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2024 Co-curricular Program and Reminders

Director of Co-curricular, Mr Steve O'Donnell

Director of Co-curricular, Mr Steve O'Donnell

Welcome back to the College community and a very special welcome to our new members of the College.

School Holiday Achievements

While many of us were holidaying over summer, three of our students were striving for victories in the pool, on the court, at the beach and on the field. I’m delighted to report on their exceptional holiday achievements.

Congratulations to Ryan McNamara (Year 9) who was selected in the NSW team and competed at the 2024 Australian Pool Life Saving Championships in Melbourne. We’re proud that Waverley Old Boy Andrew Bowden (Class of 2001) was his coach.

Ryan had a great championships, and is now a five time Australian Champion after winning gold in all five U14 events, as well as being crowned the U14 Overall Champion.

  • 100m Obstacles
  • 50m Manikin Tow
  • 10m Line Throw
  • 100m Manikin Carry
  • 50m Manikin Carry
  • U14 Australian Champion

Congratulations to Cooper Ryan (Year 10) who was selected to play for NSW under 16s at the Australian Indoor Volleyball Championships. He finished with silver after being undefeated in all pool and finals matches.

He also won for the second year in a row, the gold medal at NSW Beach Volleyball Youth Championships (U17s). Selected in the NSW elite squad of 10 boys (he is the youngest), he recently travelled to Adelaide to compete in Australia’s oldest beach volleyball tournament, the adults SA Open. Cooper now plays predominantly in adult tournaments and is the leading points holder in the national rankings for his age.

Congratulations to Kahu Capper (Year 12) who represented New Zealand as the New Zealand Māori Captain for the 2024 Pasifika Youth Cup. Kahu scored an impressive four tries and 14 conversions, resulting in 44 points across four games. Kahu was also awarded the prestigious Pasifika Youth Cup Player of the Tournament.

Congratulations also to James Dyson Merwe (Year 12) who has accepted this week a scholarship to the AIS for Basketball with the possibility of representing Australia at the Junior World Cup being held in Turkey in June this year. Unfortunately, James has had to move to Canberra for this amazing opportunity, leaving behind his Year 12 friends and colleagues. We wish him all the very best in this exciting opportunity.

Kahu Capper

Ryan McNamara, Australian Pool Life Saving Championships 2024

Cooper Ryan

We also had a large number of students and staff who gave up much of their time over the holidays to continue training and preparing for the 2024 season – a huge thank you to these members of the community.


Term 1 is a busy start to the year and I want to remind every parent/carer and students of some of the expectations:

  • Some activities have already started and have fixtures this weekend
  • All students are expected to be punctual for training and matches and be correctly attired
  • If a student is ill or injured we require a medical certificate
  • Any applications for leave from a weekend commitment require an email to myself requesting leave with two weeks’ notice where possible, and a maximum of two exemptions per year are granted
  • CAS Codes of Conduct apply to students, parents, carers, coaches and spectators and is very much about respect.

Click to view the CAS Code of Conduct

Winter Activity Changes

We are also accepting applications to change winter activities and this strictly concludes at the end of Week 3. Any student requesting a change will need to come and collect the required form from the Co-curricular office please.


Finally I want to thank and congratulate those students in Year 7 who have made a great start to the year. In particular our Year 7 Manchester City Academy Football students who are under the direction of Mr Ben Charlton.

Any queries regarding the program can be directed towards Mr Charlton via email:

Good luck to those students playing and trialling this weekend.