College Principal’s Report

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Eastern Metropolitan Regional Swimming

Our Eastern Metropolitan Regional (EMR) carnival was held on Tuesday 29 March. All of our swimmers were sensational, guiding Mount Waverley Secondary College to second overall out of over 80 competing schools! This was the highest placing Mount Waverley has ever achieved at an EMR swimming carnival. Congratulations to the following winners who will proceed through to the State Championships in Term 2.

  1. Aleisha C – 1st in 200m Freestyle, 1st in 50m freestyle, 1st in 50m backstroke
  2. Hyuga W – 1st in 50m butterfly
  3. Julian, Hyuga, Austin and Isaac – 1st in 12-14 boys 200m medley relay
  4. Austin, Hyuga, Isaac and Seth – 1st in 14 boys 4X50m freestyle relay
  5. Riley O – 1st in Boys 50m breaststroke

Virtual Open Night

It was wonderful viewing all the videos made for prospective parents for our 2022 Virtual Open Night and hearing feedback from all members of our learning community regarding the virtual WebEx meetings that took place on the evening of Wednesday 6 April. A lot of hard work and preparation goes into an event such as this and I would like to thank Mr Matt Sheehan Campus Principal and the Junior Sub School Team, Mrs Narda McLennan Marketing and Events Manager and Alumni Ethan Bibile for overseeing the organisation of Open Night and all of the Faculty Heads for their input into the video clips and for meeting parents on the night to discuss their subject areas.

School tours for prospective parents are now available on both campuses, please see our college the website for further details.

 

Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences – A resounding success

Thank you to the many parents and students who attended our virtual conferences on Thursday 31 March. Such large numbers clearly demonstrate that Mount Waverley Secondary College parents and students value the learning opportunities on offer and enthusiastically seek teacher support to reflect on their progress, with the aim of continually improving to achieve excellence in learning outcomes.  After talking to many parents, students and teachers, it is clear that the college is going from strength to strength and continues to strive to meet each student’s individual learning needs.

 

Year 12 Twilight Cinema

It was wonderful to see our Year 12 students enjoying a twilight cinema evening on the Senior Campus last night. Thank you to the College Prefects for organising this special event along with Mr Tom Grant, Year 12 Co-ordinator. Special thanks to all of the teachers who volunteered to supervise our students on the night. Events like this wouldn’t happen without your support.

 

2022 JLTAV Events Poster

We have done it again! Sophia C has won the 2022 JLTAV Events Poster Competition. Sophia’s poster will be used on the front cover of the 2022 JLTAV Annual Conference book for conference delegates and the front cover of the 2022 Year 12 yearbook. This is a fantastic achievement for the college where we had two co-winners in the same competition last year. Congratulations Sophia!

 

Professional practice day in Term 2, 2022

The Department of Education and training recently reached an in-principle agreement with unions, as bargaining representatives of employees in the Victorian Teaching Service, on a proposed replacement enterprise agreement that will apply to eligible teaching service employees.  If approved, teachers will be entitled to 3 professional practice days in 2022, starting in Term 2, 2022.

For Term 2, 2022 only, the department recommends schools hold their first professional practice day on the same day for all staff.  This is to make it easier for schools who are finding it hard to source casual relief teachers.  Our professional practice day for Term 2 will be held on Wednesday 25 May and students are not expected to attend school on the day.

 

2021 Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report has been endorsed by College Council and can be found on the college website under Parents-College Documents and Policies-Reports if you would like to read it. We again achieved some excellent results compared to the state and similar schools which was extremely pleasing.

 

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 retail outlet at 342 -350 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley (behind Officeworks).

 

Happy Holidays

First term 2022 has been an exciting time for teaching and learning at Mount Waverley Secondary College.  I hope everyone enjoys some family time over the holidays and I encourage all senior students to ensure a balance between study and relaxation.  Develop a study timetable and stick to it, it will be worth it.  Have a safe and relaxing holiday. We look forward to seeing our students return on Tuesday 26 April.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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End of Term 1

Well done to all students at the Junior Campus for completing their first full term as a secondary school student. Despite the ongoing challenges, our students have remained resilient, persistent and enthusiastic throughout the term.

This week we had the great privilege of holding our first campus assembly in quite some time. The theme was ‘Celebrating Excellence’ and it was wonderful to see so many students recognised for their wonderful achievements in and out of the classroom so far this term. Our student leaders also organised a wonderful surprise for our teachers, as the Mount Matters representatives each got up to say a few nice words about their teachers to thank them for a great term 1.

Below are some of the students who were recognised at our assembly:

Swimming

  • MWSC Division Champions
  • MWSC won the Junior Shield
  • Aleisha Clark (14 girls), Hyuga Wu (14 boys) and Julian Dumas (13 boys) – age group champions
  • EMR Carnival
    • Aleisha C – 1st in 200m Freestyle, 1st in 50m freestyle, 1st in 50m backstroke, 2nd in 100m Freestyle, 3rd in 100m backstroke
    • Hyuga W – 1st in 50m butterfly, 2nd in 50m breaststroke
    • Julian D – 3rd in 50m backstroke,
    • Isaac C – 3rd in 200m individual medley
    • 2nd in girls 200m medley – Aleisha, Camryn, Olivia and Hannah
    • 1st in boys 200m medley – Julian, Hyuga, Austin and Isaac
    • 1st in boys 4X50m freestyle relay – Austin, Hyuga, Isaac and Seth

Round Robin Sports

Congratulations to the following teams who made it through to region in term 1;

  1. Year 7 Boys Baseball team coached by Ms Murphy
  2. Year 8 Girls Cricket team coached by Mr Stroud
  3. Year 8 Boys Cricket team coached by Mr Campbell
  4. Year 8 Boys Tennis Team coached by Ms Gibson

 

ILearn Values – Year 7

IntegrityNurturingLearningExcellenceAccountabilityRespect
Liam MAbdullah AMelissa YJasper JGemma HMay T
Nikolaj BVictoria BHansika TMaxwell D
Charles REva RDaniel L
Sonia GMilla WAmelia C
Huzaifa AMatthew ZVihas F
Vihas FOliver RCody B
Erika H
Nina G
William A
Eleni A
Addison Z

ILearn Values – Year 8

IntegrityNurturingLearningExcellenceAccountabilityRespect
Radvin TDaniel HAlessio PJerry CBen G
Daniel HAmanda CDaniel ORuby B
Maximus KAaron CJaylen KRynie T
Lucas BHarshitha JDaniel M
Jimmy SSofia TShreya N
Angela SRayan J
Rex Y L

 

Wishing all our students a safe and relaxing break and look forward to seeing you in term 2.

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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Term 1 – A great start to the year!

The Middle School students and staff have settled into the year and the routine of college life very well across the Middle School.  Classrooms have been very productive with students experiencing a wide range of learning activities and Common Assessment Tasks.

A wide range of activities outside the classroom including, the special programs at the start of the term for both Year 9 and 10, lunchtime activities, Round Robin Sports and House Swimming Carnival have all had students involved outside the classroom.  With rehearsals for our college musical, Matilda underway and our instrumental music students fully focused in ensembles, there is plenty happening to keep students actively engaged both inside and outside the classroom.    It has been a great start to the year!

 

Morrisby Year 9 Careers Program

We had a fantastic level of engagement and participation in the Morrisby program from our students with them completing their online questionnaire and attending their individual one on one Careers Counselling Session to discuss their profiles. This was a great opportunity for our students to get an insight into their own strengths and interests as how these could translate to a future career. These profiles are a great resource for them not only now but to use again as they make their way through their secondary education when making decisions about their educational programs and subject selections.

100% of students who registered with Morrisby completed their profiling – Amazing!

93% of students who completed profiling participated in their follow up interviews, and those who were unable to participate or didn’t have permission to have also been provided with the opportunity to have this interview with our Careers Education Manager.

 

Lockers return for Term 2

As of the first day back the locker bays will be back in use. All students will need to ensure that they know which locker they have been allocated and have a padlock ready to use. If any student is unsure of the details of their locker location or have forgotten the combination for their lock they can contact their relevant year level coordinator for assistance.

 

Riding Bikes to school

As the construction commences for our new STEAM Centre please remember that the bike shed which is currently located next to the portable P15 will no longer be available for students to store their bikes. Students wishing to ride their bikes to school will need to enter off Lechte Road, via Gate 3 between the VCE and Library and use the bike shed located there.
An additional temporary bike shed will be available in term 2 which will be located next to the lockerbay at the end of D block with students needing to enter off Beaufort Street via Gate 5.

 

Term 2 Winter Uniform – Year 7 – 10

The term break is a great time to check and get prepared for the change from summer to winter uniform. Please make sure to read the details from the uniform policy below to ensure students have the necessary pieces of uniform for the start of term 2. All items are available from PSW Uniform Shop located at 342-350 Springvale Rd, Glen Waverley.

 

General Rules for Uniform

Jewellery is not to be worn apart from a watch (smart watches are not permitted, as per ‘Mobile Phone  Policy’) and, for students with pierced ears, a pair of silver or gold plain studs or sleepers in the ear lobes only  are acceptable. No earrings or studs of any kind are to be worn in the nose, eyebrow or any other part of the  anatomy—even if it is a clear earring or covered with a band aid.

Footwear: Black leather with black stitching and plain black laces (not T-Bar, suede, boots or runner styles). Heel height is to be no more than 2cm. Black sports shoes are not regarded as acceptable footwear and must not be worn by students.
Under no circumstances will students be permitted to participate in workshop or practical classes without correct school shoes, even on a casual dress day or with a uniform pass.
Hair should be kept neat and tidy and one colour.  Coloured hair should be as natural as possible.
Make-up and coloured nail polish must not be worn.
Sun hat (black MWSC slouch hat to be worn outdoors during terms one and four in accordance with the college Sunsmart Policy). This policy is enforced at recess and lunch times on the Junior Campus.

Winter Uniform Option 1.

  • MWSC winter skirt (of modest length – no shorter than 5cm above the knee)
  • MWSC green jumper
  • MWSC green softshell jacket (optional)
  • MWSC long sleeve white shirt or blouse with college logo
  • MWSC college tie
  • Either navy knee high socks OR ‘Carlton’ navy Kayser opaque tights
  • Navy scarf (optional)
  • In cold weather plain white t-shirts without writing or logos are permitted under shirt/blouse

OR

Winter Uniform Option 2.

  • MWSC grey unisex shorts or trousers with college logo (available only from PSW – official uniform supplier)
  • MWSC long sleeve white shirt with college logo
  • MWSC college tie
  • MWSC green softshell jacket (optional).
  • MWSC green jumper
  • Grey socks (must cover ankle)
  • Navy scarf (optional)
  • In cold weather plain white t-shirt without writing or logos is permitted under the shirt

 

We look forward to welcoming all the students back on Tuesday 26 April after the ANZAC Day public holiday.

Have a safe and enjoyable term break.

 

 

 

Miss Sarah Chase
Acting Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Parent Teacher Conferences

These were held virtually last Thursday. Thanks to all the teachers and families who were involved. If a teacher was absent, they will follow up with you early next term.

 

Compass – Assessment Tasks

Teachers provide regular feedback on CATs and SACs (Learning Tasks) via Compass. This occurs during each term to provide students with timely feedback and strategies to improve. A report in Compass allows students and parents/carers to see what assessment is scheduled for each subject and parents/carers can check Compass to see their child’s progress.

 

2022 Central Australia Trip – Information Evening

The information evening will take place virtually on Monday 9 May at 7 pm. Information will be provided about the trip, cost and application process. More information will be sent via Compass closer to the event. The trip is scheduled for the last three days of term three into the term three break. It is dependent on the health advice and Deportment of Education and Training policy, but we are hopeful the trip will be able to take place.   Please email me (caj@mwsc.vic.edu.au ) if you have any questions.

Year 12 Camp

The subschool team and particularly Senior Subschool Leader Mr Matt Cara, have worked hard to reschedule the camp which had to be postponed. Information is available regarding the camp which will take place between the 17 – 19 May. Information and payment details are on Compass.

 

Careers Expo – Thursday 28 April

Information has been distributed to Year 11 students (and is also on Compass) for the Careers Expo on Thursday 28 April (first week of term two). It provides students with an opportunity to talk to people involved in the courses, institutions, and careers they are interested in. Sessions are also held to support students in many of their VCE subjects.

 

Year 12 Movie under the stars

Our Year 12 students celebrated the end of term with a Movie Night last night. It was great to see so many of them attending and spending time with their friends.
Thanks to the Year 12 Leaders who helped organise the event, the teachers who attended, the subschool team and in particular Tom Grant and Elektra Sassos (Year 12 co-ordinators) who supported the students.

 

iLearn Values

The Year 11s have had a very positive start to VCE, with many students being acknowledged for their contributions to the college through our iLearn values. The VCE Sub-School would like to congratulate the awardees on their work this term.

Thank you

Thanks to all of our VCE students, families, senior subschool team, wellbeing team and staff for their hard work this term.  Best wishes for a safe and relaxing break.

 

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal

 

Student Wellbeing Report

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The Student Wellbeing team would like to congratulate all students for a great term 1.   After a challenging two years, it was pleasing to have students back at school for a full term.
We welcomed several guest speakers and presentations throughout the term including Project Rockit, Felstead Education, Jem Fuller, Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg and YSAFE. We also celebrated two important dates on the calendar – International Women’s Day and National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence.

This week, Ramadan commenced which is an important time for a lot of our students. Those students who wish to engage in Dhuhr prayer can do so using the Wellness Zones on both campuses.

Some of the highlights for term 2 will be visits from REACH foundation and Felstead Education, as well as celebrating IDAHOBIT Day (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) and Men’s Health Week. We have some important initiatives coming up too with the  Push up Challenge starting at the beginning of June.  More information to follow.

 

Parent Bulletin

Keep a look out for our brand new Student Wellbeing Parent Bulletin coming soon. The bulletin will be sent to all parents – once a month with lots of helpful tips and strategies on how to support your child as well as informing you of all the important wellbeing programs at the school.

 

Parent Webinar Term – Wednesday 4 May @7pm – Parents of Year 7 and 8 students only 

Student Wellbeing will be hosting a parent webinar in term 2 to discuss with parents on how we can manage expectations of students in a covid normal world. Further information will be sent out via compass.

 

YSAFE Online Hub

For those of you who attended the YSAFE webinar or watched the replay will know that there is an online hub being set up for MWSC parents. We are currently waiting for the hub to go live and will notify parents when this occurs.

 

Art Project – Help needed

In term 3 we would like to organise an art project for a select group of year 9 or 10 students. The project would involve them designing an art piece to be recreated on the inside walkway in the A-building which leads to the gym. We are looking for any parents who have an art background who may be able to help with this project. If you are interested please let me know gpd@mwsc.vic.edu.au

 

 

Mr Paul Graham
Student Support and Resources Manager

Music Director’s Report

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It has been a busy term for the music department with lessons beginning for over 250 students, 18 ensembles beginning to rehearse and over 330+ year 7 students trialing instruments to begin learning next term.

 

Lunchtime Concerts

Lunchtime concerts took place on both campuses, featuring the Stage Band and Jazz Bands. These ensembles were auditioned in Term 4, and began rehearsing at the end of last year. These lunchtime concerts were a great opportunity for both bands to showcase their talents leading into All State Jazz and Generations in Jazz Competitions happening early next term. The students in these ensembles were supported by a large cohort of students and staff.

 

 

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.

 

Chamber Strings – NEVR Concert Submission

Our Chamber Strings has been busily preparing for and recording a video audition for entry into the North Eastern Victorian Region Concert being held in the Melbourne Recital Centre later this year. The ensemble, directed by our Head of Strings, Mr Timothy O’Connor is made up of advanced string students and worked hard towards this recording. Well done and good luck to all of those involved

 

Music Leadership @ MWSC

The Music Leadership team was interviewed and selected at the end of last year. This team is made up of music students from Years 7-12 who meet weekly, supporting and running music events at the college. This committee is a wonderful opportunity for these students to develop leadership skills such as event organisation, liaising with the school community and public speaking skills. Congratulations to this years music leaders.

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Year 10 Intro VCE Health & Human Development – Road to Zero Excursion

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On Wednesday 23 March, Year 10 Health and Human Development students travelled to the Melbourne Museum ‘Road to Zero’ exhibit and seminar as part of the current topic of study ‘health promotion’.

This program provided an interactive experience, where students were able to explore behavioural, legal and safety factors empowering them to make healthy decisions.  Students were required to create their own advertising campaign related to road safety, where they needed to choose an issue, create a catchy slogan, edit a video and finally add music to try and persuade their target audience to practice road safety.

It was a fun day out and I was impressed by the quality of student’s advertising campaigns and student collaboration.

 

 

 

Ms Amy Farmer
Health & Human Development Teacher

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