College Principal’s Report
District Cross Country
Our students have continued the Mount Waverley Secondary College tradition of participating in large numbers in sport by their active involvement in the school cross country event. It is rewarding to see our students committing themselves to leading a life of fun and fitness through participating in sport whilst also learning the life-long skills and values of teamwork and good sportsmanship.
The District Cross Country event took place on Tuesday 9 May. Mount Waverley Secondary College performed extremely well on the day coming second overall with over 160 students participating. I congratulate all the students who competed and represented our college with pride. Thank you to Mr Jay Newport and Mr Danny Gwynne for all their hard work in getting the team ready for this event.
Well done to the following students who finished in the top three of their events.
Bradley C – 2nd in the 13 boys
Olivia T – 2nd in the 14 girls
Julian D – 1st in the 14 boys
Frances S M – 1st in the 15 girls
Aisha H – 2nd in the 15 girls
Sam P – 3rd in the 16 boys
Tom H – 1st in the 21 boys
Our successful students will now compete at the zone level on Tuesday 13 June.
Preparing for Examinations
At this time of year our students are diligently studying for their outcomes and exams. It has been pleasing to see students studying in the library and VCE Centre, attending Homework Club, catching up with teachers for additional support and attending revision classes to ensure they are thoroughly prepared for their exams.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish each student all the best for their exams. I am sure they will be rewarded with results that reflect the hard work that has been undertaken throughout the first semester. Our learning community is proud of the way our students approach their learning, whether it be academic studies, learning a musical instrument, mastering a drama performance, or representing our college in one of our many leadership programs. Our students and teachers approach all activities with great enthusiasm, matching this with hard work and knowing they will achieve success by giving their best.
Exam Dates 2023
Year 9 : Monday 5 June –Friday 9 June
Year 10 & 11 : Monday 5 June– Friday 9 June and Tuesday 13 June – Thursday 15 June
General Achievement Test (GAT) : Thursday 15 June
Year 10 Work Experience
All year 10 students are expected to complete a week of Work Experience during the last week of term from Monday 19 – Friday 23 June. If students need help finding a placement, they should look for guidance on our college website as there are over 400 employers listed there. For easy access to Careers Corner students can click on the link below. https://sites.google.com/mwsc.vic.edu.au/careers/middle-school/work-experience or make an appointment with our Careers team which comprises our new Careers Manager Mr Phil Newnham and our Careers Education and Alumni Coordinator Mrs Victoria Tortopidis.
Work Experience is an opportunity to give our students:
- an understanding of the work environment and what employers expect of their workers.
- an opportunity to explore possible career options.
- increased self-understanding, maturity, independence, and self-confidence
- increased motivation to continue study and/or undertake further training.
- a better understanding of how the school curriculum can help prepare young people for work.
- an introduction to workplace recruitment practices.
- enhanced opportunities for part-time and casual employment.
- the opportunity to include the employer’s work experience evaluation in future job and course applications.
- opportunities to develop work-related competencies and acquire skills.
- the chance to ‘try out’ a workplace.
Source: Work experience manual for Victorian Secondary Schools
I would like to sincerely thank Mrs Tortopidis for her work in organising all the documentation required to send our students into the workplace.
Magnificent Work of our Education Support Staff
On Wednesday 17 May, our Education Support staff were acknowledged and celebrated for their contribution to the college. We are very fortunate to have a terrific team of support staff helping to care for and education your children and run our college. Our Education Support staff, to mention a few, include our friendly and caring Admin and Finance staff, Integration Assistants, Nurses, Interpreter/EAL Assistants, Resource Centre, Science Laboratory and Food Tech staff, as well as skilled maintenance and ICT staff.
It is such personnel who are quiet achievers and who so admirably support our teaching staff in effectively delivering the curriculum. This large team of personnel are ably led by our talented Business Manager’s Mrs Linda Westgarth and Mrs Kari Simmons.
On behalf of the college community, I wish to thank our Education Support staff for their significant contribution to our college.
Mrs Karen Wade