From the Director of Junior School, Anthony Banboukjian
Prayer of the Week
This week we pray for all those in our school community who are going through difficult times. May they forever be in our thoughts and in our prayers and may we give them all the love and support they need.
Tuesday 1st November is All Saints Day. On All Saints Day we honour all the saints from the past and present who have inspired us with their love for God. Like them, we too are called to be saints in our daily lives.
The Litany of Saints
Holy Mary, Mother of God. Pray for us.
Saint Michael. Pray for us.
Holy angels of God. Pray for us.
Saint Abraham and Saint Sarah. Pray for us.
Saint Isaac and Saint Rebecca. Pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist. Pray for us
Saint Joseph. Pray for us.
Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Pray for us.
Saint Mary Magdalene. Pray for us.
Saint Agnes. Pray for us.
Saint Martin. Pray for us.
Saint Margaret. Pray for us.
Saint Catherine. Pray for us.
Saint Charles. Pray for us.
Saint Francis. Pray for us.
Saint Mary of the Cross. Pray for us.
Blessed Edmund Rice. Pray for us.
All holy men and women of God. Pray for us.
Lord, We ask that we may be inspired by those who have worked for justice and peace in our world. May we also be worthy to be counted among your saints. We ask this through Christ your Son. Amen.
Wednesday 2nd November is All Souls Day. On All Souls Day we remember, with love, our relatives and friends who have died. We pray for their souls and give thanks for the special memories they leave with us.
Hear our prayer and console us. As we renew our faith in Your Son, whom You raised from the dead, strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters will share in His resurrection, He who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for Us
St Mary of the Cross: Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever
Year 5 Camp
Year 5 will be attending their annual camp this week spending three days at Vision Valley at Arcadia. It is an activity based program that challenges the boys and encourages them to make friends outside their normal friendship groups. A more detailed report will follow next week.
Festival of Bands Concert
I had the great pleasure of attending the Festival of Bands last Friday night and put simply it was brilliant. Our Junior School performers were outstanding and it is amazing to see how much they have improved through the year.
It was a wonderful evening with fabulous performances by all our Bands coupled with entertaining performances by special guest Clarinet and Saxophone virtuoso, Andy Firth.
Many thanks to all the music staff involved not only in this concert but for all their work with our boys throughout the year – very much appreciated.
Year 6 Graduation
Please note the details for the Year 6 Graduation are as follows:
Date: Wednesday November 23, 2016
Venue: Br Lacey Gymnasium (Senior School 131 Birrell St)
Time: 6.15pm boys will be required at 5.50pm
More information regarding the Graduation will be sent home later in the term .
Year 5 Presentation
The Year 5 Presentation Afternoon will be held in the gym as well to cater for the increased numbers on Friday November 25 and will commence at 1.00pm sharp. More information will be sent home in early November.
Year 7 2017 Orientation Day
A reminder that Friday November 11 is set aside for the boys progressing onto the Senior School in 2016 to complete their Orientation Day.
A plea for help from the canteen for Friday mornings from 8-9.00am as this seems to be a peak time for boys purchasing food. If you can help out please contact Julie or Sharon at the canteen.
Classes for 2017
The staff at the Junior School are in the process of organising classes for next year. This is a difficult process as we try to accommodate the needs of all our students. It would be appreciated if parents do not contact the school asking for their son be placed in specific classes as this is places a great deal of pressure on all involved. I would ask that you trust the judgement of the staff in this process.
Waverley College Junior School Christmas Appeal
Christmas time can be a lonely and difficult time for many people throughout Sydney, therefore this year we are hoping to support a few different charities that need our help this Christmas.
Year 5 – Matthew Talbot Hostel
The Matthew Talbot Hostel is a social justice initiative run by The St Vincent de Paul Society, aimed at helping the homeless men of Sydney.
Donations to include toiletries (preferably small travel size items), underwear, socks, chocolates, notepads, & pens.
Year 6 – Kids Helping Kids
The Kids Helping Kid program is an initiative run by The Smith Family aimed at helping the disadvantaged school children in Australia. We supported this charity earlier in the year by raising money on Edmund Rice Day.
Donations to include stationery for example, packets of pens, colouring pencils, textas, highlighters, scissors, erasers, pencil cases.
You are invited to donate a gift for our Junior School ‘Giving Tree’. The gifts are for disadvantaged children throughout the local and wider communities of Sydney. The gifts are for children of any age range, both boys and girls.
These gifts need to be wrapped in clear plastic with the age range specified on the wrapping. The gifts are then to be brought into school and placed under the Christmas tree.
Congratulations to the following boys who received honour awards over the past few weeks:
- Conor Black 5 Gold
- Max Blair 5 White
- William Caldwell 5 Gold
- Lucius Cappadona 6 White
- Jacob Choromanski 6 Gold
- William Coates 6 Gold
- Bert Cottell 5 Blue
- Darcy Ferguson 6 Gold
- Jamie Galeazzi 5 Gold
- Julian Ginnane 6 Blue
- Harrison Gippel 6 White
- Sebastian Hall 5 Red
- Joey Harris 5 Green
- Harry Hill 5 Red
- Liam Joll 6 Green
- Thomas Kelaher 5 Green
- Daniel Marr 6 Red
- Daniel McSweeny 6 Blue
- Hugo Morgan 5 Green
- Finbar Moss 6 White
- Cian O’Reilly 6 White
- Mackenzie Palmer 5 Red
- Jake Perks 5 White
- Damian Poulos 6 Blue
- Owen Punch 6 Gold
- Brandon Reid 6 Gold
- Antonio Rodriguez 6 Red
- Liam Russell 5 White
- Conor Ryan 6 Gold
- James Snaidero 6 Blue
- Zac Trosti 5 Gold
- Mack Trustrum 6 Blue
- Vasili Vertsonis 5 Gold
- Riley Vidulich 6 Green
- Thomas Walker 6 Green
- Cooper Wilson 5 Blue
Year 5 2017 Orientation Day
The boys starting in Year 5 2017 will be joining us on Friday November 18 for their Orientation Day. Part of this day is a BBQ lunch with our current year 5 students. If any parents are available on help on the BBQ from 11.00am-12.30pm please contact Mrs Coupe.
French Day 2016
French Day 2016 will take place on Monday 14th November. Boys are invited to bring in a gold coin donation and dress up as either a French character or in the French national colours of blue, white and red. Proceeds will go towards a charity in New Caledonia visited by Waverley boys during the 2016 language immersion tour.
Calling all French speakers…
I am looking for native/ confident French speakers to read a short French picture book story to a small group of boys straight after lunch on French Day (1:00 pm). The activity should take no more that 15 minutes and I need 16 adults in total. If you are free and willing to help or if you know of any other French speakers who you think would be interested please email Miss Stephens as soon as possible: email@example.com