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Head’s Message

From the Head of College, Graham Leddie

Futurist Thinking

At our last assembly we heard from Mr George Cheung (WCOB 1978) who is an IBM Strategic Development Director. George leads the cross-function business unit in developing exciting greenfield business projects with the top 200 enterprises in APAC, China and California. His key focus is Autonomous Mobility, Enterprise SaaS and AI Analytics Segments. Our boys enjoyed hearing about his story and where the autonomous industry is heading. George is a Stanford University Business School graduate and is recognised as one of the top 50 Australians working in the Asia Pacific. His presentation certainly engaged our boys.

The College is interested in speakers who can encourage and inspire our boys in the area of futurist thinking around innovative developments or future employment.

By 2030, the world is predicted to lose more than two billion jobs, therefore consideration of future employment possibilities is a critical consideration and a worthy discussion point for us all. Jobs such as a simplicity expert, robot counsellor, telesurgeon, nostalgist, knowledge navigator, 3D/4D limb printer, and commercial drone developer are all predicted future jobs. If you work in a cutting edge or future focused industry and think you would inspire and engage our students at an assembly, please email me at head@waverley.nsw.edu.au. I would love the opportunity to discuss your participation in our student formation program.

STEM

We are currently involved in a research project with Macquarie University and Sydney University that focuses on the implementation of STEM in Australian schools. Teachers, students and myself will all be involved in a number of survey and data collection points. I will also spend two days with both Universities learning about the latest STEM research, and pedagogical practice and thinking. I look forward to sharing with you the findings from this research. We currently offer iSTEM in year 9 (66 students) and 10 (52 students) which is one of our most popular electives. We are committed to providing innovative courses for our students that will inspire them to pursue careers in this space and to meet our country’s future employment needs.

Running For Premature Babies

Over the weekend twenty Waverley College students ran for Running For Premature Babies in the SMH Half Marathon along with staff members Ms Olivia Kite and Mr Kyle Newbury. They were inspired earlier in the year on College Assembly by Ms Sophie Smith (parent) who started the charity after losing three premature triplets in 2006 and then her husband to brain cancer. In the lead up to the race boys, staff and Sophie held a BBQ on campus to raise additional much needed funds. In total, the boys raised over $6,800 for Running For Premature Babies. On behalf of the College I congratulate the following boys on their fine efforts: Max Curry, Liam Faulkner-Hogg, Nicholas Lane, Patrick Hoggett, Luke McLellan, Jesse Sonego, Noah Ratcliff, Sebastien Richardson, Oliver Ruse, Andrew Tinellis, Harry Whitaker, Sean Kearns, Toby Renshaw, Riley James and Carl Torrisi.

Mid Year Prefects

Congratulations to the following Year 12 students who have been appointed as mid year prefects:

Luke Mazza – Aungier

Max Curry – Brennan

Liam Faulkner-Hogg – Lacey

Patrick Kite – O’Connor

Grayson Thomas – O’Connor

Pedram Biazar – Tevlin

Levi Milford – Tevlin

We expect all of Year 12s to be leaders of the College, mentors, carers and role models for the younger boys. Boys selected to be prefects have gone beyond these core expectations and these actions have been noticed by a number of people.

To be selected as a Waverley College prefect can be extremely competitive, and whilst they may have missed out initially, I am proud of the boys for exhibiting perseverance and commitment throughout the process. I congratulate them for continuing to shine and seek improvement in themselves and others. I also congratulate our entire Year 12 cohort who are leading the College and are having a positive impact on our community.

Congratulations to Ryan Abbott who has been selected in the Australian Schools Basketball squad.

And on a final note, good luck to the boys who are playing in the Kings v Waverley Curtain Raiser this Saturday at Bankwest Stadium Parramatta prior to the Waratahs v Jaguares match. Go Waves!