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Junior School News

From Director of Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Smith

Deputy Principal - Students, Gabrielle Smith

Deputy Principal - Students, Ms Gabrielle Smith

Reconciliation Week 2020

This week, Waverley College continues to recognise Reconciliation Week and its theme, ‘In this Together’.

In 2020, Reconciliation Australia marks 20 years of shaping Australia’s journey towards a more just, equitable and reconciled nation. Our week began with a visit From Mrs Fran Grant, who read a picture book – Stories for Simon – to the entire school via a Google Meet. We continued to participate in activities throughout the week, as well as celebrating the family history of our First Nations boys each day.

Reconciliation Week resources in the Learning Hub


Congratulations to the following students on their leadership roles. Badges will be presented on Monday.

Leadership – Music Captains

Jethro Jenson

Thomas Madden

Leadership – Learning Hub Assistants

James Austin, 5 Blue
Ashton Briffa, 5 Gold
Xavier Emblin, 5 Indigo
Henry Goldrich, 5 Red
Oscar Karhan, 5 White

Ben Zanetich, 6 Blue
Angus Skeed, 6 Gold
Marcel Fernandes, 6 Indigo
Max McGarry, 6 Red
Finnian McCarthy, 6 White
Charlie Easson, 6 Orange

Surf Life Saving Award of Excellence

Congratulations, also, to Noah Bowler from Class 5 White. Noah won the Sydney Surf Life Saving Award of Excellence in his age group over the weekend – a huge achievement for him and his club.

Pentecost Sunday

Last Sunday, we celebrated Pentecost. Class 6 Gold have been learning about the importance of this great celebration and its relevance today.

Pentecost Sunday occurs 50 days after Easter Sunday and is known as the birthday of the church. Typically, priests will wear red vestments on Pentecost, to symbolise the burning fire of God’s love and the tongues of fire that descended on the Apostles.

When the day of Pentecost came, the Apostles were all together in one place. It was ten days after Jesus had gone back to heaven. Suddenly, a noise like a strong wind filled the whole house and the followers saw something that looked like flames of fire, falling on each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak different languages. That day, about 3,000 people became followers of Jesus and were baptised. The Apostles continued to meet together to pray and to break bread.

Today, Pentecost Sunday is still a very important day. It is celebrated to recognise the gifts of the Holy Spirit, realising that God’s very life, breath and energy live in believers.

Pentecost Sunday at the Junior School

Pentecost Sunday at the Junior School

News from the Learning Hub – Mrs Natasha Zivanovic

Congratulations to our 2020 Learning Hub Assistants, listed above. I look forward to working with you all.

Reconciliation: Literature and Cultural Heritage

Students have been exploring the very important theme of reconciliation. Rich literature has been used to promote valuable discussion on the cultural heritage of Australia’s Indigenous people.

The boys have highlighted many important facts and we are extremely lucky to have students who represent a number of different tribes, as they were able to assist with extra information.

This is an ideal time for families to join their sons in the reconciliation conversation.

Ten Leaves of Culture

As part of Reconciliation Week, junior students took part in an activity called Ten Leaves of Culture. This involved drawing the murnong yam with ten leaves sprouting from it. The boys successfully completed a thinking routine, ‘Think-Pair-Share’, where they took time to think and make note of up to 10 aspects of Indigenous culture. These were from the past and the present, and they added one item to each leaf.

The boys’ creative and critical thinking flair was impressive.

Ten Leaves of Culture by Evan Service, Class 5 White

Ten Leaves of Culture by Evan Service, Class 5 White