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From the Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning, Ms Lynsey Porter

Ms Lynsey Porter, Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning

Ms Lynsey Porter, Deputy Principal - Teaching & Learning

Term 1 in the Languages Faculty

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am thrilled to share with you some news from the Languages Department, and how our students are going in Spanish classes here at Waverley. It has been a Semester filled with enthusiasm, engagement, and outstanding learning from our students.

In Year 8, our students have been setting the foundations in their language journey, focusing on basic conversations and developing their cultural knowledge. A highlight has been their amazing work with their multimedia Footballer Profile Assessment, and their Passport Learning Checkpoint task.

Please take some time to have a look at a few amazing examples from some of our talented students below. 

Year 8 Languages

Year 8 Languages



Meanwhile, our Year 10 students have also been putting their creativity to work with their Children’s Book Assessment. During their recent mini food unit, students teamed up with the wonderful Year 10 Food Technology class. It was inspiring to see their teamwork in action to create delicious empanadas. 

Year 10 Languages

Year 10 Languages

Year 10 Languages

I must also commend the hard work and dedication displayed by our Seniors studying Stage 6 Spanish. I want to commend their dedication to assessment preparation and attendance of tutorials. 

The Languages faculty are planning exciting learning opportunities and excursions for students to engage more actively with the Hispanic world. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement in nurturing our students’ love for languages.


Mr Daniel Best

Head of Languages


Recommended Reading over the Holidays / More Writing Competitions

Two years ago, Waverley College participated in a significant research project affiliated with Deakin University, QUT, and the University of Canberra titled ‘Teen Reading in the Digital Era.’ Research was conducted with secondary students in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia, giving a broad overview of the reading habits of teenagers across Australia.

The results make for interesting reading in this recent article published in The Conversation (5 April 2024).

Recommended Reading lists have been sent to all parents, carers, and students.

Books can be borrowed from the school library.

Year 7 Reading Recommendations

Year 8 Reading Recommendations

Year 9 Reading Recommendations

Year 10 Reading Recommendations

Year 11 and 12 Reading Recommendations

Year 11 and 12 Reading Recommendations

Writing Competitions

Last week, I published a list of writing and poetry competitions happening at the moment.

Below is another wonderful local competition that Randwick City Council is running.

The Lionel Bowen Young Writers’ Award, named in honour of former Mayor of Randwick and former Deputy Prime Minister Lionel Bowen AC, seeks to uncover the writing talents of young people in Randwick City.

This year’s theme is “The Future is Wild”. There’s monetary prizes to win!

Build your story or poem around the theme The Future is Wild. Let your creativity flow in words, your short story or poem can be based on reality or be completely out of this world and imaginary.

Good luck!

Lionel Bowen Young Writers Award


Lionel Bowen Young Writers Award

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday with lots of reading and writing.


Ms Mary Ryan

Literacy Coordinator/ English Teacher