On Friday, 29 July 2022 Year 8 students will be participating in the Academic Assessment Services (Allwell) Test during Periods 1-4. This is a mandatory test and you may remember that all students sat a similar test upon entry to Year 7.
This test forms a key part of Waverley College effectively and consistently measuring the academic growth of all students. When combined with the NAPLAN data, the College will have four years of data measurement to provide feedback to you regarding your son. We also use this data in a variety of ways to improve the delivery of curriculum within the school.
After the testing day you will be provided with a written report, summarising your son’s results. These results will be returned to the College a few weeks after the testing date.
How does my son prepare for these tests?
There is no course material to study prior to the day. It is a measurement, similar to NAPLAN, to give the College a picture of how your son is progressing during Year 8. It is vitally important on the day for your son to try his best, read the instructions carefully and use every minute to maximum effect.
What happens if my son is absent from school that day?
There will be another day allocated to enable students to complete the test if they are away.
Date: Friday, 29 July 2022
Time Schedule: 8:45 am – Start Session 1
10:45 am – Recess Break
11:05 am – Start Session 2
12:30 pm – Finish
Venue: Lacey Gymnasium
. Student must bring two pens – blue or black
. Scientific calculator (not CAS)
. Use the toilet before the first session. Interruption may affect test results
. Relax and do your best. Read the instructions and use every minute to maximum effect
. The tests are held in two (2) sessions with a twenty (20) minute recess break between each session
We are delighted to announce that ICAS will return to Waverley College this year for English and Science. We encourage you to consider entering your child for either ICAS assessment. This fantastic assessment program allows students to challenge themselves and be recognised for their academic efforts. The assessment is now fully online and sitting dates will commence in Term 3.
Please visit the link below to register for either the English ICAS, Science ICAS or both!
You now pay for ICAS individually online! To confirm your child’s participation, visit https://shop.icasassessments.
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Please see me if you require any further assistance or information.
Monday, 25 July is a home study day for Year 12 while the Yr 7-11 Parent-teacher interviews are conducted
The College Library will be open for your use this day (8am-4pm).
Tuesday, 26 July in College Chapel during Wellbeing time. Mrs Porter and Mrs Knowles will go through Trial HSC expectations and protocols.
Please find below the schedule for the Year 12 Tutorials in Term 3, Week 2. Topics covered during the tutorials include content revision, study skills, exam preparation and practice papers. These tutorials have proven extremely valuable and, while not compulsory, are strongly encouraged.
It is important that we know attendance numbers so teachers can prepare accordingly. To that end, the expectation is that students who register for the tutorial, attend. Rolls will be taken to assist us to manage the program. The cut-off time to register for morning tutorials is 3:00pm the day prior.
Week 2 tutorials have been published. Please register on sheet attached.
|Monday, 25 July||Year 7-11 Parent/ Teacher/ Student Interviews (Pupil Free Day)|
Tuesday, 26 July
|SOR II||3:30pm – 5:00pm||W22A||Martina Cooper/ Cath Stewart|
|Chemistry||3:30pm – 5:00pm||E04||Emily Pace|
|Drama||3:30pm – 5:00pm||P118||Alison Jinga/ Peter Lamb|
Wednesday, 27 July
|Mathematics Standard||7:30am – 8:30am||E25||Nicola Silsby|
|Mathematics Ext 2||7:30am – 8:30am||E32||Steven Hall|
|Geography||3:30pm – 5:00pm||W33||Adam Wallington|
|Visual Arts||3:30pm – 5:00pm||C11||Natalie Oates|
|PDHPE||3:30pm – 5:00pm||GHR||Patrick Darvill|
Thursday, 28 July
|Mathematics Advanced||7:30am – 8:30am||E26||Matt Mountfort|
|Economics||3:30pm – 5:00pm||K01||Marie-Anne Maakrun|
Ms Elizabeth Watson – Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning
The South Eastern Sydney Local Health District is due to attend Waverley College on Tuesday 16th of August, 2022 for Year 10 routine school vaccinations.
The following vaccines are being offered to students in 2022:
|YEAR||VACCINE||NUMBER OF DOSES|
|Year 10||Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY)||1 dose|
Parent Information Kits which include an information sheet, consent form and privacy statement have been distributed to students to be taken home and signed. These were distributed to all students in Year 10 in the house assemblies held on Friday, 22 July, 2022. If you wish for your child to receive school vaccinations please return your consent card to the Health Centre as soon as possible. Please note that any vaccine offered to students at school requires the signed consent of parents/ guardians.
Consent may be withdrawn at any time. Parents/ guardians who wish to withdraw consent may do so by writing or by phoning the school.
Should your child miss the upcoming clinic, they will be offered catch-up vaccination throughout the year where possible. If your child is due to receive catch-up vaccination in the school program but has received their dose with the GP, please inform the school as soon as possible to avoid any potential vaccination errors.
More information regarding the school vaccination program is available at: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/schoolvaccination.aspx.
Ms Adele Cutbush – Registered Nurse, Health Centre Waverley College
I hope your sons had a nice holiday and are ready for a great term ahead. At the whole school assembly this week, I spoke about the new opportunities that a new semester can bring through reflection and recalibration.
‘To reflect on one’s performance is a good thing, it encourages change in oneself, change in direction, change in behaviours and therefore the possibility of change in outcomes. But sometimes working out how to create change in yourself is the difficult part and that is where recalibration comes in. To recalibrate is to make small changes to an instrument so that it measures accurately. It is also to re-examine one’s thinking, system of values, and to correct it in accord with a new understanding or purpose. So, if recalibration is about making small adjustments to the instrument and the instrument is you, then what are some good examples that will bring about the desired change?
Exercise – it affects your mood and improves your body’s performance both physically, emotionally and mentally. Top academics ensure they exercise regularly.
Diet – what you put into the instrument, your body, affects performance and how it operates. It is the same with hydration, most headaches are fixed with more water consumption.
Sleep – the Coach of the Seattle Seahawks, Pete Carroll talks about sleep as his greatest weapon in delivering results as a coach. When his players get adequate sleep, they play better. I am sure he adds something else into his coaching matrix, but he rates sleep as the key performance indicator.
Repetition/Habits – one of my favourite authors Malcolm Gladwell states that it takes 10,000 hours of intensive practice to achieve mastery of complex skills – good behaviour in class every day, revision each night, 10 minutes of reading every day, and writing out your notes are proven ways to improve your learning. Make this one of your SMART goals for this term
Technology – humans were not designed to be connected to technology all day and night. It takes an hour for your eyes and brain to unwind properly from looking at a screen. I encourage you to get your technology usage under control for better overall wellbeing and to find other ways to relax – go for a walk, play with your dog, cook a meal, or help someone out.
Trial & HSC Examination tips
I was lucky enough to attend a session this week with all of the Year 12 HSC ATAR students and Old Boy and 2015 College Dux, Adam Hegedus. Adam shared with the boys his tips and approach to studying for the Trial and HSC examinations. I include some of Adam’s tips below:
I encourage you to read Mrs Watson’s article in this newsletter which unpacks Adam’s session in more detail.
On behalf of the College Community, I would like to thank Mr Brad Thompson for his service to the College over the last eighteen and half years. Brad served in the HSIE Department and also contributed significantly to Quinn House, basketball and our Cadet program as an officer and also heavy vehicle driver. We may see him as a casual teacher from time to time, but we wish him all the very best in his future endeavours as he makes the transition to retirement.
Mr Graham Leddie – Principal
We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to assist us in our daily operations from 9:30am till 1:45pm.
Lunch is provided for all volunteers.
We highly value the assistance and support of our volunteer workers as it allows us to be more efficient in our services for the students. We welcome all members of the Waverley College Community (mothers, fathers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, carers etc). We are also happy to take on any availability, whether it’s once a week, month, or even once a term – it all helps.
We are currently putting together the volunteer roster online, so if you are interested please volunteer using this link.
Ms Nina Kormanyos – College Canteen Manager
Waverley College Uniform Shop
(02) 9369 0709
I would like to welcome all members of the Waverley College Community back to Term 3. I hope that all families had a terrific holiday break and were able to spend some quality time together. We only have three rounds of rugby remaining for the 2022 season – a season which I cannot remember ever seeing so much wet weather. Fingers crossed we can finish off the season on a high note with plenty of sunshine!
This weekend Waverley College will play against Cranbrook School in Round 3 of the CAS Competition. This fixture is always an entertaining one against our neighbours from Bellevue Hill. Please note that some of our 13s and 14s teams will be travelling to play Oakhill College as Cranbrook do not match up with all grades in these age group. We wish our travelling teams all the best as well as, of course, those teams playing in the Eastern Suburbs.
Please note that all players will be expected at training for the remaining three weeks of the season. A reminder that 13s, 14s and 15s will train on Monday and Wednesday, with the 16s and Opens training on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please be aware that there will be no training on Monday 25th July due to the scheduled Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews which will be running for the full day.
We are also mindful of our Year 12 students who will be completing the HSC Trials which commence in Week 3. While Year 12 students will not have classes, training will be on as scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday. We are mindful of and certainly support any students who may have exam commitments on those days.
On behalf of the Waverley College Community, I would like to congratulate the following students who made representative teams over the break.
Zion Poitaha, Oliver Aboud, Troy Patea, Declan Minto, Kahu Capper, Joseph Tangi, James Nestor, Jordan McCreery
Ethan Halatokoua, Tino Janhke-Tavana
AJ Preketes, Dane Towns, Ky Pule, Solomon Tuquiri
Jonas Dowling, Ben Finegan, Jonti Morshead-Fiedel, Caleb Sinclair-Harris
Congratulations to the players involved in the CAS U/16s team who won the Martin Pitt Shield for the first time since 2014 at the NSW Schools Rugby Union Tournament defeating GPS 24 to 21 in the final. Special mention to the coaching staff involved in this win including our own Ms Kaitlyn Downey and Mr Stephen O’Donnell!
I am pleased to confirm that we have secured a booking at Easts Rugby Club for the 2022 Rugby Presentation Night. The event will be held on the evening of Friday, 19 August. More details will be sent out to the community in the coming weeks.
Thank you to those parents and friends who have volunteered to assist across the season. We sincerely thank you for your generosity in giving up your time on the weekends.
As the season draws to a conclusion, we are looking for support over the final three rounds of rugby. The schedule is as follows:
If any parents, carers and friends are free to assist during any of the Saturdays listed above please register your interests on the 2022 Online (SignUp.com) Roster:
Thank you for your support in advance!
I would like to wish all teams the very best for this weekend!
WAVERLEY TO WIN!
Mr John McCoy – Convenor of Rugby
Please be advised that the First Parade for the new Year 8 Recruits will be held on Friday, 5 August 2022 after school. The new recruits are not required to attend any Cadet events prior to this date.
Please direct any further queries to my email
Danielle Brown – Cadet Unit Administrator
The Music Department offers Ensembles in a genre of music styles for all music tastes.
The College Rock Band Groups ranging from the Junior School to Year 10 will be performing on Tuesday, 9 August from 4pm to 5pm in the Recital Room of the Performing Arts Centre.
Parents and friends are welcome to attend.
Ms Keiran Kossenberg – Performing Arts Centre Coordinator