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From the Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Years 7-10 Examinations

Congratulations to Years 7-10 students for completing their Yearly Examinations this week. Please remember that student marks can be accessed by parents and carers via CANVAS in real-time as they are released to students.

>>> Click here for details on how to access CANVAS real-time reporting. 

Years 7-10 students will also receive their Semester 2 reports in Week 8 which will provide an overall mark for Semester 2 tasks, A-E grades on Course Outcomes, Recommendations and Commendations and Learner Profile grades. 

Further details on how to access these reports in the TASS Parent Lounge will be available in next week’s Nurrunga.

Expectations and Behaviour 

As we approach the end of Term 4, boys can start to get a little restless and tired. Add in the anticipation of holidays and the increase in temperature, and they can forget some of the school expectations and policies which are in place for the safety of all.

Please support the College in reminding your son of the non-negotiables when it comes to appropriate and safe behaviour. 

There is no place for the following serious breaches of College policy: 

  • inappropriate use of technology 
  • involvement with drugs or alcohol 
  • bullying 
  • theft 
  • damage to property 
  • violent behaviour
  • bringing the College’s name into disrepute 

Director of Junior School

With the appointment of Ms Gabby Smith to the Acting Deputy Principal – Students role, the College has undergone a process, and I would like to congratulate Ms Gaby Bransby on her appointment to the Acting Director of Junior School position.

Gaby is the current Assistant Director of the Junior School and has acted previously for 18 months in the Director of Junior School role.

Gaby has held the role of Assistant Director of Curriculum (JS) and is currently completing a Masters of Educational Leadership. Gaby is passionate about the connection between teaching, learning and student wellbeing. We wish Gaby much success in this role. 

CAS Awards 

On Monday evening, Barker College hosted the annual CAS general committee meeting and dinner. Waverley College had three staff members honoured for service to the CAS. 

Congratulations to:

  • Mr Patrick Darvill (Head of Department PDHPE) for his 10 years of service as CAS 1st XI Football Coach and selector. 
  • Mr Stephen O’Donnell (Director of Co-curricular) for his 13 years service to the CAS sportsmaster committee and 7 years service as U16 CAS Rugby Coach. 
  • Mr Col Blake (Waverley College CAS General Committee Member) for his 30 years service to CAS and the CAS general committee. 

Mr Col Blake

Col has been one of the greatest volunteers at Waverley College and is winding back his presence at the College after 30 years of distinguished service. Col attended the College from 1958-1962. He then went on to become a survey draughtsman with Sydney Water before becoming a graphic designer and starting his own business. 

He became reacquainted with the school in the late eighties when he and his wife Shirley sent their sons Simon (1992) and Kieran (1993) to the College. Col joined the Old Boys Executive in 1988 and has served 21 years as Vice President, three Years as President and is a current committee member.

He was the Wavelength magazine editor and designer for many years, the editor of the College Yearbooks 1993-2005, and assisted with many graphic design works and the College’s 90th and Centenary Celebrations.

CAS Presentation – Col Blake

Col started the Track & Field Supporters’ Club and was its president from 1988-1992. This group of parents/carers watched their assistance help support the College Track & Field team move from last to first place in seven years. Col also served as President of the Parents’ Association from 1992-1993, and sat on the College Board from 1992-2004 where he was chair of the development fund committee. Col was also the College’s Head HSC examiner for many years.

Col has always sought to make a difference in other people’s lives and in the Waverley community. Recently, he and Shirley have participated in a dancing program which aims to assist people suffering from dementia, aired on ABC Catalyst. 

>>> Click here to view the ABC Catalyst episode.

On behalf of the College community, I want to thank Col for all of his hard work and outstanding service over many years across many College support groups. We wish Col and Shirley all the very best as they step back slightly from our community. As Col stated on Monday evening, “it is au Revoir and not goodbye.”

CAS Presentation - Col Blake

Proposed Renewal of Birrell Street – Have Your Say

Waverley Council has launched a community consultation on the proposed renewal of Birrell Street, between Newland Street and Henrietta Street.

To help ensure Birrell Street is safe for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists to use in the years to come, Council is planning on upgrading part of the street.

In the main, if these new ‘improvements’ make the road safer, we would all benefit. Anything that can be done to calm traffic along Birrell Street making a safer environment for our school community, is a positive thing.

However, the College has some concerns about which we will be seeking confirmation via this survey:

  • That Council will not use this project to change street parking restrictions or reduce the number of parking spaces available along the street.
  • That there will be no reduction in the available on-street parking spaces between Council Street and Henrietta Street, as a result of these changes.
  • That the on-street parking time limits between Council Street and Henrietta Street will remain unrestricted, and not limited to 1H, 2H or 4H parking.

If you use this street for parking, walking, cycling or driving, I encourage you, as a member of our community, to complete the quick survey below, to share your thoughts on proposed bike lane upgrades, crossing point improvements, and parking implications.

The survey closes on Wednesday, 7 December 2022.

>>> Click here to complete the quick survey.