Read more: Presentation Evenings, seeking new parents for Supporters’ Groups, Summer Season award winners, Winter Training Schedule, Swimming and Diving Squad excellence at CAS Championships, Football masterclasses with Robert Gold and UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program.
Basketball, Cricket, Water Polo and Swimming Presentation Evenings
Well done to all of our award winners at the Basketball, Cricket, Water Polo and Swimming presentation evenings last weekend.
All of our Parent Supporters’ Groups and Convenors did a tremendous job over the season, and for these important community events that were held for the first time in two years.
Attendance by students and parents was excellent, and I want to make particular mention of a number of parents on various Supporters’ Committees who have now concluded their time. I thank them for their wonderful hard work in ensuring various activities continue to develop.
Thank You: Mr and Mrs Abbott in Basketball, Mr and Mrs Gleeson in Basketball, Mr Andy Rigg in Cricket, Mr Rob Regan in Cricket, Mr and Mrs Andrews in Cricket, Mr and Mrs Hickey in Cricket, Mrs Michelle Sullivan in Cricket, and Mr and Mrs Dodd in Cricket.
I am sure I have forgotten many and I apologise. A number of these parents are also key contributors during the Winter season.
Seeking New Parents to Join Supporters’ Groups!
We do, however, need some new parents to join the various Supporters’ Groups and I encourage as many parents as possible to be willing to assist. The parent groups are excellent ways to meet other parents, do important work for the delivery of our co-curricular programs, as well as have some fun along the way.
*We especially need more parents to join our AFL, Football and Rugby Supporters’ Groups. Please contact the relevant convenors if you can help out.
Summer Season Award Winners
We also are looking to celebrate our Summer Season award winners this week. Whilst the season was impacted by COVID-19, and some extreme weather, these young men demonstrated outstanding commitment and performances that have earned them particular accolades.
I also want to mention Max Fischer in Year 10 and Toby McDonald in Year 9, who competed in NSWCIS Golf this week. Max finished 5th overall. This is a tremendous effort to be in the top five golfers across all independent schools in the State. Max has now been selected to represent NSWCIS at the State All Schools Championships.
Winter Training Schedule – Please Check the App
We also commenced our winter training schedule this week, and have internal trials planned for this weekend, as well as the CAS Football blitz.
Unfortunately, the weather looks like it may play its part once again, so please follow the published procedures around using the Waverley College App, and contacting the wet weather line on Saturday morning after 7am.
With some current poor weather forecast, we will potentially look to add in some holiday training and trials during April.
We also have a very short week at the start of Term 2 due to ANZAC Day and parent/ teacher interviews. Depending on the weather over the next week, we may have to add some trials on the final weekend of the holidays, on Saturday, 23 April.
Swimming and Diving Squad Excellence at CAS Championships
Last Thursday evening we also had some excellent performances by our Swimming and Diving Squads at the CAS championships. We had a small but very vocal crowd of supporters, and I want to say a huge thank you to the students, staff and parents who came to support.
Both squads finished 4th, however, our points scores were some of the best in a very long time, with the swimmers finishing 15 points off third.
Ryan McNamara was a standout in the U12/U13 events, but the swim of the evening belonged to Scott Swinburn in the 200m Freestyle, when he held off a fast-swimming Trinity swimmer. The cheer from our crowd lifted the roof off the venue and the shock on the faces of a number of opposition schools also showed what a tremendous swim this was.
Football Masterclasses with Robert Gold
This week we were lucky enough to have Robert Gold, from the UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program, run some Football masterclasses with our coaches and players.
Waverley College and The University of Wollongong (UOW) are looking to develop a partnership to give players a pathway to both high-level Football and Tertiary opportunities.
The UOW Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Program is a full-time football training program available to students studying at UOW.
UOW are also delivering the UOW Tottenham Hotspur Elite Residential Program for students in Years 9 to 12 during the April school holidays.
UOW is already a popular destination for many Waverley students, and this will also help to ensure these students continue to play the world game.
Mr Steve O’Donnell
Director of Co-curricular