Mount Waverley Secondary College
|Mount Waverley Secondary College|
Mount Waverley, Victoria 3149
Mount Waverley Secondary College is a public secondary school located in the Mount Waverley suburb of Melbourne. The school consists of roughly 1900 students and is one of the largest in the state. The school consists of two campuses (Junior & Senior) both situated on Stephensons Road in Mount Waverley. The Junior site holds years 7 and 8, with year levels 9 to 12 at the Senior Campus. The campuses are a short walking distance apart.
Mount Waverley Secondary College officially opened in 1964. The three Light Timber Construction (LTC) buildings, which were clad in orange brick, were constructed in various stages after the school's opening. The school changed name to Mount Waverley Secondary College in the early 1990s and later occupied the site of the former Waverley North Primary School (also constructed in LTC) after that school was closed, thus forming a "junior campus" from the site.
On Tuesday, 28 January 2003 (the day before the commencement of the school year), much of the Middle/Senior campus LTC buildings were destroyed by a deliberately lit fire causing an estimated $4 million in damage. Classrooms damaged in the fire included five IT classrooms, three science rooms, one fabrics room and 11 general purpose classrooms. A further two science rooms and three home economics rooms were also damaged in the fire.
All staff and students were relocated to Deakin University's Burwood campus for three weeks immediately after the fire. The rebuilt school was officially opened in December 2004, after $5.6 million was spent on rebuilding.
The senior site has a modern two story building, which was constructed after the fire of 2003, along with a number of art buildings and portables. (Most of the Light Timber Construction buildings were demolished after the fire). The junior site consisted of 3 blocks and one school oval, all were connected with covered walkways. But in 2009 Mount Waverley Secondary College was given 10.1 million dollars from the government, allowing the build of two brand new buildings on the Junior site. The Junior Campus is now positioned as a flagship school. It has received international attention for design and learning capacity. The Junior Campus design has won the following awards:
- International CEFPI Award – Best new construction of a major facility
- Australian Chapter of the Council of Education – Award for Facilities Design
- The Project of Distinction Award by the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) for Best Middle School/Junior High
The Senior Campus also hosts the 200 seat Unicorn Theatre facility, two libraries, and two gymnasiums. The school once leased a school camp, from the historic trust the historic Lower Homebush State School #2258 in Avoca, Western Victoria. The school was closed in 1967, and reopened as the Lower Homebush Campus in 1996 as a school camp.
Uniform is compulsory.
- Graeme "Shirley" Strachan – lead singer with Skyhooks, carpenter, TV presenter
- Van Tuong Nguyen – convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore and hanged in December 2005
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