R U OK?
On Wednesday, our College hosted a special Assembly featuring Mr Kevin Heath, an ambassador for R U OK? and Waverley College Aboriginal Liaison Officer, where we had the privilege of listening to his compelling and inspiring narrative.
Kevin unpacked the R U OK? strategy: ‘Ask, Listen, Encourage Action, and Check-in’ to play our part in building a stronger community.
We also heard from Mrs Maryanne Larkin, mother of Van in Year 12 and former student, Gus. Maryanne’s husband founded R U OK? in response to his own dad’s suicide and then her son Gus was a strong advocate, even whilst he went through his own battle with brain cancer, which he sadly lost in Year 9, 2013. Waverley College has been a proud supporter of R U OK? Day since the very beginning in 2009.
If you would like to know more about the story behind R U OK? you can watch ‘Beyond OK’ on the Australian Story program on ABC iview.
Next Thursday, 14 September we will observe the official R U OK? Day. This is a charity focused on harm prevention, promoting the importance of maintaining connections and engaging in conversations that can provide support to individuals during challenging periods in their lives. This year’s message is particularly poignant: “Ask R U OK? ‘I’m here to hear’ – because a conversation could change a life.”
We were lucky to have the R U OK? Activation van on the campus for the day .
Archbishop’s Award 2023
Congratulations, Thomas Shahinian (Year 12), who received the prestigious Archbishop’s Award for Excellence for his service work today (Friday, 8 September 2023). The annual awards were started in 1999 by Cardinal Edward Clancy, to honour leadership qualities and service to school and parish communities.
Manchester City Partnership
Two NSW EREA schools, Waverley College and St Dominic’s College in Penrith, have joined three other EREA schools (St Laurence’s College, Brisbane – Parade College, Melbourne – Rostrevor College, South Australia) in forming a partnership with Manchester City Football Club to have a Football academy at our College.
A Manchester City Head Football Coach will be appointed to run the football school and have a positive impact across our entire football program (Years 5 – 12) including coaching development, program and session design and implementation, and mentoring of all Waverley College football coaches.
We have received many messages from the community and a lovely message of encouragement and support from Matilda and Manchester City player, Mary Fowler. Mr Stephen Wilmot will be the Waverley Football Convenor.
We are inviting all current Year 6 students from Waverley College and any school to register for trials. Expressions of interest from other year levels are also being taken from both currently enrolled students and potential students.
Both of these forms along with more information can be found on our website by clicking the button below.