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An introduction to Waverley College

With Graham Leddie, our Head of College

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Waverley College, a Catholic school for boys in the Edmund Rice tradition from Year 5 – 12. We are proud of being a school that is unique in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs for its genuinely inclusive community, authentic Catholic education, breadth of opportunities and innovative approach to educating boys.

Graham Leddie, Head of College

It is an exciting time to be at Waverley College. Our learning philosophy focuses on individual growth, critical thinking, collaboration and innovation which is underpinned by our wellbeing goals of developing boys who are connected, resilient and supportive of each other. Our ongoing investment in school infrastructure is coming to fruition with state-of-the-art teaching facilities across a wide curriculum offering.

"This is a school with an important mission at its core: the development of innovative learning and wellbeing programs designed to assist boys to flourish across their spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, cultural and physical dimensions"

GRAHAM LEDDIE, HEAD OF COLLEGE

PADI Scuba Diving in the College Pool

"Waverley’s commitment is to develop critical thinkers who are ready to engage with their world."

ELIZABETH WATSON, DIRECTOR OF LEARNING AND TEACHING

Over its 115-year history, Waverley College has educated many eminent Australians who are represented across all industries. Our students come from diverse backgrounds which provides them with a rich learning environment and real world experience to learn from each other and to value and appreciate difference. Each year approximately 80% of our graduates go on to attend  university, with the remaining 20% taking up apprenticeships and other training or employment opportunities.

Waverley Classroom

Our experienced and motivated teachers have a firm focus on academic achievement and our professional learning focuses on improving pedagogical practice. We have both learning support and gifted and talented (enrichment) programs that support individual advancement and extension. The College has strong literacy and numeracy programs that are explicitly taught across all learning areas. Progress at an individual and class level is closely tracked. 

"We make learning active, we harness their interests and use technology to support different learning styles."

KEITH GAWMAN, SCIENCE TEACHER & PADI INSTRUCTOR

Max Sherry talks about his time at Waverley with his parents

"It’s beyond the ATAR result, because it’s their outlook on life, each other and themselves that makes a difference."

ALAN SHERRY, PARENT OF OLD BOY MAX SHERRY

In 2018 the College celebrates 115 years of educating young men. The Senior Campus (Our Lady’s Mount) provides its 1100 students with a comprehensive library, science and specialist areas, gymnasium, tennis courts, cricket nets, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a Performing Arts Centre to cater for all aspects of Music and Drama. The Junior campus (Waterford), houses 290 students in Year 5 and 6. Facilities include a library, auditorium, specialist art room and sport facilities. The College’s home sports field and pavilion is located a few minutes’ walk away at Queens Park.

Real-world opportunities are provided to experience remote Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land, Central Australia or Cape York

Waverley’s Advocacy and Social Justice Program encourages even our youngest students to participate in outreach activities and to develop a lifetime commitment to activism for the world’s marginalised. This is a school with an important mission at its heart: to transform the minds and hearts of young Australians to build a more just, tolerant and inclusive community by educating to make a positive difference in both local and global contexts.

"We try to give the students an idea that their spiritual wellbeing is important. There is more to this world than material goods."

PHIL DAVIS, DIRECTOR OF MISSION

Physical Theatre in the PAC

"Drama extends students’ ability to collaborate, to innovate, to express themselves confidently and to liberate their potential academically."

ALISON JINGA, HEAD OF DRAMA

Opportunities for creativity are forged daily. Students are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning, to be open to new ideas and challenges, and to be willing to take risks with their learning. The College offers more than 40 HSC subjects including English Extension 2 (Creative Writing) and Extension History (Theory and Philosophy of History). There is also an exciting range of Technology and Applied Studies subjects, the most popular at HSC level being Industrial Technology/Multimedia and Construction.

Waterpolo training in the College Pool

Co-curricular activities are a vital part of our Wellbeing program at the College. We want the boys to develop life long habits that include physical activity which stimulates positive energy within. Physical activity is vital for health, discipline and focus; sport is compulsory for all students from Year 5 to 12. The commitment includes two training sessions per week and a weekend sporting fixture. Graded competition allows every student to represent his school in sport according to his ability, to learn how to win and lose gracefully and learn from being part of a team dynamic.

"There’s so much passion to do well – not just for sport but academically – there’s a real drive to get the students in strong positions... ultimately the goal is to turn these boys into fine men."

JOHN McCOY, CONVENOR OF RUGBY

Rugby Training at Queens Park

"Regardless of skill levels, it’s all about positive reinforcement, making new friends, not focusing on themselves but on the participation."

STEPHEN O'DONNELL, DIRECTOR OF CO-CURRICULAR

A wide range of co-curricular options include: AFL, athletics, cricket, cycling, cross country, diving, judo, lawn bowls, rugby, swimming, tennis, touch football, waterpolo, weights and fitness. Non-sport options include: an extensive music tuition and performance program, media club, debating, public speaking, social justice and school musical and drama productions.

Robotics at Waverley

Because learning is a lifelong process, we aim to develop our students as critical thinkers who are ready to engage with their world: a learner at Waverley College is a problem solver, a communicator, a collaborator, an innovator, globally aware, media savvy and information literate.

"We’re really keen not just to accelerate our students but to provide enrichment along the way."

ELIZABETH WATSON, DIRECTOR OF LEARNING AND TEACHING

Students at a Critical Thinking class

"Socratic questioning such as, What does that mean? or What would be an alternative? helps them to find the answers themselves."

NEHAL BADIANI, TEACHER, APPLIED PHILOSOPHY

In Years 7 and 8, all students undertake a course called ‘Critical Thinking’. This course asks students to engage in the area of meta-cognition – in understanding how we think; what makes us think and how that affects our school life and extra-school life. The course also sets up patterns of study, extracurricular reading and self-preparation that the student uses throughout his high school study.

Waverley College Band

Our artists and performers are celebrated in equal measure with our sportsmen and academics. The Junior School has been a frequent finalist and winner in the statewide Wakakirri story dance competition and also boasts the award-winning Cantores boys’ choir. The Senior College stages biannual musical and major drama productions, each produced to a professional standard. Participation by students in the musical life of the College is strongly encouraged, not least for the beneficial effect on other academic outcomes.

"It is wonderful to watch the students grow and develop in musical confidence."

CHRIS BALKIZAS, HEAD OF MUSIC

Waterford Junior School

"A switch in Year 5 offers new faces, new teachers and new learning opportunities that can keep your son engaged and challenged."

GABRIELLE BRANSBY, JUNIOR SCHOOL CURRICULUM COORDINATOR

Waterford Junior School

Waterford caters for approximately 290 boys in Years 5 and 6 on a separate campus in Henrietta Street, five minutes’ walk from the Senior School. We focus on giving students the best possible preparation for a seamless transition to high school. Coordinating with the Senior School’s cycle, students are able to access specialist teachers for language, music, physical education and computing. They have access to all of the Senior Campus facilities including the pool and Performing Arts Centre as well as taking part in a comprehensive Saturday sport competition.

Waterford Preschool

Waterford Preschool

Our co-educational pre-school caters for up to 60 students. It is committed to provision of the Early Years Learning Framework, with a strong emphasis on play-based learning and preparation for transition to school.

There is an emphasis on developing language and social skills, exploring, experimenting and constructing. We also offer an intensive pre-instrumental music program, run by a qualified music teacher.

"A flexible daily program responds to the needs of each individual child and they are encouraged to develop a feeling of self worth, and a positive self-image."

FIONA MACGREGOR, DIRECTOR WATERFORD PRESCHOOL

Valedictory Speech in the Gymnasium

"Waverley will always be a part of you and you will always be a part of Waverley. Waverley has given each and every one of us an amazing foundation upon which to build our lives."

VALEDICTORY SPEECH, TYLER VON DER HEYDEN, COLLEGE CAPTAIN 2017

Catholic beliefs remain at the centre of our school life, and we are fortunate to have a strong College Board, enthusiastic parent bodies and a dedicated Old Boys Union. Together as a community, we strive to support our students as they liberate their potential and contend with the challenges of the 21st century. If you are seeking a school which can offer your child educational excellence with the broadest possible opportunities to explore and grow, we would like to partner with you in that endeavour.

For more information on what we offer our students, please read through our ‘Conversations’. If you are interested in joining the Waverley Community with your son(s), you can find out more about the enrolment procedure here or book a tour here.

You can also Download our online prospectus.

Thank you for your interest in our school, we hope to be able to welcome you in person soon,

Graham Leddie

HEAD OF COLLEGE