College Principal’s Report

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Talented staff

Congratulations to Mrs Jane Cater, Head of The Arts who has just returned from Iceland and The United Kingdom where she presented at the IDEA 9th World Congress (International Drama/Theatre and Education Association) and IDIERI (International Drama in Education Research Institute). Jane’s presentation was called ‘Teaching First Nations content and concepts in the Drama classroom.’

 

 

Stage Band wins Platinum Award

On Wednesday 10 August our Senior Stage Band achieved an amazing award in VSMF (Victorian Schools’ Music Festival) winning platinum. In all the years of our Director of Music, Mrs Tijtje Keatley’s, attendance at this event, she has only ever seen one other stage band awarded with a platinum award. To receive this the band must be awarded outstanding for almost every criterion and an outstanding overall.

The stage band played extremely well despite losing two players and having no conductor, as Mrs Keatley was playing with the band in place of one member who was sick. They also learned two new songs in four weeks especially for the event.

During the onstage tutorial the chief adjudicator, Mr Andrew Mott gave the band high praise, and addressed other schools in the audience to follow our lead with musical maturity and excellence. Congratulations to all the students involved.

 

VCE Leadership Awards

Two of our College Captains students; Azraf E and Kyra H have been shortlisted for the ‘2022 VCE Leader of the Year’. Only eight leaders from across the state are chosen by VCAA (Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority) each year. This is an amazing achievement to have two finalists from our college. The award ceremony will be held at the end of this term.

Thank you to Mr Jacob Myers, Acting Head of Student Voice for his work in supporting the students.

 

Hakuhodo Language and Cultural Program

Congratulations to Mrs Michelle Lukaczynski who applied for Mount Waverley Secondary College to be part of this philanthropic Japanese language and cultural program. Our school was the only school to be selected from Australia to be part of this program. Michelle will be visiting Japan later this year in preparation for a trip next year where Michelle will be taking four Year 10 students on a two-week tour. Well done, Michelle!

 

Junior Campus Languages Day

Well done to Mr Peter Jackson and the Languages team for organising Languages Day on Wednesday 10 August on the Junior Campus. It was an excellent day, including an assembly, both German and Japanese performances, a delicious lunch of Obento boxes and Bretzels, and a thrilling soccer game at lunchtime. 

       

 

2022 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey

Invitations to the 2022 Parent/Caregiver/Guardian Opinion Survey (previously known as the Parent Opinion Survey) have been emailed out. Each year the school conducts an opinion survey amongst a sample of our learning community. This year, a sample of approximately 30 per cent of parents/caregivers/guardians have been randomly selected and invited to participate. Results will be used to inform and direct our future school planning and improvement. The survey will be conducted online and should only take 20 minutes to complete.

 

Student Parent Teacher Conferences

On Thursday 9 September student/parent/teacher conferences will occur. The day will run from 1 pm until 7.30 pm and will be run virtually again via WebEx. Classes will not be held on this day.

 

Lions Club of Ashwood–Mt Waverley

The Lions Club of Ashwood-Mt Waverley works with youth and the community to provide support and promote good citizenship. Lions is an international organisation.

“We work with schools in our area through the Youth of the Year competition and Community Service Awards. We also provide holidays at the Licola Wilderness Village for deserving junior students.
We raise funds through Bunnings sausage sizzles and other local activities. 100% of funds raised from the public are returned through support provided.  Our fund raising, support and social activities provide a very friendly level of social interaction and fellowship. If you would like to know more or would consider joining us please contact Roy Willmott at roystonwillmott@gmail.com or on 0468 780 039.”

 

The 2022 Victorian State Spectacular

The 2022 Victorian State Schools Spectacular brings together government school communities from across Victoria to produce a 3-hour live show including music, dance, circus arts, puppetry, and skating.
This year’s show will be performed to an audience of about 12,000 people at John Cain Arena on Saturday 10 September, over 2 shows at 1 pm and 6:30 pm.  Talented Victorian students will feature on stage, while many other students will work behind the scenes, gaining unique, on-the-job, professional experience.

One of our students Ananya H from Year 9 will be appearing in the Mass Choir.  Congratulations Ananya!
For a fun, family entertainment experience, and to cheer on students from the audience, be quick to secure tickets through Ticketek.  Adult tickets cost $40; children aged under 15, $20; and concession, $30. Buy 10 tickets and get one adult ticket free (the 11th ticket is free) by calling Group Bookings on 1300 364 001.

 

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 :  https://compasstix.com/e/2u80e7nfkz .  Ticket Sales will close on Thursday 25 August at 9am.
Raffle will be drawn and winners announced on Friday 26 August.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Rotary Interact Club – Bake Sale

Last Tuesday our Rotary Interact Club students ran their ‘Local Project’; a Bake Sale. The Interact Club students baked a delicious array of tasty treats and were very well supported by staff and students alike. They raised $781.60 which will go towards purchasing purpose-built sleeping/storage bags for people who are sleeping rough in the local Monash area and beyond. The Rotary Club of Mount Waverley (who have been working with the students every Tuesday at lunchtime) were thrilled with the result, and are so happy to again be working with our students. This has also been a wonderful opportunity for some of our year 10 students to work with their younger counterparts.

Languages Day

Last Wednesday saw the big return of our annual languages Day. This day is designed to showcase the importance of studying languages, and our Japanese and German teachers held a range of events to celebrate,  including an assembly, both German and Japanese performances, a delicious lunch of Obento boxes and Bretzels, and a thrilling soccer game at lunchtime. Well done to all of the staff and students involved in making it a memorable day.

 

The Sound of Music

The Campus at the top of the hill has been alive with the sound of music lately. This week alone we enjoyed a lunchtime concert from the Concert Band and the year 7s also thoroughly enjoyed a performance from the College String Orchestra during their assembly on Thursday.

The students at our school show such wonderful support of the talents of others. It is truly impressive to witness not only the incredible musicianship of our students, but also the recognition that the other students give them.  A note from a parent about their child that performed in the orchestra: “He was very nervous about playing in front of his classmates, but apparently several people told him “good job” afterwards, which was lovely.”‘

Well done to all involved!

 

Student accident insurance, ambulance cover arrangements and private property brought to school

Parents/ carers are reminded that the Department of Education and Training does not provide personal accident or ambulance cover for students. Parents and carers of students, who do not have private health insurance or ambulance cover, are responsible for paying the cost of medical treatment for their injured child.

Private property brought to the college by students, staff or visitors is not insured and the Department is not responsible for any loss or damage. This can include mobile phones, calculators, sporting equipment and cars parked on school premises.

It is recommended that parents/ carers consider insurance policies that can be purchased from commercial insurers.

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Subject and Course selections

The last few weeks have been very busy for all members of the college community. Year 10 to 11 subject selection interviews were held on the Friday 5 August and subject selections for students moving from Year 11 to 12 have been completed. Work is currently being done on finalising and checking student selections as these forms the basis of the subjects run and the 2023 timetable. Any questions about subjects should be directed to the relevant faculty head or subschool. The process will take a few weeks to complete.

Further information about subjects at each year level can be found in the subject handbooks which are on the college website.

 

VCE Central Australia Trip

The trip is fast approaching. A parent and student information evening session will be held shortly to provide more information about the trip and other requirements and arrangements. Information will be sent via Compass shortly. It is exciting as it is the first time the trip has been able to run since 2019.

 

Upcoming events for VCE students

Students and parents/carers should continue to check Compass for notifications about a range of upcoming events. Information has been sent and there are a number of events such as the Year 12 Formal and the Year 11 Fancy Dress are held this term.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

 

Head of Middle School’s Report

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Middle School Moments

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and involvement during the first half of this Term.

Although, like many community groups and businesses, we have had our share of illness and absence, we are delighted with how students have settled into the Term and engaged in their learning. It has been particularly fabulous to see them participate in selecting subjects and pathways, whether that be looking at our new options at Years 9 and 10, or the plethora of Senior School opportunities available to them. Thank you to all parents and carers who attended the Information Evenings and their involvement. Your commitment is important and much appreciated. Thank you to all staff who have been an invaluable support throughout the planning and implementation of these events.

We would also like to congratulate the community on a very successful year 10 Camp.  It has been wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to take the students out to an alternate setting where they were able to strengthen their social and emotional development.  It has been a while since students and staff have had the ability to connect beyond the classroom and as an attendee, I was privileged to enjoy the company of our young adults and have a laugh with them.  Once again, we would like to thank our staff for their support and for volunteering their time so that our students would have this experience.

As a team we are now looking forward to the Year 10 Gala scheduled to occur in the next few weeks.  The student Gala committee has been working tirelessly on ensuring that everything is set and ready to go.  The students have been buzzing with dress, hair and make-up options, I know I am definitely ready with my outfit and can’t wait to see our young adults all dressed up in their formal best!

 

 

Ms Asha Vazirani
Head of Middle School

Student Voice Report

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Global Learning Symposium

On Thursday 18 August, Year 10 students Parker, Maya and Edolie attended the 2022 Global Learning Symposium. Planning for weeks prior, the day finally arrived. We arrived at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and met up with the other students speaking in our session, including rural Victorian students, CBD students and international students from Cambodia, Vietnam, Iran and Denmark. 

Our session consisted of a Q&A panel about Global Education now compared to 20 years ago taking planned questions along with impromptu enquiries, as well as an explanation of interactive student voice activities that we did and a behind-the-scenes video of our sessions.

Ultimately it was a really enriching experience to have been able to speak in front of such a large audience of teachers and principals to share our perspectives on school, learning and the curriculum, as well as how to boost engagement and relevance. 

 

by Parker D,  Maya C and Edolie R (Year 10)

Music Director’s Report

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Stage Band wins Platinum at VSMF

On Wednesday 10 August our Senior stage band achieved an amazing award at the Victorian School Music Festival, winning platinum. Very few ensembles across the festival are awarded platinum so to receive this, the band must be awarded outstanding for almost every criteria and an outstanding result overall.

The stage band played  amazingly despite losing two players and having no conductor as  Mrs Tijtje Keatley, the ensemble director was playing with the band in place of one of its members who was unwell. The group also learned two new songs in four weeks especially for the event

For the onstage tutorial the chief adjudicator, Mr Andrew Mott gave the band high praise, and addressed other schools in the audience to follow our lead with musical maturity and excellence. Congratulations to the members of this ensemble whose hard work and dedication is evident in results such as this.

VSMF Jazz Band 

On Friday 12 August the MWSC Jazz Band directed by Mr Damien Maughan participated in the Victorian School Music Festival. For many students, this was their first time attending this wonderful event and they enjoyed the experience that it presented.

The band played three contrasting songs, two of which were chosen from a set list. At the conclusion of the set, the  adjudicator, Ms Andrea Davis joined them on stage for an on stage tutorial. They also got to hear another student perform.

The group received a silver award for their great performance. Well done to Damien and this group.

 

 

Junior Campus – Lunchtime Concert 

On Wednesday 10 August, the Junior Campus were treated to a lunchtime concert featuring two of the largest ensembles at the college. The Junior Wind Symphony, directed by Misa Murphy enjoyed one of their first public performances. This is a great opportunity for the young musicians in this group, many of whom only started learning their instrument at the beginning of this year.

The concert also included the MWSC Concert Band, the largest ensemble at the college including 50 musicians, and directed by Ms Melissa Knowles. This concert presented a great opportunity for the group to practice for their upcoming participation in the Victorian Schools Music Festival.

Thanks to Misa Murphy for the big task of organising this event and congratulations to all of the students who participated.

 

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Sports News

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Intermediate Girls Hockey – Tuesday 9 August

With a team made up of experienced and brand new players, the intermediate girls hockey team headed out to show their spirit and represent Mount Waverley Secondary College.

The girls had a very exciting first win against Highvale Secondary, with some wonderful saves from the Goalie Charlotte K.  In the second match against Vermont the girls had a nail biting match with excellent shots from Gemma M and Amelia K with the final result being a draw. Due to a round robin they had a second chance to play Vermont SC later in the day; again resulting in a draw. The final deciding 5 penalty shots were shared around between teammates, with an outstanding goal from one of the forwards Anastasia R.
The girls had an excellent day full of great skill development in a new sport to many of them!  ~ Ms Leszczynski

 

Intermediates Boy’s Hockey – Tuesday 9 August

Tuesday 9 August saw the Intermediate Boy’s Hockey team eagerly play for the first time in three years.  All players contributed but special mention needs to be made of Connor S (Year 9), who in addition to being able to run through the opposition like the proverbial hot knife through butter managed to score a goal by running the entire length of the field, through 8 opponents, and outwit the goalie in only 43 seconds!

Winning all three of their games 5 – 1, 4 – 0 and  3 -0 the boys now look forward to representing MWSC at Regionals. ~ Mr Young

 

Alumni News

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Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to August’s issue of the Alumni Monthly Newsletter.  In this issue, read about Alumni living overseas and Alumni who had the opportunity to give back to our school community.  High school reunions are exciting, you get a chance to catch up with your old classmates and reminisce about the good old days. Class of 82 is having a 40 year reunion, read the full details in this newsletter.

To view August’s newsletter please click link: Alumni Monthly Newsletter Issue 3 – August 2022

We welcome any updates of achievements and celebrations, we love to hear all about what our Alumni are up to, email me at alumni@mwsc.vic.edu.au.

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

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Ms Victoria Tortopidis
Careers Education and Alumni Coordinator

Languages Day – Year 7 & 8

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On Wednesday 10 August, we had our first in-person Languages Day since 2019. It was great to able share this together. The whole of the Junior Campus was involved for most of the day.

The day started with a whole Junior School assembly (Periods 1&2). This was ably hosted by Ellen L and Megan L (Year 11) our Language Captains.  Ms Zilla Bailey from the Japanese Consulate kindly spoke about how she learnt a second language and also the huge advantages of learning and maintaining a second language.  We also had Japanese and German speeches with a song as well.  Some year 11 and 12 Language students also talked about their experiences with the German and Japanese Study tours, which will hopefully recommence soon.

During Period 3&4 the students went either to enjoy a German Oompa band and German traditional dancing, or a Rakugo performance (Japanese traditional sit down/stand up comedy). At lunchtime we served out over 450 Obento (Japanese Lunchboxes) and Bretzels (German Pretzels). There was also a fiercely contested match between our own German and Japanese teams with Germany narrowly coming out on top.

Lastly a big thankyou to the many people and students who made it a fun day for all.  ~ Mr Peter Jackson, Acting Head of Languages

 

 

On Wednesday 10 August,  the German Learning students participated in many fun activities for Languages Day.

In the first two periods, all students participated in a Languages Day assembly highlighting the value of learning a language. We got to hear some first-hand experiences from students in higher year levels and teachers about the benefits of learning a new language, whether it be German or Japanese, and we were provided with more information about the three-week trip to Germany coming up. We had many senior students come and share their experiences while learning German. It was quite educational for the students.

In the third and fourth periods, the German-learning cohort gathered in the hall and watched as the Oompah band performed. It was certainly entertaining and engaging for the students. They were given many opportunities to come up to the front and participate in the event, and they all enjoyed learning more about the culture of the language that they are studying.

Overall Languages day was a superb experience and it really broadened our understanding of German culture.

 

By Samadhi S (Year 8)

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