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Our Mission

Liberating the potential in every learner

Through a continuing strategy of improvement, growth and transformation as a Catholic School for Boys in the Edmund Rice tradition, Waverley College aims to Liberate the potential in every learner.

Our strategy

Our Phase 1 strategy (2010–2014) focused on the student ‘on the way’ – his school journey and approach to learning – and was supported by five Areas of Growth:
– Beliefs and Life
– Relationships
– Leadership
– Innovation and Environment
– Resources.

In Phase 2 (2015–2018), our strategic imperative and Areas of Growth remain as constants, but our student ‘on the way’ is now the student ‘at the centre’. Our central understanding is that a Waverley student:

  • Appreciates diversity and values inclusion.
  • Is a resilient learner who achieves his best academically.
  • Builds positive relationships and demonstrates leadership.
  • Is challenged to a liberated way of living.

A Waverley student is challenged to a liberated way of living

This descriptor signals a new way of explaining our deepest hope for each student: that he will be freed by his learning journey, unconstrained by fear, energised by courage so that he may achieve liberation for himself and others.

Strategic narratives

The following abbreviated strategic narratives form the pillars of understanding through which we will achieve our mission of liberating the potential in every learner. Each narrative 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 Phase 2 strategic mission. You can read more about the narratives, goals and targets in the Phase 2 strategy document that can be downloaded below.

Beliefs and Life

A Waverley student: is challenged to a liberated way of living through participation in prayer, liturgy, retreats, outreach, advocacy and immersion; with the support of his parents and the College who share the responsibility for his spiritual growth.

Edmund Rice Touchstone: a Waverley graduate strives to bring the words and actions of Jesus alive within his community and society.

Relationships and Leadership

A Waverley student: builds positive, resilient, relationships through a variety of leadership offerings, quality sport, curriculum, co-curricular and pastoral programs; in the context of strong communication between his teachers and parents who ensure his positive wellbeing.

Edmund Rice Touchstone: a Waverley graduate is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.

Innovation and Environment

A Waverley student: is a resilient learner who achieves his best academically through teacher excellence, broad curriculum choice and innovative, collaborative classrooms; in dialogue with his parents and the College on his growing self-reliance, learning achievements, decisions and challenges.

Edmund Rice Touchstone: a Waverley graduate thinks critically, is hope-filled and makes a strong positive contribution to his profession and the broader community.


A Waverley student: appreciates diversity and values inclusion through interaction with students from a range of backgrounds with equal access to facilities and quality staff; fully supported by his parents who feel welcomed, included and appropriately involved in College life.

Edmund Rice Touchstone: a Waverley graduate values each person he meets with respect and dignity, regardless of their resources or life situation.

Download the full Phase 2 Strategy (2015-18) document here

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