College Principal’s Report
Welcome back to Term 4
Welcome back to a new term of learning. Learning doesn’t just happen by accident it is through careful planning and preparation that teachers provided students with high quality learning experiences. These experiences, both inside and outside the classroom are a vital part of the way we educate our students.
This is a busy term with students completing their studies for this year while starting to think about next year. As we move through this term students will undertake a range of learning activities and assessment as we finish the school year.
The Early Commencement Program will see our students in their 2024 classes as they begin their next chapter of learning at the college.
Victorian Education Excellence Awards
Congratulations to Mrs Tijtje Keatley for being a finalist in the Secondary Teacher of the Year Award. The awards ceremony was held on Friday 27 October. While she did not win the category, it was public recognition of her outstanding work with the students in Music and the Music Program at the college. Well done Tijtje.
Farewell Year 12 Class of 2023
Our Year 12 students finished at the college on Wednesday18 October with a celebration lunch and a presentation of their photo, yearbook and certificates. This was followed in the evening by the Year 12 Graduation.
The Year 12 Graduation formally recognised all our graduating Class 2023 in front of family and friends. Jessica Eland, 2023 College Valedictorian also spoke on the evening. The night was a fitting celebration to mark students time at Mount Waverley. Thank you to the Senior School Team for their great work in organising these events.
Music Gala Concert
On Thursday 5 October, 281 students performed in two Gala Concerts in the Unicorn Theatre. This is the first time we have run the concert in two halves due to the large number of students involved, and the high demand for tickets (both concerts were sell outs with a waiting list). Many music alumni were present to enjoy and support the 2023 cohort, and we were lucky to have Eva McMaster, Senior Education Improvement Leader attend the second concert.
The standard of the ensembles was outstanding. The concerts comprised of beginning to advanced ensembles with students from Years 7-12, and a large range of genres presented by choirs, string ensembles, guitar ensembles, percussion ensembles, jazz ensembles and concert bands. Thank you Tijtje Keatley, Music Director and her dedicated team of music staff for making this great event happen.
2023 Lyrebird Awards
Congratulations to Ms Maddie Kerr and all involved in this year’s production of Chicago.
Chicago has been nominated for an astonishing 17 awards by the Lyrebird Youth Awards.
On top of that we have been asked to perform at the awards ceremony in December.
Well done to all staff and students involved!
Grade 4 to Year 12 Student scholarships
The department administers a range of scholarships for students on behalf of various trusts.
Scholarships support students and families with the cost of education and engagement in further study at primary, secondary and tertiary level.
Department-managed scholarships are available for eligible students who complete Grade 4 to Year 11 in 2023, and for students enrolled in Year 12 in 2023 who plan to do tertiary studies in 2024.
Applicants for these scholarships will be evaluated on their:
- participation in school activities
- community involvement
- academic achievement.
Scholarships are either one-off payments or cover the duration of the student’s course or annual study.
Many scholarships also have specific eligibility criteria. Applications are open and close on Thursday 1 February 2024.
For more information and for a list of available scholarships, refer to the Student scholarships for Grade 4 – Year 12 fact sheet.
Mr Ian MacLeod
Acting College Principal