From the Director of Junior School, Mr A Banboukjian
Prayer of the Week
Friday 11th November is Remembrance Day, where all over the world people stop to remember all the soldiers who have died for their country.
Extract from the Australian War Memorial (2011):
“At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of unconditional surrender. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.”
We continue to remember all lives lost during conflict. We pray this week for an end to conflict between all nations and that decisions of World Leaders promote peace, justice and love as Christ taught us.
God of Peace, Let us pray:
For the many women and men who have died during war.
For people who are still suffering from wars of the past.
For children whose families have died during war.
For children who have been separated from their families because of war.
For people and nations suffering because of today’s wars.
For all people working for peace between nations.
They shall grow not old as we who are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.
Lest we forget.
Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for Us
St Mary of the Cross: Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever
Year 5 Camp
What an amazing three days the Year 5 students had at Vision Valley last week. All the teachers spoke very highly of the enthusiasm and the participation shown by the students at the camp. The behaviour of all the students involved was exceptional and all of Year 5 are to be commended.
The students had a great time whilst involved in a host of activities including abseiling, archery, bike riding, rock climbing, swimming, waterslide, canoeing or orienteering. The trivia night and W Factor were big hits as well.
Special thanks to Mr Harris, Mr Proudfoot, Ms King, Ms Fitzgerald, Ms Crewsdon, Mrs Ryan,Mr Ghattas, Mr Ryan and Mr Stanton– your efforts are greatly appreciated by the parents and students.
Lost Property on Camp
Despite a number of announcements and even some pleading with boys to check for lost or misplaced gear we still returned back to school with a box of unclaimed gear – from towels to goggles. So if your son came home without some gear he has until the end of the week to claim his property
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
Year 5 Presentation afternoon
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.
Year 7 2017 Orientation Day
A reminder that Tuesday November 11 is set aside for the boys progressing onto the Senior School in 2017 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.
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 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 include: Stationery (which means things like) e.g. 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.