MWSC College News – Issue 17

11th November 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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2023 College Captains and Prefects

Congratulations to the following 2023 Year 12 students who have been elected as our college leaders. These students went through several rigorous steps to be selected and I would like to thank Mr Myers, Head of Student Voice for overseeing this process.

Congratulations to

College Captains   Vineth M and Jocelyn S
College Deputy Captains   Liliana E and Stanley L
Music Captains   Ethan L and Madeline T
Sports Captains Lachlan M and Zoe M
Arts Captains   Sarah B and Neave M
Wellbeing Captains Alannah T and Yasmin W

House Captains
Bradman – Jessica E and Luke G
Cuthbert – Jack A and Thomas H
Fraser – Amber R and Emma P
Goolagong – Tom H and Ishwari N
Landy – Sienna D and Arian S
Whitten – Katherine B and Ethan H

Sama A, Kiska A, Marios A, Jiaqi C, Sophie D, Amelia G, Tessa G, Viola H, Tasfiya H, Ellen L, Ally O and Sruthy S.


Class of 1982 Reunion 

It was wonderful to hear about our Class of 1982 celebrating their 40th Year Reunion last weekend. Thank you to some of our current staff who attended to help celebrate this important event and special thanks to Mrs Victoria Tortopidis our Alumni Coordinator who attended on the night and presented our former students with a small gift from the college.

Arts Festival

Our annual Arts Festival was held last Tuesday.  The quality of our students’ artwork continues to amaze me, and many awards were presented to students.  Students, parents, and staff were entertained by musical items, Drama performances and Media films.  Congratulations to Ms Jane Carter, Head of The Arts and all the arts students and staff who were involved on the night. Special thanks to Mrs Trish Munday and Mrs Linda Westgarth for catering this event.


Night of the Museum

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting the Year 7 Night of the Museum displays. Our young historians researched civilisations from Ancient China, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. The students have been working hard over the past month to create replicas of artefacts and interactive displays. Thank you to all the Humanities Staff for supporting this wonderful educational opportunity for our students and well done to all the students who were involved. Special thanks to all the family members and friends who came to visit this exhibition. I know you enjoyed our students work come to life.


 Mango Drive

Thank you to all the families who ordered a tray of mangoes in this year’s Mango Drive. We are expecting the mangoes to be delivered late November/early December. Families will be notified when they arrive and where to collect your order.


Term 4 College Raffle

We have been working hard on sourcing some great prizes for our college raffle for this term. Over $4500 worth of prizes have been donated including Garden Bench Seat, Air Purifier, Gift Vouchers, Creative Pen tablet, TI-30X Plus Calculator and more.   The MWSC raffle is running online, and tickets can be purchased via Compasstix.

Please support the college by purchasing either raffle tickets for $2.50ea or $12.50 for a book of 5 tickets or $25 for a book of 10 tickets.  Feel free to forward the Compasstix link to family and friends. All proceeds will go toward student led initiatives.    Raffle tickets can now be purchased online via Compasstix link :

Online college raffle and is due to close on Friday 25 November at 9am.  Raffle to be drawn and winners announced on Tuesday 29 November.


Year 12 End of Year Celebrations

If your child is a school leaver, the schoolies celebrations from Saturday 26 November to Sunday 4 December can be an exciting milestone in their lives. However, this shouldn’t mean impacting your child’s health and safety, or causing problems for the communities where they decide to celebrate.
We encourage you to speak to your child about the importance of keeping safe and healthy at schoolies. Information about staying safe at schoolies can be found at Partying safely at schoolies — Better Health Channel.

You can also follow the Good Times Great Breaks Victoria Facebook page, which provides information on what wellbeing support is available in the main schoolies destinations of Rye, Surf Coast, Lorne, Torquay and Phillip Island.


2022 Examination and End of Year Program Dates

The exam dates are as follows:

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


Victorian School Term Dates 2026

There have been changes to Victorian school term dates for 2026. This will provide an opportunity for Victorian communities to participate more broadly in the 2026 Commonwealth Games.

The 2026 Commonwealth Games will take place across regional Victoria from Tuesday 17 March to Sunday 29 March 2026, with Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Gippsland, and Shepparton hosting a range of activities and events for 20 different sports and 9 para-sports.

 The 2026 Victorian school term dates are:

  • Term 1: Tuesday 27 January to Friday 13 March 2026
  • Term 2: Monday 30 March to Friday 19 June 2026
  • Term 3: Monday 6 July to Friday 18 September 2026
  • Term 4: Monday 5 October to Friday 18 December 2026.

For the list of school term dates until the end of 2030, refer to School term dates and holidays in Victoria.



Mrs Karen Wade
College Principal

Campus Principal’s Report – Junior School

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Night At The Museum

It was great to welcome back one of our most popular annual events on the Junior Campus after a few years off. We would like to thank all of the students, families and staff who contributed towards making Night At The Museum such a huge success. The opportunity for students to undertake such a rich, powerful learning experience and put it on show for our community is such a rewarding one, and we thank all of our guests for the wonderful interactions they had with our students. Thank you to the entire Junior School Humanities team for their work on this evening.


Junior Campus Oval Upgrade

Work has started again on our oval upgrade. Chippa Constructions have begun their preparatory drainage works in readiness for the construction of our new facility. We thank students and staff for their patience as this important work begins, and thoroughly look forward to next year when we can play and learn on our new sporting surface.


Junior Campus Student Leadership

Well done to all students who interviewed for 2023 Junior School Captain or House Captain roles over the past week. The Student Leadership and Voice programs at MWSC are looked upon as some of the best in the country, and this year’s group of applicants look set to uphold this fine tradition. Well done to Lakshay, Rachel, Gemma, Jasper, Abbie, and Caelan, who presented their speeches to the year 7 assembly this week. We look forward to announcing all of our 2023 leadership positions shortly.



Mr Matt Sheehan
Campus Principal – Junior School

Campus Principal’s Report – Senior School

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Exams on the Senior Campus

This week the senior campus has been a very busy place. The VCAA exams for all Units 3 & 4 subjects have been running since the 26th October and students in Years 10 and 11 will start their exams next week.
Thanks to all the subschool teams, exam supervisors, support staff, faculty heads and teachers who have been involved in the exam preparation and class and individual revision with students.


Early Commencement Program

Students in Years 7 to 11 start their 2023 classes in the week beginning November 28. This program provides an opportunity for students to meet their teachers, start work for next year and, in the case of the Year 8 students, get used to the senior campus. All year levels participated in a range of programs as well as classes. A special thank you to the staff and in particular, the subschool team, faculty heads and Scott Smith (timetable) for all of their hard work.


VCE  – Vocational Major

The college is offering the Vocational Major (VM) pathway for students in Year 11 next year. A team of teachers have been working on developing curriculum and have attended professional learning and a network session with other teachers. It is an exciting opportunity for our students and the pathway will be offered by all Victorian schools in 2023.


Staff Expertise

A number of our teachers have been involved in assessing the written and performance exams for VCAA during term four. This work is important, and it is a recognition of the expertise and experience of the teachers at the college. Staff have also been involved in subject association conferences and some have presented sessions for their peers.


VCE students – 2023 Central Australia Trip

The college is currently finalising an itinerary for the Central Australia Trip. This will be offered to students in Years 11  (2023). The trip is planned for the end of term three and the first week of the break. More information will be available, and an information evening will run in term one 2023. Please contact me on if you have any questions in the meantime.


Semester Two Reports

Teachers have started work on semester two reports and on providing feedback for their students.  Year 7 to Year 11 students and parents/carers will receive an end of semester report via Compass on the Tuesday 13 December.  The reports are a culmination of the written feedback from their teachers with additional information on work behaviours and, for Year 7 to 10 students, Victorian Curriculum levels.



Mrs Julie Cain
Campus Principal – Senior School

Head of Middle School’s Report

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As we approach the end of the year, we would like to say how proud we are of our students.  We would like to take this opportunity to recognise that our students have completed an undisturbed year of learning after having had two years of continuous disruptions.

This year has seen the reestablishment of routines, structures and early morning starts!  Our students have demonstrated resilience, persistence and maturity as they have navigated their return to full time, face to face education.

I would like to wish our students all the very best for the upcoming exam period.  Ensuring you establish strong study habits is a skill that will benefit you throughout your life. You build on your organizational and time management skills.  You also ensure that you strengthen the neuron pathways in your brain which leads to increased memory retention.  But most importantly you establish goals, work towards them and pave your way to success, because “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary” – Harvey Specter.

Good Luck to all our students for exams and we look forward to seeing you all again to start the 2023 year in Early Commencement Program (ECP).

I would like to say a special thank you to the 2022 Middle School Team for their dedication and work behind the scenes.  We have experienced many positive experiences this year including the Year 9 Inspire program, Explore program, the Year 10 Camp, Gala and Work Experience to name just a few.  We in the Middle School, have shared with our students not only their successes, but their challenges and their academic, social and emotional growth.  It has been an absolute privilege to work with such an amazing team of individuals.




Mrs Asha Vazirani
Head of Middle School

Sports News

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Year 8 Boys Cricket –  Eastern Region – 7 November 2022

On Monday 7 November, the Year 8 boys cricket team headed to Hislop Reserve, Balwyn for Eastern Region Cricket finals.  Our first game was against Lilydale SC where we were sent into bat first. The boys went on to make 8 – 126 runs off 20 overs.  Anhad K made 50 not out and Jeet T made 19 valuable runs.  We then restricted Lilydale to 7-120 which included 2 wickets to Jehan & Ricky, 1 wicket to Jeet, Jai and  Hamish.

We then played Koonung SC in the semi final. Batting first we scored 9 -133 runs off our 20 overs. Ricky H top scored 36 not out with some big hitting from Jai T who scored 28 runs. In an exceptional bowling display, Koonung SC finished on 9 – 109 from their 20 overs. Jehan took 4 wickets, Nilax (2) Tavish, Anhad and Hamish each claimed one for the match.

Congratulations to all the boys for their outstanding performance and representing the school so well.  The team will now play Rowville SC on Thursday 10 November  in the final to see who will progress to the State finals.  ~  Mr Campbell



EMR RUNNERS UP – Year 8 Boys Cricket  – 10 November 2022

Congratulations to the Year 8 Boys Cricket team for coming Runners Up in the Eastern Region Finals. Following on from their quarter final & semi final win on Monday, the team travelled back to Hislop Reserve to take on Rowville SC in the final on Thursday 10 November.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, the boys made 9-93 off their allotted 20 overs. Anhad top scored with 42 runs with 9 boundaries and Jai made an impressive 23. Despite some excellent bowling from Tavish with 2 wickets  and 1 wicket to Ricky, we couldn’t restrict Rowville SC from passing our score in the 14th over.

All of the 13 boys should be very proud of their efforts and have hopefully gained some valuable experience to take back to their clubs. Well done!   ~  Mr Campbell


STATE RUNNERS UP – Intermediate Boys Hockey  – 8 November 2022 

On Tuesday the Intermediate Boys Hockey Team travelled to Footscray to play the State final round of this year’s competition.  Winning their pool 3 – 0, 2 – 0, 3- 0 against some very challenging opposition the boys then faced Hume Anglican GS in the final.

Hume Anglican GS, having 2 state level players and a very talented group quickly asserted their dominance, and were 3 – 0 up when play was suspended due to lightning.  After a team discussion it was determined that conceding the result was a more representative result than ‘playing for the draw’ and the team proudly accepted second place.

It’s impossible to speak highly enough of this team – all players not only pulled their weight, but showed exemplary sportsmanship throughout each level of the competition.  ~  Mr Young

Music Director’s Report

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Year 7 Band Program Concerts

On the 18th and 20th October, all Year 7 students took part in a concert to showcase the instrumental skills that they have learned during the Year 7 classroom music program. In addition to the large ensembles showcasing these year 7 students, the concert also featured junior and senior ensembles from the college instrumental program, giving students the opportunity to hear students who have enrolled in instrumental lessons at the college. A big thanks to Melissa Knowles and Timothy O’Connor who lead the organisation of these events, as well as all of the music staff who assisted on the evening.


Unit 2 Recital  

Last Thursday night the Unit 2 Music Performance students performed in their 2nd recital. It was an epic evening featuring a large class of very talented students. The students showcased a large range of instruments, styles and repertoire and all performed with poise and confidence. Thanks to Ms Keryn Lientschnig, Mr Tom Frost and Martin Van Boxtel (2017 Music Captain) who came along to panel mark. Special thanks to Mr Harry Tinney and 2016 alumni Ray Liang for accompanying the students.


MWSC Jazz Night – Save the Date!

When:   Wednesday, 7 November 2022

Time:     5pm-8pm

Where:  Senior Campus Fishbowl

BYO:       Picnic and Drinks

Cost:      $5 per person donation on the evening – fundraising for 2023 Perth Tour

Come and see students, staff and alumni play



Mrs Tijtje Keatley
Music Director

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 you will receive your ATAR at 7am 12th December, should you not download and register this app you 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  – 12th December 7am – 14th December at 4pm

Book an appointment with the Careers team from 12th-14th 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 Period 5 and 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

Host Family Needed

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Mount Waverley Secondary College is hoping to host a native-speaking German language assistant in Term 1 of 2023, to enrich our German program and enhance the students’ learning experience.

To make this possible, Mount Waverley Secondary College is urgently inviting expressions of interest from generous volunteer families from the school community, interested in getting involved in this intercultural experience by hosting the language assistant for a few weeks or all of Term 1.

Please see the flyer attached and send your expressions of interest to Ms Ayako Yasunaga (, Head of Languages, by no later than Wednesday 16 November.

MWSC Language Assistant flyer



Ms Ayako Yasunaga
Head of Languages

Gardens for Wildlife

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Mount Waverley Secondary College is near some environmentally significant areas, therefore it’s important to have areas for birds such as owls, galahs, lorikeets and many more species within the school. I reached out to the City of Monash Council to guide and help me plant trees for wildlife.

First, they administered a biodiversity check, and I showed them around the school displayed the remnants and places fit for revegetation around our school, including native gardens and potential linking places from Damper Creek. They provided 150 plants for free and taught us how to use equipment in order to efficiently plant. With the help of 20 volunteers across many year levels, we have successfully weeded, planted, and removed litter across the school to strengthen our commitment to our native flora and fauna.

Special thanks to everyone who have agreed to join me on my program and help amplify the biodiversity of the school that we all treasure. On the day, Anna, a member from Monash, showed us which plants to weed, how to use Hamilton Tree Planters, and taught us how the plants generally grow and survive.

It has been a privilege to learn and gain advice from her and her team. Since we did such a good job they are going to come back and help us further boost our environment. I did lead the entire program, from responding to countless emails, spreading the word, garnering volunteers and what not, it would be a disservice to not mention how grateful I am for those who have given up their time and helped me, from the Year 9s, the Year 11s, and especially to the Year 12s, who have committed themselves to help me after their exams. I also want to thank Mr Laan for all the support he has shown me and Mr Myers for the opportunity to change the school through Year 11 Leadership Program. It has been a great day, and I loved leading everyone and displaying the strength of community through this day.

Monash Council can help you create an indigenous garden on your own property if you live in the Monash area. They are more than happy to give you 20 FREE PLANTS to plant in your garden. They are also happy to send a garden guide out to help you improve your own garden and give you a further 20 indigenous plants. All you need to do is join the Gardens for Wildlife program. To register your interest in joining the Gardens for Wildlife program, please email


by Tasfiya H (Year 11)

Alumni News

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Class of ’82 Reunion

Congratulations to the Class of ’82, they celebrated their 40-year reunion this month, a great night was had by all, view the photos and fun facts in this month’s newsletter.  Also included in this issue is Lindsay Mann Class of 1970 – Spotlight of the month, first to have his name on the “Dux” honour board.

To view November’s Newsletter, click here.


Stay in touch with the Alumni community by:

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”. – Facebook

Mount Waverley Secondary College LinkedIn Group – LinkedIn

We welcome any updates of achievements and celebrations, we love to hear all about what our Alumni are up to, email me at



Ms Victoria Tortopidis
Alumni Coordinator

MWSC College News – Issue 17