As a Catholic College in the Edmund Rice Tradition, we believe that your son should be presented with opportunities for spiritual, social, emotional and cultural growth as well as intellectual and physical growth. A Waverley College student strives to bring the words and actions of Jesus to life, guided by the four EREA Touchstones.
Your son will be invited to participate in the spiritual life of the College through prayer, liturgies, reflection, retreats, outreach, advocacy and immersions.
Spiritual formation opportunities include:
- House, Commencement, Service Week and Valete Masses
- Ash Wednesday
- Easter and ANZAC Day Liturgies
- May Procession
- Years 11 and 12 Kairos retreats
- Reflection days
- Volunteering as a Catechist at Bondi Beach Public Primary School
- Serving as a Minister of the Eucharist
Servant leadership is at the heart of student formation. The College encourages students to pursue leadership opportunities like the Student Representative Council (SRC), which consists of College Captains, House Captains, Prefects and House representatives from Years 7 to 11. The SRC is supported by the Year 12 Wave Crew, who engage students in activities that support House charities and promote College spirit.
In 2020, we launched our new spiritual leadership program, The Edmund Rice Waterford Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy is open to students in Years 11 and 12, and focuses on character and faith development. Guest speakers address a variety of Christian leadership topics, with particular emphasis on servant leadership. Our aim is to provide students with opportunities to live out their call to be men for others through a faith that does justice.
Justice & Solidarity is an EREA Touchstone and giving back is a fundamental part of College life. As such, it is something that we want every student to experience.
Students in all years are encouraged to participate in outreach activities and develop a lifelong commitment to making a difference in local, national and global contexts. The College participates in a number of important causes throughout the academic year, with each House supporting a different charity and the whole school community fundraising for events like RUOK? Day and World’s Greatest Shave for Leukaemia Foundation.
Service - Our Faith in Action
There is special emphasis on service to the community in Year 11. Students participate in a dedicated community service program that offers invaluable volunteering and experiential learning opportunities.
Our program partners include:
- Matthew Talbot Hostel provides accommodation, health, counselling and employment assistance to men who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Students help in the kiosk in Woolloomooloo.
- Wayside Chapel provides day services for the homeless of Sydney, which includes showers, meals and professional assistance for addiction, mental health and employment. They provide an awareness excursion for students, highlighting the difficulties facing homeless people in Australia.
- Wairoa School is a school with Special Provisions (SSP). This school provides education to students from K to 12, with varying levels of ability. Waverley students spend a few hours each week acting as teachers assistants, reading, listening, and playing with the students from Wairoa.
- Redfern Jarjum College is a school that provides education for First Nation students who struggle to fit into mainstream education. Waverley students attend Jarjum once a week to help in the classroom or afternoon activities program.
- Holdsworth Community is an organisation which provides services for adults with a disability. Waverley students attend a weekly bowling activity engaging in conversation and having fun with the community. We also partner with St Clare’s College to run the annual Holdsworth Ball.
- Windgap Foundation is an organisation that provides services for adults with a disability. Similar to Holdsworth, our students attend weekly activities and host an annual ball.
- Local aged care facilities where students attend several times a week to engage in conversation, call the bingo or partake in a variety of activities run by the home.
Immersions, Heritage and Awareness
We are committed to celebrating and raising awareness of Australia’s heritage and cultural diversity and creating opportunities for our students to learn about developing nations. Our senior students have the option to participate in immersions in Kenya, Timor-Leste and remote Aboriginal communities, giving them an appreciation of diversity and inclusivity as they develop long-lasting relationships with people from different backgrounds and look at life through a new lens.
The College’s Red Earth immersion takes place in Arnhem Land, Cape York, the Northern Territory and Northern Queensland, where students explore Australia’s rich Aboriginal history, culture and connection to Country. We also partner with Timor Unearthed in Timor-Leste and the Edmund Rice Foundation in Nairobi, where students volunteer and engage with disadvantaged local communities that are working towards sustainability and an improved standard of living.
Our immersion leaders emphasise the importance of teaching our young men to give back with their hands because we believe that physical help, listening to people and understanding their story is just as valuable and significant as financial aid.
To read more about the 2019 Red Earth Immersion to Arnhem Land, click here.