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From the Head of College, Graham Leddie

Waverley College Spirituality Evening 2018

Last Tuesday 29 May, Fr Richard Leonard SJ gave an inspiring presentation to a group of parents, students, staff and visitors, attempting to answer the question “Where the Hell is God?”

Fr Leonard addressed the topic from 6.00pm and then after dinner answered some very interesting questions from the audience. The evening concluded at 8.30pm.

Following are some comments from the Evaluation Sheets distributed at the end of the evening:

  • “An articulation in theology in a very accessible way.”
  • “The topic was important and thought-provoking. The presenter was highly engaging.”
  • “I haven’t touched on this kind of topic for a long time. I found this very inspiring.”
  • “Insightful, entertaining, hearing faith enjoyed, celebrated and criticised.”
  • ‘Fr Richard is most engaging and entertaining.”
  • “Thanks so much for taking the time to organise such a wonderful event, the speaker was outstanding. I am amazed at how he held everyone’s attention at the end of what was for many of us a long day. Supper was a fabulous idea and having the break was clearly beneficial. I loved that people felt able to ask such interesting questions.
  • Those who did not attend missed out on a compelling speaker, and that is a shame for them.”

For those interested in Fr Richard Leonard’s books, including Where the Hell is God? (2010) Why Bother Praying? (2013) What are We Waiting For? (2014) What are we doing on earth for Christ’s sake? (2015) contact Paulist Press (www.paulist press.com).

I would like to thank the staff and students who assisted in making the event possible.

Fr Richard Leonard SJ

Music Showcase

The Music Faculty staged a very impressive Music Showcase last Friday evening which played to a sold-out crowd.  Congratulations to all of our student performers, who put on an entertaining program.  The performers were:

Soloist

Oliver Ruse, Saxophone;

The Dominic Augoustis Quartet

Dominic Augoustis – Guitar; Simon Finnegan – Piano; Ryan Bakels – Drums; Luca Galeazzi – Bass Guitar

Simon Finnegan Quartet

Simon Finnegan – Piano; Ryan Bakels – Drums; Luca Galeazzi – Bass Guitar; Oliver Ruse – Saxophone

Brass Ensemble

Sachiel Bass, Yr 8; Guy Hammerschmidt, Yr 8; Daniel McSweeny, Yr 8; Harrison Palmer, Yr 9; Hugo Pizzol, Yr 8; James Occhiuto, Yr 9; Luke Stewart, Yr 8; Samuel Tsaousis, Yr 10; Alexander Woods, Yr 10

Guitar Ensemble

Liam Andrews, Yr 10; Luke Cochrane, Yr 10; Luca Giordano, Yr 10; Michael Hamill, Yr 10; Max Hammond, Yr 9; Thomas Jaeger, Yr 11; Sam Jagoe-Fisher, Yr 11; Dylan Purbrick, Yr 10; Chris Salem, Yr 10

Rock Band – Green

Benjamin Campbell, Yr 7; Campbell Groves, Yr 7; Evander Hudson, Yr 7; Xavier Schofield, Yr 7

Tour Choir

Liam Andrews, Yr 10; Sachiel Bass, Yr 8; Dante Bryan, Yr 9; Conor Cahill, Yr 9; Luke Cochrane, Yr 10; Hugo Defina Sperando, Yr 8; Remi Defina Sperando, Yr 11; Daniel Di Francesco, Yr 8; Lorenzo Di Napoli, Yr 8; Massimo Di Napoli, Yr 9; James Eveleigh, Yr 8; Jarod Garwood, Yr 8; Julian Ginnane, Yr 8; Lucas Giordano, Yr 10; Harrison Gippel, Yr 8; Saem Goffe, Yr 9;Guy Hammerschmidt, Yr 8; Max Hammond, Yr 9; Olivia Hassey, St Clare’s Yr 9; Thomas Jaeger, Yr 11; Charles Jaeger, Yr 9; Samuel Jagoe-Fisher, Yr 11; Alexander Jones, Yr 10; Hugh Marshall, Yr 11; Daniel McSweeny, Yr 8; Finbar Moss, Yr 8; James Occhiuto, Yr 9; Harrison Palmer, Yr 9; Hugo Pizzol, Yr 8; Jack Priddis, Yr 9; Dylan Purbrick, Yr 10; Christopher Salem, Yr 10; James Simpson, Yr 9; Luke Stewart, Yr 8; Zachary Straker, Yr 8; Samuel Tsaousis, Yr 10; Solomon Tuqiri, Yr 8; Eliot Vincent Hull, Yr 10; Alexander Woods, Yr 10

Matthew Coorey Concert Band

Nathan Barns, Yr 8; Angus Birrell, Yr 7; Jay Briggs, Yr 7; Mitchell Cahill, Yr 7; Andrew Custodio, Yr 8; Thomas Gleeson, Yr 7; Sean Govender, Yr 7; Riley Hassey, Yr 7; Carter Hjorring, Yr 7; Alistair Isaac, Yr 7; Pia Kostakis, St Clare’s Yr 10; Freddie Le Vay, Yr 7; Hugh McDonald, Yr 7; Andrew Moloney, Yr 7; Paul Muir, Yr 7; Mei Owen, St Clare’s Yr 7; Mackenzie Palmer, Yr 7; Matteo Paolella, Yr 7; Liam Russell, Yr 7; James Sonego, Yr 7; Declan Strong, Yr 7; Sophia Ugarte, St Clare’s Yr 7; Caleb Urquhart, Yr 7; Leila Vanderkemp, St Clares Yr 7; John Walsh, Yr 7; Darcy Welfare, Yr 7; Iggy Westwood, Yr 7; Achilles Zanapalis, Yr 8

Waterford Concert Band

Lucas Atherton, Yr 6; Harry Ballesty, Yr 5; Zander Bass, Yr 5; Akiva Loye Blinkhorn, Yr 5; James Birbas, Yr 6; Callum Bush-Brady, Yr 5; Romeo Cappadona, Yr 6; Max Fischer, Yr 6; Jameson Hinds, Yr 6; Nicholas Hjorring, Yr 5; Zachary Hodges, Yr 6; Billy Hodgson, Yr 6; Lachlan Isaac, Yr 5; Jeremy Jos Rolland, Yr 6; Lachlan Rowney, Yr 5; Marcus Kastrissios, Yr 6; Henry Kidd, Yr 6; Oakley Lamb, Yr 5; Oscar Melder, Yr 6; Campbell McCarthy, Yr 6; James Nestor, Yr 6; Thomas Park, Yr 6; William Priddis, Yr 5; Thomas Read, Yr 5; Mark Rede, Yr 5; Dylan Scott-Terrie, Yr 6; Dominic Schofield, Yr 5; Benjamin Stahle, Yr 6; William Sweetman, Yr 6

Tour Jazz Ensemble

Sachiel Bass, Yr 8; Dante Bryan, Yr 9; Conor Cahill, Yr 9; Remi Defina Sperando, Yr 11; Lorenzo Di Napoli, Yr 8; Massimo Di Napoli, Yr 9; James Eveleigh, Yr 8; Julian Ginnane, Yr 8; Harrison Gippel, Yr 8; Guy Hammerschmidt, Yr 8; Alexander Jones, Yr 10; Daniel McSweeny, Yr 8; Finbar Moss, Yr 8;James Occhiuto, Yr 9; Harrison Palmer, Yr 9; Hugo Pizzol, Yr 8; Samuel Tsaousis, Yr 10; Solomon Tuqiri, Yr 8; Eliot Vincent Hull, Yr 10; Alexander Woods, Yr 10

Cantores

Romeo Cappadonna, Yr 5; Flynn Cooley, Yr 5; Lachlan Isaac, Yr 5; Lucius McFarlane, Yr 5; Ricky Meyrick, Yr 5; Sean O’Neill, Yr 5; Joshua Tsoukalas, Yr 5; Yannick Hott, Yr 5; Constantine Iatrou, Yr 5; Lachlan Rowney, Yr 5; Jett Lenzo, Yr 5; Orlando Maisenbacher, Yr 5; Thomas Read, Yr 5; Dominic Schofield, Yr 5; Sebastian Barrett, Yr 5; Charlie Cooke, Yr 5; Max Edwards, Yr 5; Oliver Farrugia, Yr 5; Louis Agius, Yr 5; Hamish Baldock, Yr 5; Harry Bowcock, Yr 5; Samuel Frain, Yr 5; Fox Stapleton, Yr 5; Liam Gabriel, Yr 6 Henry Kidd, Yr 6 Tom Park, Yr 6 Aiden Adams, Yr 6 Matthew Frost, Yr 6; Marcus Kastrissios, Yr 6; Orlando Smithers-Haines, Yr 6; Henry Whitehouse, Yr 6; Harry Hookings, Yr 6; Jeremy Jos-Rolland, Yr 6; Campbell McCarthy, Yr 6; Campbell Porteus, Yr 6; James Dyson Merwe, Yr 6; Angus Kimber, Yr 6; Lucas Atherton, Yr 6; James Birbas, Yr 6; William Boot, Yr 6; Otto Hulewicz, Yr 6; James Nestor, Yr 6; Lucas Parker, Yr 6

Cliff Goodchild Concert Band

Maya Arnall, St Clare’s Yr 10; Dante Bryan, Yr 9; Jemma Bennett, St Clare’s Yr 10; Mark Brbot, Yr 11; Allan Cannes, Yr 12; Thomas Carey, Yr 11; Remi Defina Sperando, Yr 11; Joshua Gleeson, Yr 10; Harrison Gippel, Yr 8; Guy Hammerschmidt, Yr 8; Gabriel Kidston, Yr 10; Nicholas Lane, Yr 11; Damian Lin, Yr 12; Angus McPherson, Yr 11; James Occhiuto, Yr 9; Harrison Palmer, Yr 9; Hugo Pizzol, Yr 8; Oliver Ruse, Yr 11; Flynn Schulz, Yr 12; Andrew Tinellis, Yr 11; Mack Trustrum, Yr 8; Samuel Tsaousis, Yr 10; Paris Valenzuela, Yr 10; Eliot Vincent Hull, Yr 10; Alexander Woods, Yr 10

Tour Concert Band

Sachiel Bass, Yr 8; Dante Bryan, Yr 9; Conor Cahill, Yr 9; Hugo Defina Sperando, Yr 8; Remi Defina Sperando, Yr 11; Daniel Di Francesco, Yr 8; Lorenzo Di Napoli, Yr 8; Massimo Di Napoli, Yr 9; James Eveleigh, Yr 8; Jarod Garwood, Yr 8; Julian Ginnane, Yr 8; Harrison Gippel, Yr 8; Saem Goffe, Yr 9; Guy Hammerschmidt, Yr 8; Olivia Hassey, St Clare’s Yr 9; Hugh Marshall, Yr 11; Daniel McSweeny, Yr 8; James Occhiuto, Yr 9; Harrison Palmer, Yr 9; Hugo Pizzol, Yr 8; Jack Priddis, Yr 9; Luke Stewart, Yr 8; Zachary Straker, Yr 8; Samuel Tsaousis, Yr 10; Solomon Tuqiri, Yr 8; Eliot Vincent Hull, Yr 10; Alexander Woods, Yr 10

The event is a fundraiser for the College’s Music Tour visiting Austria, Hungary and Italy, departing on 28 June returning on 12 July 2018.  We were successful in raising over $8,000.  These funds go towards the cost of tour clothing and hiring of additional equipment for performances overseas.

The event was only possible with the continued support of our parents and staff. Special thanks to the following:  Chris Balkizas, Anne Fahy, Susannah Pinter, Michelle Rollins, Daniel Williams, Chris Blenkinsopp, Keiran Kossenberg, Audrey Coupe, Music Tutors, Music Supporters Club, Maintenance Team.

 

Strategic Plan reminder 

A reminder to parents and carers who would like to contribute to the school’s next strategic plan to complete our survey before Monday 4 June.  The purpose of this survey is to enable you to provide your views on the future directions for Waverley College. Ultimately, your responses will contribute directly to the development of a strategic plan that will drive the College’s work from 2019 to 2023.

The survey has been developed from the responses of focus groups conducted in late Term 1 at the College with students, teachers, parents and the school executive. The College Board will also be consulted in this process. Your responses are confidential.

Survey link is:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Waverley_College_Strategic_Planning_Survey

 

Year 7 Student Leaders at ABC Studios Ultimo

On Monday afternoon our Year 7 Student Representative Council were invited to the ABC studios in Ultimo to participate in the Q&A Behind the News special. While none of our questions were selected for discussion by the panel of adolescent experts we had great seats in the live studio audience and you will no doubt see a sea of blue blazers when the episode goes to air.

The evening provided a valuable behind the scenes look at a Television recording in operation. It also gave our boys an opportunity to reflect upon their own views and ideas in relation to the topics of; lowering the voting age, you tube and the cyber generation and bullying and mental health.

The Q&A Behind the News episode will be broadcast on Tuesday 5 June at 6.30pm on ABC and iView. Be sure to tune in!

 

Year 7 SRC at the ABC

2018 Eastern Region Principals’ Conference

I attended the 2018 Sydney Catholic Schools’ Conference for Primary & Secondary Principals of the Eastern Region held in Bowral on Thursday and Friday this week.

The Conference looked at the distinctive nature of our Christian narrative, using insights from Joseph Campbell and Jordan Peterson. Joseph Campbell’s best known book is The Hero With a Thousand Faces and Jordan Peterson’s detailed examination of story is called Maps of Meaning. Using the hero’s journey as a map for meaning, we reflected upon some of the key elements of leadership.

The special guest speaker at the Conference, Fr Geoffrey Plant is currently Parish Priest of St Michael’s Lane Cove. His ministry has been in education at secondary and tertiary levels, but parish work is his first love. Fr Geoff has written a range of texts including Embracing the Word, a series of books that look at the gospel readings for Sundays and places them within the context of the community. Releasing the Captive, Welcoming the Outsider and Ascending the Mountain have also been published to great acclaim and have become useful tools for homilists and anyone wanting to become more familiar with the gospel readings for Sundays. He is also well known for his prolific Youtube content which is a blend of homily and information that has to date attracted over 170,000 views.