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Academic Curriculum

Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Robotics at Waverley

Robotics at Waverley

From Stephanie Boyce, Academic Enrichment Co-ordinator

This exciting range of academic enrichment activities are coming up to engage and challenge students…

$20 Boss – Term 2, 2018

During Term 2, Waverley College will once again take part in the $20 Boss Program, a fantastic initiative established by the Foundation for Young Australians. $20 Boss is an immersive entrepreneurship program, where students are provided $20 of start-up capital to create, launch and operate their venture over the course of a school term.

For more information see the May 3rd Edition of Nurrunga, or contact Patricia Alborough

NRMA Challenge – 30 April to 4 September 2018

Focussing on the Stage 5 courses of iSTEM and Design & Technology, Year 9 and 10 students work in groups to create solutions to solve today’s big transport issues.  More information is in last week’s edition of Nurrunga under ‘NRMA Challenge’

For more information see the May 10th Edition of Nurrunga, or contact Cassie Perry

EDUTECH Expo – 7-8 June 2018

“EduTECH, EduBUILD and Learning@Work Expo is the largest education and workplace learning event in the Southern Hemisphere. It is the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector, plus parents and 250+ suppliers all under one roof, at one time.”

The Expo includes Free seminars, over 200 exhibits demonstrating the latest in education technology, the opportunity to liase with Australian and International professionals, and prizes and giveaways.  The EduTECH Exhibition is free for ALL educators, IT professionals, pre-service teachers, parents, students and ANYONE passionate about education.

For more information go to

Da Vinci Decathlon – 22-23 May 2018

Each year a group of students are chosen to represent Waverley College in the Da Vinci Decathlon, facilitated by Knox Grammar School.  Students are selected based on their performance in Term 1 Assessments, alongside teacher nominations. Year 7 & 8 will be competing on the 22nd May, Year 9, 10 & 11 on the 23rd May.  It is fantastic opportunity for students to enrich their academic studies and extend skills across a range of different domains such as Art, Science, Creative Producers, English, Ideation, Mathematics, Poetry, Engineering, Cartography, Code Breaking and General Knowledge.  Good luck to the teams competing this year! Students will be supported on the day by Stephanie Boyce and Richard Chen

Australian Gifted Support Centre – NSW Study Skills Camp, Sunday 27 May 2018

Australian Gifted Support Centre offers a wide range of services to gifted children, their parents or caregivers and their teachers, including Study Skills Camps throughout the year.

“This six hour workshop will help you power through your assignments and your exam preparation whilst leaving you with strategies to manage your own stress levels! This skill based, jam packed one day workshop will look at:

  •         designing your perfect home study environment
  •         time management skills
  •         organisation and filing
  •         managing your workload
  •         dealing with distractions
  •         overcoming procrastination
  •         effective use of class time
  •         note taking skills
  •         relaxation and stress management technique

The course will be based on actual work the student is doing at school.   Students may also bring any assistive technology which they are comfortable using and which they already use to assist them with their day to day school work (laptops/ipads etc).” – AGSC, 2018

For more information please contact Australian Gifted Support Centre,

Science – ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools ) Assessment 29 May

ICAS is an independent, skills-based assessment program which recognises and rewards student achievement.  Run through the University of New South Wales, students in Year 7-10 Science have the opportunity to participate.  Each student is provided with diagnostic feedback on their strengths and areas of improvement in the subject area, and a UNSW Certificate acknowledging their level of achievement and potentially a University of New South Wales medal.  Results will be published in Nurrunga.

For more information, please contact Gemma Brown, Assistant Head of Science

APSMO Mathematics Olympiads – Term 2 and 3

“The Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads (APSMO) is a not-for-profit, professional organisation that offers a range of mathematical competitions for students aged from around eight to 14. The programs are unique in that they focus on the students’ ability to solve mathematical problems in a creative manner – as opposed to simply reaching a solution using a prescribed method.” – APSMO, 2018

Year 7 and 8 Mathematics students have the opportunity to participate in the Math Olympiads every year.  They will be sitting the competition on the following dates:

1) 23rd May

2) 13th June

3) 25th July

4) 15th August

5) 12th September

For more information, please contact Lachlan Hillman, Assistant Head of Mathematics