College Principal’s Report
Thank you to all members of College Council for their support this year. We held our final meeting for the year last week. College Council is made up of parent, student, and staff representatives as well as our College Captains and my Executive Team. We will be calling for nominations for the new College Council which starts in March 2024 towards the beginning of next year.
2024 Financial Contributions
Parents/Carers should have received a Compass alert regarding 2024 Financial Contributions. Parent/Carer voluntary financial contributions have allowed us to run extensive well-being programs, a wider offering of subjects and special curriculum experiences; enhanced digital learning opportunities; faster WIFI and internet, and enhanced grounds and indoor and outdoor learning spaces. The financial contributions we have received this year is lower than in previous years. This is likely to have an impact longer term to the college’s financial viability, in turn impacting what resources we can offer our students. Contributions to our Building Fund are tax deductible and you will be sent a tax receipt from our Finance Department. Please support our learning community by contributing to these important financial contributions.
On Wednesday 6 December we held our annual Jazz under the Stars Night. The music was superb, and parents, staff and students all enjoyed the evening. Thank you to the parents who manned the sausage sizzle on the night and all the instrumental staff and other staff who supported this event. Special thanks to Mrs Tijtje Keatley-Music Director for overseeing this event along with our 2023 Music Captains- Madeline and Ethan. Funds raised will go towards the Generations in Jazz trip in 2024.
Farewell and Best Wishes to our Retirees
It is with sadness that we farewell four valued members of staff (teachers and support staff) at the end of the year.
Below I have listed their years of service to Mount Waverley Secondary College.
Mrs Bronwyn Nash – 26 years
Mrs Vicky Passmore – 22 years
Mrs Glenda Splatt – 20 years
Ms Kaye Gibson – 10 years
Thank you to all these wonderful members of staff for their dedication and service to our learning community over many years. We wish our retirees the best in their future endeavours and know that they will enjoy the next phase of their lives.
On Monday 11 December, Year 12 student Sarah B attended the Chisholm Community Spirit Awards. Dr Carina Garland, the MP for Chisholm presided over the event. Sarah was a part of a small group of students who received the award.
The Halina Strnad Community Spirit and Leadership Awards are presented to students in the Chisholm electorate. The awards recognise inspirational young people who make a difference to their communities and to the civic life of their schools. Congratulations Sarah and thank you to Mr Myers who represented the college on the night!
2024 Orientation Day
Thanks to the Junior Sub school Team for overseeing our Orientation Day on Tuesday 12 December, which saw nearly 300, 2024 Year 7 students join our learning community. It was a wonderful day, and it was great to see everyone welcoming our new students to the college.
Uniform Shop Volunteers
On Wednesday 13 December we held a lunch to thank our wonderful volunteer parents who run our Second-hand Uniform and Book Shop. This is such an important resource for our learning community, and we couldn’t offer this service without parent/carer support. Congratulations to everyone involved and we will be calling for expressions of interest for more parent volunteers to join our team early next year.
Year End Program (YEP)
The Year End program concluded this week. Thank you to all the staff who helped supervise the various activities. I heard our students thoroughly enjoyed their different sessions and excursions. Special thanks to Ms Misa Murphy and Mr Peter Young who oversaw this program with the help of Mrs Narda McLennan. It was great to see YEP return this year!
2023 Presentation Night
We held our first in person Presentation Night since 2019 in the Besen Centre on Thursday 14 December. It was great to recognise students from all year levels; including our Year 12 award winners which were determined by their official VCAA results which they received last Monday. Congratulations to all 300+ students who received their awards on the night in various categories. I am very proud of your achievements.
2024 Return to School Dates
The first day for Years 7 and 10 students is Tuesday 30 January. Years 8, 11 and 12 students start on Wednesday 31 January and our Year 10 and Year 12 students head off to camp on this day. The Year 9 students will return on Thursday 1 February. The General Offices will be open for business on Monday 29 January.
Year 12 Results
Congratulations to our 2023 College Dux Vicky L who scored an outstanding 99.65 ATAR. We also had 19 students receive ATAR scores above 95, 54 above 90 and 121 above 80 which was a great achievement. Well done to Sruthy S who scored a perfect study of 50 for Health and Human Development. We had 269 achieving their VCE Certificate this year which was one of our biggest cohorts completing Year 12 in the past few years.
I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all students who have done their best always to fulfil their potential in all activities they have undertaken at Mount Waverley Secondary College this year. Such a positive attitude to learning enables our college to maintain its exemplary learning culture.
I wish all members of the Mount Waverley Secondary College learning community a well-deserved safe and relaxing holiday.
I look forward to joining you in 2024 for another successful year.
Mrs Karen Wade