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From The Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Our Waverley Community

As a Waverley community we regularly come together to show support and acknowledgment for others, whether it’s through awareness campaigns, fundraising, celebrations or recognition of service to others. These are just a few examples of how we, as a Waverley College community, can make a positive impact through working together for a better world. Thursday’s assembly was a reflection of this support and work that has been done striving toward creating a better, more just and equitable society. Embodying our Year 12s motto, the notion of being stronger together, united as one. 

At Thursday’s Assembly we acknowledged and celebrated the life and legacy of Archie Perkin who would have been finishing Year 12 with us this year. Thank you to the Waverley College Community for all the support shown to the Hearts 4 Arch Foundation. We are still waiting on the total amount raised, however we already know it will make a significant impact on the lives of children with a heart condition. 

This week, we were touched by three charities we support, each having a connection to our College through our students and their families.

Hearts 4 Arch 

Hearts 4 Arch is in memory of Year 8 student Archie Perkin who passed away in 2020 from a pre-existing heart condition over the summer holiday period. Archie would have been graduating from Waverley College this year. All money raised will go directly to the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Cardiac Unit and to the purchase of mobile ECG units known as ‘Kardia’. The aim is to provide a Kardia unit to every eligible cardiac patient at Sydney Children’s Hospitals, and at $173 each, every dollar counts. Donations can be made through the Hearts 4 Arch Foundation.

Thank you to Archie’s parents Nicola and James and his sister Mimi who joined us at this week’s assembly for Hearts 4 Arch. Nicola spoke about Archie’s passion for life and the love of his friends who have continued to stay in contact with them. Nicola also thanked the community for their support of this great cause. 

Beanies for Brain Cancer 

Both Digger (Year 11) and Archie (Year 9) Callander spoke poignantly and inspiringly at assembly this week about their family’s life journey. Sadly, their father Matt Callander lost his battle to brain cancer in 2017. Matt played a big part in launching the Beanie for Brain Cancer initiative in the NRL to support the Mark Hughes Foundation. The Beanie for Brain Cancer NRL round will take place this week to raise much needed awareness and funds to promote research into this terrible disease and provide patient support. Please support this great cause where you can

Running for Premature Babies 

This year is a significant milestone for Running for Premature Babies. The City2Surf event coincides with what would have been the 18th birthday of Sophie Smith’s first-born triplet sons, Henry, Jasper and Evan. Their brother, Owen Smith (Year 10) shared his family’s story at assembly this week and spoke movingly and passionately about how we can all assist this important cause. Owen encouraged students, staff, parents, friends, and family to join the team. ‘Waverley College For Premmies’, supporting local charity Running for Premature Babies. Fundraising is optional but anyone on the team who raises $300 will be refunded their race registration fee so you can run for free and help a great cause. 

Please watch this short message HERE from the charity’s founder Sophie Smith, explaining why August 2024 marks a special milestone for her family and for the charity.

Click HERE to register. When you register, choose to ‘JOIN A TEAM’ and enter the team name ‘Waverley College for Premmies’.

Student News

Congratulations to the following students who were successful in attaining Mid-Year Prefect appointments. These students were presented with their badges at this week’s College Assembly.

Brennan – Alex Sideris

Conlon – Will Kirk

O’Connor – Zach Hodges

Quinn – Riley Evans

Tevlin – Sam Rossen

Year 10 Dinner cruise

Thank you to Ms Suzi Sucur (Student Wellbeing Administrator) for organising the Year 10 Dinner Cruise and the Wellbeing Team for supervising the event. The evening presented the opportunity to host a friend to a formal dinner and enjoy the beautiful vistas of Sydney harbour with VIVID as a backdrop. Over 400 students had a great evening and night out with their peers and friends and I congratulate them for their positive energy and behaviour.  

School Production 2024 – Tartuffe Tickets now on sale

Our fabulous production of Tartuffe is gearing up for our opening on Tuesday 18 June at 7pm. Come and see this great comedy updated to a 1980s Sydney setting. Featuring a talented cast from Waverley, St Clares and Ascham. Don’t miss out—get your tickets early to enjoy this fantastic production!

  • Tuesday 18 June, 7pm       
  • Wednesday 19 June, 7pm – for 50% off tickets use this code – TARTUFFE2024
  • Thursday 20 June, 7pm 

Link to purchase tickets 

Over the past six months, the cast and crew team have dedicated tremendous effort and countless hours to perfecting their performance.

Wishing them all the best with next week’s performances.

Cast: Luke Crossen (Year 12), Matt Frost (Year 12), Lachlan Hoy (Year 11), Taj Lynn (Year 11), Oliver Bracic (Year 10), Lachy Colquhoun (Year 10), Alexander King (Year 9), Hooper Negus (Year 10).

Entertainment Crew Year 12: Sebastian Blowers, Caelum Brook, Will Burland, Ashton Child, Dillon Due-McCoy, Matthew Garrop, Frankie Pedder, Thomas Pilger, Luke Richardson, Nate Smith, Zac Summerhayes, Henry Whitehouse.