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Head’s Message

From the Head of College, Graham Leddie

Principal Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Key Dates

  • Friday 20 September, Track & Field Presentation Night
  • Friday 20 September, WCCU Ceremonial Parade Rehearsal
  • Sunday 22 September, WCCU Annual Ceremonial, Passing Out Parade and Valedictory Dinner
  • Wednesday 25 September, CAS Under 15 Trials
  • Friday 27 September, Year 12 Graduation and Formal
  • Saturday 28 September, WCCU Promotion Courses Depart


Year 11 Leadership  

After an extensive interview and consultation process that included both peers and staff, it is my pleasure to announce the Term 4 2019 and 2020 College leaders. Congratulations to the following boys: 

College Captain:  Ben Elder 

College Vice Captain:  Liam Andrews 

College Vice Captain:  Will Baker 

College Vice Captain:  Jim Waterhouse 



House Captain – Zac Wotherspoon

House Prefect – Emile Stephenson

House Prefect – Sam Markert

House Prefect – Ryan von der Heyden



House Captain – Reid McNamara

House Prefect – Ryan Abbott

House Prefect – Jake Lewis

House Prefect – Valentius Wirjana



House Captain – Mitchell Eyles

House Prefect – Charlie Barber

House Prefect – Emmanuel DiBartolo

House Prefect – Joshua Conacher-Smith



House Captain – Ullhas Dey

House Prefect – Conor Evans

House Prefect – Patrick Smith



House Captain – Nikita Strbac

House Prefect – Declan Punch

House Prefect – Luke Fadel 

House Prefect – Jacob Fadel 



House Captain – Ethan King

House Prefect – Maksymilian Klimczak 

House Prefect – Ollie Rinder

House Prefect- Brock Preston



House Captain – Chris Salem

House Prefect – Finn McLean

House Prefect – Jake Torsellini

House Prefect – Andre Bonanni 



House Captain – Charlie Tindale

House Prefect – Noah Ratcliff

House Prefect – Luca Paolella

House Prefect – Alex Talbot


Test of Time 

As we congratulate our new Year 12 leaders who start their journey into leadership, we acknowledge, celebrate and farewell a leader who has served with great distinction for over 50 years as a teacher and as a Cadet Officer in the Waverley College Cadet Unit for 60 years.

Mr Peter Frost will retire from Waverley College at the end of the year. Last year at a special dinner he was acknowledged by his peers, the former Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Captain Peter Collins, AM, CstJ, RFD, QC, Royal Australian Naval Reserve, along with friends, colleagues, past Headmasters and family. The consistent theme was his dedication, strength of character and service to others.


Current Uniform Sale 

As you are aware we are currently in the process of transitioning to our new uniform. All new Year 5 and 7 students will be in the new uniform from 2020 with the remainder of the College in the new uniform from 2021. For families that need to purchase current uniform items to get them through 2020, we have added further discounts to make this more affordable. Please click on the following links to view the discounted uniform options: Year 5-6 and Year 7-11.


RUOK? Day 

Thank you very much to all parents that donated baked goods to the RUOK? Day stall and to families and staff who supported the cause via purchasing. A big thank you must go to Mrs Christine Kite and Mrs Donna Drew-Morris for coordinating this event. With anxiety and depression levels rising in our youth, charities such as RUOK? are doing essential work to help create awareness and prevention around this social issue. 

Australian Defence Force 

Congratulations to Sebastian van de Hoek and Bradley Marzol who have been awarded the prestigious Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award. Both boys were presented at College Assembly this week by Able Seaman, Jay Harley, from the Royal Australian Navy.


Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards 

Congratulations to Oliver Ruse and Luke Harris for receiving their Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award presented by Prince Edward at Sydney Town Hall on Friday. You can read more about the prestigious award in the article by Gemma Brown below. 

OnSTAGE nominations

Drama students’ Group Performance has been nominated for possible inclusion in OnSTAGE

  • Andrew Badger, Pedram Biazar, Roman Koteczky and  Ethan Vella – Happy Happy Funtime Show

The following Drama students’ individual performance have also been nominated for possible inclusion in OnSTAGE

  • Andrew Badger – Richard III
  • Nickita Hatjinikitas – Brighton Beach Memoirs
  • Roman Koteczky – Henry V
  • Ethan Vella – Curious Incident

The students have done extremely well and are now required to perform these pieces once more where they will be filmed and sent to NESA for review and to make the final selection for OnSTAGE, the exhibition held in early February 2020.


Archbishop Award 

Congratulations Will Durkin, Year 12, who received the prestigious Archbishop Award for Excellence for his volunteering work on Friday, 6 September. The annual awards were started in 1999 by Cardinal Edward Clancy to honour leadership qualities and service to school and parish communities.

Australian Olympic Change-Maker Awards

Congratulations Will Cooley and Ryan Abbott, both Year 11, who were awarded positions in the prestigious Australian Olympic Change-Maker program. Both students were selected for demonstrating the Olympic spirit through leadership and driving positive change in the community.

Woollahra Youth Photographic Award and Short Film Prize 

Congratulations to the following four students who won awards at the prestigious Woollahra Youth Photographic Award and Short Film Prize last Thursday night.  

  • Ned Wieland – 1st Prize Senior Photography for his photograph “Blue Soaking”.
  • Daniel Pomes – Highly Commended (2nd place) award for his animation film “The Penguin”.
  • Charlie Longmire and Adam Femia – Special Mention award. 


V-fest 2019

Congratulations to Noah Pearce, Year 12, who was successful in the recent V-Fest selection for 2019. Noah’s film ‘The water, My Religion’ was one of ten films selected in the Senior Section of the film festival screened at the Chauvel Cinema on Monday, 16 September.


Waterford Concert Band 

Congratulations to The Waterford Concert Band (Year 5-6) combined band, who played on Sunday afternoon at UNSW. In the Robert McAnally Primary School Concert Band Event, the boys received a Silver Award. 

Cliff Goodchild Concert Band 

Congratulations also to the Cliff Goodchild Concert Band for performing last week at UNSW, and receiving a Silver Award for their efforts.

Year 12 Congratulations 

In preparing my graduation speech for 2019, I congratulate our Year 12 Seniors on a job well done. They have led the College very well throughout the year. They have led by example, role modelled excellence in their academic studies and pursuits, been inaugural Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award winners, represented at the National Schools Constitutional Convention, Inaugural AFL GPS & CAS winners, reached a professional standard with the musical Guys and Dolls, visited and made their mark on foreign shores, assisted with on-campus and off-campus community and social justice initiatives, represented their state and country, supported cohort members who lost loved ones, checked in with each other to ask RUOK?, and they have left a cultural legacy by leaving the College in a better place. Well done Gentleman and thank you. 


Study Tour  

I have been selected along with Ms Antoinette McGahan, Principal of St Clare’s College, to join a study tour with twenty other Catholic Principals from across Australia. The study tour is being led by:

  • Prof. Br David Hall, who spoke at May Procession 2017 and is the Dean of the La Salle Academy at ACU, a unit within the University that has responsibility for the preparation of teachers and leaders.
  • Dr Michael Bezzina, who is an Adjunct Professor at ACU and has a consultancy that provides service in the domains of system leadership, leadership development and leadership of learning. 

This week I have travelled to Glasgow and then onto Rome where I will visit and meet with schools, universities and religious institutes. The program aims to inform and transform the minds and hearts of experienced leaders in Catholic education so that our schools can become more innovative places of learning. I am enjoying the learning experience thus far and am looking forward to participating in the Scottish Learning Festival next week. While I am away (18 September – 10 October). Mr Patrick Brennan – Deputy Head Student & Staff, and Ms Elizabeth Watson – Deputy Head Teaching & Learning will be acting Heads of College in my absence. I wish all boys a great end to their respective Term 3.