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Our Mission

As a Catholic College in the Edmund Rice Tradition for boys in Years 5-12, we strive to empower all students to realise their academic and personal potential to actively contribute to society.

We achieve our mission by:

  1. Inspiring individualised learning for all students through a holistic education focused on wellbeing and the EREA Touchstones.
  2. Nurturing student strengths through a wide range of spiritual, intellectual, social, cultural, physical and creative endeavours.
  3. Valuing and cultivating high standards of academic achievement for all our students.
  4. Engaging in partnership with our parents/ carers, alumni and the local community.

Our graduates are enterprising global citizens who contribute to all parts of society and promote equality, equity, advocacy and social justice. These are reflected in the College’s motto, Virtus Sola Nobilitat – ‘Virtue is its own reward’.

Our Values

An education at Waverley College places the learner at the core of our community within the framework of a Catholic College in the Edmund Rice tradition.

  • Learning takes place in a positive and supportive environment
  • Learning styles are tailored to meet the individual needs of the student
  • Learning must connect to each of the emotional, social, physical and spiritual domains
  • Learning involves critical thinking
  • Learning is a lifelong process

Waverley College is part of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA), which is a network of schools and centres offering Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition. EREA schools strive to offer a liberating education, based on gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity.

Liberating Education

We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement, each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.

Gospel Spirituality

We invite all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.

Inclusive Community

Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.

Justice & Solidarity

We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.

Strategic Plan 2019-2023

The following key priorities form the pillars of understanding through which we will achieve our mission. Each priority is focused on helping our graduates bring to life the touchstones of the Edmund Rice Philosophy and has been translated into specific goals and targets. This will help guide the Waverley Community through our strategic mission. You can read more about the priorities, expected outcomes, strategies and success measures in the Strategic Plan 2019-2023 document that can be downloaded below.

1. Maximising Student Academic Achievement

To enable students to reach their academic potential through increasing aspirations and responding to their individual learning needs.

Expected outcomes:

  • Opportunities for transparent and productive communication among students, parents/ carers and teachers to reinforce high learning expectations and responsible use of technology.
  • A culture of teachers as lifelong learners who are mentored and supported in their professional development.
  • All members of the College community working together to support the individual needs of each student.
  • Provision of authentic teaching and learning experiences.
  • Collaborative use of data by pastoral and academic teams to inform new and inclusive approaches that engage and support all students.
  • Using visible learning strategies consistently to forge lifelong learners and global citizens.

2. Inspiring Student Learning

To engage and empower all learners and enhance student achievement through the development of an inclusive learning community, an inspired pedagogical framework for Years 5-12 and the provision of contemporary learning environments.

Expected outcomes:

  • Preservation of high standards across all aspects of College life for stakeholders.
  • A consistently visible and explicit approach to teaching and learning.
  • Formal collaborative relationships with schools and communities regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Integrated classroom organisation and timetabling, which encourages excellence and inspires student engagement.
  • Teaching staff collaboration in professional learning communities within the College and the wider community resulting in professional capacity building, cross-curriculum perspectives and collegiality.

3. Enhancing Teaching Quality

To continually enhance teaching in an environment which encourages, supports and builds staff capacity for excellence.

Expected outcomes:

  • Implementation of a clear pedagogical framework based on contemporary educational research linked to teaching and learning innovation across Years 5-12.
  • Collaboration within learning areas and subjects from Years 5-12 to enhance innovative teaching, connections and relevance for students.
  • Tailored professional learning which has a clear purpose and alignment with the strategic plan, accompanied by staff ownership of professional learning and professional reading.
  • Implementation of a formalised and consistent ongoing teacher appraisal process across Years 5-12 where individual teachers aspire to enhance their performance and professional learning.
  • Support and professionally develop teachers to become proficient, highly accomplished and lead teachers according to the Australian Professional Standard (AITSL).
  • Further development of a community of reflective practitioners to better address teacher development and student learning.
  • The attraction and retention of staff who are passionate, informed practitioners, committed to a culture of excellence and lifelong learning.

4. Building Collaborative Partnerships

To expand partnerships with the College’s community, present and past, local and global.

Expected outcomes:

  • Expansion of diverse local and global educational and cultural student experiences.
  • Greater alumni and parent/ carer engagement with the College to enhance networking opportunities for social, professional, intellectual and physical resources.
  • The availability of open pathways between the College, higher education providers and industry. Reciprocal educational and business partnerships which are mutually beneficial.
  • Continued development of the St Charles’ School, St Clare’s College, Waverley College and Parish relationships.
  • A College website and portal that aims to enhance community relationships.

5. Fostering Holistic Student Development

To foster the relationship between innovative learning, formation and wellbeing programs to support staff and students to flourish across spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional, cultural and physical dimensions.

Expected outcomes:

  • Heads of Department and Heads of House working effectively together to achieve this goal.
  • A supportive, respectful and inclusive school community that focuses on holistic student development.
  • The teachings of Jesus and the vision of Edmund Rice underpin the positive social values and service to others within our community.
  • Wellbeing programs are enriched, and designed to increase connection, resilience and wellbeing of students.
  • Interpersonal and leadership skills are developed for each student.
  • The celebration of academic and non-academic achievement.
  • The co-curricular program continues to evolve to best meet the needs of our community and be a key contributor to student wellbeing.

6. Ensuring Effective Governance and Leadership

To ensure the long-term viability of Waverley College through strong corporate governance and ethical and transparent leadership.

Expected outcomes:

  • Contemporary learning environments which foster inspired student engagement and students’ ownership of their learning.
  • An assured ongoing financial capacity and viability.
  • The development of a Foundation to support philanthropic pursuits.
  • A response to the EREA affordability document.
  • A strengthened Waverley College brand.
  • Risks are managed effectively by meeting or exceeding all statutory compliance requirements.
  • Professional learning is resourced to align with strategic priorities.

7. Promoting a Distinctive College Identity

To communicate the College’s distinctive, strong and unique identity to the community as one of Australia’s leading Catholic schools.

Expected outcomes:

  • All aspects of College life are aligned to the EREA Touchstones.
  • Waverley offers comprehensive education with a broad curriculum allowing boys to pursue their best suited pathway.
  • An inclusive learning community with a diverse student population that provides a rich and real world learning experience both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Waverley known as an employer of choice.
  • Waverley graduates leave the College possessing key qualities that will assist them to live hope filled and productive lives.
  • The College website and portal are effectively employed to enhance community relationships.
  • Every meeting and interaction with a student, parent, or alumni is treated as an opportunity to develop further positive relationships and build upon our community.

Download the full Strategic Plan 2019-23 document

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