I would like to take the opportunity to thank all families for another busy and rewarding Term. Some highlights from this Term have been the wonderful Year 6 Camp, Father’s Day Mass, 120 Year Celebration, Waves Health Week, Wakakirri and the Year 5 Excursion to Wollongong, to name only a few.
I hope the break provides much needed rest and family time. I look forward to seeing the students return to school in Term 4, renewed and ready to finish the year strong.
I would like to wish Mr Olds and his fiancée a beautiful and magical wedding in the school holidays, and we can’t wait to see all the photos on our return.
Coding Camp has been a success this Term and our students have really enjoyed it. Coding Camp will continue in Term 4.
Click here to view the booking link
Class Type: Coding After-School
Dates: Monday, 16 October to Monday, 4 December 2023 (8 sessions)
Times: 3:15pm – 4:30pm.
Can I please ask families to make sure all students’ stationery supplies are topped up over the break. Many students don’t have the basic necessities in class for learning. Please make sure they have enough pens, pencils, ruler, rubber etc ready for Term 4.
Ms Gaby Bransby
Director of the Junior School
The second half of the Summer Co-Curricular season will have begun at the beginning of Term 4. Please see the final updated Summer Co-Curricular Training Schedule for Term 4. Please take note carefully, as there have since been changes from the previous draft schedule sent out last week.
Click here to view the Summer Co-curricular Training Schedule Term 4
Please refer to the Summer Season draw below, which is finalised. There will be ongoing adjustments throughout the Term, which you will be notified about from week to week via the weekly fixtures I will send out on the Waverley app.
Click here to view the Summer Co-curricular Draw Term 4
Due to the amount of time between Term 1 and Term 4, and students’ skill level having developed and improved, teams will be open to adjustment. Therefore, coaches will be utilising training and Round 7 in Week 1, Term 4 to decide if any movement between teams is needed for the remaining rounds.
Summer training will commence from Tuesday, 10 October 2023 due to the staff development day on Monday, 9 October 2023.
All relevant information for the upcoming Term 4 Summer Co-Curricular season can be found on the College website by clicking the button below.
Click here to view Term 4 Summer Co-curricular Season information
Louis Coleman, Charles Carrano and Patrick Spencer represented Waverley College and IPSHA at the annual CIS Athletics Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre on Tuesday, 19 September.
There were some amazing results from each of our students.
A massive congratulations to Louis, Charles and Patrick for their achievements on the day.
Mr Jack Wachtel
Assistant Director of Co-curricular Years 5-8
*Wednesday and Thursday ONLY
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-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’s 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 contact us.
An important note to remember, 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.
Congratulations to Toby Armson (Year 5) and Ceilim O’Kelly (Year 6) who were the 2023 Junior School Public Speaking Champions. They will be representing Waverley College at the 2023 IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge in November. We wish them all the best as they prepare for the competition.
Our last drawing session for Term 3 was inspired and led by Dash McDonough.
Thank you for running the last Drawing Club session and displaying strong leadership skills in preparing the lesson and assisting the boys during the session.
Ms Natasha Zivanovic
Teacher of Literacy & Innovation
What a busy Term it has been for the students of 6 Gold. They have been engaged in a diverse range of activities both in and out of the classroom, and I have been impressed with how well they have accepted the many different challenges that have come their way.
In our English unit, ‘Make Yourself Heard’, the students had been studying the graphic novel Illegal and used this as inspiration to create their own graphic novel based on a real life asylum seeker/refugee.
Not only did they develop their research skills, they came to understand the harsh realities that asylum seekers are faced with on their journey to Australia and other countries.
Despite a few technical difficulties faced by some, the standard of the graphic novels produced was outstanding.
All the boys across the grade enjoyed a fun-filled camp at the Collaroy Centre last week. They got to challenge themselves across a variety of different activities, tested their fear of heights, and worked as a team to support each other on the rock climbing and Vertical Challenge obstacles. Charlie Barrett managed to etch his name onto the Vertical Challenge with a time of 46 seconds. Well done Charlie!
I know all the boys have come away with stronger friendships and memories that will last a lifetime.
Mr Steve Ghattas
Class Teacher 6 Gold
Assistant Director of Junior School, Identity & Student Formation
Dear Students, Parents and Carers,
Please find below the tutorials on offer for Year 12 students during the school holiday break.
Monday 25 September, 2023
|Visual Arts||9am – 11am||C13||Turnbull|
|Mathematics Advanced||10am – 12pm||E26||Mountfort|
|Mathematics Standard||10am – 12pm||E23||Riley|
Tuesday 26 September, 2023
|Mathematics Advanced||10am – 12pm||E26||Mountfort|
|Mathematics Standard||10am – 12pm||E23||Riley|
|Wednesday 27 September, 2023||Mathematics Standard||9am – 11am||W41||C Soden/P Cornish|
|Tuesday 3 October, 2023||English Extension 1||8:30am – 10:30am||K23||M Ryan|
Wednesday 4 October, 2023
|Standard Mathematics||9am – 11am||W41||C Soden/P Cornish|
|Mathematics Advanced (Year 11 Focus)||10am – 12pm||E23||Riley|
Thursday 5 October, 2023
|Hospitality||9am – 11am||TF1||B McCarthy|
|Biology||12:30pm – 1:30pm||K2L3||Brown|
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.
Please bring any equipment you may need for the tutorial (e.g. textbooks, notepads, pens etc.).
Students may wear casual attire.
Ms Elizabeth Watson
Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning
The Annual Choral and Chamber Music Concert will be held on Tuesday, 31 October at 6pm in the College Chapel.
Join us for an evening of music featuring performances from the College Choir, Chamber Choir, Clarinet Ensembles, Brass Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles, Chamber Ensembles and soloists.
Limited tickets are available for purchase.
Click here to book tickets
Click here to view the concert flyer
Click here to view the Week 10 Careers Newsletter
Please see me if you require any further assistance or information.
Ms Kath Knowles
Senior Studies & Careers Coordinator
As we conclude Term 3, it’s a wonderful time to reflect on the year so far and celebrate the accomplishments we’ve achieved together. Now, as we head into the holiday break, I want to extend my warmest wishes to all families. May this holiday break be a time of well-deserved rest and rejuvenation for all of our students.
We wish our Year 12 students all the very best as they make the final preparations for their HSC examinations and for some, their first steps into the world of work and training via an apprenticeship. Thank you in advance to Year 12 teachers who continue to provide Year 12 tutorials over the break and provide feedback to draft essays and responses.
We also wish our students and staff heading on Immersion to Fiji and Walgett, a wonderful learning experience and safe journey.
The Graduation Mass, ceremony and Valedictory Dinner for Year 12 students took place last Friday evening. I want to extend my sincere congratulations to all the students for their exceptional attire and exemplary conduct throughout this significant occasion. I’d also like to express gratitude to the parents, carers and staff for their contributions to the event.
Congratulations to the following Drama students who have been nominated for their individual performances for possible inclusion in OnSTAGE which selects the top HSC performers;
Further to previous communications regarding school fees, Waverley College is currently facing a financial challenge due to a cumulative reduction of $27 million in government funding, both at State and Commonwealth levels.
This reduction, combined with economic factors such as increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), wages, and interest rates, has placed extraordinary pressure on the College’s financial sustainability.
Furthermore, the recent pay increase for NSW public school teachers under the Minns Labor Government has led to negotiations for similar adjustments for our dedicated teaching staff, who play a pivotal role in shaping the future of your son(s) through education. To retain our valued teachers, I recognise that it is necessary to reward their hard work, care and commitment.
Regrettably, these financial challenges are expected to persist, at least in the short term.
In response to these financial constraints, Waverley College has worked very hard to minimise their impact on our families by spreading the burden of fees across multiple years. Our families are at the heart of everything we do, and I emphasise that our decision to increase tuition fees has been painstakingly considered.
In an effort to give you ample time for planning, I wish to communicate in advance our fee increases. We are considering an approximate fee increase of $436.00 per student for each Term in 2024. Furthermore, we have expanded our payment options to include quarterly (four terms), monthly, and fortnightly payment plans.
For families in need of greater payment flexibility, we partner with Edstart, a service that tailors payment plans to your specific needs, based on your outstanding school fee balance. Edstart’s plans are designed to assist families to manage their budgets more effectively and reduce the likelihood of falling behind on school fee payments.
To explore personalised payment plan options, please visit the Waverley College Edstart page at https://edstart.com.au/waverley. On the website, you can use the calculator to estimate your payment plan based on your current or future fee requirements. Afterward, you can submit an online application. The Edstart team will then get in touch with you to finalise your account and customise your instalment plan to suit your needs. Once your account is set up, simply forward your invoice to Edstart, and they will ensure timely payment of your fees.
If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Edstart by clicking the button below.
Click here to calculate your plan and apply online
P: 1800 139 445
Lastly, I would like to address the positioning of Waverley College within the landscape of independent schools in Sydney. Despite the impending fee adjustment in 2024, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing an education that is competitively priced. When compared to other independent schools in the region, our fees continue to be notably lower, even after factoring in the adjustments necessitated by the reduction in government funding.
Below you will find the tuition fees for the year 2024 by Year group.
Year 5 $17,000
Year 6 $17,810
Year 7 $19,310
Year 8 $19,310
Year 9 $19,450
Year 10 $20,000
Year 11 $20,900
Year 12 $20,900
We deeply appreciate your understanding as we navigate these financial challenges together. Your partnership plays a crucial role in ensuring that Waverley College maintains its time-honoured tradition of excellence in education.
Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We remain committed to transparency and open communication throughout this process.
I thank you for your loyalty to Waverley College.
The next Parents’ Association meeting and AGM will take place on Wednesday, 1 November 2023, where a number of office bearers for 2023 will be elected.
Consider getting involved in the Parents’ Association, a vital part of the Waverley College community.
Please submit expressions of interest for the following positions for 2023 and beyond to Ms Emma Laurence – Marketing & Development Manager by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bryn has dedicated 18 years of his career to the College. Throughout his tenure, he played a pivotal role in various significant initiatives, including the development of the Cosgrove Centre, Aquatics Centre, and Grange Carpark. Moreover, he facilitated the expansion of the College by acquiring six houses along both Carrington Road and Henrietta Street.
Over the past four years, Bryn faced substantial challenges, with the College grappling with a loss of over $27 million in government grants and the disruptive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, his diligent efforts have placed the College in a robust position, and we’re now poised to commence the $40 million Science Centre project in 2025.
Bryn’s instrumental efforts in realising the Manchester City partnership stand out, as this collaboration is anticipated to strengthen football opportunities for our students and boost our future enrolments. I express my sincere gratitude to Bryn for his loyalty, tireless work, and strategic financial acumen. I extend my best wishes to him as he enters retirement.
Please join me in congratulating Elizabeth Watson on her appointment to the role of Deputy Principal at St Pius X College in Chatswood. Elizabeth will take up this role at the beginning of Term 1, 2024. Elizabeth started at Waverley in 1999 and has held the following positions throughout her 24 year tenure; Head of Mathematics, Acting Director of Personnel, Director of Curriculum, Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning, and her secondment Acting EREA Director of Learning. St Pius X are very lucky to be gaining such an experienced and talented educator and leader.
Elizabeth will be taking leave for the first four weeks of Term 4. The following staff changes will be in play for this time; Ms Lynsey Porter (Acting) Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning, Ms Martina Cooper (Acting Director of Curriculum), and Ms Catherine Stewart (Acting) Head of Religious Education.
We farewelled Ms Priscilla Quintana last Friday. Priscilla has accomplished much in the Spanish department and in coordinating our students who sit examinations with the NSW School of Languages. We wish her all the best as she takes up a position at Methodist Ladies College.
Mr Daniel Kroll will step in for the first few weeks of Term 4 as Acting Head of LOTE before we welcome Mr Daniel Best as the new Head of LOTE on 30 October. Daniel comes to us from the Secondary College of Languages and is an expert in HSC Spanish Continuers and Extension.
Congratulations to the following staff who have been appointed to the following substantive positions; Ms Gabrielle Bransby – Director Junior School, Mr Steve Ghattas – Assistant Director of the Junior School, Ms Charlotte Stephens – Assistant Director of Curriculum, and Mr Peter Lamb – Head of Drama.
We also would like to welcome back for the start of Term 4, Ms Natalie Oates – Head of Visual Arts, as she returns from Maternity leave. We thank Ms Jemma Turnbull (Acting Head of Visual Arts) and Mr Mark Neale (Acting Innovation Coordinator) respectively, for their fine work in these areas.
The 2023 HSC Drama class should be proud of their achievements. For their efforts, the class has received four individual nominations for OnSTAGE, the annual showcase of the best HSC Drama performances in the state! To be nominated indicates outstanding achievement in the subject.
Matthew Woods received an OnSTAGE nomination for his moving and compelling portrayal of the central character from The Curious Incident of the Dog at Night Time. Christopher, a young autistic boy who has recently lost his mother, sets out to solve the murder of Wellington the dog, using his maths ability and his fascination with details. He discovers far more than he bargained for. Matthew delivered a detailed and nuanced performance, packing a huge emotional punch.
Bert Cottell brought the character of Eugene Morris Jerome to life, from Neil Simon’s famous semi-autobiographical play, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Fourteen year-old Eugene is trying make sense of his fracturing family while dealing with the end of puberty and his sudden urgent interest in girls. Bert has created a tremendously charming and touching coming-of-age piece.
Sam Stewart tackled the fast-paced and physically intense play, Shadowboxing, by James Gaddas. Sam created a stunning emotional portrait of a son struggling with the complex memory of his estranged father, through the prism of the brutal world of professional boxing.
Evander Hudson explored the fractured emotional landscape of a soldier’s PTSD and the profound bond between Man and companion animal in, You’re my Horse. A haunted light horseman is driven to show the final mercy to his suffering best friend. Evander’s mature and compelling performance was devastatingly powerful.
Let’s celebrate the talent and hard work of the whole HSC Drama cohort of 2023!
Sleep is important for physical health, energy levels, recovering from injuries and illnesses, psychological wellbeing, mood, concentration, memory, school performance, and getting along with others. We don’t really pay attention to our sleep, until we start having problems with it. People need different amounts of sleep; however, most teenagers should aim for 8-10 hours of sleep each night.
Teenagers often juggle their need for sleep with other activities such as homework, spending time with friends, and sport and extra-curricular activities. They also have naturally later sleep cycles, which means they get sleepy later in the evening compared to adults, but early school starts don’t allow them to sleep in the mornings. It can be tricky, and many teenagers don’t get enough sleep, but there are small changes that can be made to get better sleep.
I encourage you to read the below resources from the Black Dog Institute to support your son over the holiday period to get into some solid sleep routines as he commences Term 4.
Click here to view the Sleep Ninja App
Click here to view the Sleep Resource for Teens
A reminder of our ICT update that will commence Term 4:
Please click here to view our updated Responsible Use of Technology Policy.
A hard copy of this policy will be located in the 2024 College diary.
I wish you all a safe and happy holiday period.
Ms Gabby Smith
Deputy Principal – Students
4th Payment – Only applies to Year 6* students continuing into Year 7 in 2024; due date 13/10/2023
*As per the updated conditions of enrolment and as indicated on the College website, all Years 5 and 7 enrolments, Term 1 tuition fees are charged in Term 4, in the year prior. This includes continuing Year 6 (2023) students into Year 7 (2024). This replaces the “continuing confirmation deposit” usually charged in the 3rd Payment to Year 6. Year 5 and 7 will still receive an invoice in Term 1, 2024 for any applicable sundries, sibling discounts, excursion fees and camps. Please be advised that if this payment is not made by the due date, your son’s enrolment will be forfeited, and his place will be offered to a waitlisted candidate.
Fees paid before 4pm on the Prompt payment date attract a $25.00 discount.
Any payment received after the due date will attract an Administrative Fee.
Please be advised that some financial institutions need more than 48 hours to process their payments (e.g. Internet/BPay/BPoint).
Please see the last page of your account for payment method and contact details.
You are reminded that, if you wish to withdraw your son from Waverley College, you are required to give one full Term’s notice in writing to the principal that your son’s enrolment will cease.
The last day you can give notice that your son’s enrolment is finishing at the end of a school Term, is the first day of the same Term. If not received by that date, you must pay one Term’s tuition fees plus GST.
The relevant dates for 2023-2024 are below:
We know it takes a lot more than just Santa and elves to make Christmas happen!
We need hard working, dedicated students to work as trolley collectors over the Christmas holidays to help ensure busy Christmas shoppers can safely transport their purchases.
We have Trolley Collection positions at Bondi Junction Woolworths.
Please call or text Recruitment Officer Hayley Lovegrove on 0433 558 007.
Congratulations to the staff, coaches and members of the Waverley College CAS Track & Field Team on an outstanding performance last Thursday and over the whole season. Mr Jeremy Roff and Ms Rebecca Gair have led this group superbly, and to achieve an equal 2nd with Knox is an amazing result. This is our best result since 1995 and we are looking to continue to build on this in the coming seasons.
A huge thank you also to all of the staff who assisted on the evening and also to the parents/carers and students who came out to support. The following students broke College records and will be recognised in the 2024 College Diary:
Well done to the following students:
|Age Champion 2023|
|13s||Alex Bissell||Lukas Pendleton and Vidas Levi|
|14s||Julian Minto||Payton Tarau|
|15s||Jonah Barrett-Fungalei||Paula Teisina|
|16s||Asher Thomasyu||Xavier Parish|
|17s||Ricardo Zanapalis||Campbell Groves|
|Opens||Ryan Harper||Billy Lions|
|Best Team Man 2023|
|CAS Best Performance 2023|
|Opens||4 x 100 opens relay
|Doug Ricketson Cup – Most Improved Athlete||Lachlan Grant|
|Brother Lewis Award – Best Hurdler||Ryan Harper|
|Garry Judd Cup – Best Team Man||Jacob Hassan|
|Jeremy Roff Award – Best Middle Distance Athlete||Campbell Groves|
|Morris Curotta Cup – CAS Most Outstanding Athlete||Ryan Harper|
Last Saturday, we also had our first round of summer sport trials for Basketball, Cricket, Tennis, Touch Football and Water Polo. Teams will be announced soon, so we can go straight into training at the commencement of Term 4.
We do also have some holiday activities including some 1st XI Cricket fixtures and Basketball tournaments and camps.
I want to wish all of those students and coaches the very best for those upcoming activities and the whole College community a wonderful holiday period.
Dear Waverley Basketball Community,
Please see the details below for our upcoming Season Launch.
When: Friday, 13 October 2023, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Waverley College, Brother JP Lacey Gymnasium
131 Birrell Street Waverley 2024
Cost: $20.00 per person (+ 0.50c per ticket TryBooking fee). Includes buffet-style dinner and soft drink / water. BYO any other drinks.
The night will feature:
Ticket sales and raffle sales go towards fundraising efforts of the Basketball Supporters’ Club (all funds go back into the Basketball program to benefit the players).
For more information and for dietary requirements, please contact:
Juliette Carter (email@example.com) or Milla Palacio (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We are honoured to be hosting a private viewing of the FA Cup and the Premier League Trophy on Wednesday, 11 October, 1:30pm – 3pm, brought to us by Manchester City, the 2023 treble-winners.
This private viewing is for any student who would like to have a photo taken with the trophies. They will be excused from class for 10 minutes.