The Heads of House and I enjoyed an evening on Sydney Harbour last night with Year 11 and their guests, for the annual Year 10 dinner cruise that was postponed from 2021.
Just under 300 people boarded the Bella Vista at Darling Harbour, and enjoyed a delicious three-course meal, followed by several hours on the dance floor. The operator’s resident DJ brought this to life.
I would like to congratulate the Year 11 boys who attended for the respect they displayed on the evening, and their positive interactions with the Heads of House and their guests. Our boys looked sharp in their suits and were a credit to the College and their families.
The College attempted to ensure all major events missed due to COVID-19 were postponed, however the extended lockdown in 2021 prevented a number of events from 2020 fitting into what is a very busy College calendar. The College regrets that this could not be the case for all events.
Early Finish for Senior School on Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Years 7-12 students will finish at 2:30pm on Tuesday, 31 May. This is due to a Professional Development staff meeting.
Please note, that afternoon 1sts, 2nds and 16A Rugby ONLY, will still train.
National Reconciliation Week Preparations
This week Waverley College acknowledges the importance of 26 May and National Sorry Day. On this day we recognise the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors, and think about what we can do for the healing process for our people and nation. While this date carries great significance for the Stolen Generations and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it is also commemorated by Australians right around the country.
National Reconciliation Week occurs next week, with the theme ‘Be Brave. Make Change.’ – encouraging us all to embed change into our everyday practice. On Monday, Mr Kevin Heath and Walawaani students will officially open National Reconciliation Week at our College, with a Smoking Ceremony and address at both the Junior and Senior Schools.
Our First Nation students will run the College assembly on Thursday, with guest speaker Katherine Newton. Katherine is a non-Indigenous leader and the CEO of RU OK? and will speak about the importance of recognising reconciliation in the workplace.
“We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.” Reconciliation Australia.
Did You See Dancing Sensation Mr Olds in the Wentworth Courier on 18 May?
Year 6 teacher Mr Thomas Olds – one of the 12 ‘Stars of the East’ – will hit the dance floor in competition at the InterContinental, Double Bay on 4 June. Raising money for the Cancer Council, he is dancing in honour of his mum, who has survived two bouts of cancer. Mr Olds has so far raised $6,134, thanks to the generosity of the Waverley College family. This is an important fundraiser across the Eastern Suburbs, so please consider contributing to this worthy cause.
Waverley Boys Give Back
We recognise four special students who participated in community programs at ‘Kids Giving Back’ during Term 1 and the recent April school holidays. Thank you Ishaan Jeena, Aidan Carpenter, Owen Storie and Arran Storie, who each chose to share their time to help vulnerable people in our community.
These four boys are role models for all of us, because they demonstrate our College values in action. These boys drew on their initiative and kindness to undertake a range of activities that contributed to meet the needs of vulnerable people in our community, many of whom were affected by this year’s floods.
Vale Mr Stan Williams
Mr Stan Williams was a full-time 4th Grade teacher at Waverley College from 1957-1992. We mourned his passing on Tuesday, 17 May, at age 94. Stan’s funeral was held on 20 May at Mary Immaculate Church. There was a wonderful turnout of Stan’s past colleagues and students, and the Junior School choir performed honourably at his service.
COVID-19 Health Update
Mr Patrick Brennan
Deputy Principal – Student & Staff Wellbeing