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From the Deputy Principal – Students, Ms Gabby Smith

Deputy Principal - Students, Gabrielle Smith

Deputy Principal - Students, Ms Gabrielle Smith

Young Drivers – First Car Awareness Campaign 

The Australian Financial Security Authority is encouraging young people to learn about the importance of searching the Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) prior to buying their first second-hand car privately.

A PPSR search takes a few minutes to complete, is available online 24/7 and provides you with peace of mind.

For just $2 you can easily check if the car is:

  • debt free – if there’s finance owing on the car, it’s possible it may be repossessed, leaving you out of pocket and without a car.
  • written off – a written off car may have been in a previous accident or been impacted by natural disasters, such as floods and hailstorms, which may make it harder to register or insure. A statutory write-off cannot be repaired or registered.
  • recorded as stolen – if you purchase a car that is recorded as stolen, police may seize the car, leaving you out of pocket and without a vehicle.

For more information or to complete a vehicle search, click the button below.

Click here to complete a vehicle search

Waverley Council Safe Routes to School Survey

Waverley Council is kicking off our Safe Routes to School program, which aims to make walking safer and easier. We’re also looking to encourage parents/carers and children to choose walking, scooting or riding to school.

The well-understood benefits of walking to school include increased physical activity, better concentration in class, and improved wellbeing through a degree of independence. This is in addition to reducing car congestion around schools.

Waverley College has joined in our first round of the program. Achieving this requires teamwork. Council can improve footpaths, install crossings, improve lighting, and other infrastructure and safety upgrades where it’s needed most. We would like your feedback about the most important upgrades needed so your child can safely travel to school.

Please do so via the survey and map (by 30 August 2023) by clicking the button below.

Click here to view and complete the survey

You can use any existing Waverley Council Have Your Say login or create a new one by clicking “Join” on the Have Your Say homepage and following the prompts.

Waverley College Pride Group

Last Friday, Mr David Parnell (Head of Learning Support), Ms Stephanie Falk (Visual Arts Teacher), and Ms Samantha Jessen (Psychologist) were invited to share about the Waverley College Student Pride Group at the CSNSW Disability Network Meeting. The presentation covered the history of the Pride Group and placed emphasis on the importance and significance of this group for its students, particularly around feelings of connectedness and relatedness within the College.

CSNSW Disability Network Meeting

The Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) Safe & Inclusive Learning Communities Statements/Policies and Waverley College’s “Inclusive Community” Touchstone were also highlighted around creating an inclusive and supportive environment.

The key takeaways of the presentation, such as how to start a Pride Group, modelling appropriate communication, and educating students on unhelpful language were regarded as useful strategies for other Catholic schools.

The presentation concluded with the words of Vice Captain, Bert Cottell, “No matter our differences, we are entitled to live in our own way …. May you always be proud of who you are… We are one community. Let us always be people of faith and integrity.”

Woollahra Library Pride Book Club

Students from the Pride Group, including allies, are invited to Woollahra Library Pride Book Club on Thursday, 7 September, 4pm – 5pm. Click the button below for details.

Click here to view the invite

If students would like any further information about the Pride Group or how to join, they can contact their Head of House.

This Month on SchoolTV – Respectful Relationships

Fostering a nurturing environment of respectful relationships within your family holds the key to not only harmonious living, but also improved academic outcomes for your children. As parents and caregivers, embracing the art of teaching children about respect at a young age, sets the stage for a lifetime of healthy interactions and empathetic understanding. It will help cultivate a positive environment where communication flourishes, conflicts are resolved constructively, and bonds are fortified.

Teaching children to respect themselves and others will open up avenues for both personal growth and academic achievement. Fostering an environment where respect is not just a word, but a practised behaviour, will empower young people with essential life skills. Effective communication, active listening, and the art of compromise, will provide your child with a solid foundation that will transcend family interactions and help them collaborate effectively with peers, teachers and the broader community.

Equipping children with an understanding of healthy versus unhealthy relationships is an important aspect of their development. It will guide them to make informed choices, foster positive connections, and set boundaries that contribute to their emotional wellbeing. Understanding the nuances between healthy and unhealthy relationships provides children with the essential tools to navigate their social world, build self-esteem, and cultivate meaningful relationships.

In this edition of SchoolTV, learn how to empower young people in healthy interactions to embrace differences and forge connections that honour their self-worth. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact the school for further information or seek medical or professional help.

Click here to view this month's edition of SchoolTV


Ms Gabby Smith

Deputy Principal – Students