College Principal’s Report

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The Passing of Queen Elizabeth II


It is with sadness that we learnt of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth served with strength and wisdom for 70 years, gaining the affection and respect of those throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.

This photo was taken when Kate F our Junior School Captain in 2011, was selected to meet the Queen at Government House. This picture takes pride of place in our Junior Campus office area.

 

VCAA VCE Leadership Award

The 2021 VCE Leadership Awards are coordinated by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) to recognise VCE students for their leadership, initiative and involvement in extra-curricular and community activities.

        

 

The 2022 VCE Leadership Award Ceremony was held on Friday 16 September and Azraf E and Kyra H of Year 12 (two of our College Captains) represented our college with pride. They were two of eight students across the State who won a VCE Leadership Award and were in the running to be the VCE Leader of the Year. Although they didn’t win the overall award, we are so proud of their achievements.
Thank you to Mr Jacob Myers-Acting Head of Student Voice, who attended the ceremony with me on the day.

 

Victorian Education Excellence Awards

             

Our talented staff members have been nominated as a finalist in the 2022 Victorian Education Awards in 2 categories.   A wonderful achievement and recognition of the work you do for MWSC and contribution to the Victorian government education system.

Congratulations to our Student Wellbeing Team:  Paul, Kerri, Margaret, Aisha, Jane H, Maria C, Maria D, Jody, Caz and Stephanie T who are finalists in the Outstanding Education Support Team award. The Outstanding Education Support Team award recognises exceptional education support teams within Victorian government schools that have demonstrated excellence in collaboration and teamwork within a school setting and made a significant contribution to improving student achievement, engagement, and wellbeing.

Congratulations also to Danny Gwynne who has been nominated in the Outstanding Physical Education and Activity Teacher.  The Outstanding Physical Education and Activity Teacher award recognises an exceptional teacher in a Victorian government school who has demonstrated leadership and excellence in teaching physical education that has led to significant improvements in student achievement, engagement, and wellbeing.

Congratulations to everyone involved and particularly Matt Sheehan for his work behind the scenes.

 

Star Performers

Victorian State Schools Spectacular

The college would like to congratulate Ananya H, from Year 9, who participated as one of the Principal Vocalists in the 2022 Victorian State Schools Spectacular, held last Saturday at John Cain Arena. She sang some great songs, including a real showstopper; ‘When Love Takes Over’. Ananya did an amazing job representing our school and was part of a wonderful show. Well done, Ananya!

Ananya is pictured below (bottom right) with some of her fellow Principal Vocalists.

 

Waverley RSL Awards Night

I had the privilege of attending the Norman A Smith Memorial Scholarship Awards on Thursday 8 September at the Waverley RSL Club. Maya C of Year 10 was one of 5 finalists. Although Maya did not win the scholarship, she did a great job answering questions on the night and I was extremely proud of her efforts. Alumni of this award also attended and there were 2 MWSC former students there; Ashley S Class of 2015 and Neha S Class of 2017. Congratulations Maya!


Student and Parent Teacher Conferences

Last Thursday 8 September the college ran another successful student and parent, teacher conferences via WebEx. Feedback from parents and staff was extremely positive. Thank you to all involved in organising the event and to the teachers who provided feedback and advice for their students and their parents/ carers.

 

Mango Fundraiser

 At the start of next term information will be sent out on Compass regarding our mango fundraiser. Trays of mangoes will be able to be purchased for $28 each and money raised will go towards student lead projects. Please purchase a tray in support of our college.

 

Term Vacation

 I wish all students and their families a safe and restful holiday. Year 12 students will be attending revision over the holidays and need to ensure that they are consistently revising their coursework. In addition, students should be practising past exam papers under timed conditions. Examination papers can be viewed on the VCAA website: www.VCAA.vic.edu.au. Students should access and read the assessment reports for each study on this website. These are written by the examiners and highlight common strengths and weaknesses in student answers. I cannot stress enough the importance of using these holidays for revision and study purposes.

I would like to thank all students and teachers for their hard work during the term and wish them a safe and happy holiday.  Term 4 begins on Monday 3October and students should wear their summer uniform.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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SunSmart Policy

The start of term four in a few weeks means that our SunSmart Policy is back in action. For students, this means that they must wear their black slouch-style MWSC wide-brimmed hat for all recesses and lunch breaks, and are encouraged to apply sunscreen each day. From day one, the sub school team will be supporting students to ensure that they are wearing their hats. Could all families please take a moment over the break to ensure that the hat is in each student’s school bag ready for day one.

For more information, please see the following links:

https://www.mwsc.vic.edu.au/assets/uploads/2022/06/Sunsmart-policy.pdf
https://www.mwsc.vic.edu.au/assets/uploads/2021/06/Uniform-Policy-2021.pdf

 

College Values

As many families are hopefully aware, one way in which we like to recognise the contributions of students to our college is to nominate them for upholding our college values. I never cease to be amazed by the wonderful actions and behaviours of our students, and I am equally impressed with the supportiveness and encouragement of our staff. Here is a sample of some of our Junior Campus students who have been nominated this term:

Integrity – Nick: For being an ‘upstander’ and speaking up regarding an issue at school.

Learning – Joanna: For going out of her way to film herself cooking to submit for her Food Technology CAT, even when she was home sick.

Excellence – Zaidan: For beating Mr Pana at chess.

Accountability – Chloe: For staying around after Table Tennis try-outs to help pack away all of the equipment.

Respect – Swasti: For helping Mr Sheehan pick up rubbish to make the campus nicer (even on her birthday!)

Nurturing – Will: For seeking help for a fellow student who was injured on the oval

 

Interact Club

We have an Interact club that has come back strongly after lockdowns on the Junior Campus. It comprises mainly Year 7 and 8 students and they are fortunate to be mentored by a passionate group of Year 10 leaders. They meet most Tuesday lunchtimes and plan activities that will benefit our local community. Their first project was a cake bake sale to raise money to purchase shelter bags for the homeless in our community. These shelter bags are lightweight, portable and waterproof providing all weather protection for those unfortunate members of our community who sleep rough.

The bake sale raised $781.60 which allowed our club to purchase 10 of the shelter bags. These were handed over to our Rotary supporters Geoff and Terry and a representative of Monash Waverley Community and Support who will arrange for homeless in the Monash and Waverley Community to receive them. This is one example of the worthy work that our collaboration between Rotary and our college can achieve and we look forward to their next project.  ~ Mr Bill Thomas – Head of Community Engagement

 

“On Tuesday 13 September, Chris from the Mount Waverley Homeless Shelter came to visit our meeting, along with Geoff and Terry from Rotary Mount Waverley. Our Bake Sale in term 3 raised enough money for 10 shelter bags, designed for storage, security and warmth for homeless people in this local area. Thank you to everyone who came to our Bake Sale and bought something.” ~   Jess W  Interact Co-President (Year 7)

Year 7 Aquatic/Gymnastics and Year 8 Self Defence/Bounce Program

After two long years without our usual external PE programs, this year all Year 7 and 8 students were able to attend the wonderful swim/gym and bounce/self-defence programs.
Throughout the last few months, students swam, bounced, blocked and spun their way through a variety of challenges and left each session with a smile on their faces.

After a couple of long years, it was great to see all students enjoying themselves again!   ~Junior School PE Teachers

 

Student success

Hayden V  from year 8 is currently interstate competing in a range of events as a representative from Victoria. He has/is/will compete at:

  • National Triathlon Championships at Harvey Bay (last week)
  • National Road Championships in Wollongong (this week)
  • National (Cyclocross) CX Champion and the 2022 National CX Championships (this weekend)

Here’s some updates from Hayden:

Week 1

“I attended my first every SSA Australian Triathlon Championships this week and had an absolute blast. It was great to get to know the TeamVic group and build friendships with the other 5 Vic junior age group representatives and be part of this event.  It will be something I won’t forget! Racing was very fast and whilst I didn’t get a top 10 finish I went pretty quick (averaged 37km/hr on the bike) and am happy with how I went. I also know what I need to work on for my development. As we were up against a swimming and running national medalists I am going to have to work hard to beat them! :)  Thanks to everyone who supported me especially my parents, @blackburncyclingclub @run_ready @giantknoxcity and to school for giving me time off to attend this event.” 

Week 2

Wow a second week of fun events, this week it was in Wollongong. Raced in the National Time Trial, Criterium and Road Race events this week and it has been a great experience.  I enjoyed the time trial circuit which was lumpy rather than flat and had more technical corners and lots of turnarounds (4) which provided opportunities for strategy rather than just strength. Whilst I set good times they didn’t match the top guys.  Raced in the criterium on Wednesday and it was a big field of 35 riders and the pace was hot from the start.  I was able to hold onto the leaders for the whole race and was beaten in the final sprint to the line. I can’t believe we averaged 39.4km for the race. Incredible! Was very pleased to outperform many top riders in this race who got dropped. Thursday we had a 35km road race and there was lots of strategy, surges and sprints. Not one breakaway attempt was able to get away as we countered them every time. Again I was in the final bunch in the sprint to the line and was outsprinted. 

In all I am quite happy with my first Road Nationals and especially how I went in the crit event. Thanks to @blackburncyclingclub and @giantknoxcity for your support, to Mount Waverley Secondary C ollege for letting me attend these races and to @auscyclingaus for putting on this event.”


Junior Campus Oval Upgrade

After many years of saving and campaigning, we are delighted that over these coming holidays our Junior Campus oval upgrade will begin. This is going to cause some disruption to our PE classes, and lunchtimes, but we are excited about the enormous long-term benefits for our students.

 

End of term

We would like to thank all Junior Campus students for a long, but enjoyable term three, and wish them all the best for the upcoming term break. Term four is always a busy one, so we encourage all of our students to rest up, and come back energised for the countdown towards the end of the year.

Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Middle School

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As we approach the end of Term 3 we are reminded of all our achievements to date and we now have the time to reflect and re-energise for the remainder of the year.  It has been another successful term of learning for our students across the middle school.  Students have been busy engaging with their studies in the classroom across the eight learning areas.  They also have had a wide range of activities outside the classroom that have added to their experience this term including House and District Athletics, Round Robin Sports, the college production – Matilda and the Year 10 Gala to name just a few.

For our Year 9 Students the term ended with a wellbeing day.  The day covered a wide range of topics giving students plenty of tricks and tips on wellbeing.   The presenters included author Ms Melissa Keil who shared the story of her own journey to becoming an author, a presentation on Real Life Resilience with some fun including yoga basketball and inflatable challenges.  Thanks to Ms Kerrie Haworth, for her work in making this day happen.

Parent Teacher Student interviews happened on Thursday 8 September.  These interviews were a fantastic opportunity to visibly see the collaboration that exists between students, teachers and parents.  These conferences allowed students and parents to talk to teachers about how they are progressing and what they can focus on to continue their learning growth next term.

 

Middle School Team

Thank you to the Middle School Team for their work in supporting out Year 9 and 10 students across this semester of remote learning.  Well done to Mr Wayne Griffin, Ms Sarah Smith, Ms Grace Leszcynski and Ms Stephanie Xing for this work.  Thanks also to Ms Bec Kosach and Ms Asha Vazirani for their leadership of this team.

 

STEAM Centre

The STEAM Centre work has been progressing well with concrete slab being laid this week.  We look forward to seeing work continuing over the coming weeks.

 

 

Mr Ian MacLeod
Campus Principal – Middle School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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It has been a very busy few weeks for the senior subschool teacher and students.

VCE – General Achievement Test (GAT)

Last Wednesday all students who are completing a Units 3 & 4 subject completed the GAT. This year the test was divided into two parts during the day.

Congratulations to all the students for their behaviour and positive approach to the tests. Thanks also to the subschool team – overseen by the Senior Subschool Leader Mr Matt Cara and the other team members and the exam supervisors for their assistance and supervision.

 

Year 11 Fancy Dress – September 2

The Year 11 students attended the Fancy Dress two weeks ago and had a great time. Thanks to all involved and to the teachers who attended in their own time on a Friday night.

 

Year 12 Formal – September 7

Last Wednesday the Year 12s celebrated their formal at Leonda by the Yarra in Hawthorn with 18 staff members. It was a chance for the students to talk to each other, take photos and hit the dancefloor. They all enjoyed themselves and there was positive feedback from the venue about their behaviour. It was a great way to finish the term.

 

VCE Central Australia Trip

On Wednesday afternoon 43 students and 6 staff members headed off for an eight-day trip to Central Australia. It is exciting that the trip has been able to go ahead after it had to be cancelled in the past two years.

 

Units 3 & 4 Revision Program

All students completing a Units 3 & 4 subject have been given information about the revision program in the second week of the term break. Students are strongly encouraged to attend. Many teachers are attending to provide practice exams, extra support and revision lectures. Thanks in advance to all the teachers involved in the program.

 

Term Four – Year 12

Year 12 students are back for just over two weeks next term and information has been sent to families about the events and arrangements. Please contact the Senior Subschool if there are any questions.

 

Policies – on the college website

Many school policies have been updated and are on the college website (under the parent tab). If you have any questions about processes, it is a good place to start.

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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Middle School Moments

Congratulations on completing another wonderful term, and what a term it has been!

We have experienced so much together – information evenings, tertiary days, year 10 camp, year 10 Gala, the year 9 leadership camp, state school spectacular, scholarship evenings and so much more.

The middle school team would like to say how proud we are of our students as they have developed in maturity and responsibility throughout this term.   Many students have developed their social and emotional skills through the experiences they have had and all of our students have started to make decisions about their future pathways.  I would like to particularly thank my team for their tireless effort in ensuring our students have every opportunity for success and development in all areas.

As we head into warmer weather, I would like to take this opportunity to remind families that Term 4 sees our summer uniform return.  There will be a two week cross over period and then we expect all students to be in full summer uniform from week 3 onwards.

We would like to wish our students, families and staff a very well deserved break, we hope you rest, relax and recharge for an eventful and rather fast paced term 4!

 

Ms Asha Vazirani
Head of Middle School 

Student Voice Report

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Australian Olympic Change-Maker

Congratulations to Jack A (Year 11) and Kayla R (Year 12) on being nominated and recognised in the ‘Australian Olympic Change-Maker’ program.  The program recognises students who are demonstrating aspects of the Olympic spirit, friendship, sportsmanship and striving for excellence – both on and off the playing field, through leadership and driving positive change in their school or local community.

Both Jack and Kayla have demonstrated exceptional dedication to their chosen sports and have excelled as young leaders not just within the school, but also, in the community within their sport teams.

 

 

Mount Waverley Primary Visit – Wednesday 14 September

On Wednesday 14 September , a small group of Year 11 leaders attended a session at Mount Waverley Primary School, to continue working on the joint community action project. It was great to see the Year 11 leaders helping guide the Year 6 leaders in small break out sessions. The aim of the visit was to begin organising how to raise funds for a sensory playground, the overall goal of the community action project.

It has been fantastic to see both the Year 6 and Year 11 leaders develop their confidence when working together in these sessions and it is a testament to the leadership program at Mount Waverley Primary School that so many students are prepared to design and implement a community action project.

A big thank you to Stanlely L , Tasfiya H and Ellen L for their work guiding and mentoring the Year 6 leaders.

 

 

Mr Jacob Myers
Acting Head of Student Voice

Music Director’s Report

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After a busy Term 3, we are finishing with some more performances from our students. As part of R U OK Day, the college Stage Band participated in the first ever lunchtime concert held in the newly refurbished Unicorn Theatre. The concert was well attended and our College Music Captains, Cameron H and Marvin O, gave a great speech prior to the concert about the positive effects of music on mental health. The group gave a 30 minute performance in preparation for a concert on the last day of term. This concert is being held at Melbourne Polytechnic and is a collaboration with the TCP Youth Band. This is a wonderful musical opportunity for this hard working group.

MWSC Stage Band

 

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

Alumni News

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Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to September’s issue of MWSC Alumni Monthly Newsletter.
Mount Waverley Secondary College is looking for an Alumni to do some filming and editing on several upcoming projects. This will be paid work. Read the full details in this newsletter.

There is another high school reunion happening. Class of 2010 (plus 2 COVID years) is having a 10 year reunion, read the full details in this newsletter.

 

To view September’s newsletter please click link: Alumni Monthly Newsletter Issue 4 – September 2022

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/

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

  • Newsletter
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  • Facebook
    The Alumni Facebook page is another online platform I encourage you to ‘like’ as it highlights some achievements and each month features “MWSC Alumni of the Month”.
    https://www.facebook.com/MountWaverleySecondaryCollegeAlumni/

 

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.

 

 

Ms Victoria Tortopidis
Careers Education and Alumni Coordinator

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