From Graham Leddie, Head of College
Our students in Year 5, 7 and 9 are in the middle of NAPLAN testing, along with over a million students around Australia. For the first time, our students are taking NAPLAN in its new online format. Whether you agree with NAPLAN or not, it is the only national assessment all Australian children undertake (four times across seven years of schooling in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9). The data gained from NAPLAN has proven value; these are the only national set of education data available in Australia, which inform decisions about improving learning for all students.
For parents, NAPLAN is an important tool to see how their child is doing in the fundamental skills of literacy and numeracy compared with the rest of Australia’s children. It supports conversations between parents, teachers and schools on working together to help children achieve their full potential.
Beanies for Brain Cancer
The Waverley College community has a strong tradition of backing our families when they experience hard times – strongly supporting causes such as RUOK? and World’s Greatest Shave – and the ‘Beanies for Brain Cancer’ event is no exception.
A reminder to all members of the Waverley College community to get down to Bondi Beach at 5:30am – 8:15am on 24 May to support Digger Callander (Year 5) and his family with Beanies for Brain Cancer. Digger lost his Dad last year to brain cancer. Beanies can still be purchased for $20 at school. I look forward to seeing many of you down at Bondi next week at 5:30am!
CAS Football Selection
Congratulations to Marcus Cowan, Mario Rebollo and Lachlan Forrest (Shadow) U16 CAS selection, Jack Hardwicke-Owen CAS 1st XI, and Mr Patrick Darvill CAS Football Head Coach.
Good Luck to the following students who will represent the College at the Bondi SurfAid Cup: Chase Hardaker, Max D’Agostino, Charlie Rodger, Liam Gregorio, Harrison Palmer and Banjo Studholme.
SurfAid is an N.G.O which provides aid to people living in remote and isolated Indonesian surfing communities. In Geography, students learn about the role of SurfAid as a case study. If you would like to assist the boys with their fundraising efforts, please click the following link;
A reminder to parents to please fill in the Strategic Plan survey by clicking on the following link.
Year 12 student Josh Nathan who was recently a finalist in the ‘Best Newcomer’ category at the Australian Podcast Awards attended the IEM Masters event (an Esports gaming event) in Sydney last week. Nathan was given media accreditation and had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in Esports from around the world. Over the space of three days Josh and James Markham (Class of 2017) released the interviews as part of their popular podcast “Esports Unearthed“. They amassed over 10,000 downloads from 112 countries and have cemented themselves as leaders in their genre. This is a fantastic effort from the boys and they now hope to gain sponsorship from a major tech company.
Will Cooley 2nd in U16 Sailing World Championship
Congratulations to Will Cooley of Year 10, who has achieved 2nd in U16 Sailing World Championship in Barcelona, Spain. Sixty teams from 18 countries competed at the Nacra 15 World Championship, which also offered seven nations a chance to qualify for the remaining seven of fourteen positions available for the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (coming up in October 2018). Will Cooley and teammate, Evie Haseldine, had already qualified for Australia in January as one of the fourteen final teams who were headed for Buenos Aires.