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From the Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Step Out Speak Out Walk 

Next Friday, 24 November 2023, Year 12 students along with staff members will be taking part in the Step Out Speak Out Walk. You are invited to walk with the students as a College community.

The Step Out Speak Out Walk raises awareness about domestic violence and asks everyone to stand up and say no to domestic violence. The annual Walk marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, marking the beginning of 16 days of activism, culminating in Human Rights Day on 10 December. The walk is organised by the NSW Police Eastern Beaches LAC and Randwick Council. 

As a College, we are proud to participate in this important community event each year and walk together in solidarity in support of the elimination of violence towards women. 

Please see the details below:

When: Friday, 24 November 2023  

Where: The walk will start at High Cross Park, Randwick at 7:30am. The walk will finish at Grant Reserve, Coogee Beach. 

Order of events: 

  • 7am – Arrive at High Cross Park 
  • 7:30am – Walk commences down Coogee Bay Road 
  • 8am – Arrive Grant Reserve 8am – Ceremony / Speeches 
  • 8:30am – Students lead the audience in the pledge 
  • 9am – Event ends.

Christmas Appeal for the Matthew Talbot Hostel: Donations Requested

Matthew Talbot Hostel is a wonderful organisation helping over 35,000 Sydney men each year in providing accommodation, health, counselling and employment assistance. Waverley has had a long history of boys helping in its kiosk in Woolloomooloo, and strongly contributing towards making Christmas easier for those in need.

All boys from all Houses from Years 5-12 are encouraged to bring in toiletry and other items in order to be able to provide essential packs for the homeless and marginalised groups which the Matt Talbot Hostel provides assistance for.

This will run from Week 4 for the whole month of November. Tevlin House students have their Social Justice focus area in homelessness, and will be actively promoting the request to contribute items, and reflect the new Waverley theme of “stronger together, united as one.”

All donations can be brought into daily Mentor Groups, or to the Wellbeing Centre (Senior School), or Junior School Office.

Please refer to Ms Gabrielle Smith’s Nurrunga article here for more details.

Kids Giving Back

Congratulations to the following students for their recent efforts to help others in our community programs from August to October, which includes the recent September/October school holidays programs too.

  • Alexander O’Brien (Year 5), Boyd Green (Year 5), Joe Roy (Year 5)
  • Olivier Giese (Year 6), Toby Williams (Year 6)
  • David Faulkner (Year 7), Harry Welfare (Year 7), Isaac Matheson (Year 7), Jaxson Clement (Year 7), Lachlan Green (Year 7), Lachlan O’Brien (Year 7), Marcus Greenwood (Year 7), Oisin Hughes (Year 7)
  • Oscar Matheson (Year 8)

The community programs that these students participated in:

  • Close to 700 young people participated
  • Produced over 5,000 hot meals, salads, fruit kebabs, breakfast boxes, snack packs and care packs with empathetic, positive messages, which were distributed to 21 charities around Sydney.

Their outstanding leadership, empathy, and civic commitment serve as a source of inspiration and reflect our College’s core values. 

We would love to see more of our students involved in ‘giving back’. Bookings open soon for December 2023/January 2024 school holiday community programs. Keep an eye on their website as these programs sell out fast!

Support those in need by taking up opportunities in the link here.

Ecology Announcements 

  • Secondhand / spare unbranded uniforms

Some great news. Working with our volunteers in the uniform shop and Ms Sue Walsh, we shipped 60kg of secondhand uniforms to Darwin for Indigenous youths last week. We will be shipping just over 200 kg of clothes/shoes to Fiji this week. We know that recipients are very grateful for our donations.

  • Global classroom

SOTWEG had a wonderful catch up with Christian Brothers College Boksburg, South Africa last Thursday. The students talked about local food, sport and sustainability! Both schools had such a good time connecting, they are keen to continue conversations next year. 

  • Locker clean out and reusing 

SOTWEG had a brilliant idea for end of year locker clean up, for students to put stationary that still can be used and has a life into a “charity box.” Some students attended a talk with the Jesuit Refugee Foundation a month ago, and in conversation found out that this Foundation could do with donations of stationery items. We know from previous locker clean ups that a lot of students have brand new (or close to new) pens, pencils, notebooks etc. We will put out boxes for locker clean out days. Please encourage students in their wellbeing groups to use these boxes.

Australian U16 Rugby Team 

Congratulations to Daryus Sione (Year 10) and James Finegan (Year 10) on being selected into the Australian U16 Rugby Team for 2023. They have been selected after some strong performances with the Waratahs U16s in the Super Rugby Mens U16s Championship.

The Australian U16s team is the first opportunity in Rugby Australia’s men’s pathway, for players to represent their country. The squad will now go into camp in Canberra at the Australian Institute of Sport, 8-12 December, where they will prepare to play the Pacific All Stars on 12 December, 1:30pm. This match will be streamed live through Rugby Xplorer, and is the first time in a long time that we have seen an Australian U16 side take to the field.