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From the Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

A glance through this week’s newsletter certainly gives good insight into a busy and thriving College community, with a wonderful variety of activities, experiences and learnings on offer including: Earth Hour, College representation at St Mary’s Cathedral for St Patrick’s Day, PDHPE excursion to Sydney Academy of Sport and Recreation, the Walawaani program for First Nation students, hospitality work placements, an invitation to join winter Art Club, Big Brother Little Brother gathering, homework club, Year 5 Camp to Stanwell Tops, Year 6 Camp to Collaroy, Year 12 retreat at four different destinations, commencement of winter activities and summer awards, Years 5-12 Student Reports update, and booking in for Years 7-11 Parent Teacher Student Interviews.

It is a great achievement of staff, students and parents that all of these can occur in these challenging times. I encourage your sons to get involved in the richness of College activities, as much learning can take place both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Stranger Danger 

Unfortunately, from time to time, we receive information from other schools where students have been targeted by people with possibly sinister intentions. Recently, on the North Shore, a young student was targeted by what the police would describe as an attempted abduction. The student was told that all buses were cancelled and that the school had sent ubers to get students home. Luckily, the student did not accept this offer of transport, and a concerned passerby intervened.

It is timely for all parents to remind their children to never accept a lift from someone they do not know. Encourage them to act immediately, to yell out to draw attention to the situation. Remind them to always be aware of their surroundings e.g. move away from slow-moving cars that come up alongside them. 

Science and Engineering Challenge 

Eight Year 10 STEM teams from Waverley were involved in the University of Newcastle Science and Engineering Challenge this week, competing against other schools in a fun and engaging day of activities and challenges.

These included designing an earthquake-proof tower, building a hovercraft, providing electricity to a city, and creating an environmentally-friendly house. All teams performed very well and took a lot out of the day. 

Stars of the East

I am excited to announce that our very own Tom Olds (Year 6 Orange Classroom Teacher) is representing Waverley College in the Cancer Council’s ‘Stars of the East’ event. This event is a high-energy, dance spectacular, bringing the Eastern Suburbs together and raising much-needed funds for The Cancer Council NSW.

Tom is fundraising for …

“My beautiful mother who has, unfortunately, had to battle the dreaded “C” word twice. She is the most influential woman in my life and is such a fantastic role model in terms of resilience, courage and dedication. 

Thankfully, she has managed to win on both occasions and I hope that I can help in providing much-needed funds to support the future research, so others can share similar stories.”

Tom Olds – Year 6 Teacher

>>> Click here if you would like to donate and keep updated on Tom’s progress.

COVID-19 Numbers 

Thank you for your support of our snap mandated mask wearing this week, for all students, staff and parents, whilst indoors at the College. This action will certainly slow down transmission rates, and hopefully ensure we can stay fully operational.

Please find the latest COVID-19 numbers below. Please remind your son to wash his hands regularly, and carry hand sanitiser for when this is not possible. 

As at 25/3/22 COVID-19 Positive Close Contacts
5 3 2
6 9 4
7 11 16
8 15 16
9 30 8
10 10 10
11 11 6
12 6 8
Staff 12 2
TOTAL (179) 107 72

Year 7 Routine School Vaccination

NSW Health will be visiting Waverley College on Tuesday, 5 April, 2022 to offer the following routine vaccines to Year 7 to protect them from preventable diseases:

YEAR VACCINE NUMBER OF DOSES
Year 7 Human papillomavirus (HPV) 2 doses at least 6 months apart
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Whooping Cough (dTpa) 1 dose

NSW Health will also be offering catch-up vaccination during 2022 to students who missed HPV, dTpa or MenACWY vaccinations in 2020 and 2021.

Where this is not possible, parents/carers will be contacted and recommended to access free catch-up vaccines for their child at their local GP.

Please note, that any vaccine offered to students at school requires the signed consent of parents/carers.

The vaccination consent packs have been distributed to all of Year 7 students today. Anyone absent today, can pick it up from the Wellbeing Centre on Monday. 

Please ensure that you sign the consent form and ask your son to return them the following day.

>>> Click here to view more information about the NSW School Vaccination Program.

2024 Enrolment Applications Closing

Enrolment applications for 2024 will close on Thursday, 31 March 2022. Should you have a younger son who you would like to enrol at Waverley College in Year 5 or Year 7 in 2024, please ensure you complete an application form through our website.
>>> Click here to view the application form.

Please note, if your son is currently enrolled in the Junior School, there is no need to place an additional application for Year 7.
>>> Click here to submit an online application.

For any further enrolment questions, please contact the College Registrar, Ms Kylie Anderson at registrar@waverley.nsw.edu.au