College Principal’s Report

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College Raffle

We have been working hard on sourcing some great prizes for our term 3 college raffle this year.  Over $5000 worth of prizes have been donated including Interior/Exterior painting, Drone, Gift Cards, Novotel and Campion Education Voucher.

The college raffle is running online this year and tickets can be purchased via compasstix.  Raffle tickets are $2.50.  Please support the college by purchasing either a $12.50 (5 tickets) or $25 (10 tickets) book. Feel free to forward the compasstix link to family and friends.    All proceeds will go towards the purchase of new student outdoor furniture and down-ball court.

Raffle tickets can be purchased online via compasstix link : 
Raffle tickets will go on sale from Monday 8 August at 10:00am.  Raffle will be drawn and winners announced on Friday 26 August.


The Importance of Reflecting on our Learning

We are all members of a learning community and as such it is important to reflect on our learning so that we can improve and grow.

According to research by Professor John Hattie there are 3 feedback questions:

  1. Where am I going? This helps us set goals and understand what success looks like.
  2. How am I going? This gives us feedback about our progress and is often expressed in relation to an expected standard.
  3. Where to next? This feedback can help us select the next challenge and allows us to take responsibility for our learning.

Our School Review Process that we are currently involved in is one way in which all members of our learning community are helping to give feedback to help drive the creation of our next School Strategic Plan which will guide us over the next four years.

The subject selection process that all Year 9 – 11 students are undertaking now, is another great opportunity where students can ask these three questions to help them to focus on their future pathways.


School Review

On Monday 25 July, the first of four School Review days was held. Validation Day included classroom observations and student focus groups. We welcomed our reviewer Mr Greg McMahon (former secondary school principal), College Council President- Mr Nishant Patel, School Education Improvement Leader-Ms Kerry Wood and our two Challenge Partners Ms Jill Laughlin (Principal-Camberwell HS) and Mr John Roberts (Principal-Doncaster East SC).

On Tuesday 26 July and Thursday 4 August we held our two fieldwork days and there were more visits to classes on the Junior and Senior Campus. The review teams also met with many groups of students, parents, and staff. Thank you to everyone who was involved, including our College Council Vice President Mrs Chelsea Eow and parent representatives from our learning community.


Information evenings, subject information sessions and subject selection interviews

Well done to all the students and parents who attended our 2023 information evenings over the last two weeks. These evenings are very important for students and their families to understand the courses, subjects, and pathways available next year and in the future.

The sub-schools and curriculum teams have been busy with subject selection information evenings and in the past two weeks six parent evenings were held including our Information Night on the new VCE Vocational Major Pathway for prospective 2023 students as well as a VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre) Information Night for our current Year 12 students.

Thank you to the Heads of School-Mrs Debbie Sekula, Mrs Asha Vazirani and Ms Sarah Chase and their teams, our Head of Curriculum-Mr Tim Peters, our Head of Senior Pathways- Ms Lisa McKiernan and the faculty heads and the Careers team for their work in setting up and organising these sessions.


Year 10 Subject Information Day and Course Confirmation

Our Year 10 students were provided with plenty of information on Tuesday 26 July, with presentations on the guidelines for the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) as well as subject offerings. Students also looked at their Career Action Plans and were able to talk to tertiary providers.

Thank you to our Careers Team – Mrs Jo Hall and Ms Victoria Tortopidis for their work with the Career Action Plans and setting up this Tertiary Expo.

On Friday 6 August our Year 10 students attended individual sessions with course counsellors to ensure that the subjects they have selected for their Victorian Certificate of Education are appropriate for the career path they may chose in the future.


Subject handbooks

The 2023 subject handbooks for Years 7 & 8, Year 9, Year 10 and VCE are all on the college website. Further information about 2023 subjects can be found here:


VSMF Orchestra Festival

Thank you to Mr Tim O Connor-Head of Strings for accompanying our String Ensemble to the VSMF Orchestra Festival on Thursday 28 July. The ensemble received a Silver Award in the Intermediate Strings section, which was a great result. The Executive Team had the pleasure of hearing this ensemble rehearse the day before the festival and thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful music that they performed.



Year 10 Camp 

I would like to thank the 21 staff members who volunteered to accompany our students to the Year 10 Coonawarra Camp this week. Camps like this would not occur without the hard work and dedication of our staff. I have heard that our students had a wonderful time, were extremely well-behaved and great representatives of our college.


Smoking and vaping

Parents, carers, schools, and community all play an important role in protecting children and young people from, and educating them about, the harmful effects of smoking and vaping.

Research from the Royal Children’s Hospital shows many parents and carers are not aware of the harmful effects or how their views about smoking and vaping can impact the likelihood of a young person taking up smoking or vaping.

The Department of Education and Training has collated resources to help you learn more about the health risks of smoking and vaping, and some suggestions about how to talk to your child about vaping, and where to get support.

This includes a video from experts at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne with tips for parents for starting a conversation with teenagers about vaping.




Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Year 8-9 Transition

Recently our year 8 students began the very important process of subject selection for year 9 in 2023. While for you and your young person it might feel very early to start thinking about future pathways, we take great pride in the quality and quantity of information and support we are able to provide our students as they make their way through their secondary schooling. We pay close attention to our transition between year 8 and 9, as students move to the senior campus, and we’d like to thank our parent/carer community for their active involvement in this process. Knowledge is power, and we hope to empower our students to exercise their voice and make informed decisions about their futures.


Year 8 Camp

Information about year 8 camp has now been shared via Compass. Please ensure that you have read the information carefully and completed all necessary tasks. Students are finding out relevant information each week, and we are all thoroughly looking forward to going to Kinglake in October. Please speak to the Year 8 Coordinators (Jackson Waters – or Georgia Mangano – or Acting Junior Sub School Leader Lauren Lockhart ( for more information.


Interact Bake Sale

The Junior School Interact Club (our own mini-Rotary Club) has been busy preparing for a Bake Sale happening next week. All food items will be labelled with ingredients and there will be a variety of prices. I would encourage all students to bring some coins along to buy a treat that will go to a great cause: fundraising to purchase purpose-built sleeping/storage bags for people who are sleeping rough in the local Monash area and beyond.

Parent Payments

Mount Waverley Secondary College is seeking your support in paying the voluntary financial contributions for 2022.

The ongoing partnership with our families ensures that our school can offer the best possible education and experiences for our students. We want to thank you for all your support, whether that’s through fundraising, making payments or volunteering your time. This has made a huge difference to our school and the programs we can offer.

Within our college your financial contributions have allowed us to run extensive well-being programs, a wider offering of subjects and special curriculum experiences; enhanced digital learning opportunities; faster WIFI and internet, and enhanced grounds and indoor and outdoor learning spaces.

The curriculum contributions (previously deemed essential student learning items) cover items and activities that your student uses, or participates in, to access the curriculum. These include (but not limited to): ID card, handbook, planner, printing and photocopying of worksheets and classroom consumables, materials and equipment.

The financial contributions we have received this year is lower than in previous years. This is likely to have an impact longer term to the college’s financial viability in turn impacting what resources we can offer our students.

Contributions to our Building Fund are tax deductible. You will be sent a tax receipt from our Finance department.

Instructions on how to pay your contributions

  • Open Compass and click on the ‘Payments Centre’ notification.
  • This will take you to the Action Centre page. You will see a section for 2022 School Contributions. Click on this. This will take you to the school contributions information letter. Click continue.
  • You will see the contributions items and can edit the amounts you want to contribute. If you do not wish to contribute to a specific item, change the amount to $0.
  • Once you have selected the items you want to contribute to, enter your payment details. You can choose to pay in full or via quarterly or monthly instalments. If you make a part contribution, you will be able to click into the overall contribution again at a later date and make a further contribution.
  • Click on process and save and close.



Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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We are well into Term 3 with students busy making progress across a range of areas at the college.

Subject Selection

The process of subject selection for 2023 is well underway for students in Middle School.  It is important to think carefully about subject choices for 2023.  There are lots of resources including the Middle School Handbook which you can find on our website, classroom teachers are also a valuable resource as they can provide first hand insights into individual subjects and the sub school team can also provide plenty of information.


Year 10 Camp

Camp Coonawarra was the setting for first Year 10 Camp in many years.  As our excited student left on Monday morning they headed to camp where they participated in a wide range of outdoor activities including flying fox, giant swing and canoeing.  The camp also provides a great opportunity for year 10 students to further strengthen friendships and create new networks of friends.  Thank you to Ms Bec Kosach – Acting Middle School Leader, for her great work behind the scenes to make this camp a great success.


Mount Major Projects Update – STEAM Centre

Work on the STEAM Centre is continuing with foundations being laid.  Work is now starting on getting ready for concrete to be poured.  This work will continue across the coming s weeks.

The tender process is know closed and we are busy reviewing these documents to then award the tender.  We are still on track to works commence in September.



Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Subject Information Evenings and Course Selections

The last two weeks have been very busy.  In addition to classes, staff, students and families have been involved in subject information session, information evenings, careers and pathway options and the new VCE pathway – the Vocational Major sessions. The course planning/subject selection interviews sessions were held today with Year 10 students to assist in their planning for their VCE courses in 2023.

The information evenings were recorded and available to parents/ carers and students. Links were sent out via Compass. Families are strongly encouraged to read the subject handbooks, (Years 7 & 8, Year 9, Year 10 and VCE) are all on the college website and I strongly encourage students and families to read them as they contain information about each subject on offer at the college. There are also faculty-based videos on the website and the contact details of subschool teams and faculty heads.

Thanks to all involved in the sessions which took place last week for students in Years 10 and 11. A special than you to ; subject teachers, faculty heads, Ms Sarah Chase, Head of Senior School and Mr Matt Cara, Senior Subschool Leader, Mrs Jo Hall, Careers Education Manager, the IT team for their support and Mr Tim Peters, Head of Curriculum.


Year 10 to 11 Subject Selection Interviews

Today, Friday 5 August, the middle and senior school teams, a number of teachers and the Careers Team were all involved in interviews to confirm student courses for 2023.   Any student or parent who would like to speak further to the Careers Team or a member of the senior subschool team can do so by emailing to arrange a meeting or phone call.  Student choices for Year 11 and 12 2021 subjects must be completed via EDVAL.


VTAC Information Evening – Tuesday 2 August

Nearly 100 families attended this virtual information session to assist students in their applications for post-school courses and pathways in 2023. Thanks again to the Careers Team and Senior Subschool who have had a very busy time during the past few weeks.  The session was recorded, and the link will be sent to families of Year 12 students via Compass.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Student Voice Report

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Mount Waverley Primary School Leaders Visit

Over the past few weeks a group of Year 8 leaders and Year 11 & 12 leaders attended Mount Waverley Primary School. The Year 8 leaders did a fantastic job of running a Q&A style leadership session for the Year 5 students. The Year 11 & 12 leaders continued their work on a community action project, involving a sensory playground and visiting some aged care homes. Both groups of students thoroughly enjoyed their time at Mount Waverley Primary School and have been impressed by the leadership programs being run at MWPS. This program has been very beneficial for our school leaders who have enjoyed working with the MWPS leadership teams.



MWSC Blood Drive

The Year 12 student leadership team is running a blood drive and they need your help!

Every blood donation will make a real difference to a person’s life. Did you know one blood donation can save up to three lives?

Australia’s blood stocks are expected to drop to their lowest point since the start of the pandemic after donations took a nosedive due to the current surge in flu cases across the country, as well as colds and COVID.

As a result, the leadership team is calling on the broader MWSC community to roll up their sleeves and donate! The leadership team has set a target of getting 30 donations.

How to donate:

  1. Check your eligibility. Sometimes people have to wait before they can donate so it’s best to double check.
  2. Find a donor centre. You can give blood close to home, or near the office on your lunch break — it’s simple to find a centre that suits you.
  3. Book a donation. Get ready to start calling yourself a ‘life-saver’! Find a time and day that works for you and book it in.
  4. Remember to book your donation under the team name ‘Mount Waverley Secondary College.’ Or just mention it on the day at the donor centre when you go to donate.
  5. People can register online at and join the team ‘Mount Waverley Secondary College’.



UN Youth National Conference

UN Youth Australia ran an annual National Conference aimed to bring together like-minded young Australians nationwide.  Centred around informing such passionate youths from all across the nation, the event utilised education, engagement with national leaders, and peer mentorship to foster an environment for greater positive change. 

With the main theme being ‘Rethinking Law & Justice’, we were lucky enough to have heard from Australia’s most prominent judicial figures the likes of which include; Former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, Michael Kirby and others. We were also afforded the privilege to take part in the very first UN 2022 Listening Tour led by Australia’s Youth Representative to the United Nations, Angelica Ojinnaka. 

Looking to the future, we aim to promote such events for interested peers to take part in and are grateful to be given the opportunity to share our ideas on a national level.

By Stanley L & Vineth M  (Year 11)




Mr Jacob Myers
Head of Student Voice

Student Wellbeing Report

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REACH workshops  

The REACH Foundation have been providing several workshops so far this term to help support peer connections, develop emotional intelligence and improve overall mental health and wellbeing. They are a significant contributor to the overall student wellbeing program at the college, providing workshops for our year 7, 9, 10 and 12’s. For more information please visit their website


 Felstead Education 

Another supportive partner of our Student Wellbeing Program is Felstead Education. They have delivered a variety of mindfulness and positive mindset workshops to our senior school students. On Friday 12 August, the year 10’s will attend a presentation on the power of sleep. This is one of our favourite presentations – Brad – the founder of Felstead Education will take year 10 students through the science behind sleep and how it will support their academic progress.


Jemima Montag 

Jemima Montag is an Australian Race Walker. She is a Commonwealth Gold medalist, an Olympian and recently finished fourth in the world in the 20k walk at the World Athletic Championships. Jemima is a friend of the school and has presented several times in the last 3 years sharing her journey of success as an elite athlete and a learner (currently studying medicine). Watch out for Jemima this Saturday as she competes in the 20k race at the Commonwealth Games. Everyone at MWSC wishes her well and is excited to hear her stories and presentation to our year 11’s on Monday 22 August.


Cyber Safety 

A reminder to parents about our Cyber Safety hub on the website. Its a great hub for parents to get lots of information about the different apps available and how to support your child to stay safe online.


Parent Bulletin 

Last term our Mental Health Practitioners launched our first Parent Bulletin with a range of information and advice to support parents/carers. Look out for the next Parent Bulletin coming soon!



Mr Paul Graham
Student Support and Resources Manager

Music Director’s Report

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It has been a very busy time for the music department at the college with concerts and eisteddfods returning for the first time since 2019. I am so proud of the resilient nature of the music community at MWSC, striving for excellence.


MWSC Soirees

June saw the return of the soirees. These concerts feature soloists and small groups of different year levels and musical experiences. It is a lovely way for the younger students to hear the more advanced students, giving them inspiration to continue their musical journey. These concerts were held in the College Theatrette and were well attended by the school community. Thanks to the music captains, leaders and music staff for helping this event take place.

Harshini T (Year 11) and Zahra A (Year 9)



Mount Waverley Primary School Performance

In the young last week of Term 2, the Mount Waverley Secondary College Stage Band participated in a live performance for the Grade 6 students at Mount Waverley Primary School. This provided an excellent opportunity for the group to show off the hard work they have been doing and for the grade 6’s to experience a range of different styles. Each item was introduced by an alumni member of the band who spoke about their musical experiences across both schools. Thanks to the primary school for hosting us.

MWSC Senior Stage Band


Monash Youth Festival – Senior Guitar Ensemble 

On Saturday 23 August, the Mount Waverley Senior Guitar Ensemble performed at the Monash Youth Music Festival held at Huntingtower School. Under the supervision of their teacher and ensemble director Mr Harry Tinney, the group placed third in the open chamber music category. The students involved in this performance were Ayaan A , Justin D , Ronit Is , Nicholas L and Oscar D.  The group performed two pieces by Australian Aboriginal artists – “Stay Young” by Coloured Stone and “From My Eyes” by No Fixed Address.



MWSC Music Alumni Congratulations – Christopher Rozakeas – 2021 Music Captain

Christopher Rozakeas, 2021 Music Captain, has been recognised for his musical talent in several prestigious ways. Chris received a premier’s award for music performance, an amazing recognition given the competitive and subjective nature of music performance. In addition to this, he was shortlisted as one of six finalists for the James Morrison Scholarship, attending performances in Mount Gambier to participate in a range of concerts. Well done Chris, the music community at MWSC could not be prouder.

Christopher Rozakeas – Generations in Jazz – James Morrison Scholarship



Matilda Orchestra

 After many months of collective and individual practice, I had the honor of conducting this beautiful show. With a challenging score, the orchestra made up of students, staff and alumni worked tirelessly to bring it to life. Thanks to staff members, Melissa Knowles, Joseph Yu, Damien Maughan, Misa Murphy, Rick Liang and Sherilyn Lee for playing in the ensemble. A massive congratulations to the current students, David R, Ethan L, and Sam E for your hard work and dedication learning a professional music theatre book.

The wonderful educational experience of having a live orchestra in a high school production is outlined by the two experiences outlined below:

 On Wednesday the 20th of July, I had the pleasure of sitting in the pit and listening to one of the Matilda rehearsals. This opportunity was given to VCE music students and students who are part of the instrumental music program that were invited by their teacher. The orchestra was made up of instrumental teachers who play woodwind, brass and piano, alumni who play woodwind, strings and piano and students who play guitar and percussion, along with Mrs Tijtje Keatley leading the orchestra as the conductor.

 Observing the rehearsal was a phenomenal experience and was very inspiring as you got to see your teacher and other music faculty play challenging music across multiple instruments. Being able to see what goes on behind the scenes taught me that there is a lot of patience needed when going through acts so that everyone has the opportunity to do their job both on and off the stage. I also learnt that the dedication and time that was put into learning all the music for the play ‘Matilda’ on one or more instruments was very rewarding as the end result was spectacular. This opportunity definitely allowed me to witness and appreciate the strong music community that MWSC has built and I would highly encourage students in the future to sit in and observe these rehearsals as it is an amazing experience and a great learning opportunity.

 Maddie T – Year 11


This year I was lucky enough to play guitar in the orchestra for this year’s school production: Matilda the Musical alongside Sam E on bass and David R on drums.

 When I received the book late last year, it seemed like a daunting task to learn 2-hours worth of music. However, with the support of my instrumental teacher, it soon became a fun challenge. After many hours of practice each week, I was ready for the first rehearsal with the full orchestra. This was also the first time I heard the professional level musicians who had been working hard learning their own parts. This first rehearsal really put me out of my comfort zone as it was a completely different environment compared to a band full of students. Leading up to the show, we had many more rehearsals and by the time performance week came around, we were 100% confident and ready to go. We played a total of 5 shows, each one being an exciting, and exhilarating experience.

 Playing with other extremely talented musicians has been one the best learning experiences for me. From this, I have massively improved my guitar skills and musicality, as well as gained a new found knowledge and appreciation for the amount of effort and teamwork it takes to put on a musical.

 Overall, being a part of this year’s production has made all the hard work and challenges I faced worth it as I gained new knowledge, experience and tons of fun memories. If given the opportunity, I would do it all again.

Ethan L – Year 11 (Matilda – Guitarist)


MWSC Matilda Orchestra



VSMF Strings & Choir

Silver Award to the MWSC String Orchestra – Timothy O’Connor (Head of Strings)

The College String Orchestra has received a Silver Award for their performance in the Victorian Schools Music Festival on 28 July in the Intermediate Strings section at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. The 20 members – playing violin, viola, cello and double bass – presented a 15-minute program including Merry-go-round of Life from the Japanese anime movie ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’, a favourite of many MWSC students.  The chief adjudicator Dr Barnes from America commented, ‘Loved your choice of pieces.’, and the associate adjudicator wrote, ‘Congratulations on your performance today, Mount Waverley Secondary! Keep searching for the music in every performance you give to your audience.’

Orchestra member Mifa M writes, ’This was a wonderful and rare opportunity to perform and learn from an American adjudicator. Performing our three pieces itself was a sensational experience. I could feel that, as the first note was played, everyone became immersed in creating the best sound that we could. The large 19th century hall really helped raise our orchestra to another level. We also got a chance to observe other schools perform, which gave us further insights into the feelings, transformations and beauty of music. The day was truly a bonding experience for us fellow musicians.’

Megan L reflects, ‘It’s been such a long time since we had been to a live music event that I had almost forgotten how exciting it is. The moment I heard the other school bands’ bow strokes on the steel strings I was immersed in the energy that recordings can’t match. When it was our school orchestra’s turn to perform, it was as if everyone forgot about their nerves and became hyper focused on the music we were playing alone. I felt a sense of great joy and accomplishment as we all worked together to deliver music to the audience.’


VSMF – Choir – Tom Frost

On Tuesday 2August, the MWSC Choir performed at the annual Victorian Schools’ Music Festival which was held at the Salvation Army Centre in Box Hill.  The choir performed two pieces – a composition by Australian composer Ms Mary Puddy titled “My Imagination,” and a choral arrangement of Frank Sinatra’s most famous song – “Fly Me To The Moon.”

The performance was adjudicated by Mr George Torbay, an experienced choral conductor and educator from the University of Adelaide. Following the performance, George provided the choir with constructive feedback around the use of dynamics to begin each piece, as well as appropriate vowels and the placement of the soft palate in order to achieve well-rounded vowel pronunciation.

The choir received the Bronze award. It was great to have the opportunity to experience a live performance again after two years of cancellations.

MWSC Strings









MWSC Choir




Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Year 10 Camp – Coonawarra Adventure Resort

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Year 10 Camp 2022

Having missed out on camps and other excursions for the last two years, we were extremely excited to visit Coonawarra for our Year 10 Camp. Despite our early 7am arrival at school, energy was running high as we packed onto the buses. Upon arrival, we were welcomed by the lovely Coonawarra staff (and a herd of ducks), and after organising our cabins we headed off to our first activity. Team building was a consistent theme as we undertook various challenging activities, such as raft making, damper making , canoeing and a labyrinth. Our individual courage was also tested on the giant swing, rock climbing and horse riding.
During the evenings, we gathered together as a cohort and had a movie night, and a trivia night.

This camp was an amazing experience to spend time with our friends, and develop relationships with our classmates. We played sports together, went on walks, and observed the picturesque greenery and lake. From sharing cabins, to sharing meals, to sharing sinks when brushing teeth- we will now share memories we will hold to year 12 and beyond. As we head into our final years of schooling, experiences such as these are priceless. Blessed be the ducks!

By Edolie R and Georgia K


Alumni News

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Alumni giving back

A big thank you to our Alumni Dean Oliver (class of 2010) for participating in a busy schedule last week. He was on hand at the Tertiary Expo chatting to Year 10’s and participating in the VCE VM Information evening talking to parents and students about his career pathway. We very much appreciated it!

There are three simple ways you can stay in touch with the Alumni community:





Congratulations to Emily Whitehead (Class of 2018), winning a Commonwealth Games Bronze medal in her individual performance and a Silver medal as part of the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics team!

What an extra bonus Emily got to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte!




Ms Victoria Tortopidis

Alumni Coordinator

Uniform Shop Volunteers

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Expression of Interest – Uniform Shop Volunteers

In previous years, the College has run a second-hand uniform shop on the Senior Campus. We are keen to get this up and running again and are hoping for some parent volunteers to support the process.
If you would like more information, please contact
MWSC College News – Issue 11