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Head’s Message

Academic Achievement and Recognition

Head of College - Graham Leddie

From the Head of College, Graham Leddie

The Head’s Address at today’s academic assembly…

Recently, I had the great privilege of travelling to Arnhem Land to witness one of the oldest cultures surviving on earth. Survival depends on the skills of hunting and gathering by hand, the very survival of these communities has been determined by the skills they have developed and passed on to each other over many years.

We were able to contribute to the growth of these communities through the use of our hands; we dug trenches through solid rock to carry water, created chicken coops for animal protection and built fenced off vegetable gardens.  This difficult manual labour might remind you that success and growth comes from sheer hard work, wrought by hand.

According to the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, the hand is the ‘tool of tools’. It offers the dichotomy of strength, power and protection whilst also providing generosity, hospitality and stability.

In Asian cultures the left hand is the symbol of ‘yin energy’ and the right ‘yang energy’. Hidden hands indicates humility and offering respect where it is due which explains the bow instead of a handshake in these cultures.

In most religions including the Christian Church hands together represents prayer, a raised hand a blessing, and as we cup our hands together when we receive the Eucharist and accept the body and blood of Christ, our actions give witness to our faith. We also offer through our hands the sign of peace to each other.

Holding hands with someone remains still today one of the most instinctual and powerful ways of communicating positive energy with another. Holding hands is a powerful symbol of solidarity, with many examples throughout history.

Here today we celebrate through acclamation the hard work that each of these boys has done in their respective subjects across Year 10, 11 and 12. We know that research supports the hand writing of notes and concepts to bring better understanding and development of new skills. We also know that raising your hand and seeking clarification enhances our learning.

But an award is something bigger than oneself, responsibility comes with achievement. You need to lend a hand to others and take them with you. Others need to challenge themselves from your hard work. If you are someone in the audience today who is still ‘sitting on their hands’, then take note, both the small hand and big hand are ticking on your life’s clock.

Something made by hand is sought after, it is unique, it requires care, attention to detail and innovation.  There is much satisfaction and happiness waiting for you, if by your hand you can help yourself and others.

Award winners, when you come up today to receive your award, remember that embedded in your firm handshake is an open promise, to use what you have learnt and the skills you have acquired, to make our community better.

Congratulations gentlemen on your fine academic achievements – I commend you.

Please scroll down further for a full list of award winners.

Year 10 Award Winners

Year 11 Award Winners

Year 12 Academic Award Winners

HSC Trials

Good luck to our Year 12 students who start their HSC Trials next week. Please ensure your son looks after himself well during the coming weeks. Hydration, good food and sleep will all have a positive impact on performance.

Blue & Gold Ball

I wish the organising committee all the best for a successful ball on Saturday evening. Thank you to all parents and friends of Waverley College who have assisted with generous donations, organisation and support of the ball.  I am sure it will be a great evening celebrating our 115 year milestone and raising funds for the next chapter in our Waverley College journey. I look forward to seeing many of you there. If you can’t make it on the night you can still support our fundraising efforts by buying a raffle ticket and bidding on almost 100 auction items at www.blueandgold.com.au

I will mention that our major ball sponsor, McGrath is generously donating a commission-free house sale as an auction item. Real estate commission on a house worth $2.5 million could be as much as $50,000. This is a great opportunity to make significant savings if you are in the market to sell with bids starting at just $5,000. This is is valid for 18 months and is transferable to friends and family.

You can bid for this item online at www.blueandgold.com.au until 6:30pm on Saturday 4 August, with live bidding commencing at the Blue & Gold Ball at 9pm. If you’d like to place an absentee bid please email our Marketing Manager, Jennifer Divall at jdivall@waverley.nsw.edu.au or call 02 9369 0600.

Year 8 Debaters

Congratulations to our Year 8 Debaters who made it through to the final 4 schools in CSDA debating – Daniel McSweeney, Angus Anthony, Achilles Zanapalis, Conor Ryan, Nicholas Kimber, Mackenzie Flitcroft, Benjamin Schrijvers, Felix Gardan.

Congratulations also to Ms Alice Walker (Coach) and Ms Cassie Foster (Convenor).

Sporting Achievement

Congratulations to Luca Moretti who is only the second player ever to be selected in both the Australian Schoolboy Rugby Union and League teams in the same year.

Order of Australia Association (NSW): 2018 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards

Congratulations to Ned Wieland and Tom Carey who were nominated and have been selected to receive the 2018 John Lincoln Youth Community Services Award.  Ned and Tom were nominated for their exemplary service to their communities. The Award is conducted annually by the NSW Branch of the Order of Australia Association.  They will be presented with their Awards on Friday, 14 September by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC. Waverley College was the only school to have two students selected for this well regarded award.

Diary Date: Mr Peter Frost – 50 Years of Service

This year Mr Frost celebrates his 50th year of teaching at the College. All members of the Waverley College community are invited to a dinner being held at the Australian Turf Club on 26 October. The Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove and Her Excellency Lady Cosgrove will be in attendance. Further details will be shared shortly.

Diary Date: Tony Banboukjian Farewell

After 28 years of distinguished service to the College, 10 years as Director of the Junior School, Mr Banboukjian will be farewelled at the College on Friday 14 September at the Cosgrove Centre. All members of the Waverley College community are invited to attend a cocktail evening to acknowledge and thank Tony. Tony will officially finish at the end of Term 3. Further details will be shared shortly.

Academic Award Winners

Year 10

First place in:

Religious Education

Sebastien Richardson

English

Hugh McSweeny

Mathematics Level 3

Lachlan Miller

Mathematics Level 2

Matthew Brock

Mathematics Level 1

Joseph Petroni

Mathematics Accelerated

Eliot Vincent Hull

Science

Benjamin Elder

PDHPE

Peter Cassimatis

Commerce

Matthew Brock

History

Sebastien Richardson,  Charlie Tindale

iSTEM

Maksymilian Klimczak

Information Software Technology

Dylan Bracken,

Alexander Gross,

Ky Jeffery

PASS

Alex Talbot

Music

Gabriel Kidston

Drama

Riley Klotz

Visual Art

Alex Talbot

Photography

Hugh McSweeny

French

Sebastian Richardson

Multimedia

Daniel Pomes

Wood Technology

Jake Torsellini

Food Technology

Marco Arambasic

Design & Technology

Jasper Stern

Applied Philosophy

Sebastien Richardson

Work Education

Alexander Gross

Spanish

Gabriel Kidston

Year 11

First place in:

Studies of Religion I

Flynn Gordon

Studies of Religion II

Lachlan Manastirovski,

Connor Pilger

Catholic Studies

Grayson Thomas

Advanced English

Rocco Evans

Standard English

Eddie Kranz,

Peter Tsoukalas

English Studies

Finn Warren

Extension English

Marco Emery

Mathematics

Finn McCloskey

General Mathematics

Heath Lawther

Extension 1 Mathematics

Remi Defina-Sperando

Accelerated Mathematics

Luke Harris

Biology

Harry Whitaker

Chemistry

Luke Harris,

Connor Pilger

Physics

Luke Harris

Investigating Science

Noah Pearce,

Stuart Swinburn

PDHPE

Lachlan Manastirovski

Sport Life and Recreation

Luca Winch

Music Course I

Samuel Jagoe-Fisher

Music Course II

Remi Defina-Sperando

Ancient History

Benjamin Rogers

Modern History

Brad Marzol

Business

Alexander Bayas

Economics

Gian Bonanni,

Marco Emery,

Connor Pilger

Legal

Brad Marzol

Drama

Andrew Badger

Visual Art

Oscar Davis

Design & Technology

Remi Defina-Sperando,

Hugo Ilencik

Industrial Technology

Cameron Dawson,

Mats Lea

Engineer Studies

James Ritchie

Food Technology

Matt Antulov

Marine Studies

Fynn Cviker,

Dylan Davis,

Grayson Thomas

Year 12

First place in:

Studies of Religion I

Filip Mencevski

Studies of Religion II

Daniel Andrews

Catholic Studies

Damian Lin

Advanced English

Allan Cannes

Standard English

Benjamin Heal

English Studies

Tadgh Murphy

Extension English 1

Allan Cannes

Extension English 2

Allan Cannes

Mathematics

Damian Lin

General Mathematics 1

Baxby Ward-Gyton

General Mathematics 2

Perry Aziz

Extension 1 Mathematics

Oliver Read

Extension 2 Mathematics

Andre Vumbaca

Biology

Daniel Andrews

Chemistry

Andre Vumbaca,

Oliver Read

Physics

Andre Vumbaca

Senior Science

Noah Havard

Marine Studies

Isaac Bartholomaeus

PDHPE

Lewis Thompson

Sport Life and Recreation

Tadgh Murphy

Music Course I

Dominic Augoustis

Music Course II

Damian Lin

Spanish

Jerome Mendes

Ancient History

Allan Cannes

Modern History

Jasper Wilde

Geography

Liam Jackson,

Jonathon Schacht

Business

Louie Cosgrove

Economics

Liam Jackson

Legal

Harry Blackett

Drama

Dominic Augoustis

Visual Art

Mark Goncalves

Photography

Tom Bower

Design & Technology

Kiva Gwynne

Industrial Technology

Anthony Pomes

Construction

Max Coleman

Hospitality

Dominic Augoustis

Entertainment

Simon Finnegan

Information Processes and Technologies

Joshua Nathan

10-12 Language Perfect and ICAS Science Awards

Credit Award Language Perfect World Champoinships 2018 Marcus Cowan
Credit Award ICAS Science UNSW Global 2018 Valentius Wirjana
Credit Award ICAS Science UNSW Global 2018 Charlie Tindale
Credit Award ICAS Science UNSW Global 2018 Jake Torsellini
Credit Award ICAS Science UNSW Global 2018 Daniel Pomes
Credit Award ICAS Science UNSW Global 2018 Bo McNamara
Credit Award ICAS Science UNSW Global 2018 Nathan Le
Distinction ICAS Science UNSW Global 2018 Eliot Vincent Hull
Distinction ICAS Science UNSW Global 2018 Ben Elder