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Junior School News

From the new Director of Waterford

From Director of Waterford, Gabrielle Smith

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to the Waterford community. My name is Mrs Gabrielle Smith and I feel privileged to be appointed as Director of Waterford. I am married with two daughters, Mali (5 years) and Indie (3 years), whom I am sure you will meet at some stage.  I know that Waterford’s former director, Mr Tony Banboukjian, has been an outstanding administrator and leader, and he will be missed.  Rest assured that my goal will be to continue building on what everyone here has already worked so hard to establish and achieve.

I come to Waverley with a variety of perspectives and experiences. I have taught Kindergarten through to Year 6 and over the past 13 years held positions at Loreto Kirribilli of Religious Education Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Head of Junior School and Acting Head of Junior School. Waverley College is held in high regard and although I have only been here for one week, I can see there are many exciting programs occurring in the school. I look forward to gaining a greater understanding of the context of the school and its operations and building a strong partnership with the school community. I cannot wait to share your children’s achievements with you and of course I will be here to work with you should your child need any help navigating any aspect of school life.

I look forward to meeting you all over the coming weeks.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the following students on excellent Mathematics ICAS results:

Distinction: Yannick Hott (5G), Dominic Schofield (5GR), Harrison Thorpe (5B), Jude Timbs (5R).

Credit: Jack Anasson (6R), Bailey Barker (6R), Joel Hammerschmidt (6B), Milan Mann (6W), Campbell Porteus (6GR), Jack Tindale (6B), Hugh Caldwell (5R), Tomas Crosson (5G), Tom Donaldson (5GR), Joshua Kelly (5G), Jonathon McDonald (5B), Hugo Perks (5GR), Zolthan Szabo (5GR)

Merit: Joshua Bowman (6B), Luca De Cian (5G), Jasper Goodwin (5R), Joshua Tsoukalas (5B).

I would like to ask the Waverley community to keep in their thoughts and prayers Hugo Kulcsar and Mr Greg Harris as they continue to rest and recover. Mr Harris is doing well, however he will continue his leave for the remainder of Term 4. Staffing at Waterford will stay the same as it was in Term 3. Matt Ryan will continue as the Deputy Director of Waterford with Tony Proudfoot taking his class and Ben Meadley will continue as Sportsmaster.


Junior School Chess

Learn to be a chess champion! Coaching for students at Waverley College (Junior School) is held on Tuesdays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, starting on 16 October 2018.

Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment. Activities include group lessons on a demonstration chess board or interactive whiteboard, puzzle solving and fun practice games.

Students earn merit awards by making checkmates, or by displaying skills and positive qualities, which all good chess players strive to develop.

If your child is interested in taking part, you can collect an enrolment form from the school office, or email for a copy. For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170.