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Green House Report – Term 1, 2019

From the Head of Green House, Mr Scott Coleman

As we reflect on a meaningful and encouraging Term 1, each student in Green House should think deeply about how their approach to learning, mentoring and relationships at Waverley have shaped their experiences. Through their approaches to learning we hope that students build on their knowledge, skills, attitudes, perspectives and character. Hopefully, with these approaches, each student learns that ‘the manly thing’ will always be defined by integrity, compassion, faith and wisdom. Because Waverley boys will all eventually discover, that ‘Virtue is its own Reward.’

Welcome new students

This term we welcomed new students into Years 5, 7, 10 and 11. I would like to welcome these families to Green House, we are blessed to have such supportive parents and this has continued in 2019. I hope each student has managed to make friendships, get settled into a good routine and have enjoyed their time at Waverley College so far.

Year 7 Camp

Our Year 7 students were involved in an outdoor learning program, the focus was on team building and for the boys to step outside their comfort zone. It was a great chance for students to get to know each other as they started their journey at Waverley. As their Head of House, it was also a great chance to get to know each student. It was a very enjoyable experience, and each boy will have gained valuable friendships from their time away.

Green House Mass

All students in Green House attended our annual Green House Mass this year. It was the first time this event has taken place and we look forward to building on this exciting and engaging event. Thanks to all the parents for their involvement and a thank you to our Year 12 students for their service to Green House.

Big Brother/Little Brother

Our Year 10 and Year 5 Waverley students met up for their first Big Brother, Little Brother this term. The Big Brother Little Brother program aims to engage and partner our Senior students as mentors with our Junior school students. It provides a series of opportunities for them to engage with each other throughout the year. Games such as Basketball, Dodgeball, Soccer, Touch Football and Tug of war were enjoyed by all the students. A great time was had by all and a special thank you to all the teachers from both Waterford and the Senior school that helped facilitate this event. We look forward to many more enjoyable experiences.

Senior/Junior Swimming Carnivals

This term we held the Senior and Junior Swimming carnivals to much fanfare. Thanks must go to all the students that were actively engaged in these exciting events. While Green House did not win either event, the highlight was the engagement of our students. Some other highlights for the term include: The World’s Greatest Shave, wellbeing mentor interviews, the cadet camp, the end of the summer co-curricular season and the start of the winter co-curricular season, Year 9 ballroom dancing, our Green House Easter liturgy, The Amazing Race and our inter-house dodgeball competition.

Green House Mentors

I must also take this time to thank our Green Mentors for 2019. Green House has been blessed with outstanding teachers who bring life and meaning to everything our students experience. Our team of wellbeing mentors have done a wonderful job in their wellbeing roles this term, building positive relationships with the students and welcoming them every morning. We thank the following staff for their role as Green House mentors in 2019: Junior School: Stephen Ghattas Gabrielle Bransby Senior School: Angur Brotherton (GR01) Melinda Phelps/Ms Jannet Markey (GR02) Jon Walker (GR03) Gary Kennedy (GR04) Kathryn Knowles (GR05) Dominic Hearne (GR06) Daniel Kroll (GR07) Belinda Buchan (GR08) Patrick Darvill (GR09) Nehal Badiani/Julie Barns/Mr Angus Lyons (GR10) Phoebe Guirguis (GR11) I hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable break.