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Head’s Message

As the Year Comes to a Close

FROM HEAD OF COLLEGE, GRAHAM LEDDIE

Anticipation of the holidays

Most boys are certainly looking forward to the upcoming break and changing gears. Hopefully the Christmas story will be part of their holiday experience and how they can assist their families and perhaps others. I would like to congratulate all of the boys and parents that have supported some of the College initiatives that are aimed at assisting others in greater need. The Matthew Talbot Christmas appeal being led through each House, the Junior School’s donations to several charities and hospitals, and the Christmas hampers for families in need.

Presentation Day

I look forward to presentation day next week. I know Mr Brennan has forwarded details of the timings to all boys and parents. The day presents an opportunity to reflect on the year and acknowledge and celebrate some great achievements that have occurred. You are certainly most welcome to attend.

Years 5, 6, 7 & 8 Wednesday December 5 commencing at 10.00am

Years 9, 10 & 11 Wednesday December 5 commencing at 1.00pm

Rock Band Festival

I wish all our aspiring rock band enthusiasts all the best for their festival being held tomorrow afternoon between 4.00 – 6.00pm in the Braidwood BBQ area.

Charter Leadership Awards 2018

Last Saturday evening I represented Waverley at the third annual EREA Charter Leadership Awards which were held at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne. These Awards recognise staff from across the 60 EREA schools and Flexible Learning Centres who exemplify the very best of what a Catholic education in the Edmund Rice tradition can be. The Awards attracted many nominations from across our network of schools. Mr David Parnell (Head of Learning Support) reached the second final stage and should be congratulated for his fine work in supporting our students. Ms Geraldine Cullen (Assistant Director of Mission) has been a previous winner of this award for her work in advocacy and social justice.

I congratulate the 2018 recipients who were:

Liberating Education – Kaleb Taylor (CBHS Lewisham)

Gospel Spirituality – Trevanna Cooper (CBC Fremantle)

Inclusive Community – Fran Harding (Deception Bay FLC)

Justice and Solidarity – Sherrie Rodricks (St Patrick’s College, Strathfield)

Ms Michelle Rollins

Congratulations to Ms Michelle Rollins (Junior School Music Teacher) who has been elected to the Board of Professional Teachers Council. The Council is the peak umbrella body that provides support and member services to its member associations. It unifies teaching associations and brings together professional interests and education activities throughout NSW. This is a great honour for her and the College.

White Ribbon Walk

Congratulations to all boys, staff and parents who represented Waverley College at this event last week that saw several thousand people walk from Randwick to Coogee in support of standing up, speaking out and acting to prevent men’s violence against women. Once at Coogee the crowd was addressed by several students from a number of schools. Waverley College student Alexander Bayas should be acknowledged and congratulated for his powerful words in support of the values espoused by White Ribbon. I have received many emails of congratulations on how well he spoke from members of the public.