MWSC College News – Issue 16

28th 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 Senior Campus, Lechte Road Mount Waverley.

Upcoming Events

College Principal’s Report

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Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange

Alannah T of Year 11 has been awarded one of twelve scholarships through the Scholarships for Australian-German Student Exchange (SAGSE). On Friday 14 October, Alannah, her family and Ms Jo Rogers attended the Gala Dinner at Malvern Town Hall, where Alannah was presented with her award and the college was presented with a certificate for exceptional and outstanding contribution to German Language Teaching in Victoria. Congratulations Alannah and well done to our German Teachers for this special recognition.


State Athletics

On Monday 17 October, Mount Waverley Secondary College sent 8 students to the Victorian State Athletics Championships. All students were excellent representatives of the college on the day. Congratulations to:

Jack A (3rd discus), Lachie M (3rd 200m sprint), Ethan H, Alexander K, Amir K, Shriman A, Noah B and Jonathan F.  Thank you to Mr Jay Newport Sports Leader-Senior Campus for attending on the day and supporting our students.


Virtual Graduation Evening: Farewelling our Year 12 Class of 2022

Our Virtual Year 12 Graduation Ceremony Evening was held on Wednesday 19th October, and it was a great success. The Year 12 Virtual Graduation Evening was an evening of nostalgia as we celebrated the achievements of each of our Year 12 students from the Class of 2022.

The evening provided an opportunity to acknowledge the great contribution of all the past teachers from Prep to Year 12 who have significantly influenced our students’ development into fine young men and women – not to mention the invaluable guidance and support provided by parents and carers.

The Year 12 students received packs for this event that included their Year 12 Yearbook, a MWSC drink bottle, Year 12 certificate and a beautiful individual graduation photo and group photo which was taken by one of our teachers Mr Bill Thomas who is also a professional photographer.

I am so proud of our Year 12 students whose behaviour has been exemplary as they competed their final lessons and celebrated virtually in their classes during the day.  The Class of 2022 commenced their exams last Wednesday and our best wishes are with them as they do their best over the coming weeks.

Thank you to one of our Media teachers Ms Amy Walk who helped video different sections of the event and congratulations to Ms Sarah Chase – Head of Senior School, Mr Matt Cara – Senior School Leader and their team and Mrs Narda McLennan for the countless hours that went into organising this ceremony. I would also like to thank our College Council who helped fund these end of Year 12 activities.


Victorian Education Excellence Awards

I had the privilege of attending the Victorian Education Awards last Friday night at the Regent Plaza Ballroom. Congratulations to Mr Danny Gwynne who came second in the Outstanding Physical Education and Activity Teacher award. Danny is an amazing classroom teacher and is our Sports Leader on the Junior Campus.

I am thrilled to say that we won the Outstanding Education Support Team award beating three other finalists. Congratulations to our Student Wellbeing Team; Mr Paul Graham, Mrs Kerri Haworth, Mrs Margaret Taylor, Ms Aisha Paternott, Mrs Jane Horrabin, Mrs Maria Calafiore, Mrs Maria Disley, Mrs Jody Clooney, Mrs Caz Coady and Mrs Stephanie Tang for winning this 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 Mrs Danielle Mott for her work in this team and coming to support this exciting achievement! I am so proud of everyone for their efforts, and this is what makes MWSC such a great school.


Year 7 Band Program Afternoons

Well done to the entire Instrumental and Classroom Music teams for the two wonderful Year 7 Band Program concerts last week. The weather was perfect, and the music was also great. I know the parents who attended relished the opportunity to come on campus and celebrate our students’ efforts.



World Teachers’ Day

On Friday 28 October Mount Waverley Secondary College celebrated World Teachers’ Day.  Our teachers provide learning opportunities for our students’ way beyond what is expected.  They strive to improve their professional practice at all times, in order to support students to achieve excellent learning outcomes.  Often the efforts of our teachers are not acknowledged, but the rewards they experience in supporting students to achieve success are priceless. On behalf of all the students and parents, I thank our brilliant team of teachers for always giving their best to make Mount Waverley Secondary College a great educational provider.



2022 Examination Dates

The exam dates are as follows:

  • Year 10 and 11 exams start Monday 14 November and finish Thursday 24 November
  • Year 9 exams start Monday 21 November and finish Thursday 24 November
  • Correction Day / Student Free Day will be held on Friday 25 November
  • The Early Commencement Program (ECP) for 2023 Years 8-12 will run for two weeks and will be held from Monday 28 November until Friday 9 December
  • The Year 7 Camp will then run from Monday 12 December until Wednesday 14 December
  • 2022 Year 8 students will complete the Challenge Program at this time on the Senior Campus.


Professional Practice Day

Just a reminder that next Monday 31 October is a student free day as all teachers will be involved in Professional Practice meetings during this time.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Last few weeks for Year 12

During the past three weeks students have been working with their teachers and revising and studying for their final exams. Last Wednesday 19 October, students dressed up and had a pizza lunch on the courts. They also received their graduation packs. In the evening a virtual graduation ceremony was held. It was heart-warming for everyone to read the student reflections. Many thanked their families and teachers who supported them during their time at the college.


VCAA Exams

A large number of our students have completed their external oral and performance exams languages, Drama and Music during the past few weeks. The teaching staff have all commented on the commitment and positive work ethic of our students.

The VCAA written exams started on Wednesday 26 October and continue until November 16th.  Many students have also come to school this week to work with their teachers. Students are reminded to check their exam timetables and allow themselves plenty of time to get to the venue. Good luck to all students completing a Units 3 & 4 subject, use the study and revision time wisely and do the best you can.

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


2023 College Captains and college leaders

During the week students who were shortlisted for leadership roles have been involved in interviews and I was on the panel. The candidates short listed for college captain will have their video presented to their cohort on Monday 7 November. The calibre of the candidates was excellent. Thanks to Mr Jacob Myers (Acting Head of Student Leadership) for overseeing the process and Ms Sarah Chase (Head of Senior School) who was also on the panel.



End of semester reports will be available to parents on Tuesday 13 December. More information will be communicated via Compass later in the term.




Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Student Voice Report

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Transition to Senior Campus – Year 8 Mentoring Program

On Thursday 20 October, the Year 10 student to 8 mentoring program which was developed by Carla and Rebecca (Social work students) ran with the support of Mr Myers. The mentoring program consisted of Year 10’s who voluntarily spoke to each Year 8 class, which was either in a group or singularly.

The presentation consisted of information about important topics for transition to the senior site, such as exams, mental health, stress management, general campus tips and tricks, etc.

All of the Year 10’s did an exceptional job at mentoring the Year 8’s and preparing them for the senior Campus. Once again, a big thank you to all involved!


 ~ Anagha K  (10E)



Student Wellbeing Report

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Victorian Education Excellence Awards

On Friday 21 October, the Student Wellbeing Team attended the Victorian Education Excellence Awards as a finalist for Outstanding Education Support Team. We were supported by Mrs Karen Wade (College Principal) and Danielle Mott (Student Wellbeing Coordinator- Junior Campus). Three other teams – two primary school teams and one other secondary college were also finalists. It was an incredible privilege that we were honoured with winning the Outstanding Education Support Team award.

As I said on the night, I am in awe of the work and passion of our Student Wellbeing Team, which consists of wellbeing coordinators, mental health practitioners, a chaplain, nurses and inclusion support staff. In what was a challenging work environment during lockdown, this team showed great passion and initiative to continue to support students in a virtual world.

The College was also recognised for the whole school approach to Student Wellbeing, specifically the introduction of the home grown Student Wellbeing Model. We were acknowledged as being at the cutting edge of wellbeing improvement and innovation in schools.

I am extremely lucky as a leader to work with such passionate and professional people who are focused on supporting the overall wellbeing of all students in the  college.





Mr Paul Graham
Student Support and Resources Manager

Sports News

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Year 8 Boys Eastern Zone Table Tennis 


On Wednesday 19 October, six Year 8 boys represented the school at the Eastern Zone table tennis. The boys won their first match against Healesville SC 6-0, won their second game 5-1 against Box Hill SC and defeated Balwyn SC in the third round 4-2.  In the semi final, the boys played unbelievably well to defeat Wellington SC  6-0.

This then led to a rematch against Balwyn SC  in the Grand Final. Despite some stiff opposition the boys tied the rubbers 3-3, but won overall on games 10-9.   Well done to all the boys for their excellent skill level & fine sportsmanship. The team was:  Kush, Andy, Pritz & Yaani.  Scorers – Aaron & Yaj

Good luck to the boys who will now progress to the State finals on the Friday 25 November.  ~ Mr Campbell


Regional Intermediate Girls Basketball

Following on from a very successful day out at the Division competition, the Year 9 and 10 girls basketball team headed to Dandenong SC to play in the Regional competition. The team played valiantly across the day against very strong opposition, but was unable to come away with the victory on the day. Well done to the team and the Senior School coaches for such a fantastic effort in making it through to Regional.   ~ Mr Johnston

Regional Intermediate Girls Cricket

After a very comprehensive victory at District all the way back in Term 1, the Year 9 and 10 girls headed out for the two days of Regional Competition. A hard fought first game against Upper Yarra went down to the last over as MWSC clutched the victory, before a rousing innings of 1/203 against Balwyn sent MWSC to the final. The team was able to secure the Regional championship with a confident performance against Wantirna SC, setting up a chance for the State title in the coming weeks. Well done to the team on a fantastic job!   ~ Mr Johnston

MWSC Sustainability Club

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On Wednesday 19 October, a group of Year 11 Environmental Science students and a couple of helpful teachers started the process of building some special garden beds.  Over the course of the year, students have worked to implement their idea of native-plant garden beds that can be used by environmental science, outdoor environmental studies and food tech classes alike.

By choosing plants indigenous to Australia and the local area, the boxes will benefit the school in more ways than one. Students have researched, planned and finally, started building garden beds—from scratch and by their own design—from recycled materials such as packing pallets and builders plastic.

Thank you to Mr Laan, Mr Shaw and Mr Hall for your help both now and ongoing. These boxes will be a sustainable, fun and memorable addition to the Senior Campus, well done environmental team!

~ Alannah T (11D)


Health Industries Immersion Excursion

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On Tuesday 25 October, 37 MWSC Students travelled to Holmesglen to take part in the Health Immersions Day run by Monash Tech School. Students learnt about various career paths available to them and were able to take part in a variety of activities including looking at their own DNA through microscopes, learning CPR, watching firsthand how trauma care works in mock scenarios and learning about the work allied health care workers do.

All in all, a great day out!   ~  Mr Wall


Junior Campus Library News

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JS Library – Term 4

During their wide reading sessions in the library students often do a mini literacy activity associated with their reading. Year 7 English classes are having a lesson early in Term 4 where students create a “flyer” promoting a book they have previously read. The flyers are attached to the books and displayed. Many students have noticed the book they have promoted is no longer on display as it is being read. We hope students will continue to use the flyers after they have particularly enjoyed a book. Having an authentic audience is one way we encourage students to write well.

We celebrated the annual Premiers Reading Challenge with another “mad hatter’s tea party” as the theme was so popular during book week. Students were invited to a special morning tea and their English teachers were also in attendance.

Homework club continues to be a popular activity each week. Students can be observed supporting other students whilst working on similar tasks and we have had a few enthusiastic Middle School leaders offering mentor support in Maths. Students have commented how much they enjoy having company whilst completing work tasks and receiving teacher support.

A favourite lunchtime activity is the “Jigsaw” table. The students who work together welcome others and have become good friends. If you have a spare jigsaw of 500 – 1000 pieces that you can donate please send it along. If the jigsaw is missing a piece as long as you write that on the box students will be happy.

Our students make the library a vibrant place for learning and recreation on a daily basis.




Mrs Stephanie Thomas
Teacher – Librarian
Junior Campus

Career News

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As we navigate our way through term 4, we prepare for the final days of your VCE journey, the future is beckoning however there are a few last minute tasks that you need to complete:

Results and ATAR App;

This app is the only way student can  receive their ATAR at 7am on Monday 12 December.  Should student choose not to download and register on this app, they will not be able to access your ATAR via VTAC for up to 24 hours. If you have not done this, please do so now to ensure you are best prepared to receive your ATAR.



Change of Preference Process 12-14 December

Book an appointment with the Careers team from 12 – 14 December to assist and support you through the change of preferences process, email to secure an appointment. Remember, our calendar books up fast so it’s better to have an appointment and not need it, than need an appointment and can’t get one.

Alternatively, Universities also offer change of preference support, access this information through the following link

Both the careers and wellbeing team will also be offering a drop in service every Wednesday afternoon P5/6. If you want to pop in to ask any questions of merely have a chat we would love to see you, please see flyer attached.





Ms Joanne Hall
Careers Education Manager

Alumni News

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Thank you

A big thank you to our Alumni, Chaturika Bandara (Class of 1999) and Shubham Goel (Class of 2015). They recently came back to Mount Waverley Secondary College to present to the Year 10’s in Wellbeing/Careers Day.  We heard about their challenges, career pathway and journey since leaving MWSC . We hope the students can learn from their life experiences.

Past students are invited to register their details below to become part of our Alumni community and receive directly to their inbox the monthly Alumni  newsletter.





Mrs Victoria Tortopidis
Careers Education and Alumni Coordinator

MWSC College News – Issue 16