College Principal’s Report

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College Raffle Winners

A special thank you to everyone who purchased tickets in our recent College Raffle. We raised over $3,300 which will go towards new outdoor furniture and line marking for down ball courts. Congratulations to our raffle winners. 

1st Prize Ellie M   – Interior/Exterior Painting Sponsored by Master Colour Pty Ltd

 2nd Prize Ayden U – Drone Sponsored by Honeylight Consulting

 3rd Prize Navindu R – Coles Myer Gift Card $200 Sponsored by Product Dynamics & Ultimate Teens Gift Card $200 Sponsored by Premier Waste

 4th Prize Kerrie Richards – Novotel Voucher Sponsored by Novotel, Glen Waverley     

 5th   Prize Cooke Family – Campion Education Voucher Sponsored by Campion Education

 We would sincerely like to thank the generous sponsors (listed above), for supporting our learning community with this fundraising event.

 

Book Week

Well done to our library team for organising great activities in both libraries last week during book week. The theme for the week was “Dreaming with eyes open.” Special thanks to all the students and staff who joined in to celebrate our love of reading.

 

Jemima Montag Visit

On Monday 22 August, two times Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jemima Montag presented to our Year 11 students. She provided them with advice on how to stay motivated and to focus on the process rather than the finish line. Jemima was inspiring and it was great to see many students stay back afterwards to ask her questions. Thank you to the Wellbeing Team for organising this event.

 

 

Minister for Education Visit

The Minister for Education, Natalie Hutchins MP and Matt Fregon MP for Mount Waverley visited our college on Wednesday 24 August to see the construction progress of the STEAM Centre. They also viewed some of our students’ technology projects and were very impressed with their design work. Thank you to our four College Captains for touring and having lunch with our special guests. The Minister asked the captains about why Mount Waverley Secondary College is such a great school and Charlotte, Azraf, Kyra and Vishwa were clearly able to articulate answers to this question and impress the Minister.

 

 

Wear it Purple Day

On Friday 26 August the college celebrated ‘Wear it Purple’ day. It was great to see students and staff wearing purple to celebrate diversity and inclusion. Well done to the Respect Association students on both campuses who helped organise lunch time celebration activities.

 

Year 10 Gala

It was wonderful to hear that our Year 10 students had a fantastic night on Friday 26 August at the Vogue Ballroom. I am sure they all looked beautiful in their suits and dresses. It is great to be able to celebrate these events after the last couple of years. I would like to thank Ms Bec Kosach, Middle School Leader for her organisation of this event and our wonderful staff for giving up their time to help supervise our students on the night.

              

  

Student Parent Teacher Conferences

A reminder that Semester Two Student Parent Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday 9 September between 1pm and 7.30pm.  Conferences will once again be held online via Webex links.  Thursday 9 September is a student free day, and no classes will be held.  Please encourage your child/ren to attend these conferences with you, so that they can receive feedback and take ownership of their learning.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Year 11 Fancy Dress

The Year 11 Fancy Dress is taking place tonight. Students, and staff, have put a lot of effort and thought into their costumes and they will have an enjoyable evening.

 

Parent teacher Conferences – Thursday 8 September

Next Thursday, 8th September, is a student free day as parent teacher conferences are taking place virtually. Parents/carers have had the opportunity to make appointments and they provide a valuable avenue to receive feedback on your child’s progress and about strategies to put in place for term four. All written feedback and grades for assessment tasks (SACs and CATs) can be found on Compass. It is important to check this prior to the conferences.

 

Central Australia Trip

Our VCE students and 6 staff members are heading off on the Central Australia Trip in the last week of term.  It is the first time in three years the trip has been able to go ahead, and students and staff are looking forward to it.

 

General Achievement Test (GAT) –  Wednesday 7 September

Next Wednesday all students completing a Unit 3 & 4 subject will be required to sit the GAT. It is a new format this year and students have been received information. The GAT is used for a range of purposes including calculating a Derived Exam Score if a student is ill for an exam, and it is important that students do the best they can.

 

Year 12 Formal  – Wednesday 7 September

Year 12 students will have the chance to spend some time together at the Year 12 Formal. Most of the cohort and a number of staff will also be attending.

 

Year 12 VCAA exams

The VCAA exams are fast approaching, and it is a great time for students to start to plan their study timetables and approaches now. The amount of revision and preparation completed in the next few months can have a real impact on the results achieved.

Some tips for revision and preparing for the exams include;

  • Plan a study timetable. Feel assured you will cover your material in time with a realistic study timetable.
  • Study in ‘chunks’ of 45 minutes to an hour at a time
  • Have a dedicated study area with materials, books etc set up
  • Maintain a work/life balance which includes staying healthy, regular exercise, eating properly and getting a good night’s sleep
  • Minimise distractions
  • Work out how and when you study best – make study and revision ‘active’ eg complete summaries, recheck and refine notes, complete practice exam questions.
  • Ask your teacher for help, use the resources provided eg Edrolo, Google Classrooms and One Note

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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As we move closer to the end of Term 3 students have been busy both inside and outside the classroom.  Students have also started to make decisions and choices for what their next year will look like.  Student Parent Teacher Conferences are on Thursday 8 September provide an opportunity to engage with teachers, getting feedback and also looking at improvement strategies for Term 4.

 

Year 10 Gala – What a night!

The Year 10 Gala was fantastic celebration for our Year 10 students.  Our students looked good in their best gear, taking a million and one photos and dancing the night away!  A number of staff also attended on the night which was great to see.  Thank you to Ms Bec Kosach and our Year 10 Coordinators – Grace and Stephanie, for making this great event happen!

 

The STEAM Train is moving

Progress has been a little slower across this last week due to the weather not being on our side.  The builders are continuing to prepare for the pouring of the concrete slab including installing steel reinforcing and leveling.  At this stage it looks like the slab will be poured late the next week.  Fingers crossed for good weather!

 

 

JC Ovals and SC Courts Upgrade

We are in the final steps for engaging our builder.  Which means we are on track to see work commencing during the school holidays and continuing across Term 4.  We are working closely with the Victorian Schools Building Authority (VSBA) and Baenziger Coles, our architects on this exciting new project.

 

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Student Voice Report

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Model UN

For the first year ever, the International Affairs Club (IAC) represented Mount Waverley Secondary College and participated in the Evatt Model UN program, a prestigious high school debating competition run by UN Youth Australia. In teams of two, students from across Victoria gathered to discuss mock Security Council resolutions from the position of their uniquely assigned country forming a stance reflective of their real life government. Using less traditional methods of persuasion the teams aim to amend, debate and ultimately vote on passing the current standing resolution. Together we saw our persevering club members grow as individuals and develop greater speaking and negotiating skills constructed through an engaging and empowering environment. Georgia K, Farah H, Alannah R, Clementine J, Sophia C, Mike C ,Simar B and Aarushi M all put tremendous effort in preparing for the competition and must be commended for their dedication and enthusiasm towards global politics.

Overall, we were very proud of how our club members took on the challenge and will strive to continue such engagement for many more years to come.

by Vineth  M & Stanely L (Year 11)

 

Blood Donation

On the afternoon of Wednesday 31st August, a group of students, parents and staff from the college visited the local lifeblood center to donate blood. The students and staff made a combination of whole blood and plasma donations, with each one, saving three lives. The blood drive has recently been advertised in the school newsletter and it is not too late for people to donate under the team name ‘Mount Waverley Secondary College’.
It was a wonderful surprise to be joined by alumni Riley Thomas. While some staff members left feeling a bit woozy, everyone was very excited after the donation to have made such a meaningful impact on the community and the donation center was very grateful. This was a wonderful initiative devised and led by Mia V and the Year 12 leadership team and is one we hope to keep going in the future. I would personally like to thank Natalie L, Charlotte W, Mia V, Thomas R, Imogen T,  Riley Thomas, Jaidyn Newport and Jo Rogers for giving up their time and donating.

Mr Jacob Myers
Acting Head of Student Voice

Music Director’s Report

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More Gold at VSMF!

In the past two weeks our Concert Band and Symphonic have gone out to participate in the Victorian Schools Music Festival. These large ensembles under the direction of Melissa Knowles and Joseph Yu respectively, performed beautifully and were deemed excellent overall by the panel of adjudicators. Both groups had the opportunity to perform, listen to other schools perform, and participate in an invaluable onstage workshop with an adjudicator. Congratulations to these groups on their hard work and dedication.

MWSC Concert Band

 

Masterclass – Low Brass Day

Chris L from Year 9, was selected to perform in the Masterclass by Don Immel, Associate Professor and Head of Brass of the Melbourne Conservatorium, during the Low Brass Day on Saturday 20 August, at the Kenneth Myer Auditorium.

Chris came to MWSC during Term one as an international student and is currently learning trombone from Joseph Yu.  The masterclass originally was designed for Year 10-12 students taking VCE Musical Performance. It is an extraordinary and a great opportunity for Chris to be selected to perform in it.

 

Gala Concert 

For the first time since 2019 , all of our college ensembles will celebrate together for an MWSC Gala Concert. This wonderful event featuring all of our instrumental students playing in bands will take on a different format in 2022. This picnic style concert will take place on the Senior Campus Basketball courts on 6th October form 5pm-8pm. The cost of tickets for non-performers is $10 which will cover the sound of hiring a professional sound system and engineer so all performers can be heard. Attendees will BYO chair/rug to sit on. A sausage sizzle will be operating on the night.

Tickets are now available through the QR code on the poster.

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

From the Sports Desk

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Year 8 Boys Table Tennis

On Monday August ten year 8 boys represented the school in the district table tennis round robin. The boys “A” team won their first match against Highvale 5-1, lost their second game 2-4 to Glen Waverley and defeated Vermont in the third round. In the final, the boys played unbelievably well to defeat Glen Waverley 4-2.

The “B” team lost their first round match 2-4 to Highvale SC  before defeating Vermont SC (5-1) and Glen Waverley SC (6-0).   Well done to all the boys for their exemplary behaviour & fine sportsmanship.
The team was:
A team – Kush, Andy, Pritz & Yaani.
B team – Aaron, Yaj, Rithila, Sifat, Shaurya & Sunny.

Good luck to the A team who will now progress to the Eastern zone finals on the 19th October.  ~ Mr Campbell

 

Year 7 Boys Table Tennis

On Friday 2 September ten year 7 boys represented the school in the district table tennis round robin. The boys “A” team lost their first match against Highvale SC 0-6, lost their second game 1-5 to Glen Waverley SC and defeated Vermont SC 4-2 in the third round.

The “B” team won all their matches, defeating Highvale 4-2,  Vermont 5-1 and Glen Waverley 4-2.  Well done to all the boys for their exemplary behaviour & fine sportsmanship.

The team was:
A team – Javen, Adithya S, Sora, Jagan.
B team – Abhay, Aarush, Artem, Dwayne T, Zaidan, Jacob C.  ~ Mr Campbell

2022 Year 10 Gala

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Last Friday, the Year 10s got all dressed up for their gala; everyone looked amazing! We all arrived at Vogue Ballroom at 6.00pm ready to have a great night. The leadership team made a speech, and from there the night began. The entree dishes were Gnocchi or Sweet Potato Tart. For the main, the options were Tandoori Chicken or Lamb Shank, and the delicious desserts were Pavlova with Raspberry Sorbet or a Chocolate Mousse.

The music, the night, the magic on the dancefloor was the highlight of the event. Everyone pulled out their best dance moves and sang their hearts out to every lyric. At the end of the night, the prizes were announced for the best dressed, kicks, dancer, duo, makeup  and hair, each category’s winner chosen by the teachers. Each winner received a special prize bag packed with lollies.  We would love to thank all the teachers for giving up the time to allow us to have such a special Gala. What more can we say? We truly brought sexy-back!

 By Alannah R and Sanuli F 

Year 11 History – Vietnam Veteran Visit

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On Wednesday 24 August, the two history classes of year 11 had the honour and privilege of speaking with a retired Australian Army soldier and Vietnam Veteran, Mr Ray Weston. Throughout Mr Weston’s presentation he explained to us his experiences before, during and after his time in Vietnam.

Mr Weston also brought with him a series of photos, newspaper clippings and other objects of significance to him to show to us. The experience was an unforgettable moment and highlight of the day as we were able to interact with the history that we had been learning in class for the past few weeks and really put into perspective what we had been learning.

By Dylan C & Delta W

 

 

Library News

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Book Week – Senior Campus

The Senior Library had a wonderfully busy time last week celebrating Book Week. We ran two online quizzes: one was ‘Guess the teacher’s Bookshelf’, the other was general knowledge surrounding the theme which was “Dreaming with eyes open”.

Inside the library we had a photo booth with a range of costumes with which students could dressup and have their photos taken. We had a craft table with lots of materials to make Dreamcatchers, and an incredibly popular ‘Find the hidden Bookmarks’ with a range of clues. Lots of fun and mayhem ensued with many students participating.  We also had a range of prizes to give: a lucky dip for some and a range of ‘special’ prizes for competition winners.

Thanks to everyone who participated, especially to our wonderful Library Leaders who helped with our Kahoot, the lucky dip and everything else!

 

Book Week – Junior Campus

“Dreaming with eyes open” was the 2022 theme for book week and it ran last week with the following activities:

MONDAY  – the “reading challenge” where students challenged several teachers to read as much as they could of a book and the teachers also encouraged the students to read.

TUESDAY – the book review challenge where we quickly review books nominated for the 2022 Children’s Book Week Award for 13 – 18 year olds with English teachers, Mr Thorburn and Ms Sutherland.

WEDNESDAY –  students and teachers listened to German and English teacher, Ms Boughen,  enthuse them with her reading. 

THURSDAY –  Over 50 students joined in a huge Kahoot on world flags. 

FRIDAY       – celebrating the week of behind the scenes support and participants in the “reading challenge”.

Many students and staff  were involved in creating our continuous “mad hatters tea party”. During the week a home group, an English class and students each lunchtime joined in or watched what was going on. Students commented that they enjoyed the informal opportunity to interact with teachers and to make new friends across classes. We now have a group keen to continue to create displays and activities for students to continue to enjoy these interactions. 

 

Alumni News

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Monthly Newsletter

I hope you are enjoying the Monthly Newsletters.  All Monthly Newsletters and Spotlights can be found on Mount Waverley Secondary College webpage College Alumni or click the link: https://www.mwsc.vic.edu.au/our-college/college-alumni/

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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.

 

Class Reunion

Class of 82 is having a 40 year reunion, read the full details in the Alumni newsletter.

 

 

 

 

Ms Victoria Tortopidis
Careers Education and Alumni Coordinator

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MWSC College News – Issue 13