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Cadets News

Passing Out Parade

CAS Drill Competition

It has been a busy week in the Cadet Unit, with our CAS Drill Team performing brilliantly at the CAS Drill Competition on Wednesday, 31 May. Hosted by Waverley College at St Catherine’s School, we welcomed our friends from Barker, Knox, St Aloysius’ and Trinity, competing for the CAS Trophy with a challenging Drill routine.

While Trinity went home with the trophy, our team was exceptional in their preparation, their uniform, their team spirit and their drill execution. Expertly commanded by the RSM, WO1 Angus Birrell, they were deservedly proud of their performance.

Thank you and congratulations to: WO1 Angus Birrell, WO2 James Birbas, WO2 Emma Hartwig, WO2 Oliver Malzard, WO2 Meg O’Connor, WO2 Hayley Paddock, WO2 Luca Patrick-Watkins, SGT Matthew Garrop, SGT Mitchel Ho, SGT Campbell Porteus, SGT Reuben Seroa, SGT Aodhan Williams, SGT Zara Wiseman, CPL Kimmi Bilmon, CPL Daniela Comino, CPL Toby Fernandez, CPL Yannick Hott, CPL Lachlan Isaac, CPL Lara Karlovsky, CPL Lachlan Marzol, CPL Renato Rovacchi, CPL Amelie Salem, CPL Abigail Salem, CPL Benjamin Webb.

Cadets Drill Competition

CAS Drill Competition

CAS Drill Competition

Passing Out Parade

Sunday was a very special day in the Cadet Calendar as we farewelled our graduating Year 12 Cadets at the conclusion of their years of service to the Unit. The Annual Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to bring our parents and community together to celebrate the successes of the year.

Reviewed by COL Nicholas de Bont, Commander NSW AAC 2nd Brigade, our Unit paraded proudly for the last time under the command of  the SUO, Kayla Heng. Our cadets were resplendent in their Ceremonial DPCU, demonstrating their respect for tradition, for the Cadet Unit, and for our Senior Ranks as they complete their leadership of the Unit.

Passing Out Parade

Congratulations to our 2023 Prize Winners for their dedication and commitment to the Unit over the past year:

Waverley College Cadet Unit 2023 Awards

Most Efficient Cadet in the Field

A COY                        CDT Dante Fearn and CDT Archie Campbell

B COY                        CDT James Grant

C COY                        CDT Ryan Murphy and CDT Finnian McCarthy

D COY                        CDT Ben Cromer

SPT COY                   CPL Jacques Dezarnaulds

Most Efficient JNCO Awards

A COY                        CPL Archie Godby and CPL Amelie Salem

B COY                        CPL Daniela Comino and CPL Yannick Hott

C COY                        CPL Taj Lynn and CPL Lachlan Marzol

D COY                        CPL Sophie Jasczyk

SPT COY                   CPL Jamie Vanderkemp

Commanding Officer’s Most Improved Award

SGT Will Sweetman and CPL Will Priddis

Commanding Officer’s Efficiency Awards

WO2 James Birbas, WO2 Oliver Malzard, WO2 Hayley Paddock, WO2 Luca Patrick-Watkins, SGT Kai Jones, SGT Marcus Kastrissios, SGT Alice Lee

Commanding Officer’s Commendation for Excellence in the Field

CUO Hugh McDonald

The Commanding Officer’s Commendation for Outstanding Contribution to the Unit

CUO Alistair Isaac

The Christopher Blenkinsopp Award for Contribution to Music in the Waverley College Cadet Unit

CPL Lachlan Isaac

The Johnny O’Keefe Award for Excellence in the Band 

CUO Hugh McDonald

Passing Out Parade

The ADF Long Tan Award 2022 (Presented at Final Assembly 2022)

Year 10 Cadet          Waverley College              SGT Lachlan Miranda

Year 12 Cadet          Waverley College              CUO Zachary Straker

Year 10 Cadet          St Catherine’s                    WO2 Emma Hartwig

Year 12 Cadet          St Catherine’s                    CUO Vanessa Kimpton

The ADF Future Innovators Award 2022 (Presented at Final Assembly 2022)

Year 10 Cadet                                  CPL Bailey Barker

Year 12 Cadet                                  CUO Christopher Kallo

The Adventure Training Award 2023 (Presented by Australian Army Cadets at Lake Barrington, Tasmania)

WO2 Luca Patrick-Watkins            SGT Jack Ryan

SGT Jett O’Halloran                        SGT Charles Thompson-Owens

The Major General Charles H New for Outstanding Leadership in the Field

WO2 Meg O’Connor

The Major F S Farrell Trophy for General Excellence in a Senior Specialty Platoon

CUO Max Van Buuren

The SGT Bede Kenny VC Memorial Award for the Most Efficient NCO

WO2 Robert Muir

The General Cosgrove Shield for the Most Efficient Senior Specialty Platoon

SIGS Platoon (Received by the RSO – CUO Paul Muir)

The Major F D Marzorini Shield for the Most Efficient Platoon

9 Platoon (Received by Platoon Sergeant – SGT Zara Wiseman)

The Lt Col P R Frost Company Cup for the Most Efficient Company

A Company (Received by Company Commander – CUO Matteo Paolella)                       

The Officers’ Staff Cane for General Excellence in the Completion of Duties

CUO Thomas Gleeson

WO1 Angus Birrell  

The Col R J Marr Cane DFC QC for Meritorious Service

CUO Sarah Teitler

The Maj General J A Chapman Cane for the Best Cadet in the Unit

Senior CUO Kayla Heng

Ceremonial Swords

We thank the Old Boys’ Union for their generous donation of a further five ceremonial swords to the Unit. This year’s swords were:

  • The MAJ Evans sword presented by Tony Evans to the Unit RMO – CUO Ruben Stock
  • The BRIG Lambert sword presented by Peter Lambert to the Unit RSO – CUO Paul Muir
  • The CAPT Metzl sword presented by John Metzl to the X PL CUO – CUO Max Van Buuren
  • The O’Sullivan Sword presented by Chris O’Sullivan and Family to the PNR CUO – CUO Darius Hall
  • The MAJGEN “Alby”  Morrison Sword presented by Peter Frost for the MEDIA CUO – CUO Mitch Cahill

The celebrations continued into the evening as our Year 10 and 11 Dining Stewards converted the gymnasium into a beautiful formal military mess, enjoyed by special guests from the AAC, St Catherine’s School, Waverley College and our Year 12 cadets, parents and carers.

Dining In Night

Dining-In Night

Dining-In Night

As we end another Cadet Year, we thank the Year 12 cadets for their leadership, their commitment and their service:

CUO Christopher Armstrong, SGT Finn Backlund, WO1 Angus Birrell, CUO Tom Brenchley, CUO Mitchell Cahill, CPL Priscilla Chia, WO2 Bert Cottell, SGT Olivia Finn, CUP Catherine Fitzpatrick, CUP Thomas Gleeson, CUO Darius Hall, CUO Kayla Heng, CPL James Iatrou, CUO Alistair Isaac, SGT Kai Jones, CUO Lenny Jospeh, SGT Alice Lee, CUO Hugh McDonald, CUO Paul Muir, CUP Matteo Paolella, CUO Ruben Stock, SGT Declan Strong, CUO Sarah Teitler, SGT Caleb Urquhart, CUO Max Van Buuren.

Promotions Courses

Our attention now turns to developing our next leaders at the Promotions Courses from Monday, 26 June – Saturday, 1 July at Winbourne Conference Centre, Mulgoa. Registrations are now closed and we look forward to welcoming our largest ever contingent of future leaders on Course.

A preparation afternoon will be held from 3:30pm – 5pm on Friday, 16 June. All promotions candidates are required to attend this afternoon and form up will be on the Centenary Quad. During the afternoon, we are also conducting the X Platoon Barrier Testing for all Year 10 and 11 cadets interested in this special platoon.

For the rest of the Unit, I thank you for your commitment to Cadets over the past busy year and look forward to seeing you, along with our new recruits, at the Commanding Officer’s Welcome Parade on Friday, 21 July 2023.

Federation Star Parade

On Thursday, 15 June, the Waverley College Cadet Unit is hosting a special Commemorative Parade to recognise the outstanding service and dedication to the Australian Army Cadets and Waverley College of LTCOL(AAC) Peter Frost and MAJ(AAC) Anthony Evans.

The parade will take place at 5:30pm in the Centenary Quadrangle, Waverley College and will be reviewed by General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK AC (Mil) CVO MC (Retd). Following the Parade, cadets are released from their commitment, while light refreshments will be available for Old Boys and the adult Waverley Community.