitha J|
|Miss Trunchbull –||Neave M||Lavender –||Victoria B|
|Miss Honey –||Beatrice L||Nigel –||Caelen G|
|Mr Wormwood –||Charlie M||Amanda –||Vanessa L|
|Mrs Wormwood –||Heidi McC||Eric –||Eugene S|
|Michael Wormwood/Dance Spec||Sebastian S||Alice –||Poppy R|
|Mrs Phelps –||Alannah G-R||Hortensia –||Charlotte J|
|Tommy –||Mitchell D|
|Ensemble –||Sanomi H|
|Ensemble –||Giana C|
|Ensemble –||Lakshita K|
|Big Kid Ensemble||Big Kid Ensemble|
|Doctor/Ensemble –||Madeleine D||Ensemble/Dad 2 –||Shubhi P|
|Escapologist/Ensemble –||Xavier F||Ensemble/Dad 3 –||Sebastian V|
|Cook/Ensemble –||Chrissa H||Ensemble/Dad 4 –||Jessica T|
|Rudolpho/Ensemble –||Viola H||Ensemble/Mum 1 –||Ava C|
|Sergei/Ensemble –||Crow A||Ensemble/Mum 2 –||Alannah R|
|Henchman 1/Ensemble –||Bee K||Ensemble/Dance Spec/Mum 3 –||Kiska A|
|Henchman 2/Ensemble –||Ivanka P||Ensemble/Mum 4 –||Elissa E|
|Henchman 3/Ensemble –||Greta G||Ensemble –||Ananya J|
|The Acrobat/Ensemble/Dance Spec –||Vidushi W||Ensemble/Dance Spec –||Charlize M|
|Children’s Entertainer/Ensemble –||Kyra H||Ensemble –||Sania M|
|Ensemble/Dad 1 –||Anthony T||Ensemble/Dance Spc –||Yara W|
Lunchtime Music Concerts
Thank you to our Music Captains Cameron and Marvin who along with our Music Director Mrs Tijtje Keatley organised lunchtime music concerts recently on both campuses. Our Senior Staff Band and Jazz Band performed and many students and staff thoroughly enjoyed hearing live music again!
Surviving Year 12
Renowned Psychologist Dr Michael Carr Gregg visited the college last Monday to speak to our Year 12 students. He spoke about his own experiences and gave our students many practical tips and strategies about how to cope with their final year of secondary school. Thank you to the Wellbeing Team for organising this special event for our students.
Cyber Safety Parent/Carer Webinar
Last Wednesday night I attended the online Cyber Safety forum ‘Y-Safe’ for parents/carers. I found the presentation valuable and informative. All Year 7 students attended a ‘Y-Safe’ Cyber Safety session during the day. Thank you to Mr Paul Graham, Student Support and Resources Manager for organising these important sessions.
There are a number of documents relating to email and other communication at the college between staff, students and parents. The Communication Policy (https://www.mwsc.vic.edu.au/our-college/college-documents/#policies) sets out a number of requirements and expectations.
The Communication Policy focuses on the following:
- Building positive relationships between home and school and the community based on mutual respect and trust that results in success for all students.
- Ensuring the wellbeing of students and improvement of their learning outcomes.
The Communication Policy aims to:
- provide a framework for effective communication
- create co-operative teamwork and partnership between school, parents/carers and students and the community
- assist the best learning outcomes for students
- ensure that the college values are reflected through effective communication
Effective communication encompasses the exchange of ideas, where people feel they have been heard and their opinions valued, and where information is clear and accurate. Communication needs to be related to student performance, wellbeing and behaviour, as well as school related issues. Communication should be respectful, timely and relevant, allowing for open and honest interaction.
This policy refers to the following forms of communication:
- voicemail/ telephone conversations
- official letters
- student planner
- college website
All members of our learning community should respond to emails within 2 days. Emails should not be sent or responded to after 8 pm in the evening or on weekends – this applies to emails between students & teachers and teachers and parents.
Uniform Changeover Time
Winter uniform starts in Term 2, although for the first two weeks of term there is a changeover period where the students can wear either summer or winter uniform. Please ensure that your students have the correct college uniform which is only supplied by PSW located at their state-of-the-art retail outlet at 342 -350 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley (behind Officeworks).
End of Term 1 – Start of Term 2
Students will be dismissed at 2.30pm on Friday 8 April and we will look forward to their return for Term 2 on Tuesday 26 April. (Monday 25 April is the ANZAC Day public holiday).
Mrs Karen Wade