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Head’s Message

Amazing effort, health care & managing stress

Ned Wieland and Quinn House Prefects

From the Head of College, Graham Leddie


Amazing efforts

On behalf of the College Community, I would like to wish the very best to one of our young men who has courageously challenged himself to be the youngest ever Australian male to swim the English channel at barely 16 years of age. We wish Ned Weiland all the very best of luck, he is very close to reaching his target of $20,000 having raised over $17,000 for RUOK and I thank all those that have supported Ned and this great cause.

Well done also to our CAS Rugby representatives who played a significant part in the success of the CAS teams playing in the State Championships this week:

  • CAS 1st XV: Finn Wright, Will Johnstone, Luca Moretti, Liam Cornish, Marco Bell, Ben Donaldson, Brooklyn Hardaker. Result: CAS 26 – GPS 0
  • CAS 2nd XV: Will McCormick, Harry Whiteman, Joel Ellis, Lachlan Wallace, Phoenix Baldwin. Results: CAS 31 – GPS 31


Trial Examination Preparation

Good luck to our Year 12 students with their study program over the winter break. They have all been given study plans and extensive HSC resources, including past papers, to work on over the break. Looking after their health and the benefits that this will bring to their studies and wellbeing has also been emphasised to the boys.


Dealing with HSC Stress

The Waverley College Senior School Psychologist and Registered Nurse are delivering a workshop to any interested Year 12 students on Wednesday 19 July during Period 6. Details on how to register will be circulated soon.

The topics to be covered in the workshop will include the following:

  • Neurological Understanding – How our brain responds to stress and anxiety
  • Identifying Unhelpful Thinking
  • Practical strategies to reduce stress
  • Managing Exam Stress with Good Nutrition
  • Caffeine
  • Exercise and Sleep Hygiene
  • Helpful Apps
  • Handout sheet for both students and parents


Health Care 

I strongly encourage parents in Year 11 and 12 to take up the offer from NSW Health for a free dose of Meningococcal ACWY vaccination. The free vaccine is offered to combat the rise of the W strain cases and protect students from this potentially fatal disease. This age group has been targeted as being particularly vulnerable to the disease.

The confirmed date for these vaccinations will be on Friday 21 July, the first week of Term 3. The vaccination consent packs need to be returned to the Health Centre by tomorrow. These were handed out to Year 11 & 12 a few weeks ago. Meningococcal disease is a life-threatening illness caused by a number of different strains of the bacterium Neisseria Meningitides. This bacterium, spread through coughing, sneezing or close contact with infected people, can cause septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis (inflammation of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord).


Music Festival

Tonight is the College’s annual Music Festival, a celebration of the outstanding talent of all of our music students. It is also the culmination of a great deal of work and planning by our talented and committed Music Faculty staff. It is always an impressive and well-attended event, as well as an ideal way to mark the final days of Term 2. We are greatly honoured this year to welcome as a special guest performer the renowned trumpet player, Mr Paul Goodchild. With the announcement that our band will now be known as the Cliff Goodchild Concert Band in honour of Paul’s father, this will be a particularly special performance.

Congratulations to everyone involved for the many hours of practice and work that goes into making an event such as this a success.


End of Term

Congratulations to all students who have set goals for themselves this term and worked towards achieving them through hard work and tenacity. I have been impressed with our students’ support for each other, which is becoming noticeably stronger. I wish all students and families an enjoyable winter break and look forward to your return in Term 3.