International Women’s Day (Wednesday, 8 March), is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. The College celebrated this day with a morning tea at each of its campuses and at assembly this week.
We particularly acknowledge and thank the women that enable Waverley College to thrive and to seek to be better, more equitable, fairer and more responsive to the inequities that exist across Australia and the globe.
The United Nations theme this year for International Women’s Day is ‘innovation and technology for gender equality’.
Today, a persistent gender gap in digital access keeps women from unlocking technology’s full potential. Their underrepresentation in STEM education and careers remains a major barrier to their participation in tech design and governance. And the pervasive threat of online gender-based violence—coupled with a lack of legal recourse—too often forces them out of the digital spaces they do occupy. We are all challenged to play our part in making the digital world safer, more inclusive and more equitable.
The Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (WGEA) is an Australian federal law that aims to promote and improve gender equality in the Australian workplace. The Act applies to non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees, and requires them to report annually on their gender equality performance.
Waverley has a strong commitment to gender equality and promotes gender equity and advancing the rights of women and girls and creating a more inclusive workplace and environment. The 2023 College data shows that the College has made progress towards achieving gender equality and has good reason to be proud of our efforts.
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We would like to remind you that our CANVAS Learning Management System is open for Years 5-12 parents and carers, in lieu of a Term 1 progress report.
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Good luck to our Years 5, 7 and 9 students for their NAPLAN tests which begin next week.
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‘Kids Giving Back’ is a charity whose mission is to create the next Generation of Generosity. Their programs are delivered for children 6-18 years old and their families, and offer opportunities to assist vulnerable people in the community.
Thank you to the following students who participated in one of their programs during Term 4 of 2022, and over the Christmas holidays.
Interested students can find more details on their website www.kidsgivingback.org
The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment (the Department), would like to notify you that a request has been made for your child’s school to provide residential address and other information as required under the Australian Education Regulation 2013.
The College is required to provide the Department with the following information about each student at the College:
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Today we celebrate St. Patrick, the fifth-century bishop and patron of Ireland, whose life of holiness set the example for many of the Church’s future saints.
St. Patrick was able to use his knowledge of Irish culture and the traditions and symbols of the Celtic people, to help explain Christianity in a way that made sense to the Irish and was thus very successful in converting the pagan people of the time.
The shamrock, which St. Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity, is a symbol that has become synonymous with Irish Catholic culture. St. Patrick is most revered for bringing Christianity to Ireland, and the foundation he built for the generations of Christians who followed him.
With the College’s founder, Edmund Rice being Irish, the day holds an obvious connection to Waverley along with St Patrick’s life of sacrifice, resilience, and prayer being very relevant for a Catholic community in the 21st century.
Thank you to the many parents/carers who baked cakes and sweets for sale at the St. Patrick’s Day cake stall organised by Ms Sue Walsh and the Identity and Mission Team, along with Year 12 prefects. All money raised will go to the following charities;
Congratulations on such a positive start to the NAPLAN testing period on Wednesday with the Writing component.
The remainder that the test sessions are scheduled for next Monday, 20 March to Wednesday, 22 March, as per the testing timetable which is available in the link below.
>>> Click here to view the Senior School NAPLAN timetable.
Students are reminded to bring their charged laptops, headphones and a pen.
Congratulations to both our swimmers and divers who both took out fourth position in last evening’s CAS competition. Both teams performed with great spirit and enthusiasm. Thank you to Ms Nicola Silsby (Swimming convenor), Ms Kath Knowles (Diving Convenor) and Mr Nick Nezval (Head Swimming Coach) and their respective coaching teams for all of their hard work throughout the season. We congratulate Knox (Swimming) and Trinity (Diving) on their respective wins.
We hosted young leaders from around the Eastern Suburbs last week, and welcomed Independent Member for the Electorate of Wentworth, Ms Allegra Spender MP. Ms Spender encouraged the young leaders to be authentic, values based leaders who call and empower others to make meaningful change.
As part of our PDHPE program and student wellbeing program, every Year 9 student participated in a short program of Ballroom Dancing under instruction from the Joan Carmody Dance Academy.
Along with students from St Clare’s College, our students participated in lessons in preparation for an evening of dance on Wednesday evening. I would like to congratulate our Year 9 cohort on their dress, manners and spirit to participate in such a positive way.
I received many comments of praise from parents and staff who witnessed the evening. Thank you to Mr Patrick Darvill for coordinating the evening and to the staff who assisted in supervising this great program.
Prefect Matthew Woods delivered an excellent speech at the College Assembly regarding Harmony Day, which the College will celebrate next week. Matthew unpacked the celebration that recognises our diversity and brings together Australians from all different cultural backgrounds.
View the video below that he used to support his impactful message.
Next Tuesday, all senior students and staff are invited to a lunchtime Picnic in the Centenary Quad. Students are asked to bring their favourite cultural foods to share with their friends or mentor groups. Some picnic blankets will be available and students may like to bring their own.
Prefect Jack Preller spoke at the College Assembly about the World Greatest Shave, and delivered the poignant message that 53 Aussies are diagnosed daily with blood cancer and 16 will lose their life.
He challenged us all to donate to the Leukaemia Foundation who support crucial research, and to screening programs that can change the lives of the 135,000 Australians living with Leukaemia today. The World’s Greatest Shave goal is zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035, but they can only do it with your help.
At the end of the Term, the five top donors will have their heads shaved, so if you start fundraising, maybe you’ll make the cut. You can help by donating here
Congratulations to the 1sts Touch Football team who won the Independent schools grand final – defeating a previously unbeaten St Ignatius’ College, Riverview.
Payton Tarau, Cruz Clarkin, Joseph Vonwiller, Asher Thomasyu, Cooper Taylor, Sam Johnson (Captain), Louis Johns, Vidar Sundkvist, King Manu, Keeyan Abrahams, Lachlan Algie, Darcy Standfield, Riley Donohoe, Judah Miller – Coach – Mr Tom Steel.
The Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival taps into Australians’ love of their ocean lifestyle, with the largest dedicated ocean science and cultural celebration in Australia. Their accessible and interactive festival invites all-ages to dive into an informative and relaxed entertainment-rich environment, that harnesses the power of innovation, science, technology, art and entertainment, to accelerate positive change for our blue planet.
The schedule for this weekend can be found here: program
Congratulations to Ms Martina Cooper and Ms Cath Stewart, who presented to their NSW peers at the 2023 Studies of Religion (SoR) Conference last week. Their focus area was developing critical thinking skills to achieve SoR outcomes in Buddhism.
Ms Cooper and Ms Stewart are held in high esteem across the SoR and Education community. They are regularly invited to participate at inter-faith forums, present at conferences, contribute to papers and currently Ms Cooper is on the CSSA Trial HSC examination writing committee. Their knowledge, skill and leadership in the field of SoR is highly regarded, and is reflected in the outstanding HSC results that the RE faculty and their students consistently achieve each year.
At this year’s conference, Ms Cooper and Ms Stewart highlighted the importance of students critically evaluating information and arguments; identifying patterns and making connections; constructing meaningful knowledge and applying it in real-world situations. They gave examples of how they enable their students to be co-creators of learning experiences and equip them with the skills to ethically leverage technology to generate significant lines of inquiry. (Pedagogies for Deep Learning, 2020).
As well as providing deep insight into the importance of the global competency of critical thinking, they shared two exemplary Stage 6 Assessment tasks to demonstrate how students can write higher-order responses to HSC questions. They highlighted successful strategies for students such as, engaging with the stimulus, using relevant terminology, using contemporary examples, ensuring the living religious tradition of Buddhism is evident and producing analytic responses rather than narrative responses.
They closed their presentation by highlighting the importance of encouraging students to write by hand. There is a large volume of research that supports the benefits of writing by hand. For example, Psychology Today’s (2021) paper on “Why Handwriting Encourages Better and Faster Learning” asserts that “the use of pen and paper gives the brain more ‘hooks’ to hang your memories on. Writing by hand creates much more activity in the sensorimotor parts of the brain,” senior author Audrey van der Meer said in an October 2020 news release. “A lot of senses are activated by pressing the pen on paper, seeing the letters you write, and hearing the sound you make while writing. These sensory experiences create contact between different parts of the brain and open the brain up for learning. We both learn better and remember better.”
I recently spoke to our Year 12 students on this very topic. We know that Trial and HSC examinations require candidates to write quickly and legibly. An average student ought to be able to write in the vicinity of 2,500 words in a two-hour examination. It is essential that they build their handwriting capacity and stamina if they are to produce work under examination conditions that truly reflects their ability and knowledge.
I read an article by a physiotherapist who said that attaching weights or batteries to the end of a pen in the weeks leading up to an examination is unlikely to be efficacious, but that regularly writing using pen and paper for the next six months is the only way to develop this critical motor skill.
Congratulations once again to Ms Cooper and Ms Stewart for their outstanding contributions to the SoR, Education and Waverley community.
Please find below some reminders about upcoming events. For all of Term 1 events, please refer to the College calendar.
A reminder below on how to report your son’s absence. Please do not email the Junior School email or the class teacher. This needs to be logged in the system.
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Ms Danielle Brown
Absentee line: 02 9369 0632
Students are expected to be at school by 8:35am. Late arrivals in Years 5 and 6 need to report to the Junior School Reception where Ms Sanchez will mark their name off.
Parents/carers requesting permission for up to three days of leave or extended holiday periods exceeding three school days, must apply for permission from the Director of the Junior School. Permission needs to be in writing at least two weeks in advance, and is not automatically granted.
There are a lot of parents/carers parking in the church car spaces before and after school. Fr Bernie has asked that I advise all parents/carers to not park in the driveway or in front of the church at any time, unless you are attending Mass or visiting Fr Bernie.
Driveways must be kept clear for emergency vehicles if attending the retired priests on the property.
Thank you for your support with this.
Just a reminder, that students are not allowed to go to the EzyMart at Charing Cross in their uniform before and after school, unless they are with a parent/carer.
Please make sure students are coming to school with healthy drinks and snacks in the morning, as there has been a rise in sugary drinks and snacks.
There have been issues around the drink ‘Prime’ and it has now been banned. Please do not allow students to bring these to school as they will be confiscated.
Ms Gaby Bransby
Director of the Junior School
A reminder that we will be celebrating Harmony Day on Tuesday, 21 March (Week 8). Children are to wear their PE Uniform on the day and to show their support, they are encouraged to wear a touch of orange as part of their uniform for the day. We are also asking students to bring in a gold coin donation to support our CARITAS appeal.
We would also like to celebrate our diversity by asking students to bring in a plate of food from home that best represents their culture, that can be shared amongst the class.
The celebration of mothers, grandmothers and significant others in the lives of our Waverley College Students, will be celebrated on Friday, 12 May at 12pm (Week 3, Term 2). This will be at Mary Immaculate Church followed by a light lunch at the Junior School.
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Part of the celebration will include a slideshow. Please send through a photo of your son(s) with their mothers/grandmothers if you would like a photo included in this presentation.
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Both 6 White and 6 Red will attend Mass at Mary Immaculate Church beginning at 9:15am. Parents/carers are warmly invited to attend.
Mr Steve Ghattas
Assistant Director of Junior School / Identity & Student Formation
Well done to Year 5 for completing their NAPLAN Writing assessment this week. We are so proud of their efforts to do their very best. We have three more to go this week, please see the information below.
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9am – 10am
|Conventions of Language (45 mins)
9am – 10am
|Numeracy (50 mins)
9am – 10am
Catch up tests will be on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March.
Students must bring their fully-charged laptops and headphones to school each day for their assessments. All students were given a set of headphones in their stationery pack at the beginning of the year, but some are now lost or broken, so please ensure that your son has working headphones by Monday.
We wish Year 5 all the best in their remaining NAPLAN next week.
Ms Charlotte Stephens
Assistant Director of Curriculum
It is our final round of Summer Co-Curricular Sport for Term 1 tomorrow (Saturday, 18 March). I wish all teams the best of luck and ask them to represent Waverley proudly, as I know they will. It has been a special term of sport for all students, and I hope your sons have enjoyed being involved.
Please ensure you refer to the Waverley College app announcements each week, as I will continue to send out the weekly Sports Fixtures for the Winter Sport Season in Terms 2 and 3. All families can also locate all relevant Junior School Co-Curricular information via the College website by clicking the button below.
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Congratulations to the following students who not only tried for the IPSHA Touch Football team, but made it through and will now compete at NSWCIS against the best players in NSW: Talin Opai, Kalan Fisher, Jackson MacAskill, Jacob Coleman, Jordan Strbac, Tio Norman.
It’s a significant achievement and we wish the team the best of luck for the next opportunity to come.
All through last week, both teams could not wait until Saturday morning when the big game would occur. When the day arrived, the 5As and 5Bs were pumped for a tight and competitive game of Cricket. The ball was new and looked like it had a lot of swing and bounce. The bat toss was won by the 5As who elected to bowl. The 5Bs were secretly happy about the result of the bat toss, as they love setting totals to defend.
Noah and Flynn had their pads on first, ready to hit big. Cooper was marking his run up from the crease, getting ready to open the attack.
The first ball bowled right to Charlie Harwood’s keeping gloves, but the next ball he got a single, to get off the mark. The first wicket was when Noah hit the ball to a fielder who threw back to the bowler and cracked the stumps. However, the batsmen didn’t put their heads down and they kept going.
It wasn’t long until Flynn played some nice pull shots, straight to the boundary repetitive times. On his last ball, Flynn swept it to the boundary for six. The 5Bs clapped Flynn off with pride. When all the batters had been and gone, the Waverley Bs finished with 6 for 72.
Waverley 5As came on to bat, with Alessio Divic marking the top of his run up ready for a good over with new ball. On the first ball against Charlie Draper and Archie Francis, the first ball was a dot followed by the second, however, the third ball was cracked for four!
The bowlers were struggling to get wickets, yorkers had been bowled, bouncers and an incredible amount of swing from all the bowlers. The amazing balls that had been bowled didn’t stop the batters from scoring a bunch of runs, quick singles, flicks to the boundary, and big hitting from Cooper at the end who hit two sixes. It was a great game from both teams.
The final score Waverley 5Bs 6 for 72 lost to Waverley 5As 0 for 119.
Mr Eliott McKimm
Following on from last week’s results, a massive congratulations to the following students who also completed at State Nippers and medalled in their age group:
Patrick Spencer: U10 Gold Medal, Beach Relay (North Bondi); Bart Carmody: U11 Gold Medal Board Race, Gold Cameron Relay, Silver Board Relay, 6th-Ironman (North Bondi); Freddie Goldrich: U11 Silver Medal Board Relay (with Bart); Brynn Spierings: U11 Bronze Board Relay (North Bondi); Jake Coleman: U11 Mixed Beach Relay (Coogee); Jude McDermott: U11 Swim Final (Clovelly).
Waverley Water Polo students competed at the Orange Water Polo Tournament representing UNSW last weekend, finishing 3rd in their pool. What a great achievement by our Junior School students: Joey Di Blasio, Charlie Maynell, Oscar Barrow, Louis Coleman, Rory Palmer, and Hopper Dyke-Miller.
Mr Jack Wachtel
Assistant Director of Co-curricular (Years 5-8)
We offer all students in Year 5 and Year 6 the opportunity to receive free additional support after school for the completion of home learning tasks. The afternoon sessions also provide a quiet, supervised study space for students who want to complete their assigned tasks.
Home Learning Club operates in the Learning Hub from 3pm until 4pm – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – during school term unless there is a scheduled Professional Development meeting and the club will be closed.
Click here to register your son
Only register his name once, to allow other students the opportunity to attend. The session is limited to 20 spots. There will be a roll call to ensure attendance.
Students are required to stay for the full session unless there is a message in the student diary requesting early leave, a parent/carer signature will be required.
As it is important to respect the rights of others to learn and work, all students are expected to settle to work in the Learning Hub and not cause a disturbance for others.
If you require any further information, feel free to email us.
If afternoon training sessions are cancelled, unfortunately, you cannot send your son to Home Learning as an alternative plan, students are registered for the afternoon sessions in advance and the capacity is always reached. Try to avoid messaging your son during this period, unless it is urgent.
This book, Barefoot Kids: Your Epic Money Adventure by Scott Pape (recommended by Ollie Burke Year 6), has been in high demand since numerous copies of it arrived.
After getting their hands on a copy, Edward Crabbe and Jake Mussett informed me that they had learned a great deal about the importance of doing household chores for no pay, how to create their own money buckets, and how to begin planning for the future.
This book holds the secret to raising smart, resilient, kind and hard-working kids who will grow up knowing how to manage their money.
These students are taking charge of their own reading objectives and regularly checking in to see what they should read next for the Waverley Reading Challenge.
Max Pargeter was the source of our drawing inspiration last week. His book, You Can Draw Animals, set the scene for all types of animals to be drawn – real, mythical, hybrid or favourite. It was busy, it was creative, it was fun and highly sociable.
I want to express my gratitude to all the boys in the Drawing Club who attend each session with passion and creativity.
Ms Natasha Zivanovic
Literacy & Innovation Teacher
Enjoying a terrific start to their Waverley College journey and making the most of all of the wide ranging learning opportunities available, 5 Red are well on their way towards greatness. The boys continue to grow and embrace the Waverley Core Values each and every day.
Our topic in English this term is ‘New Beginnings’, and the boys are exploring various text types such as interviews, podcasts and autobiographies.
Mr Alon Horry
Classroom Teacher 5 Red
On Friday, 10 March, we were delighted to welcome back Mr Robert Tall to Waverley College. Robert, who left Waverley last year to take up a role as consultant at Writer’s Toolbox, continues to be a wonderful coach to staff and students. In a seminar entitled ‘Waverley College – Going for Gold’, Robert provided the Year 7 students with invaluable tips on how to best present themselves in their NAPLAN writing exam.
The students learned about the ‘Family of Five’ – five specific sentence styles to ensure fluency and precision in both Persuasive and Creative tasks. The Year 7 students also demonstrated their own knowledge of a number of other sentence styles and paragraphs which greatly impressed Robert, as well as the teachers present at the seminars.
It was great to hear many students tell me about how they integrated the ‘Family of Five’ into their narratives after their NAPLAN exam on Wednesday.
Thank you to Robert for providing his support and expertise at such a busy time, and to Ms Attard for making it all happen. Thank you also to Ms Tanner for taking the photographs.
We wish all Year 7 and Year 9 students well in the remaining NAPLAN tests (Reading, Language Conventions and Numeracy) next week.
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On Wednesday, 8 March 2023, Aungier held its House Mass in the Chapel. It was an extremely well-attended evening for students and families in Aungier.
The theme of the Mass tied in with International Women’s Day, with readings selected by our House Student Leaders. An extremely special moment of the service was certainly the presentation of House Candles as a gift of support to our Year 12 students, as they commence the final stage of their journey at Waverley College.
Thanks to all members of the Aungier community for joining together to celebrate Mass as well as a delicious supper. Thank you to all families for contributing a plate of food on the night, and to those parents/carers and friends who assisted with the set up and the clean-up.
A special thanks to Fr Sacha who led the service, Ms Walsh who helped with organisation, and Ms Dolso and Mr Balkizas who led the music.
Mr John McCoy
Head of Aungier House
We would like to welcome all Waverley College families to what looks to be a very promising year of rugby. We would particularly like to welcome all new players and families.
Waverley College has a very proud history of rugby. I encourage new families to have a look at the photos and records found in the T & M Hayes (Queens Park) Pavilion at some stage this season, to give you an idea of the proud history you are stepping into. You are all very welcome!
Next week, training commences at Queens Park. A reminder that the weekly training schedule is below:
All players are expected to bring along rugby gear (jersey, shorts, socks, mouthguard and headgear). Students are to walk to Queens Park after school where they will get changed in allocated sections.
*We do ask students to walk down in a safe fashion by crossing the roads at the traffic lights.
It is a good idea before the season begins, that all players label all their gear and clothing (particularly any new items such as boots and headgear). Each season we have a collection of lost property at Queens Park. If uniform/gear is labelled with the student’s name, it will usually find its way back to the owner!
A reminder to all players, parents and families to ensure that you download the Waverley College app. Please ensure you subscribe to ‘Rugby.’ The app contains all the information you need to know about the season ahead, including fixtures, teams lists, and any last-minute announcements.
During each Saturday home fixture in the 2023 season, Waverley College Rugby will publish a program. Over the years, we have had many generous supporters in the community. Any parents/carers or families, who may have a business and are interested in sponsoring Waverley College Rugby in 2023, are welcome to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to place an advert in the program.
I look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks at Queens Park.
Waverley to win!
Mr John McCoy
Convenor of Rugby
Please find below the schedule for the Year 12 Tutorials in Term 1, Week 8.
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.
|Monday, 20 March 2023||Visual Arts||3:30pm – 5pm||C13||Jenna Turnbull|
|Tuesday, 21 March 2023||Biology||7:45am – 8:30am||K2L3||Gemma Brown|
|Mathematics Standard 2||7:30am – 8:30am||E42||Phoebe Guirguis|
|Wednesday, 22 March 2023||PDHPE||7:30am – 8:30am||GHR||Pat Darvill|
|Business Studies||2:30pm – 4pm||W45||John McCallum|
|Mathematics Ext 1||3:30pm – 4:30pm||E32||Steven Hall|
|Friday, 24 March 2023||Hospitality||7:45am – 8:30am||TF1||Bev McCarthy|
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 3pm the day prior.
Ms Brooke Kent has emailed the registration sheet to students to register their attendance at the tutorials.
Ms Elizabeth Watson
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning
Waverley College will be running a Volleyball Camp in the Easter Holidays through ProVolley. The Camp will run for three days, with each session lasting three hours.
This is an excellent opportunity for your son to improve his Volleyball skills while having fun with friends.
Dates: 12, 13 and 14 April 2023
Time: 9am-12pm each day
Cost: $60 for all three days
Click the button below to register your interest and pay.
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Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email me.
We look forward to seeing your son there!
Please see me if you require any further assistance or information.
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Ms Kath Knowles
Senior Studies & Careers Coordinator
On Saturday, the 1sts faced off against a tough opponent away for their last game of the season. This was the last time that the Year 12s would face Barker, and the last game of their high school career. Despite a loyal crowd of friends and family attending, Waverley was unable to hold down Barker, losing 56-40 in the final score.
The game started in Waverley’s favour, as they played incredible defence and forced Barker into some tough shots to make, ending the first quarter at a low score of 9-7. However, both teams were not on their A-game, as after countless missed attempts from all around the court, halftime concluded with the score being 19-18 in Barker’s favour.
The boys were led by Daniel Palacio, Oscar Walters-Green and Sergej Jakovljevic as they tried to pull the game in, however, it just slipped out of reach, with Barker’s scoring efforts in the final quarter pushing them over the line to win the game.
Congratulations and farewell to Marko Rangan, Marley Henare, Tom Gleeson, Oscar Walters-Green, Wylie Durrans, Harry Lee, Zion Poitaha and Daniel Palacio, who played their final high school game in a long journey, with some playing since Year 5.
Before the 1sts final game, the 2nds laced up to hopefully secure a win in their final match of the season. As well, the Year 12s in the 2nds team were playing their final game of the season. Fortunately, and memorably, for those Year 12s, the 2nds were able to win their final game in a nail-biter that was decided in the last second, winning 40-39.
The game was tight the whole way, with the boys going into halftime tied 20-20. They were led by Ehren Little’s defence, Tashi Harrison and Eden Byrd’s offence as they rallied themselves against a tough Barker squad, who kept fighting until the end. With 12 seconds to go, Barker hit two free throws to put them up by one point. With only one possession to win the game, the crowd went silent, as Ashar Te Rata shot and made the game-winning layup to put Waverley up by one point and win the game.
Congratulations to Dom Smith, Finlay Chandler, Asher Te Rata, Charlie Smith and Toby Longmire who won their final high school basketball game away at Barker!
On Saturday, the 10As played a dominant game against Barker for their last game of the season. Fortunately, they were able to win the game, the final score 61-20. They were led by Rory Donnellan, Ben Pignatelli and Giles Strachan.
The 9As were, unfortunately, unable to defeat Barker in a tough game at Waverley on Saturday. They were led by Nico Palacio, Petris Kalpouzanis and Angus Peshos as they fought till the very end, falling short 24-46.
The 8As versed a tough Barker team first thing in the morning on Saturday. The boys played a strong game, with the final score being so close up to the final minute. They were led by Hayden McAusland, Phil Falaniko and Dom Dametto, as they managed to win 44-39.
Captain of Basketball
The final round of the CAS Basketball season against Barker saw some excellent results from Waverley.
The 1st V finished 4th, with four wins from 10, while the 2nds finished 2nd, with eight wins. The 10As ended their season in 5th place on four wins, the 9As came first on eight wins, the 8As third on four wins, and the 7As came fifth in a very tough competition.
Several teams were crowned CAS champions: 9A, 9B, 9G, 7B, 7E, 7F, and 7G. We will celebrate these achievements and others on Saturday, at the exciting Basketball Presentation Night.
Other teams to win against Barker included: 3rd V (33-32), 4th V (38-31), 7th V (34-28), 10A (61-20), 10C (51-30), 10D (53-34), 10E (33-29), 10F (55-36), 9B (56-33), 9C (41-36), 9D (36-35), 9G (34-17), 8A (44-39), 8D (48-21), 8E (29-28), 8F (40-35), 7B (35-32), 7D (28-15), 7E (57-23), 7F (44-13), 7G (18-8), 7H (30-10), 7I (28-7), and 7J (12-5), while the 5th V tied (24-all).
Congratulations to all our Year 12 players, in particular those in 1sts and 2nds, many of whom have played eight seasons for the College at the highest levels, which has entailed extra commitments on their part.
Well done to the following 1sts players who were successful at the CAS representative trials on Monday at Cranbrook: Marko Rangan (CAS 1sts), Tom Gleeson, Marley Henare and Sergej Jakovljevic (CAS 2nds). They will particiapte in a series of games against ISA, AICES and GPS in the coming weeks. For more details of these games, please visit the CAS website.
Thanks to all our wonderful coaches for their efforts this season in helping to develop our players. Thanks to our Supporters’ Club, in particular, Rachael Smith and Glenn Smith, without whom we would not have a Saturday BBQ.
Thanks to those parents/carers who also happily assisted on the BBQ. Thanks to Anne Gleeson for organising post-game afternoon teas and dinners when we hosted visiting teams, and thanks to our 1sts and 2nds parents/carers for their support of this important event.
Our last event for the season is the Basketball Presentation Night this Saturday. If you were unable to purchase tickets and wish to attend, please contact me as soon as possible.
Thank you and see you at Presentation Night!