MWSC College News – Issue 15

14th October 2022

Read all the latest news and events happening at Mount Waverley Secondary College in this edition of MWSC college news.

Photo:  Mount Waverley Secondary College Junior Campus, 145 Stephensons Road Mount Waverley.

Upcoming Events

College Principal’s Report

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I hope all members of our college community had a restful enjoyable holiday.

The school grounds are looking magnificent at the moment with the onset of spring.  I would like to thank all staff involved in preparing our grounds, facilities, ICT area and new timetable for the 2023 Early Commencement program.

 

Best wishes to our Year 12 students

Over the holiday break many Year 12 revision classes ran and I would like to thank my dedicated Year 12 teachers for providing this opportunity to their students.

Congratulations to all Year 12 students who are now nearing the completion of thirteen years of school.  This is a magnificent achievement.  I would like to thank our Year 12 students for their contribution to our learning community which has allowed Mount Waverley Secondary College to maintain its well-deserved, outstanding reputation.

Special thanks to Charlotte and Azraf for the magnificent job they have done as our College Captains and also I congratulate Kyra and Vishwa for their great contribution as Deputy Captains.

These senior students have been excellent role models, clearly demonstrating great leadership skills whilst maintaining a focus and dedication to study.

I have enjoyed meeting our Year 12 students throughout the year and have been impressed with their dedication to study, support of their peers and positive relationships with their teachers.  Thank you to all of the staff who have supported our Year 12 students throughout their time at our college.  I encourage our Year 12 students to always believe you can achieve your dreams.  Never give up when life throws up a challenge.  That is the key to success.  Keep striving towards your goal and you will reach it.

I wish each and every Year 12 student all the best as they enter the next exciting phase of their lives.

 

Music Gala Night

I had the privilege of attending the Music Gala Night last week. A lot of work goes into organising a night like this particularly when there was a last-minute change due to weather conditions.

I would like to sincerely thank Mrs Tijtje Keatley our Music Director and our 2 Music Captains, Cameron and Marvin who helped organise the event. Congratulations to all of our instrumental music students and music staff; Mr Tom Frost, Mrs Melissa Knowles, Ms Sherilyn Lee, Mr Rick Liang, Mrs Keryn Lientschnig, Ms Misa Murphy, Mr Tim O Connor, Mr Lewis Pierre-Humbert, Mr Harry Tinney and Mr Joseph Yu. The quality of musical performances on the night was outstanding.

Thanks also to all the staff who worked tirelessly behind the scenes Mrs Narda McLennan, Mrs Karen Box, Mr Ian MacLeod, Mr Andrew Wallace, Ms Jo Rogers, Mrs Stephanie Thomas and Mrs Judith Walsh. I would also like to thank our wonderful parents who manned the sausage sizzle on the day to raise money for our exemplary Instrumental Music Program.

 

Mount Waverley Secondary College is once again conducting a Mango Fundraising Drive.  You can order a tray of ‘Kensington Pride’ mangoes for only $28 per tray (approximately 7kg of fruit, number of mangoes per tray varies with size).   Orders must be submitted by 3pm on Thursday 20 October via trybooking:  https://www.trybooking.com/CDEWY
Funds from the drive will go toward student-led initiatives to improve the college grounds.   Families will be notified of the collection date in due course.  Thank you for your support.

 

COVID-19 Isolation Requirements

The Victorian Government has announced the end of the Pandemic Declaration and associated Pandemic Orders.

Please support the safety of everyone at the college by ensuring that students:

  • who test positive to COVID-19 stay home and isolate for 5 days
  • should not attend school after 5 days if still symptomatic
  • who are symptomatic but have not tested positive should not attend school
  • advise the school of the COVID-19 positive test result

Where students become symptomatic at school they will be:

  • collected by their parents/carers
  • undergo testing for COVID-19

Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to navigate our way through this challenging time.

 

Professional Practice Day

For Semester 2, 2022, the Department of Education and Training has provided schools with the option to hold each teacher’s allocated professional practice day on the same day for all staff. This is to enable the most effective and efficient use of this day.

As a result, we have scheduled our professional practice day for Monday 31st October, the day before the Cup Day public holiday. Students will therefore not be required to attend school on this day.

 

 

Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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This week was a big one on the Junior Campus. Our year 8 students were involved in two significant programs over the week: the Kinglake Adventure Camp and the Personal Best Project.

The camp was a great opportunity for students to test their physical and mental limits, getting outside their comfort zone in a safe and supportive environment. While the weather was certainly kinder to the half of the year level that went on camp from Monday to Wednesday, all students were able to spend some time with friends new and old, and explore the beautiful landscape of Kinglake.

Back at school, students were engaged in a program designed to help them better understand themselves and their passions. This program is deliberately timed to support their transition to the Senior Campus in year 9. Student complete a session conducted by our Careers team, designed to help them understand their own motivations and future pathways. They also participated in a Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness session facilitated by our Wellbeing team, which challenged them to think about their own lives, and show their appreciation for their classmates. The focal point of this program, however, was the chance for students to present their final Personal Best projects that they have been working on since last term. It was wonderful to see students sharing new skills with their peers, and in some cases getting others involved.
Meanwhile, the year 7s were conducting their usual learning program (other than a visit from the Butterfly Foundation on Monday morning). It has been wonderful to see the year 7s develop as learners throughout the year, and we look forward to taking them on their own camp experience to Phillip Island in December.

“After a loud bus ride up with excitement obvious in the air, 8ABCDJK and a group of staff arrived at the Kinglake Forest Adventure Camp. We undertook some icebreakers, and refreshed with lunch, before breaking off into our activity groups. Wellbeing was a big part of the camp where we all got to explore our surroundings and get in touch with nature. Some of the best activities included the free fall, tree climbing, leap of faith, drumming circle and gaga ball. Although arguably the best experience was the Hunger Games challenge which consisted of your ‘district’ competing against the others. On the last morning both the hike and challenge groups combined to complete and conquer the wildergaining regardless of the harsh downpour of rain. The time went by too quickly and before we knew we were back on a bus to MWSC. The experience was one to remember and we all left with memories that will last a lifetime.” – Jayda C (8A)

 

 

Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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VCE Central Australia Trip

Forty-three students and six staff headed off to Central Australia at the end of last term. The feedback has been really positive, and the staff and members of the public were impressed with the student’s behaviour and support for each other. A special thank you to the staff who attended, part of it during the term break; Ms Bec Kosach, Ms Jo Rogers, Mr Sam Butterfield, Mr Hans Wang, Ms Yuchen Wang and Ms Kerri Howarth.

 

Revision Program – Third term break

Many staff and students attended the Units 3 & 4 revision program in the second week of the term break. Thanks to all of the students who attended and a special thank you to the teachers who gave up their time to support students in performance and language exams, presented revision lectures, supervised practice exams and organised guest presenters.

A special thank you to Senior Sub School Leader, Mr Matt Cara for overseeing the program and to all the teachers who presented or organised sessions for students.

 

Year 12 – Term four

During the past two weeks students have been working with their teachers and revising and studying for their final exams.  Next Wednesday 19 October is the last day for our Year 12 students. On this day students will take part in celebrations and will have lunch, receive a gift, a certificate and their graduation photo.

The virtual Graduation Ceremony is on Wednesday evening. Families will be able to celebrate this event together.  Again, thanks to the senior subschool team, Year 12 teachers and staff who have supported the event.

Many our students also completed external oral and performance exams in languages, Drama and Music. These oral and performance exams will take place during the first few weeks of term four.

The teaching staff have all commented on the commitment and positive work ethic of our students. I encourage all students to use the time wisely, study hard and to do their best and I wish them luck this term with their external exams. The study and revision they do in this time can have a positive impact on their final results.

I would like to publicly acknowledge the work of our staff in supporting the Class of 2022 and particularly their Year 12 teachers who have worked very hard to support their students.

 

 

 

Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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Middle School Moments

We look forward to welcoming students to Term 4. We trust you had a restful and relaxing term break with family fun time and much needed sleep ins.  We hope that this term, with the warmer weather and longer days, is most fruitful for all students. I would like to congratulate the students on a smooth and positive start to this term and would like to draw your attention to a few items.

 

Uniform

This term we transition into the school summer uniform.  Students have a two week transition period which finishes on Friday 14th October after which we expect all students to wear their full summer uniform to and from school.  Please see our uniform policy located on the MWSC website for further clarification of appropriate uniform clothing items, shoes,  jewelry and hair color.

 

Mobile Phones

As per the department’s policy, mobile phones should be kept in lockers throughout the duration of the school day.  Students are expected to place their phone on silent and in their school bags upon entering the school gates.  Their bags should be securely locked in the lockers and students can take their phones out once they have exited the school gates.  We expect all our students to follow this expectation.

 

Lockers

Students should ensure that they lock their bags securely in their lockers for the duration of the day upon their arrival.  If there are any issues with student lockers or if students do not have a locker, they are to inform their sub school so that this can be resolved.

 

Exams

This term will be a short term with respect to 2022 course work, this is due to the fact that Semester 2 exams will commence on Monday 14th November for our Year 10’s and Monday 21st November for our Year 9’s.  We encourage students to ensure they keep up to date with their course work and CAT’s.  We also would like to encourage our students to communicate with their teachers regularly if there are any issues with their academic progress.  Exams will be followed by the Early Commencement Program (ECP).

 

 

Ms Asha Vazirani
Head of Middle School

Student Wellbeing Report

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The Wellbeing team would like to welcome everyone back for term 4 and wish all our senior students good luck for their upcoming exams.

We finished term 3 with our annual Year 9 Wellbeing Day, which was a huge success. Thankyou to Ms Kerri Haworth for all her hard work organizing such a great day. The students attended some inspiring guest speakers including presentations from Pat Cronin Foundation, Real Life Resilience, Pelvic Pain Foundation and Author  Melissa Keil. We would like to thank all of our presenters for their time and effort and providing our students with important key messages to support their overall health and wellbeing. We finished the day with some activities outside and inflatable actives in the hall!

At the end of last term we welcomed our new Chaplain,  Ms Jaimi Gerosa to the wellbeing team.  A huge thankyou to  Syndal Baptist Church who financially contribute to enable us to have a chaplain. Jaimi currently works on the Junior Campus – Monday’s and Wednesday’s.

 

Mental Health Week and Month
This past week was Mental health week ad the month of October is Mental Health awareness month. On Monday the year 7’s attended a presentation from Butterfly Foundation titled Lets talk body image in the digital world. An important presentation focused on positive body image and also how we are influenced by online and social media.

The year 8’s attended a wellbeing workshop run by the wellbeing team focusing on gratitude, mindfulness, empathy and kindness.  The Year 9’s this week engaged in home group discussion on the strategies they implement when they are overwhelmed or stressed.

The Year 10’s finished the week with a combined Wellbeing/Careers Day. This included workshops run by the Reach foundation challenging gender stereotypes, a presentation from two of our alumni’s discussing different pathways our students can explore and a presentation from motivational speaker, Mr Daniel Merza who encouraged students to be the “leader of their life” by getting the monkeys off their back.

On Tuesday – Headspace Syndal visited the junior campus to play some jenga and talk about the services offered at Headspace.

On Wednesday- the wellbeing team offered a workshop for VCE students on how to manage stress of the upcoming exam period.

We look forward to continue to raise awareness around mental health and well-being thorough the month of October. As a school we will also be engaging in the Smiling Mind – Walk for Kids campaign to help raise much needed funds to support kids mental health in schools. More information on this to come.

As our year 12’s head into exams, we would like to remind all parents/carers of year 12 students that we are here to support year 12 students during this time. We offer a range of support including single session counselling. Year 12 students are also encouraged to contact Student Wellbeing in the future if they need some advice on where to access counselling or general support.

 

 

Mr Paul Graham
Student Support and Resources Manager

Music Director’s Report

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Term 3 finished with a wonderful performance opportunity for our Stage Band. The group were invited to play at a sold out concert at Melbourne Polytechnic in Fairfield. The concert involved the Stage Band performing a 30 minute set and then having the opportunity to listen to a set played by the TCP Big Band, a youth group made up of exceptional tertiary and high school students. Opportunities such as this are a wonderful chance for our students to collaborate and learn from their peers. Congratulations to the MWSC Stage Band on another excellent performance.

MWSC Stage Band

 

Gala Concert 

The Gala Concert took place last Thursday to a sold out audience in the Unicorn Theatre. The performance involved 220 music students playing in Concert Bands, Stage Bands, String Ensembles, Guitar and Percussion Ensembles and the MWSC Choir. The concert featured a variety of musical works that the students have worked so hard to prepare. It is the first Gala Concert that we have been able to hold since 2019, and it was wonderful to see the dedication of the music community at the college.

A highlight for me was a large number of past music captains coming back to listen and support the program. This outlines the success of music leadership at the college and the strong community that we have established over past years.

Although there was a last minute venue change due to the weather, and there were technical issues with the live streaming, we organised for a recording to be taken and will release this later in the year. I thank the families for their understanding and patience with this.

Past and present MWSC Music Captains

 

 

Year 10 Recital

This week the Year 10 Semester 2 class performed in their first recital. The event was well attended with over 50 students and teachers coming along to support and enjoy these performances. The students have worked all term to prepare for this, reflecting and working on mastery of solo works all term. Congratulations to these students on a wonderful and poised performance.

 

 

 

Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

Sport News

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Eastern Metropolitan Region Athletics Carnival

On Monday 10 October, Mount Waverley Secondary College  had 29 students compete at the Eastern Metropolitan Region finals for athletics.  All students were great on the day, and we have 9 students who have progressed through to the Victorian state finals, being held Monday 17 October.   Congratulations to the following students who have qualified for the state team.
Jonathan F (Year 8)- Long jump and triple jump
Aisha H (Year 8)- 1500m
Noah B (Year 8)- 800m and 1500m
Shriman A (Year 9)- 1500m walk
Jack A  (Year 11) – Discus and Javelin
Lachlan M (Year 11) – 200m and 4x100m relay
Ethan H (Year 11)- 4x100m relay
Alexander K (Year 11) – 4x100m relay
Amir K (Year  11) – 4x100m relay

 

 

Mr Jay Newport
Sports Leader  – Senior Campus

Career News

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Welcome back to Term four, this is a very busy term for all students in particular  our Class of 2022, as you conclude your final week of classes it is important to remind you to keep linked in with Careers.

 

Key dates for you to diarise are:

Change of preference  – 12- 14 December 2022 – 4pm 

During this period students will receive their ATAR and have the opportunity to change their preferences in preparation for Round 1 offers

To receive you ATAR by 7am you must 

  1. Download and register for the VCE results and ATAR app. This is the only way a student will receive their ATAR at 7am 12th December. Please click the below link to download and register  https://resultsandatar.vic.edu.au/results/applicants.htm;
  2. Send a meeting request to careers@mwsc.vic.edu.au for support through the change of preference period
  3. Check the Careers corner intranet site for University change of preparation information https://sites.google.com/mwsc.vic.edu.au/careers/senior-school/vtac-2022

 

 

 

Ms Joanne Hall
Careers Education Manager

Alumni News

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Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to October’s issue of Mount Waverley Secondary College Alumni Newsletter.
 In this issue, read about how the skills learnt in drama classes have been helpful in forging successful and fulfilling careers for our Alumni.

The 40-year reunion for the Class of ’82 is almost here. Don’t delay in registering for this event. Read the full details of the reunion in this newsletter and on our Facebook post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mount Waverley Secondary College is looking for an Alumni to do some filming and editing for several upcoming projects. This will be paid work. Read the full details in this newsletter.

To view October’s newsletter please click link:   Alumni Monthly Newsletter Issue 5 – October 2022

 

If you have any updates or news to share or any suggestions as to what you would like to see in future newsletters, please email me at alumni@mwsc.vic.edu.au.

 

 

Ms Victoria Tortopidis
Careers Education and Alumni Coordinator

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