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Green House Report – Term 3, 2019

From Head of Green House, Scott Coleman

Farewell to Green House class of 2019 – Always have strength in unity.

To the class of 2019 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Farewell and thank you, Year 12.

Alexander Bayas
Noah Burgess
Aydin Caltagirone-Pantano
Marco Coleman
Oscar Davis
Thomas Deakin-Bell
Remi Defina-Sperando
Rory Doyle
Jamie Ellis
Rocco Evans
Adam Femia
Mitchell Fitzgerald
Lachlan Gray
Xavier Kelly
Eddie Kranz
Theodore Liong
James Luland
Luke Marshall
Caillan Porter
Gleb Samokhin
Ty Sigsworth
Dylan Smith

As we farewell our Year 12 Green students, I can’t help but look back at the journey they have travelled in their time as Waverley College students. For some, it is a journey that began in 2012 at the junior school, while welcoming many others at the start of year 7 in 2014.

It has been a journey of many triumphs, adversity and success. The men they have become is a testament to the support the students have received from parents, guardians, teachers, friends and multiple other influences in their life. We have been lucky, as a school to be an important part of their story so far, and know they will have success wherever they seek to travel and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

I must make a special mention to all the Green House Mentors that have supported our Year 12 students during their final year. The support the teachers have provided has made the success of each boy possible. It was so touching seeing the Mentors present each of their boys in their groups at our last house assembly.

I would also like to mention all the parents for the education you have provided our Year 12 boys. By choosing Waverley College, the boys have become learners, social justice advocates, sportsmen, debaters, friends, and transitioned to adulthood.

I want to praise all the efforts that every student has provided to Green House and Waverley College in their time at the school. They have each had a positive impact on the school somewhere in their journey and the school is now a better place for having them come through.

Your future is as bright as you want it to be. It can be sad to say goodbye to graduates. However, life must move on and it should, because bigger things await beyond the walls of Waverley. As a house, we wish you all the best with your exams and thank you for your service to Waverley College.

Green House Leadership

Well done to the Year 11 boys who took a ‘responsible risk’ and nominated themselves for a leadership position for 2020. They have written an application, spoken in front of the House and been interviewed. It has been a pleasure being involved in this process with these fine young men and with Green House Mentor Ms Belinda Buchan.

As a result of this extensive process I am proud to announce that our Green House Year 12 leaders are:

Ullhas Day – Green House Captain
Patrick Smith – Green House Prefect
Conor Evans – Green House Prefect.

Thanks to all boys that applied and we wish these boys the best in leading our house for the next 12 months.

We have also been going through the process of appointing our 2019/20 Green House Year 7-10 SRC members. Thanks to all the boys through the years that applied. These leadership positions will be finalised early next term.

Academic Update

Congratulations to the following Green House students that received gold awards this term:

Aiden Pascoe
Maddox Grebert
Ryan Bayas
Sebastien Rayk
Max Court
Kyle McBride
Isaac Coombes

Congratulations to the following boys who completed the Premiers reading challenge this term:

Oscar Bennett
Ethan Ginnane
Jack Kerves
Nathan Leabres

Congratulations to the following students for the exceptional semester 1 reports consisting of nearly perfect A’s for all their subjects.

Ben Stirling
Brad Wilson
Lachlan Muir
Maddox Grebert
Jay Briggs
James Dyson Merwe
Max Court
Finn Harley Whitney
Max Hammond
Jack Kerves
Aiden Pascoe
Charles Thompson-Owens
Will O’Connor
Eden Byrd
Jack Mackenzie
Andrew Di Blasio

Co-Curricular update

This Term saw both the end of the co-curricular winter season and the athletics season.

It was great to see the following boys excel in their sports for the winter season taking part in our firsts teams through the winter season:

AFL – Noah Burgess, Patrick Smith and Tobias Renshaw

Football – Alex Bayas, Andrew Di Blasio and Stephen Katsionis

Volleyball – James Tzavaras

The following Green House Students also received special Winter sports awards:

Tayt Lambley – 2nd IV Best and Fairest 2019

Alex Bayas – Michael Lovell Shield for Contribution To Football 2019

Emilio Vinci – Best & Fairest 9A Football 2019

Elliot Kerr – Best & Fairest 8A Football 2019

Dominic McGrath – U16 Cross Country Champion 2019

AJ Preketes – Best & Fairest 15A Rugby 2019

Jay Briggs РYear 8 РMost Consistent Performance in Debating – 2019

Louis Kitto – 9/10 AFL 2019 Best & Fairest

James Tzavaras – 1sts Volleyball Best and Fairest 2019

Hugo Pizzol – College Choir Award

Andrew Di Blasio – Australian & NSW U18 Football Squad 2019

Luke Marshall – Athletics team co-captain

Congratulations to the following Green House students who were members of the athletics team this year:

Eden Byrd
Ehren Little
James Hession
Asher Thomasyu
Jackson Kelser
Archie Mcinally
Aidan Pascoe
Andrew Zurike
Luca Derbyshire
Dominic McGrath
AJ Preketes
Conor Ryan
Noah Matet
Ullhas Dey
Max Hammond
Luke Marshall
Theodore Lions
Caillan Porter

It is great to see their involvement in such an important part of the co-curricular program. All green students are encouraged to take part in 2020.

Year 10 Dinner Dance

Our Year 10 students engaged in the Year 10 Dinner Dance this term. After a three-course meal the boys spent the night dancing with friends and partners. A joyous celebration as they enter into their senior years of schooling. Thanks must go to all students for the mature and courteous way they took part in the evening despite the difficult weather conditions on the evening.

Year 9 Camp

Congratulations to our Year 9 campers from this term. It was a successful experience for all involved. I would like to thank Jack Wachtel for his support in taking the group. I also wanted to thank the fathers that came out for the father/son component of the camp. Each year we try and build upon the experience from the year before and this is such a valuable experience for our students each year.

Junior School Update

This term our junior school students engaged in a variety of exciting events. Thanks to all boys for actively taking part. We have a very bright future in Green House with the students coming through from our junior school.

The highlight for many was the opening of the junior school classrooms for parents. The whole school was buzzing as our students presented their learning outcomes to their parents and families. It was wonderful to see so many parents and carers attend, it created such a positive atmosphere as students proudly explained what they had learnt.

The 31st Annual Junior School Walkathon was held this term at Centennial Park. The boys trekked 33 kilometres for over three hours raising $46,000 for Edmund Rice Camps, Starlight Foundation, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Children’s Leukemia and Cancer Research, Snow Dome and Charlie Teo Brain Cancer. Thank you to the 132 parents who volunteered, we could not have done it without your support!

Congratulations to Sam and Alfie Frain who competed as part of the CIS team, in the PSSA Golf Championships at Blackheath Golf club in the Blue Mountains this term. Alfie finished 4th out of the 80 competitors and has qualified for the NSW team, he is the only year 5 student to do so. Sam also played well but sadly finished just outside the top 8 to make the team.

I also want to thank Stephen Ghattas and Gabrielle Bransby for their support in setting up the farewell cards for our Year 12 students on our last assembly and all their support of our junior green students.

Important Calendar Dates – Term 4

Next Term Green House will be taking part in our annual events as a house for various charities in a variety of ways. We will be running several events next term leading into our final big event of the White Ribbon Day walk.

  • Thursday, 17 October – Best Foot Forward Campaign Fundraiser – $10 dollars from each Green student required
  • Friday, 25 October – Green House special assembly
  • Friday, 22nd November – White Ribbon Day Walk – A Green House student will be speaking to the community on behalf of Waverley College at the event – all parents invited to attend and take part

Have a wonderful and relaxing holiday break.