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Thomas Walker and Keyaan Abrahams (Year 11) were successful in their recent applications to undertake work experience with Fire and Rescue NSW.

They have spent this past week working productively at FRNSW Emergency Services Academy. They absolutely loved every minute of it.

Congratulations, Thomas and Keyaan for being such impressive ambassadors for our College.

Thomas Walker and Keyaan Abrahams


Ms Kath Knowles

Senior Studies & Careers Coodinator

What a year 2022 has been! It is hard to believe school has now finished and we are about to enter the Christmas break. I would like to thank Mr Stephen Ghattas for the beautiful celebration of graduation held at Mary Immaculate Church last Friday, for our Year 6 students. It was a wonderful celebration and we wish our Year 6 cohort all the best as they enter into their next learning journey – high school. 

This week, we said our goodbyes to three staff members in our community – Ms Tanya Buttling (2 years), Ms Jenny Hoare (12 years) and Ms Audrey Coupe (37 years). There were plenty of tears and celebrations this week, and we wish them all the very best in whatever journey lies ahead for them.

I want to thank all parents and carers for your support through such an amazing year. The College and our students operate at their best when there is a strong connection between the College and the community. I am so proud of our students and their growth this year, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings. 

Have a fantastic Christmas break, stay safe, enjoy the sun, and take care of one another. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 


Ms Gaby Bransby

(Acting) Director of the Junior School


Year 6 Excursion to Raging Waters

What a delight it was to take the Year 6 students to Raging Waters and share in their end of year celebration. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, and the boys were full of excitement as they boarded the buses.

Plenty of fun was had by all, as they raced around the park venturing down the many different waterslides, lazed around in the Dinosaur Lagoon, or swam in the beach wave pool.

Their behaviour throughout the day was exceptional, and I am sure they will hold onto some very special memories.

Raging Waters

Raging Waters - Year 6

Raging Waters - Year 6

Raging Waters - Year 6


Mr Stephen Ghattas

Year 6 Indigo Classroom Teacher

(Acting) Assistant Director of Junior School/Student Formation


Summer Co-Curricular Awards

A massive congratulations to all students who received a Summer Co-Curricular award at the assembly at the beginning of the week. An uninterrupted Term 4 of sport truly made up for all the cancellations in Term 1.

It was a fantastic term of sport, and I commend all students for their dedication and participation in their chosen sport and selected team. 

Summer Sport Award Winners - Water Polo

Summer Sport Award Winners – Water Polo

Summer Sport Award Winners - Years 5 and 6 Cricket

Summer Sport Award Winners – Years 5 and 6 Cricket

Summer Sport Award Winners - Touch Football

Summer Sport Award Winners – Touch Football

External Sporting Achievements

State Cup Oztag

After the State Cup Oztag Tournament in Coffs Harbour early this year, based on skill and performance, Marcus Strbac was very lucky to be selected to represent the Under 12s Southern City Seahawks team. This representative team was made up of players from Cronulla, Sutherland, East Hills, Easts and Souths. 

The one-day tournament was played in Shellharbour. The Under 12s boys played four games, all of which they won, and went into the Grand Final Undefeated. With teamwork, determination and amazing talent, the boys won the Grand Final 3-2, taking home the gold medal. 

Marcus had an amazing experience, along with meeting a whole new bunch of friends! We congratulate him for his achievements.

Marcus Strbac - Southern City Seahawks

Marcus Strbac – Southern City Seahawks

NSW Junior Metropolitan Swim Championships Trials

Hugo Bindner and Charles Carrano made the qualifying times to compete at the NSW Junior Metropolitan Swim Championships at Homebush.

Hugo had two top-10 finishes, and we’re very proud of the achievements of both students.

Charles Carrano and Hugo Bindner - NSW Junior Metropolitan Swim Championships Trials

Charles Carrano and Hugo Bindner – NSW Junior Metropolitan Swim Championships Trials

Hugo Bindner - NSW Junior Metropolitan Swim Championships Trials

Hugo Bindner – NSW Junior Metropolitan Swim Championships Trials


Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-curricular (Year 5-8)

Christmas Message 

“Take time to see the quiet miracles that seek no attention.” ~ John O’Donohue

We have come to the end of our school year, and we are looking forward to a rest, reflection time and hopefully a hot and dry summer break. At this time of year, we  turn our attention to Christmas — but not yet! We await the arrival of Jesus Christ. We remember and celebrate his birth in a stable two thousand years ago, but we also wait upon his coming into our lives every day in the words of the gospel, in the eucharist, and through our unity as sisters and brothers. 

This once and future arrival (adveniens) of Christ, is what we celebrate every year at Christmas. The season of Advent is a time to prepare. All our life is an advent. We await Jesus’ arrival, we prepare the way of the Kingdom of God, we celebrate the birth of each new day. United as sisters and brothers, and dedicated to serve one another, we celebrate the love that lights the world.

Thank you to all parents and carers, Old Boys and members of our wider community, for again supporting the College throughout 2022. Thank you to our students who have performed very well. And, I thank the teachers and support staff on your behalf, for their hard work and care throughout the year. 

I wish everyone a safe, merry and holy Christmas.  


At The End Of The Year


As this year draws to its end,

We give thanks for the gifts it brought

And how they became inlaid within

Where neither time nor tide can touch them.


The days when the veil lifted

And the soul could see delight;

When a quiver caressed the heart

In the sheer exuberance of being here.


Surprises that came awake

In forgotten corners of old fields

Where expectation seemed to have quenched.


The slow, brooding times

When all was awkward

And the wave in the mind

Pierced every sore with salt.


The darkened days that stopped

The confidence of the dawn.


Days when beloved faces shone brighter

With light from beyond themselves;

And from the granite of some secret sorrow

A stream of buried tears loosened.


We bless this year for all we learned,

For all we loved and lost

And for the quiet way it brought us

Nearer to our invisible destination.


John O’Donohue (Irish Priest, author and poet) 


Congratulations to all of the College Award Winners for 2022

Year 5 Awards 2022

Noah Nunn – Social Impact Award

Leo Vigil – Academic Achievement Award 5 Blue

Kalan Fisher – Christian Leadership Award 5 Blue

Leo Henderson – Class Achievement Award 5 Blue

Rio Kelly – Creative Arts Award 5 Blue

James Draper – Academic Achievement Award 5 Gold

Marcus Millard – Christian Leadership Award 5 Gold

James Ganson – Class Achievement Award 5 Gold

Harvey Smith – Creative Arts Award 5 Gold

Tom Brown – Academic Achievement Award 5 Indigo

Sebastian Karhan – Christian Leadership Award 5 Indigo

Sam Burrows – Class Achievement Award 5 Indigo

Fred Cross – Creative Arts Award 5 Indigo

Ryan Loughrey – Academic Achievement Award 5 Orange

Jack Burrows – Christian Leadership Award 5 Orange

Braxton Dow – Class Achievement Award 5 Orange

Boyd Haslam – Creative Arts Award 5 Orange

Max Service – Academic Achievement Award 5 Red

Jack Baker Sedgman – Christian Leadership Award 5 Red

Hopper Dyke-Miller – Class Achievement Award 5 Red

Joseph Madden – Creative Arts Award 5 Red

Byron Campbell – Academic Achievement Award 5 White

Cormac Maher – Christian Leadership Award 5 White

Harry McKeon – Class Achievement Award 5 White

Aristotelis Evgenidis – Creative Arts Award 5 White


Year 6 Awards 2022

Thomas Stillone – Academic Achievement Award 

Cooper Mott – Christian Leadership Award 

Frederick Crabbe – Class Achievement Award 

Luc Frampton – Creative Arts Award 

William Frinsdorf – Academic Achievement Award

Jack Stuart – Christian Leadership Award 

Jack McCallum – Class Achievement Award

Henry Jones – Creative Arts Award

Ishaan Jeena – Academic Achievement Award 

Vincent Kapos – Christian Leadership Award 

Aiden McNee – Class Achievement Award 

Beau Matheson-Rayner – Creative Arts Award 

Liam Madden – Academic Achievement Award 

Oscar Nicholson – Christian Leadership Award 

Henry Walker – Class Achievement Award 

Max Bracic – Creative Arts Award

Jasper Lumsden – Academic Achievement Award 

Aiden Reay – Christian Leadership Award 

Charlie Tucker – Class Achievement Award 

Jeremy Pounder – Creative Arts Award 

Raphael Winterburn – Academic Achievement Award 

Lincoln Hamilton – Christian Leadership Award

Quinn Brodie – Class Achievement Award 

Henry O’Donnell – Creative Arts Award 

Year 6 Major Awards

Thomas StilloneThe Edmund Rice Trophy for Academic Excellence

Henry WalkerBr J P Lacey Memorial Trophy for Study, Leadership and Co-Curricular Involvement

Lukas PendletonBr M M O’Connor Award for Outstanding Sportsmanship

Lincon HamiltonThe Judge Paul Urquhart Award for Social Justice

Charlie GriffinThe Waterford Trophy for Performing Arts

Harry DemetriosHelen Newman Award for Service

Max WuWaverley Council Citizenship Award

Jonah NiopliasThe Old Boys’ Union Award


Year 7 Academic Awards 2022

Henry GoldrichDrama Equal First

Lachlan ChalmersDrama Equal First

Richard NestorEnglish

Axel StapletonGeography

Hamish WilsonTechnology

Ryan McNamaraPrincipal’s Award for Sport

Oliver IsaacDrama Equal First; Music; Steve Frangos Memorial Prize for Musicianship

Alexander KingPDH&PE; Nicholas Farrow Memorial Prize for the Spirit of Year Seven

Finley CromerScience; 3rd in Academic Results

Alexander AvdalisMathematics; 2nd in Academic Results

Daniel MorrowFr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion; Dux of Year 7


Year 8 Academic Awards 2022

Benjamin DarcyEnglish Equal First

Payton TarauPrincipal’s Award for Sport

Ryan MurphyPrize for Musicianship

Luke NezvalMartin Robinson Memorial Award for Service & Integrity

Dante FernVisual Arts; Equal 3rd in Academic Results

James BarberMathematics; 2nd in Academic Results

Benjamin CromerEnglish Equal First; History; PDH&PE; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion; Science; Spanish; Technology; Dux of Year 8


Year 9 Academic Awards 2022

Finlay WildeGraphics Technology

Fred CarmodyDesign & Technology

William DawsonHistory Elective

Yianni HatjinikitasIndustrial Technology Wood

Tomas CrossonInformation Software Technology

Mark RedeMathematics Level 3 Equal First

Harry CreweMathematics Level 2

Ethan RichMathematics Level 1

Lieme ChanMusic

Montgomery ArmstrongPhotography

Yannick HottScience

Harry PapworthSpanish

Hamish WhittenWork Education

Sam CaroFood Technology; Geography

Lachlan MarzolCommerce; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion; Equal First

Renato RovacchiSTEM; Mathematics Level 3 Equal First; Visual Arts

Ben PignatelliPrincipal’s Award for Sport

Max SheeyPrize for Musicianship

Lucas CraikNed Silva Award for Most Improved Effort in Year Nine

Kaden BakerApplied Philosophy; Physical & Sport Studies; 3rd in Academic Results

Harrison ThorpeAccelerated Mathematics; Drama Equal First; PDH&PE; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion Equal First; 2nd in Academic Results

James PeateDrama Equal First; English; Dux of Year 9


Year 10 Academic Awards 2022

William KirkInformation Software Technology

Will HughesDesign & Technology

Luke CrossonDrama

Ewan McDonaldHistory Elective

Jack KervesIndustrial Technology Wood

Marcus Henderson – Mathematics Accelerated

Jock EdwardsMathematics Level 3

Remy FramptonMathematics Level 2; Social Impact Award

David EishoMathematics Level 1

Robert MuirMusic

Oliver MalzardPhotography

James BirbasSpanish

Henry WhitehouseWork Education

Otto HulewiczHistory Equal First; Visual Arts

Ehren LittlePrincipal’s Award for Sport

Robbie MuirPrize for Musicianship

Lachlan MirandaADF Long Tan Award; Commerce; History Equal First; PDH&PE; Anthony Tarlinton Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievements in Study & College Activities

James MedlandApplied Philosophy; Physical & Sport Studies; 3rd in Academic Results

Ricardo ZanapalisFood Technology; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion; 2nd in Academic Results

Bailey BarkerADF Future Innovators Award; English; History Equal First; Science; STEM; Dux of Year 10


Year 11 Academic Awards 2022

Benjamin StirlingOpen High School Achievement Certificate

Bert CottellPremier’s Respect Award

Luca HolmesBiology Equal First

Jett WandaConstruction

Christopher ArmstrongDesign & Technology

Sam StewartDrama

Lachlan McMunnEnglish Standard

Vasili VertsonisExtension English

Thomas BrenchleyGeography

Wilford HydeHospitality

Mitchell CahillIndustrial Technology Equal First

Thomas GleesonIndustrial Technology Equal First

Penn O’ConnorInvestigating Science

Jacob WalkerMathematics Standard Equal First

Matthew WoodsMathematics Standard Equal First

Frederick Le VayMusic Course I

Angus BirrellMusic Course II

Daniel PalacioSpanish Beginners

Finn StranixVisual Arts

Anderson FranulovichVisual Design

Tom HughesMathematics Advanced Equal First

Malachy BroughMathematics Advanced Equal First; Mathematics Extension

Leo SchmidStudies In Catholic Thought; Sport Life & Recreation; Marine Studies; English Studies

Liam RussellRyan Shiels Memorial Prize for Musicianship

Zion Ahosivi PoitahaGreg Carmody Memorial Prize for Best All Round Sportsman

Jack PrellerFood Technology; Year 11 All Rounder Award

Theo Varvaressos – Biology Equal First; Arthur & Mollie Burke Memorial Prize for English Advanced; Modern History; 3rd in Academic Results

Liam WoodAncient History; Spanish Continuers; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Studies of Religion I; 2nd in Academic Results

Jake PerksChemistry; UNSW Australia Prize for Economics; Mathematics Accelerated; Physics; Dux of Year 11

Charles Hely-HammondBusiness Studies; Legal Studies; PDH&PE; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Studies of Religion II; Dux of Year 11


Gold Award Prize Draw Winners


Liberating Education Award 

Congratulations to Ms Natasha Zivanovic, on receiving the EREA Charter Award for Liberating Education. Natasha was selected from 4,500 staff of 55 EREA schools in Australia, for the amazing work she is doing liberating education at the Junior School. Natasha and her husband attended a ceremony down in Melbourne last weekend.

Ms Natasha Zivanovic with Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Ms Natasha Zivanovic with Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Wavelength Coming Soon

The Waverley bi-annual alumni magazine Wavelength will be published soon, and posted to all Old Boys and Waverley families in December. Wavelength celebrates the achievements and news of our students and Old Boy community, with this edition featuring engaging articles about Cadet leadership, Ecology, our Indigenous Walawaani Program, coeducational achievements, Professor Ian Hickie AM (Class of 1976), Daniel Ardilley ASC (Class of 1984), a nostalgic contribution from Chris O’Sullivan (Class of 1965/66), and more.

HSC Nominations

Each year, students in Technologies and the Creative Arts are nominated for their HSC achievements in individual performance/s and projects. This is outstanding external recognition in highly competitive fields, and an acknowledgment that they are amongst the best in the State. I know you will join me in congratulating the following talented students:

HSC Showcase Encore

Nominated for possible inclusion for a selection of performances and compositions in HSC Music:

Please consider attending the HSC Showcase, Encore, at the Sydney Opera House, on Monday, 27 February 2023.

HSC Showcase OnStage  – Individual Performance 

Nominated for possible inclusion for individual performance in HSC Drama.

OnStage is a selection of performances and individual projects from HSC Drama students and will be held at the Seymour Centre in February 2023.

InTech and Shape HSC Exhibition 2022 Nomination

InTech 2022

Nominated for possible inclusion in InTech, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Projects developed by HSC Industrial Technology students: 

A number of projects will be selected for Shape 2022, the combined exhibition of HSC Technology projects at the Powerhouse, Ultimo, Sydney from 3 March to 21 May 2023. 

Shape 2022 

Design and Technology student/s nominated for possible inclusion in Shape 2022:

Shape is an annual exhibition of exemplary Major Projects developed by HSC Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design students.

As we conclude 2022, I would like to acknowledge the efforts made by so very many of our students, staff and parents/carers in the Waverley community during the course of this year. The extraordinary commitment made by all our staff, academic and support staff alike, means that we can continue to succeed and flourish as a learning community.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the community for welcoming me into this role. I will return for Semester 1, 2023 as (Acting) Deputy Principal – Students, and look forward to a continued partnership with all our families. 

We have had an extraordinary year, having returned to full-time school after two years of instability. Students have had to reconnect with their peers and they have all shown great resilience and courage. 

Due to the upheaval COVID-19 has brought, and the adjustments students have had to make to settle back into school, we have adjusted some of our College expectations. However, as we welcome our students back to 2023, I would like to draw your attention to updated College policies that we expect all our students to adhere to. 


Waverley College has a strict haircut policy, which all students are required to adhere to. 

◆ Hair should be neatly cut, combed and maintained. Hair should be shorter than the collar.

◆ Long hair or outlandish styles are not acceptable.

◆ Undercut styles, dramatic layering, tracks, mohawks, mullets, overuse of product, tinting, colouring, dreadlocks, strands of hair, buns, braids or lines are not acceptable.

◆ A number 2 cut is the shortest acceptable cut.

◆ If students do not comply with a request by their Head of House to address any breaches, they will then have three options:

  1. Go immediately to the barber at Charing Cross and have the inappropriate haircut rectified.
  2. Return home until such time as the inappropriate haircut is rectified.

If your son arrives at the College at the commencement of 2023 with a haircut that is not inline with College policy, he will be sent home on his first day at the College to rectify this. 

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are a distraction to students in school. During school hours, they should be focussing on learning and their relationships with the people around them. 

Unfortunately, mobile phones are often used inappropriately. Students use them to photograph or video, often without the permission of the subject. They are also often the tool used by cyber-bullies and those who target others over social media. We believe that children should be protected from this, during school time.

We have seen an increase in students taking photos of staff members, sharing these or uploading them to social media. This is a massive invasion of privacy for our staff, and any students who do this, will receive a two-day suspension. 

Therefore, for the safety and wellbeing of students, our mobile phone policy is as follows:

At the Senior School (Years 7 – 12)

◆ Devices are to be stored in lockers, and preferably placed on silent or flight mode to eliminate loud ringtones. They can only be used next to one’s locker before school, recess, lunch, or after school for short periods of time.

◆ The only exception to this is when students are instructed to contact their parent/carer regarding variations to scheduled events, or, under direct teacher supervision, they may use their device.

◆ Devices cannot be taken to class (every student has a laptop in class).

◆ If a mobile phone is brought to any class, a student will receive a one-hour detention. If they continue to bring their phone to class, they will receive a three-hour detention.

◆ Parents needing to contact their son during class time, should contact school reception directly.

◆ Students found to have mobile devices switched ‘on’, using devices to ‘hotspot’ laptops to external data sources, bypassing the College’s network, or used in any way deemed inappropriate by College staff or supervising adult, can expect a one-hour detention. Mobile phones will be confiscated if it becomes a distraction to the learning process, has been a medium for a breach of privacy, or holds information pertaining to a crime. Parents or carers will be notified immediately about any confiscation.

At the Junior School (Years 5 – 6)

◆ Devices are collected in the classroom at the beginning of the day, and placed securely in a locked cupboard. At the end of the school day, they are collected and returned to each student.


Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, it creates an identity for a school, and is an important part of being a school student. Uniforms show that you are part of an organisation. Wearing it says, we’re all in this together. 

We ask that students wear their uniform with pride, which includes wearing the shirt tucked in at all times. 

We also ask that students ensure they are wearing appropriate footwear. Please see our expectations below:


Standard black leather lace-up shoes are the only acceptable footwear, except during sport.

No suede or branded shoes ie: Nike, New Balance, ASICS etc. Shoes must be of a leather type that can be polished to a shine. Shoes with coloured stitching or other embellishments such as buckles, are not acceptable. Boots of any type are not permissible.

I ask that all families please support the College in adhering to these policies as we commence 2023. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

I wish our entire community a safe and happy holiday, and look forward to the return of our students next year. 


Ms Gabrielle Smith

(Acting) Deputy Principal – Students

Flave is currently recruiting students for front of house and back of house team members at Flave for two locations, one in Bondi (Hall Street) and one in Bondi Junction (inside the David Jones Food Hall.)

Flave provides detailed training and skills experience.


Email Operations Manager, Joy Boustani at with your resume and your preferred location (Bondi or Bondi Junction).

More Information

Congratulations on the end of your secondary school life! Please consider donating your uniforms to the Secondhand Clothing Pool, there is a blue donation bin at reception. This provides someone else with the opportunity to purchase a secondhand uniform well below the new price, and at the same time, raising funds for the students of the College through the Parents’ Association.

$30 Buy Back Scheme – Blazer and All Weather Jackets

Did you know that there is a $30 ‘buy back scheme’ for the donation of Blazers and All Weather Jackets in excellent condition?

Leave your donations at the Senior School campus reception in the blue Secondhand Clothing Pool donation bin. (If leaving Blazers and All Weather Jackets, please include name and phone number inside the bag, and we will contact you to arrange ‘buy-back.’)

Email us for more information or visit us on Monday mornings or Wednesday afternoons during term.

2022 Opening Hours

2023 Opening Hours

The first day open will be Monday, 30 January 2023, 8:20-9:30am


You will find us in the main building on Birrell Street. Enter via the Senior School campus reception, and take the lift to Level 3. The Secondhand Clothing Pool is next door to the Uniform Shop.


For more information or to make an appointment, please email the Secondhand Clothing Pool.
(02) 9369 0703 — please leave a voicemail, and one of our volunteers will get back to you.

Secondhand clothing pool donation box

Secondhand Clothing Pool donation box in Senior School Reception


Camille and Kirsten

Secondhand Clothing Pool Coordinators

Short answer – anything and everything.

Whatever your son wants to read, go with it!

According to Kenny Pieper, author of “Reading for Pleasure: a Passport to Everywhere”, all adults have a responsibility to be reading role models. We  need to step up and be their reading mentors, getting involved in their lives, or at least be the ones who will properly encourage them to turn the key. It won’t happen by accident. 

Equally in “The Enchanted Hour” by Meghan Cox Gurdon, we, as adults, are asked to “Imagine an elixir so strong that a daily dose makes your family smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached. Now imagine that you can have it without spending a dime. It all starts with a story, a voice, and a place to sit…” 

10 minutes each day, will have a significant impact on your son’s wider learning capacity and confidence, not to mention the benefits to their reading ability and mental health.

If you are still struggling to get your son to read for 10 minutes each day, hit them with this fact, from Yale researchers: “People who read live longer than those who don’t!” The results of a study conducted in 2016 are startling. “Analyses demonstrated that any level of book reading gave a significantly stronger survival advantage than reading textbooks. Book reading rather than reading in general is driving a survival advantage.”

Why might this be the case? Apparently it comes down to two factors. Deep reading of novels  is a slow process, where the reader engages with the book and seeks to understand it within its own context, and within the context of the outside world.

Emotional connection is where the reader empathises with the characters, and that promotes social perception and emotional intelligence. There are no real downsides to reading, other than making the time for it.

Reading Ideas

Younger Readers


Book of the Year - Older Readers

Graphic Novels



Where to go for More Ideas?


Ms Mary Ryan

Literacy Coordinator and English Teacher


Reading for Families over the Summer School Holidays

Give your sons and families the beautiful experience of reading, this summer.

Waverley College is a member of the International Boys’ School Coalition, and they have produced a neat graphic outlining five simple things parents/carers can do, to help their sons read more.

This summer will be a great time to give these tips a go.

I myself, have found that setting small goals of even just reading for 10 minutes, can start the momentum.

To access books, one activity to consider, is to visit your local library as a family. Randwick City Libraries, for example, have current and engaging children’s and Young Adult fiction. This can be a helpful way to try out reading, to find what might be of interest to your sons and yourself!

And if in the city, drop into the City of Sydney’s Customs House Library, just opposite Circular Quay. A brilliant spot for a rest and a boost.

And of course, the College Library provides audio and ebooks via the Library CANVAS page, all summer long! Click on the Ebooks and Audiobooks icon.

Year 12 reading

Word Fun Activity

As a family, review together the People’s Choice winners for the Macquarie’s Dictionary 2022 words of the year. Great fun!

Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year 2022

The Role of Wikipedia

The concise article below by Mathieu O’Neil and Rachel Cunneen, gives an overview of the role Wikipedia can play. One key point is that the references listed in Wikipedia are a solid start, when beginning research.

Digital Literacy: using Wikipedia as a fact-checking tool

“Given the usefulness of Wikipedia as both a source of information and as a media literacy teaching tool, this article was intended to change the narrative around Wikipedia”.

If your sons like Wikipedia, this can be a way to boost reading as well. Use Wikipedia not just for research, but for reading around hobbies and interests, leading to further discoveries and reading.

Year 12 reading

More About Boys and Reading

Boys and Reading – A Quick Guide For Parents


Mr Bill Roberts

Head of Library Services

The Waverley College Uniform Shop will operate with different trading hours during the December/January school holidays. It is open to all families.

* ‘Appointment Only’ time slots are available for 2023 new students/parents/carers. New parents/carers need to make an appointment for their son to be fitted for his uniform.

Please check the trading hours carefully, so that your son can be fitted before his first day of Term 1, 2023.

Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours

We look forward to assisting you with your uniform.

Waverley College Uniform Shop

Level 3 Centenary Building
Senior School Campus
(Enter via reception and take the lift to the 3rd Floor)
131 Birrell Street Waverley 

(02) 9369 0709

2022 Holiday Trading Hours

2023 New Opening Hours – Now Open Monday mornings 8:20-9:30am and Wednesday afternoons 2:30-3:30pm 

We are slowly rebuilding stock levels and are pleased to be able to offer lots more items for sale. Email us to check on stock and size availability.

We do have:

Please email us to check size and stock availability

If your son has outgrown his uniform, please consider donating it to the Secondhand Clothing Pool. This provides someone else with the opportunity to purchase a secondhand uniform well below the new price, whilst at the same time, raising funds for the students at the College through the Parents’ Association.

The Secondhand Clothing Pool will gladly accept the donation of all clean and wearable current uniform items for resale.

$30 Buy Back Scheme – Blazer and All Weather Jackets

There is a $30 ‘buy back scheme’ for the donation of Blazers and All Weather Jackets in excellent condition.

Email us for more information or visit us on Monday mornings or Wednesday afternoons during term.

Where Can Donations Be Left?

At the Senior School campus reception in the blue Secondhand Clothing Pool donation box. (If leaving Blazers and All Weather Jackets, please include name and phone number inside the bag, and we will contact you to arrange ‘buy-back.’)


For more information on stock availability or to make an appointment, please email the Secondhand Clothing Pool.
(02) 9369 0703 — please leave a voicemail, and one of our volunteers will get back to you


You will find us in the main building on Birrell Street. Enter via the Senior School campus reception, and take the lift to Level 3. The Secondhand Clothing Pool is next door to the Uniform Shop.

Opening Hours

Mondays, 8:20am-9:30am and Wednesdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm during term.

Secondhand clothing pool donation box

Secondhand Clothing Pool donation box in Senior School Reception


Camille and Kirsten

Secondhand Clothing Pool Coordinators

2023 Co-curricular Reminders


Last Saturday saw the final few fixtures for the 2022 year. Well done to those Water Polo and Cricket sides that performed well, with Will Hickey scoring an unbeaten century for the 1st XI against Barker, and the 2nds Water Polo on a gritty victory.

Congratulations, Will Hickey

Congratulations, Will Hickey

I also want to congratulate Oliver Aboud and Zion Poitaha on their recent selections in the Rugby Australia U16 development squad.

We were also so excited to have three Waverley College Old Boys all on the field at the same time, representing the Wallabies in their famous ‘come from behind’ victory against Wales on Saturday. Well done to Jed Holloway, Ben Donaldson and Sam Talakai.

Ben Donaldson, Sam Talakai and Jed Holloway

Ben Donaldson, Sam Talakai and Jed Holloway

Summer Season 2022-23

We commence the second half of the summer season in Term 1 2023, as well as welcoming our new Year 7s into the Senior School. The training schedule that was published this term will remain the same for those students in Years 8-12, however, we will also be accommodating that new year group.

For the first three weeks of Term 1, 2023, we will also be accepting Winter Activity change requests. Any requests submitted after Week 3 will not be considered. A request also does not guarantee that we can accommodate all changes.

Leave Requests Per Calendar Year

I also understand that we have a large number of students who undertake a range of external activities, and many of these happen in Term 1 such as Touch Football State Cup, Oztag and Surf-Lifesaving Championships.

Please note that any student is entitled to two leave requests in a calendar year, and that these must be in writing to myself with two weeks’ notice where possible.

Students and parents/carers also need to be aware of other events happening throughout the year, and be selective for when they decide to request these exemptions.

Please do not use the College app to apply for leave. Any absences due to illness or injury can be recorded through the College app.

SwimFit, Pre-Season Rugby and Football, and Cricket Camps

A number of activities occur over the Christmas break, including SwimFit, Pre-Season Rugby and Football, and Cricket Camps. Those students keen on these, need to check their emails and the Waverley College app for the necessary invitations, and to sign up.


For any family departing Waverley College at the end of this year, I want to wish you well and thank you for all of your efforts and contribution to the co-curricular program at Waverley.

I hope our whole community have a safe, happy and Holy Christmas.

As Term 4 draws to a close, I want to extend my gratitude to all within the Cricket community for their support in an enjoyable return to a normalised season of CAS Cricket.

The Parent v Son game was another fantastic display of community spirit within our College, and was a delightful afternoon for all involved. Thank you to the new president of the Supporters’ Group, Craig McDonald, for all his work organising this event. 

After two disrupted seasons of COVID-19, and the constant threat of La Niña, we have successfully facilitated regular two-day Cricket, which has improved the boys’ development. Participation in the morning Batting Club has also been a clear example of the boys’ eagerness to improve their skill set and match performance.

Term 4 2022 Individual Batting Performances

Over the past term, we have been witness to some outstanding individual performances:

Players Score Team
Will Livissianis 115* v St Aloysius’ 9A
Luke Duffy 101* v Trinity 8B
Thomas Rudolph 110 v Cranbrook 9A
Ashton Hourn 124 v Cranbrook 9A
Thomas Rudolph 101 v Trinity 9A
Asher Dowd 102 v Trinity 9A
Hunter Eldridge 117 v Cranbrook 1st XI
William Hickey 100* v Barker 1st XI

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Player Score Team
William Hickey 52* v Knox 1st XI
Hirav Gandhi 52 v Knox 1st XI
Charles Coughlan 53 v St Aloysius’ 2nd XI
James Fragias 62 v Trinity 2nd XI
Frederick Le Vay 62 v Trinity 2nd XI
Charles Coughlan 90 v Trinity 10A
Charlie Short 67 v Trinity 10A
Benjamin Van Dam 83 v Trinity 10A
William Bayly 54 v Trinity 8B
William Bayly 68 v Barker 8B
Kaden Maquire 55 v Barker 8B
Henry Reid 57* v St Aloysius’ 8A
Zander Bass 54 v Barker 10A
Ashton Hourn 59 v Barker 9A

Standout Performances

Notably, over the last two weekends, standout displays of batting prowess have come from Thomas Rudolph 101 (9A), Asher Dowd 102 (9A), Zander Bass 54 (10A), Kaden Maquire 55 (8A), James Fragias 62 (2nd XI) and Freddie Le Vay 62 (2nd XI).

Asher Dowd

Congratulations, Asher Dowd

Thomas Rudolph has scored back-to-back centuries, with his first against Cranbrook and the second against Trinity.

Thomas Rudolph

Congratulations, Thomas Rudolph

I would also like to recognise the grit of James Fragias, who took to the centre in a troubling time for the seconds, being down 5/48. Fragias opened up with his new Gunn & Moore – stickers gleaming – to put the 2nd XI in a much more securable position.

James Fragias

Congratulations, James Fragias

Zander Bass also carried his team to a first innings victory in regulation playing time, blasting 10 boundaries to knock a 54 against Barker. Thank you to coach Leo Shanahan, and all the players of the 10A, for the mature manner in which they conducted themselves. 

William Hickey‘s century against Barker was another display of Waverley guts and determination, whilst also a unique knock that was well overdue for the Hickey family. William took to the crease after a quick fall of wickets on Day 1, and finished the afternoon on 64. On Day 2, Will chose his shots wisely to gain his century comfortably, putting 11 balls to the fence.

Congratulations, Will Hickey

Congratulations, Will Hickey

William is a fourth-generation Waverlian. William’s great-grandfather and grandfather – both named John Hickey – played in the 1st XI of 1912 and 1939, respectively. William’s father, Denis Hickey, was a member of the 1979 championship 1st XI. William’s older brother also played in the 2019/20 1st XI. Despite this long generational connection with the College, William is the first member to score a century, and make his mark on the Pavilion honour board. I am sure the Hickey family are exceptionally proud of William’s efforts. William’s performance on Saturday is a testament to his firm resolve and will to represent his College proudly. Congratulations, William. 

Will Hickey congratulated by the 1st XI

Will Hickey congratulated by the 1st XI

Matthew Frost also earned his spot on the honour board, taking 5/47 in the same 1st XI match against Barker. Matthew’s five-wicket haul was only inevitable due to all his hard work at training, and the energy he brings on Saturdays. Matthew has become very comfortable with the Queens Park wicket, taking 4/26 in Round 2 against St Aloysius.’ I am sure Matthew’s next goal is to carry his bat with a maiden 1st XI century. 

Internal Cricket Camps for Junior and Senior Players

Lastly, a reminder that the College is offering two internal cricket camps for Waverley College students. These camps cater to both our junior and senior players, with days designated to these differing age groups.

Please click the button below for the College events page which includes the Trybooking links. 

College Events page – January Cricket Camps Trybooking Links

Wishing everyone a very happy and merry summer holiday!

As the Term and College year are now officially finished and with some students having been away over the last couple of weeks, the Book Hire Room will be open 8am-4pm, as well as a crate placed at the Senior School Reception from Monday, 5 December until Wednesday, 7 December for any outstanding textbooks that need to be returned.

Thank you so much for all your help and wishing everyone happy holidays!