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Waverley students inspired to learn

Waverley students inspired to learn

Read More: Naplan Yr 7 & 9, Year 11 Reports; Yr 11 Parent Teacher Interviews; Immersions for 2021 suspended; Winter Co-Curricular dates; AFX 2021 – Cadet Camp; Yr 8 Reflection Day; Waverley Youth Art Prize, World’s Greatest Shave and School Holiday Care.


NAPLAN Online Years 7 and 9 2021

From Ms Lynsey Porter, Director of Curriculum

 The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

 Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 11 and 14 May 2021

 In preparation for NAPLAN Online, our school will be participating in practice tests on Thursday 25 March. This will provide students with an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the test. It will also give the College an opportunity to check that the correct infrastructure is in place. The practice tests are not an assessment of student ability and will not be marked.

Year 9 students will sit their test in Periods 1-2 and Year 7 students will sit their test in Periods 3-4.

Students must bring their fully-charged laptops and headphones to this session.

Excessive preparation for NAPLAN Online is not recommended. Students do not need to be able to touch type to complete NAPLAN Online as the tests are not about keyboard skills (just as the paper test is not about handwriting skills). Students can use the public demonstration site to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in the NAPLAN Online tests.

Information for Parents and Carers

Click here to download the NAPLAN Online Information for PARENTS flyer

Information for Students in Years 7 and 9

Click here to download the NAPLAN Online Information for STUDENTS flyer

Should you have any questions regarding this practice test please contact either Ms Lynsey Porter, Director of Curriculum, or Mr David Parnell, Head of Learning Support.

 Additional resources:


Year 11 Reports

From Mr Chris Soden, Assistant Director of Curriculum

The Year 11 Term 1 Progress Report is now available for you to view and download on the Parent Lounge in TASS. A guide on how to use the Parent Portal can be found here: TASS Parent Lounge – Getting access.

Once you log on select the Academic Reports option from the menu on the left. You will then be presented with a list of available reports. In this case it will be the Year 11 Term One Report where you will be able to download a PDF.

This report gives you your son’s Learner Profile grade and a mark based on his assessment task(s) for each subject completed up to this point. If a mark for a subject is not included in this report then the first Preliminary HSC Assessment Task in that subject has not yet been assessed. VET subjects do not include a mark as they are competency based subjects. Please note that the front page only lists subjects where a mark is available.

You can also access further analytics regarding your son’s performance across his cohort by going to the [Student Details] drop down menu and selecting [Academic Analytics].  Please note that this will be available approximately 24 hours after the release of these reports.

For any technical issues or if you need to confirm your Parent ID please contact iAssist at

Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews

From Mr Chris Soden, Assistant Director of Curriculum

Year 11 Parent / Teacher /  Student Interviews to be held on Monday 22nd March from 3:30pm-7pm. This will occur through the TASS Parent Lounge.

The interviews will be held via Zoom. Click here for the PDF instructions sheet and individual Teacher Zoom codes will be provided via email on Sunday evening.

In order to have staff available to as many families as possible, interviews will be of 5 minutes duration. To make the process as efficient as possible and to minimise lost time, we are requesting that you don’t make consecutive bookings and leave at least a five minute gap between your bookings to allow time to move between Zoom meetings with the teachers. Please don’t try to connect with teachers until your booked appointment time.

A guide on how to use the Parent Portal can be found here: TASS Parent Lounge – Getting access.

For any technical issues or if you need to confirm your Parent ID please contact iAssist at

Short Survey About Parent/Teacher Interviews for Years 7-12 Parents

From Ms Lynsey Porter, Director of Curriculum

With the support of the College Leadership Team, I will be conducting a short survey with Years 7-12 parents seeking feedback regarding parent/ teacher interviews prior to the Year 7-10 interviews in Week 1 Term 2. We value your feedback and invite you to complete this survey about the interview process to assist the College with our planning for future interview sessions.

Please click here to access the Parents’ Survey

Closing date for feedback is Friday 26 March.


Year 8 Reflection Day 

From Ms Sue Walsh, Director of Identity and Student formation

Year 8 students with their Heads of House will take part in a Reflection Day on Friday 26 March. On this day students are requested to wear their PE uniforms. House meetings will be held first, and then Heads of House will be with the students in the Gym for the remainder of the day.

Students should bring their own recess and water bottle, and a BBQ lunch will be provided. Mr David Kobler will be doing a presentation with the students for Periods 1-4 and then House reflection activities will take place during periods 5 and 6. 


Year 10 and 11 Immersions for 2021 Suspended

From Ms Sue Walsh, Director of Identity and Student Formation

Unfortunately our Immersion program for 2021 is still on hold due to current COVID-19 restrictions and EREA directives, in regards to travel both overseas and interstate. Years 10 and 11 students and parents will be notified if any changes are made over the coming months that would enable the College to organise any of these opportunities.

However, it is more likely that the first opportunity we will have for any interstate or overseas experiences will not occur until 2022. I am delighted with the level of interest from our students and look forward to offering these wonderful service placements as soon as is practicable.


Winter Co-Curricular

From Mr Steve O’Donnell, Director of Co-Curricular

This week saw the commencement of our Winter Co-Curricular season. All students should know by now what their training schedule looks like, and these can be found on the College website as well as this week’s fixtures. This Saturday we have a select group of students playing a CAS Football Gala day for 7As, 8As, 9As, 10As and 1st XI Football.

These students are now able to purchase the new Football attire. Students in Rugby will also be able to purchase the new winter Rugby attire if selected for the A/B trials next week to play Riverview on March 27th. When the rest of the Football and Rugby attire is ready to be purchased for all students, we will communicate this. 

Those students in Volleyball and AFL are now able to purchase their attire as these uniforms are now ready in the uniform shop. Students are welcome to wear their old attire for training sessions. Please also note the wet weather procedures for this Saturday with a lot of rain forecast. The wet weather number (8250 3780) will be updated by 7am each Saturday and any changes to training will be communicated via email.

Next Thursday 25 March we have our Summer co-curricular Awards assembly and award recipients will be recognised. Unfortunately we are still unable to have parents on site for these types of full college assemblies, however, we will publish all award winners in the Nurrunga next week.


Waverley Youth Art Prize 2021

From Ms Natalie Oates, Head of Visual Arts

Are YOU a talented artist? Would you like to showcase your gifts?

One of the ways current Waverley College students can grow and showcase their artistic skills is by entering competitions like the forthcoming Waverley Youth Art Prize. This prize is to encourage creativity in young artists from Sydney’s Eastern Beaches.

This open prize truly celebrates young artists, as all artwork entries are hung to allow them the experience of being an exhibiting artist and seeing an audience appreciate their talents. While prizes are awarded, the joy of experiencing their artwork in a public exhibition is the real prize.

Theme For 2021 Artworks

WE ARE FAMILY – ancestors, bloodlines and belonging, is a theme which asks emerging artists of Waverley to think about the people that offer them the most support. This may be the family they are born with, or the family they chose and foster around them. We Are Family asks Waverley’s young artists to create art that is inspired by the notion of belonging. Artists are welcome to work in any material of their choice.


All students from the Junior and Senior Campus are encouraged to enter the upcoming Waverley Youth Art Prize for 2021. All works entered will be exhibited in the opening on 3 June 2021. 

The competition is open to all young artists from 9 to 18 years of age in three categories:

  •  9 to 12 years
  • 13 to 15 years
  • 16 to 18 years

Entrants go into the running to win art packs and vouchers to attend classes in local art school courses such as the National Art School in Darlinghurst. 

Key Dates

  • 21 May 2021 – Waverley Youth Art Prize online portal closes 11.59pm. Artworks delivered to the Waverley Library from 9.30am-5.30pm.
  • 3 June 2021 – Waverley Youth Art Prize exhibition launch and Prize recipients announced online.

Submission Details

Link to entry form 

Link to previous winners 

Good luck everyone!

Waverley Youth Art Prize 2021

Waverley Youth Art Prize 2021


Did You Know That a Waverley Old Boy has a Painting in the Vatican?

Waverley is proud of the artistic gifts and talents of students and teachers in our College both now and in the past. One of our most famous artists is Old Boy Justin O’Brien (b. 1917 – d. 1996), Class of 1933, who was taught by notable artist and Waverley specialist teacher, Mr Edward M Smith.

O’Brien’s stunning paintings are held in collections worldwide. He was well known for the religious imagery in his work, which many attribute to the influences he first studied under Edward M Smith. O’Brien went on to have a significant career, winning the inaugural Blake Prize for Religious Art in 1951.

His painting ‘The Raising of Lazarus’ is housed in the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, and if you feel like a drive to Canberra,  his ‘Man in a Red Jacket’ is held by the National Gallery of Australia. O’Brien was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1992 for his service to art.

Waverley College Old Boy painter Justin O’Brien (Class of 1933)

Waverley College Old Boy painter Justin O’Brien (Class of 1933)

Waverley College specialist teacher and artist Edward M Smith (1919)

Waverley College specialist teacher and artist Edward M Smith (1919)

Man in a Red Jacket (National Gallery of Australia) by Justin O’Brien c1960

Man in a Red Jacket (National Gallery of Australia)
by Justin O’Brien (c1960)


College Choir and Private Music Lessons

From Ms Keiran Kossenberg, Performing Arts Centre Coordinator

All students are welcome to join the College Choir. Rehearsals are every Friday 7.30am in the PAC Recital Room with Ms Dolso and Mrs Fahy. There is no cost and no audition required. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Private music tuition is available on a range of instruments. Students​ ​electing​ ​to​ ​take​ ​private​ ​music​ ​lessons​ ​must​ ​do​ ​so​ ​for​ ​a​ ​minimum​ ​of​ ​six​ ​months​ ​(one​ ​semester). There is an additional charge​ ​for​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​a​ ​College​ ​instrument.  

Parents who would like their sons to commence instrumental lessons must complete a private music registration form by clicking on the following link: https://Private Music Tuition Form


AFX 2021 – Cadet Camp

From MAJ(AAC) Julie-Ann de Kantzow, Commanding Officer – WCACU

One week to go until camp for the Waverley College Cadet Unit! Just a reminder that the Q Store will close this afternoon and there will be no opportunity to source anything from Q Store next week. 

The AFX Joining Instruction and Equipment List was sent to parents and cadets on 9 February and the students have had 6 weeks of access to Q store since then. If you find your son is ill-prepared, a trip to a camping shop or Kmart this weekend may be in order.

Next week, our Advance Party will be busy loading and packing and heading to Canberra to set up for the Main Body arrival. A big thank you to QM Platoon for all their hard work behind the scenes preparing stores for camp. And a big thank you to our leaders for all their time and hard work in preparing for an exhilarating camp.

We are looking forward to seeing our recruits on the Centenary Quad at 6.30am on Saturday 27 March.


World’s Greatest Shave and Lacey House

From Mr Damien Thompson, Head of Lacey House

Lacey House and Waverley College are taking part in the World’s Greatest Shave for the Leukaemia Foundation! We are on a mission to shave the world from blood cancer. Please sponsor us to give families facing blood cancer the emotional and practical support they need.

You’ll also fund vital research to help more people survive blood cancer, while improving their quality of life. Every day another 47 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer. That’s one Aussie every 31 minutes. Although research is improving survival, sadly, an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours. 

Will you help by sponsoring us? Please click the link below to sponsor us today!

The top dozen fundraisers had their heads shaved at the College Assembly on Thursday 11 March. All students are encouraged to support this fundraiser, with Lacey House students expected to lead by example in this important House event.

Do You Need Vacation Care in the School Holidays?

Kool Kidzz Vacation Care is located at Waverley College and provides exciting and empowering vacation care programs during every school holiday. A Department of Education-approved service providing the Child Care Subsidy, Kool Kidzz is open for both the Waverley Junior School families and the wider community.

The interests of the children are the foundations of our programs, which are led by a team of qualified and experienced educators. The programme is jam-packed with active activities including sport, science, art, music, movement, cooking classes, incursions, excursions and lots more!

Kool Kidzz Autumn Holiday Program dates:

Week 1: Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 April, 8.30-5pm

Week 2: Monday 12 – Friday 16 April, 8.30-5pm

Click here to view the Autumn Holiday Program Waverley College