Year 12 Leadership Term 4 2021 and 2022
Last week our four College Captains were announced for 2022:
- College Captain – Daniel McSweeny
- College Vice Captains – Christian Kitas, Solomon Tuqiri and Guy Hammerschmidt
At yesterday’s respective House Assemblies, the following boys were announced as House Captain and Prefect positions. Congratulations to these students:
House Captain – Alejandro Zanapalis
House Prefect – Leo Astridge
House Prefect – Benjamin Finegan
House Prefect – James Kort
House Prefect – Daniel Di Paola
House Captain – William Dodd
House Prefect – Brandon Reid
House Prefect – Charles Alexander
House Prefect – Xavier Scally
House Captain – Max Barber
House Prefect – Jay Palm
House Prefect – Cuba Kanakis
House Prefect – Thomas Martin
House Prefect – Jared Garwood
House Captain – AJ Preketes
House Prefect – Daniel Smith
House Prefect – Hugo Pizzol
House Prefect – James Byrd
House Prefect – Ian Vuk
House Captain – Michael Richmond
House Prefect – Owen Punch
House Prefect – Jimmy Ashbridge
House Prefect – Conor Cahill
House Captain – Thomas Wilkins
House Prefect – Jonathan Booy
House Prefect – Patrick Healy
House Prefect – Max Leedham
House Prefect – Alex Morris
House Captain – Angus Anthony
House Prefect – Jasper Doyle
House Prefect – Bryn Siltala
House Prefect – Jackson Cunningham
House Captain – Jack Rigg
House Prefect – Sachiel Bass
House Prefect – Daniel Di Francesco
House Prefect – Hugo Roles
House Prefect – Cooper Stynes
Congratulations Dane Perica, Year 12, who received the prestigious Archbishop Award for Excellence for his service work today (Friday, 3 September). The annual awards were started in 1999 by Cardinal Edward Clancy to honour leadership qualities and service to school and parish communities.
VET Excellence Award 2021
Congratulations to Elija Heininger who is a VET Excellence Award winner for 2021. Elija was nominated for displaying excellence in the completion of all aspects of his Entertainment course.
Australian Rugby Selection
Congratulations to the following boys on their selection for the following teams:
- 2021 Australian Schoolboys A Team – Reeve Smith and AJ Preketes
- 2021 Australian Schoolboys President’s Team – Aaron Dimovitch
An Australian Schools Team has not been announced as yet.
Wishing all fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and father figures a Happy Father’s Day on Sunday. This year, beyond all others, has reminded us of the importance of family and the vital role fathers play in the lives of their children.
Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to Your heart. I ask that you would bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see You and know You in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfill your special purpose for their lives.
National Day of Action for RUOK? Day
Next Thursday, 9 September is the national day of action for RUOK? Day and our assembly will be on Wednesday morning. The theme for 2021 is R U really OK? In her Nurrunga article, Ms Cathy O’Sullivan (Head of Conlon House) provides some website links containing self-care tips and strategies to stay connected.
Towards the end of last year, I wrote to you on behalf of the College Advisory Council Finance Committee with regards to College Fees for the 2021 year and beyond, and again in May this year.
Recent changes to the Government Funding Model for schools means that Waverley will experience a significant decline in its Government funding until 2029. This decrease is predicted to be in the vicinity of $27M, which equates to a 37% decrease in Government funding over that period. The government’s funding calculation model Direct Measure Income (DMI) is based on parental income.
For nearly 120 years, Waverley College has provided a high-quality Catholic Education in the Edmund Rice Tradition. The College has focussed on academic excellence, quality teaching and learning, student wellbeing, the faith and social formation of young men, provision of a diverse and inclusive co-curricular program, development of a strong and vibrant Waverley Family and the provision of quality, appropriate learning environments.
Funding sources for schools are generally limited to Government funding and tuition fees, with some additional income derived from other sources such as Foundations, sponsorship and donations. Government funding has traditionally accounted for approximately 38% of the College’s total income. With this source of income beginning to decrease dramatically to approximately 25%, the College will need to examine how other funding sources, including tuition fees, need to be adjusted to compensate for this significant decrease in Government funding.
The College, over many years, has endeavoured to keep school fees at a reasonable level. If you compare our fees to other independent schools across Sydney, you will find we are very good value. We are very aware that our families work hard to provide an opportunity for their sons to attend Waverley. The College also has a long tradition of providing support for families when, for a range of reasons, their financial circumstances change. This support has never been more visible than during 2020 and 2021 when COVID-19 impacted many families across the Waverley community.
In 2021, the College was able to keep fees to a flat $400 increase across all year levels to try to minimise the financial impact of COVID-19, despite the significant financial pressure this year that decreased government funding of $1.6M which equates to approximately $1100 per student in 2021, was going to have on the College.
Next week, you will receive a request from the College to respond to a survey that will take about 10 minutes to complete. This survey is designed to explore your opinions and capacity to service your tuition fee commitments from 2022 and beyond. It is a significant challenge to balance affordability and the high-quality educational offerings for which Waverley is known. Your input via this survey will greatly assist the College in gathering important data from families so that informed, equitable and genuine decisions may be made by the College in relation to tuition fees. Your answers are confidential and your anonymity is guaranteed. The data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate.
I thank you for your ongoing support of the College and importantly, of your sons. As the Waverley Family, we will successfully navigate the challenges that lie ahead, and Waverley will continue to provide a quality Catholic Education in the Edmund Rice Tradition.
University and Apprenticeship Advice
Congratulations to our Year 12s who have completed successfully their online trial assessments. They have shown amazing resilience in adapting to these challenging times and maintaining their composure with so many outside pressures on their shoulders.
With a little down time before they get back into their study and/or search for an apprenticeship, another look at university early entry opportunities or available further training could prove beneficial. For example, Macquarie University have reopened their early entry offer program and are offering five COVID-19 Impact Points to boost selection ranks, or ACU Guarantee program offers students a maximum of five adjustment points for students who attend schools that are in their Schools Relationship program, of which Waverley is. Or you might think a prospect of working up in the Pilbara is a good option at the moment.
Take some time to relook at where your next step could be by clicking on the links to opportunities below, or call Ms Knowles to discuss, for further advice. One of these steps could take away a fair amount of stress.
ACU (Australian Catholic University) — Schools Relationship Program
Students are eligible for this program if they are currently completing Year 12 and attend a school that has a strong relationship with ACU. Waverley College is one of these schools.
Year 12 students can receive a maximum of five adjustment points from the Schools Relationship Program.
These points will be automatically applied through UAC if students list one of ACU’s courses as a preference. There’s no need to apply separately.
ACU Guarantee – Applications Open Now
Applications to ACU’s Early Entry Program, ACU Guarantee, are now open for 2022 admission.
How does it work?
By using your Year 11 results, ACU can predict a selection rank and make an offer accordingly. As part of your application, you may also choose to provide personal statements that give ACU insight into your circumstances and motivation for university study, to improve your entry score for ACU Guarantee.
*Applications close Friday 24 September 2021.
Macquarie University Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme Reopens
Macquarie University recognises the anxiety and uncertainty experienced by Year 12 students at this time. With the delaying of HSC exams and ATAR release, their ability to plan for university is also impacted.
An early offer can give students peace of mind and certainty about their future at university. Following the latest announcements for Year 12 students by the government, Macquarie University has reopened applications for the Macquarie Leaders and Achievers Early Entry Scheme.
*The Scheme is now open and applications close Sunday 19 September 2021.
Macquarie University — COVID-19 Impact Points
Macquarie recognises the significant impact this pandemic has had on students and the stress related to university entry for 2022.
To reassure Year 12 students, all applicants applying for a Session 1, 2022 undergraduate degree will automatically receive five COVID-19 Impact Points to boost their selection rank.
Prospective students will not have to apply for these additional adjustment factors as they will be automatically applied via their Universities Admission Centre (UAC) application.
UTS (University of Technology Sydney) Early Entry Program
Designed for high-achieving school students, the UTS Early Entry Program allows you to secure a place in your preferred UTS degree based on your Year 11 academic achievements.
*Applications close Sunday 12 September 2021
Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS)
(SRS): Apply through UAC.
All Year 12 students are able to apply for SRS, although not all courses are included in the scheme.
*Applications close Sunday 19 September 2021
Institutions make offers based:
- solely on SRS criteria;
- on SRS criteria and ATAR/selection rank;
- on SRS criteria and ATAR and equity criteria.
How to apply:
- Submit your undergraduate application through UAC.
- At the end of this application, select the option to also apply for SRS.
If you’ve already applied for undergraduate study through UAC, use the ‘Apply or log in’ button at the top right of the UAC website and select the SRS application.
Trades – Apprenticeships
- Future Australian Jobs
Career opportunities across Australia’s mining and agricultural businesses.
- HIA Building Apprenticeships
You will learn your trade on the job and attend trade school to gain additional knowledge and skills through accredited courses.
HIA Apprentices offer these apprenticeships:
- painter and decorator
- solid plasterers and wall and ceiling fixers
- Master Builders Become an Apprentice
Master Builders Apprenticeship Service is a Group Training Organisation, that employs apprentices and trainees to place them with tradespeople, builders and contractors within the Building and Construction Industry for on-the-job training in their trade.
>>> Click here to apply to become a Master Builder Apprentice or Trainee by completing the online application.
- NECA (National Electrical and Communications Association) Electrical Apprenticeships
- Master Plumbers Apprentices Limited (MPAL) Apprentice
Master Plumbers Apprentices Limited (MPAL) is a group training company and is the largest employer of apprentice plumbers in NSW.
MPAL ensures that apprentices employed through the scheme are exposed to all aspects of the Plumbing industry including: Water Plumbing, Sanitary Plumbing, Drainage, Roof Plumbing, Fire Hydrants and Hose Reels. The exposure is across Domestic, Commercial, Industrial and High-rise Construction Plumbing.
>>> Click here if you are interested in being considered for a plumbing apprenticeship with Master Plumbers Apprentices Limited.
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