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Head’s Message

From the Head of College, Graham Leddie

Head of College, Graham Leddie

Key Dates

  • Wednesday, 4 December | Year 5 – 12 Presentation Day
  • Wednesday, 4 December | Classes Conclude Term 4

Last chance to act and support Matthew Talbot Christmas Appeal 

Matthew Talbot Hostel is a wonderful organisation helping over 35,000 Sydney men each year in providing accommodation, health, counselling and employment assistance. Waverley has had a long history of boys helping in its kiosk in Woolloomooloo, and strongly contributing towards making Christmas easier for those in need.

Please assist your son in bringing in a recycle bag with the following inside before or on Monday 2nd December:

  • Toiletries, including small toothbrush and toothpaste packs, shaving foam and razors, deodorant, small shampoo
  • Keyring torches and caps
  • Mens underwear, handkerchiefs and socks
  • Packets of playing cards and puzzle books
  • Inexpensive wallets
  • Pens and small writing packs

Congratulations to Tevlin House and Head of House Mr John McCullum, for organising our response to this important cause. All donations can be brought into daily Mentor Groups, or to the Wellbeing Centre (Senior School), or Junior School (Front Office).

Thank you in advance for your support of this great appeal. 

 

Step Out, Speak Out – Walk Against Domestic Violence 

Congratulations to Green House and Head of House, Mr Scott Coleman who led a large Waverley College contingent of boys, parents and staff in the walk from Randwick to Coogee to help raise awareness of domestic violence in Australia. We thank the NSW Police Eastern Beaches Police Area Command and Randwick City Council for organising the event. 

Congratulations to Green House Prefect Patrick Smith who spoke on the College’s behalf. Patrick reiterated the key message of the day, ‘Australia has a problem in terms of the high numbers of people who suffer from domestic and family violence and as men and boys, we need to step out and speak out against this terrible blight on our society’. 


Staff Immersion 

We wish Ms Cathy O’Sullivan – Head of Conlon House, safe travels whilst she is attending an Edmund Rice Staff Immersion to Kenya and Ireland. In Kenya, Cathy will spend time at the Ruben Centre which is a non-profit, charity organization run by the Christian Brothers African Province. It is one of eight Christian Brother’s project sites across Africa, and offers educational, health and community development programmes to the residents of one of the largest slums in Nairobi (known as both the Ruben Slum as well as Mukuru community).

 

Parent Association 

On behalf of the College, I would like to thank all parents that have been involved in the  work carried out by the Parent Association throughout 2019. Particular thanks to the tireless work of the year level representatives, past parents representatives, clothing pool representatives and the executive for all of their organisation, support and efforts in organising events and communicating across our community. Special thanks to the 2019 Executive of; Ms Mary Ramsay (President), Ms Lisa Sullivan-Smith (Vice President), Ms Lamya Sadi (Vice President) Ms Stephanie Van Dam (Secretary) and Ms Deb Johnston (Treasurer). 

From the recent AGM, I would like to congratulate the following parents on their elections to the Parent Association Executive for 2020;  Ms Mary Ramsay (President), Ms Lisa Sullivan-Smith (Vice President), Ms Stephanie Van Dam (Vice President), Ms Lamya Sadi (Secretary), Ms Deb Johnston (Treasurer). 

 

Cadets 

After 51 years of distinguished service to the College, Mr Peter Frost will retire. In 2018, Peter retired from the College Executive and his teaching role. At the end of this year, Peter will retire from his Commanding Officer position of the WCCU, a unit that he has served with integrity for over 60 years. He has touched the minds and hearts of 1000s of boys over this time and role modelled the values of the College. Peter is taking up a role at Army Headquarters that will see him assist cadet units across NSW in their leadership and promotional courses. We wish Peter all the very best in his retirement from the College.

With Peter’s retirement, the College has undertaken in consultation with Army Headquarters a recruitment process to appoint a new Commanding Officer and I would like to announce that we have appointed Ms Julie-Ann de Kantzow to this position. Julie-Ann comes to us from Knox Grammar where she is currently the Adjutant HGS Army Cadet Unit. Julie-Ann is also currently completing a Master of Teaching and her undergraduate course is a B.App.Sc (Biomedical Science) with a major in biochemistry with distinction and university medal. 

The other major development in our Cadet Unit is that St Catherine’s School has applied to Army Headquarters to join our unit and we are very much looking forward to working with them and developing programs that continue to enhance leadership and provide exciting outdoor student development opportunities. 

 

Staff Farewells

I would like to acknowledge teaching and support staff that have served the College well over a number years and who are leaving our community at the end of this year. We wish them the very best in their respective endeavours. 

Mr Bruce Dominish (19 years) Head of Commercial Studies 

Ms Alicia Spinks (12.5 years) Finance Team 

Ms Vanessa Purnell (11 years) Legal Studies 

Mr Glen Mosna (5 years) Mathematics Department  

Ms Suzanne Richards (5 years) Head of LOTE 

Ms Annie Phillips (1 year) Visual Arts Department 

Ms Dearbhla Cooper (3 terms) Religion Department 

Ms Sinead Kenrick (1 term)  Mathematics Department 

Ms Alison Carlile (1 Term) English Department 

Ms Paula McNamara (2 terms part-time) Library