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From the Deputy Head of College

FROM THE DEPUTY HEAD OF COLLEGE, PATRICK BRENNAN

Old Boy and Social Justice Advocate – Adam Hegedus

Adam Hegedus, Dux of the College in 2016, came to public attention when he and another student decided to try something different for schoolies. Rather than flying to the Gold Coast, the decided to walk the 758 kilometres. In doing so, the Educating the Future foundation was born. This huge effort raised over $20,000 for Timor-Leste.

Adam is now at UNSW and has expanded the foundation to include fifty university students and by doing so, raising a further $100,000. The proceeds of their foundation have gone towards the construction of a pre-school in Timor-Leste which educates sixty, three to six year old’s.

Adam spoke passionately last weekend at the EREA Congress held in Melbourne.

The Educating the Future foundation is proud to announce a third signature Gala Dinner that will be held at Kambala School in Rose Bay on October the 27th. The Waverley College community, so close to Adam’s heart is invited to support this event and enjoy a night of entertainment and celebration as they continue to raise funds to assist disadvantaged youth.

 

Australia First Automated Student Identification Trial Planned for Waverley College

As part of our commitment to innovation and increasing learning time, the College is currently working with LoopLean which will allow teachers to get on with their core business of student wellbeing and teaching at the same time allowing students to move straight on to the task at hand. It will also prove parents and the College with a snapshot of where each boy is (or is not) during each period of the day.

Cutting edge vision technology in the form of small unobtrusive sensors which identify if a student is present will potentially replace manual roll marking allowing more teaching and learning to occur. LoopLearn then sends this data directly to our student management system Sentral for an accurate period by period snap shot of attendance for each of our 1470 students.

Importantly, any data gathered is private and secure, meeting the highest global standards of storage security. Waverley College already has over 60 cameras on campus assisting with security and all but eradicating theft, vandalism and bullying. All data storage is encrypted and stored in a IRAP certified environment. Data is only accessible to College Executive and IT staff and is ONLY ever used for roll taking and NOT for any other purpose.

The trial which will initially involve one year group will still see teachers marking tradition rolls to determine the accuracy of LoopLearn in cross checking attendance. The parents of the trial cohort will be notified in advance.

If you have any questions or concerns stemming from the trial please do not hesitate in contacting me.