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From the Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

At last week’s Year 7, 8, 9 Academic Assembly, I spoke about both the skills and values students need to thrive in the fast-paced 21st century, so that they can address individual and community needs and challenges such as global warming, resource scarcity, artificial intelligence, misinformation, and robotics. 

Values act as our conscience and moral guide and assist us in binding communities together, finding equality, happiness, and fulfilment. Values help us develop our character and help us find our purpose in life. Values are enduring, whereas skills keep on changing with the passage of time and the influence of technology. 

Skills help us achieve proficiency, competence and performance. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), the top 10 life skills recommended for mental health equilibrium are: problem solving, decision making, creative thinking, critical thinking, self-awareness, empathy, interpersonal relationships, good communication, management of stress, management of emotions. All of these skills are embedded within our curriculum, wellbeing and formation programs and should be skills you are also trying to develop at home with your sons. 

On the back of a successful NAIDOC Week and Men’s Health Week earlier this Term, this week around the campus we had David Kobler (Your Choicez) provide our Year 10s with a values-based respectful relationships education program, Fran Grant helped unpack Indigenous Rights, and our Year 11s attended the RYDA Road Safety program which aims at saving lives through the provision of world-class road safety education.

Our Year 5 and 10s participated in another Big Brother Little Brother experience where they were involved in games that encouraged participation, learning new skills, and building upon their supportive and positive relationships with one another.

In this week’s newsletter, our psychologists’ article unpacks the difficult topic of grief, and Ms Marie-Anne Maakrun (Assistant Director of Student Formation) shares a great article on building resilience with your son.

Sprit of Wakakirri Award – Theme: The Right to Dream

“A compelling, dramatic and energetic performance reminding us to stand up for what is right!” – Wakakirri Ambassador, Scott Irwin

Congratulations to the Junior School students who performed in Wakakirri on Tuesday evening. The boys received the major award for the night, the ‘Spirit of Wakakirri’ Award, highlighting their positive attitude, fabulous behaviour, teamwork and creative spirit.

Thank you to staff members Mr Tom Olds, Ms Jade Sparks, Ms CJ Tweedie for assisting our students, and a special thanks and congratulations to Ms Michelle Rollins on her 25th consecutive year of directing and choreographing Wakakirri performances for the College. Her passion and dedication to providing boys opportunities to explore story, dance, movement and the creative arts is truly amazing. 

Art and Design HSC Showcase

Parents, carers, students and Waverley community members are warmly invited to attend the Art and Design HSC showcase on Friday, 18 August, 6pm – 8pm. The event is a collection of Year 12 major works from the students of 2023.

Science Competition Years 5-12

Please read and encourage your son to take up Ms Emily Pace’s (Assistant Head of Science) challenge to enter the Science Week competitions.

Waverley Runners and Fundraisers

Good luck to all of our runners who are tackling the City2Surf on Sunday and well done for their significant support of the charity ‘Running for Premature Babies’ which is founded by Waverley College parent, Sophie Smith. Our College Team is over 130-people strong and has raised upwards of $8,000 for ‘Running for Premature Babies’. You can support them and donate here.

Regional Finals of the AFL Schools Cup 

Congratulations to the following students who competed in the Regional Finals of the AFL Schools Cup. We finished in 3rd place, narrowly losing to both 1st and 2nd place.

Year 8

Matt Borgelt, Clancy Walsh, Alex Piperkos, Henry Read, Hayden McAusland, Dom Dametto, James Tucker, Oscar Griffith, Daniel Morrow, Luca Green, Levi O’Keefe, Lachlan Feain, Nash Goldsworthy, Will Roberts.

Year 9

Bailey Gosbell, Edward House, Ned Larkin, James Warwick Rose, Ethan Allardice, Fred Robertson, Ryan Murphy, Zachary Jones, Tane Barclay, Stellan Dymond.

Congratulations to Old Boy – Ben Donaldson (Class of 2017)

Waverley College is very proud of the selection of Ben Donaldson in the Wallabies Squad for the 2023 World Cup in France. Ben graduated in 2017 and was part of the undefeated CAS Premiership winning 1st XV, as well as playing 1st XI Cricket for the College. Ben was selected for the Australian Schoolboys side in 2017.

Ben was also College Vice-Captain and has played 1st grade for Randwick for a number of seasons, played for the Waratahs and has recently signed with the Western Force for 2024.

Ben has played two matches for the Wallabies in 2023 as well as a number of fixtures for Australia A. Ben is a talented number 10 but also a utility player who can slot into a number of positions in the backline. Ben’s father Stu Donaldson has coached at Waverley College and Randwick for a number of seasons and is a highly successful coach.

The College wishes Ben well for his journey at the upcoming World Cup tournament and we will be cheering him on!

Ben established himself as a full time professional rugby player whilst also managing his study commitments at The University of Technology, Sydney. Ben is currently in the process of finishing a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise management degree, an area he hopes to dive into after his playing career.

Parents’ Association Meeting

Our most recent Parents’ Association meeting was held on Tuesday, 8 August. Louise Lakomy is the new President of the Parents’ Association and you can read her welcome message here.