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Principal's Message

From Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Key Dates 2021

  • Thursday, 28 January – Classes Resume Years 5, 7 & 12, 8:30am
  • Friday, 29 January – Classes Resume Years 6, 8, 9, 10 & 11
  • Tuesday, 2 February – Years 7, 9, 11 Individual Portraits & House Photos for Aungier, Brennan, Conlon & Green
  • Wednesday, 3 February – Years 8, 10, 12 Individual Portraits & House photos for Lacey, O’Connor, Quinn & Tevlin
  • Friday, 5 February – Commencement Mass Years 5-12, Gym, 12pm



Dear Parents and Carers,

I thank all members of our community for their contributions throughout 2020, the staff, parents, Old Boys and students of this great College.

The Christmas season reminds us of the value of giving selflessly. Not the giving of a material and commercial sense but the giving of a generosity of spirit, precious time and a meal. This reminds us that real joy comes from giving in this way to others.

May families who need a Christmas miracle be blessed 

May whoever is feeling weak through the Christmas season be given strength 

May all those carrying heavy burdens this Christmas have their load lightened 

May you be filled with the wonder of Mary, the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the determination of the magic, and the peace of the Christ child. 

Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless our community now and forever.

Introducing the new summer co-curricular uniform

I am proud to share the new summer co-curricular uniform which is now available to purchase from the uniform shop. In Term 1, 2021, it is compulsory for all Year 5 and 7 students to be in the new summer co-curricular uniform and compulsory for the whole school in Term 4, 2021. In the coming weeks, we will share the full summer co-curricular look book with families. 

The winter co-curricular uniform, which we will share details on in the new year, will be compulsory for the whole school for the winter season. 


Staff Farewells

I would like to acknowledge the teaching and support staff that have served the College well over a number of years and who are leaving our community at the end of this year. We wish them the very best in their respective endeavours. 

Martin Barrett (26 years) – English Department 

Fran Darvill (26 years) – Preschool Teacher 

Greg Harris (23 years) – Junior School

Anne Fahy (20 years) – Music Department 

Till Tana (13 years) – Preschool Teacher 

Donna Stacey (12 years) – Preschool Teacher 

Jessie Soleas (12 years) – Preschool Teacher 

Tanja Pavlovic (6 years)  – Science Assistant 

Patricia Alborough (5 years) – Science Department/ Sustainability 

Richard Bryant (4 years)  – HSIE Department/Assistant Director of Identity & Student Formation

Marie Anderson (4 years) – Preschool Teacher 

Bill Howard (2 years) – English Department

Josh Gunaratnam (1 year) – Assistant Finance Manager

John O’Reilly (1 year) – Maths Department

Jack Clancy (1 year) – Science Department

Christine Woodward (1 year) – Visual Arts Department

Cristie Whitten (1 year) – TAS Department 

Gabriela Pendleton (1 year) – Preschool Teacher 

Cristine Recchia (1 year) – Preschool Teacher 

Gus Lyon (1 year) – Maths/Science Departments

Carlos Burgos-Macedo (1 year) – Science Assistant

I would also like to thank Ms Antoinette McGahan, Principal of St Clare’s College, who has accepted a principalship at Domremy Catholic College, Five Dock. Antoinette has been a great supporter of Waverley over the last five years and I wish her all the best. 


Old Waverley Uniforms

Owing to incredible community collaboration, a home has been found for all secondhand Waverley uniforms, the Navosa Central College in Fiji – and we need your help to get them there!

About Navosa Central College

The school is situated in a remote location deep in the Fijian interior and only recently had electricity connected. Some students board there because of the distance they need to travel to attend school. Most of the families are subsistence farmers. Students do sports and athletics in bare feet. Even those that compete in national competitions run in bare feet. 

How You Can Help

Donate – Junior and Senior uniforms, medium-large packing boxes

Instead of binning your Waverley-branded items or leaving them with charity shops, please:

  • Leave items/bags outside of the secondhand clothing pool (Main Building, Level 3), or outside the main building if closed
  • Separate good quality items for rehoming from well-worn items for recycling (e.g. ripped, stained or well-worn)
  • Any donations of sporting clothes or resources (rugby balls, netballs, running shoes, socks etc.) would also be tremendously appreciated
  • Packing boxes can be dropped outside the secondhand clothing pool 

A shipping container is leaving for Fiji during the holiday break, so we are kindly requesting members of our College community to return their old uniforms to the secondhand clothing pool by Wednesday, December 9. 


We are looking for volunteers to help pack the uniforms. If you’re available on any of the dates and times below please click here to register to volunteer 

Volunteer meeting point: Fitzgerald Room, Level 4

Tuesday December, 8: 10am – 12pm

Monday December, 14: 10am – 12pm

This wouldn’t be possible without the incredible work from the following people:

Lara Barclay – Year 6 parent, Adaptation Environmental Support 

Roy Pereira – Year 6 parent, Logistics Coordinator 

Jade Stapleton, Parents’ Association President (2021);

Mary Ramsay, Parents’ Association President (2018-2020)

Kirsten Hott and Camille Owen, Secondhand Clothing Pool Representatives


Parents’ Association AGM

From the recent AGM, I would like to congratulate the following parents on their elections to the Parent Association Executive for 2021, and I look forward to working with them in the new year. 

President Jade Stapleton
Vice President Lisa Sullivan Smith
Vice President Lamya Sadi
Secretary Stephanie Van Dam
Treasurer Deb Johnson
Year 5 Daniella Strbac
Year 5 Anne Clerc Johnson
Year 6 Liz Clothier
Year 6 Rebecca Nicholson
Year 7 Camille Owen
Year 8 Tina Lee
Year 8 Sheila Royles
Year 9 Cinzia Montresor
Year 10 Gloria Reimer
Year 10 Veronica Green
Year 10 Lamya Sadi
Year 11 Liz O’Neil
Year 11 Violetta Elliott
Year 11 Roslyn Diesner
Year 12 Melissa Cahill
Year 12 Rae Norman
Past Parents Donna Drew Morris
Past Parents Linda McGuiggan
Clothing Pool Camille Owen
Clothing Pool Kristen Holt


Australian Mathematics Competition

Congratulations to  the following students who received an award in the Australian Mathematics Competition;

High Distinction and Best in School: 

Campbell Porteus  | Year 8 – Percentile Rank of 98


Sebastion Ari | Year 7

Nicholas Hjorring  | Year 7

Oscar Danta  | Year 7

George Alexandratos  | Year 7

Tom Donaldson  | Year 7

Maximilian Fischer  | Year 8

Benjamin Stirling | Year 9

Felix Gardan  | Year 10

Principal’s Award

A Principal’s Award is received once a student has earnt three Gold Awards. Gold Awards are awarded after receiving five Blue Merits, which are awarded in recognition of any form of good effort, behaviour, achievement or service.

Congratulations to the following Principal’s Award winners, who were announced at last week’s College assembly:

Huon Groves | Year 7

Cooper Gee | Year 8

Jack Kearney | Year 8

Jack Kerves | Year 8

Nathan Leabres  | Year 8

Ewan McDonald  | Year 8

Sean McLaughlin  | Year 8

Sam Payrard  | Year 8

Cameron Pierce | Year 8

Max De Carvalho | Year 11

Aaron Dimovitch | Year 11

Shape Shortlisted

Year 12 student, Valentius Wirjana has been nominated for possible inclusion in Shape 2020. This is an annual exhibition of a selection of exemplary Major Projects developed by HSC Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design students.  

Year 12 students, Daniel Pomes and Finn Robilliard have been 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 2020, the combined exhibition of HSC Technology projects at the Powerhouse Museum, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Sydney, from 26 February to 9 May 2021.

The final selection will be held in February, congratulations, Valentius, Daniel and Finn.


Wayne Tinsey Farewell

After 13 years of outstanding service, Dr Wayne Tinsey is completing his time as Executive Director of EREA. We take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to Dr Tinsey for his visionary leadership and dedication to founding the mission of EREA and courageously stewarding our ongoing commitment to the education of the young people in our care across Australia.

We would like to welcome Craig Wattam as he begins his time as Executive Director in 2021. All who know Craig will appreciate the qualities he has, which have led to his selection for this challenging and rewarding role. It is challenging because of the size and complexity of our network of schools and rewarding because it will allow him to work alongside all our staff and the families of the 38,000 young people whom we serve across the nation.

Please follow this link to view a letter from Dr Wayne Tinsey.