Today was the 104th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War in 1918. Today the College Community all gathered in the Centenary Quadrangle at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month, to pause and commemorate Remembrance Day.
A livestream was available for the Ceremony of Commemoration of the Fallen. Thank you to Waverley College and St Catherine’s School students who provided the Catafalque Party, Flag Party, Guard of Honour, Drum Corps and the Cliff Goodchild Band. They were very impressive!
Our Matthew Coorey School Band will also represent us with distinction at the Waverley Council Remembrance Day, to be held at Waverley Park on Saturday, 11 November 2023.
The College Cenotaph, is inscribed with the names of all of our ‘Old Boys’ who paid the supreme sacrifice in the two World Wars. Congratulations to our musicians and Cadets.
Lest We Forget.
2023 Kristallnacht Ceremony
Thank you to Ms Gabby Smith who represented our College Community at the 2023 Kristallnacht Commemoration – The ‘Night of Broken Glass.’ This year marks 85 years since Nazi forces destroyed over two hundred synagogues, damaged 7,000 Jewish-owned businesses, arrested 30,000 and murdered 91 Jewish people in Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland, on November 9 and 10 of 1938.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr Dave Rich, one of the UK’s leading experts on antisemitism. Dr Rich delivered important insights about what antisemitism really is, why it thrives and how we can stop it. Memorial candles were lit by descendants of Kristallnacht survivors.
HSC Visual Art Nomination
Congratulations to Luka Zonich (Year 12) who has been nominated for their HSC Art work, ‘What Would Pa Do.’ It’s a graphic design work, for possible inclusion in ARTEXPRESS.
2023 Woollahra Youth Photographic Award & Short Film Prize – Two Waverley Winners
Congratulations to Zac Coonan (Year 11) and James Iatrou (Year 12) for their winning entries. Their works are on exhibition at the Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf until Sunday, 26 November and I encourage you and your family to visit. You can also actively participate by voting in The People’s Choice Award open until Monday, 27 November – vote in person at the Gallery or online here.
Read more about these creative, talented students in Ms Lynsey Porter’s article here.
Br Brian Murphy
Our thoughts and prayers are with Br Brian at the moment, who underwent back surgery this week. As many of you would know, Brian underwent surgery last year on his back and has struggled all year with pain down his leg. We hope this latest surgery relieves this situation for him and that he makes a quick recovery.
With the movement of Ms Elizabeth Watson to St Pius X (Chatswood) as Deputy Principal in 2024, I would like to congratulate the following staff who have been appointed to the following positions for 2024:
- Ms Lynsey Porter – Deputy Principal – Teaching & Learning
- Ms Martina Cooper – Director of Curriculum
- Ms Catherine Stewart – Head of Department Religious Education
- Mr Jean-Paul Boumelhem – Assistant Head of Department Religious Education
With Mr John McCoy away for the remainder of this Term on paternity leave, I thank and congratulate Ms Cassie Foster for taking on the Head of House – Aungier responsibilities.