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Green House Term 2 Report

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From the Head of Green House, Scott Coleman

As Term 2 draws to a close I find myself reflecting on how lucky I am to be looking with the young men of Green House. As a staff group we are blessed to be able to work with respectful young men who have a desire to learn. It is also great to be able to work in leading educational facilities and for the young men of Waverley to be able to learn in these spaces provided to them. It is very pleasing to see the students making the most of the opportunities at Waverley College in Term 2 and I am looking forward to a productive and positive second semester.

Green Events

Green House prefects hosted several important events this term. Our Academic Prefect, Allan Cannes hosted a Writing Challenge Competition as part of Refugee week. Boys that took part learnt some valuable tips with his support.

Waverley’s Strongest man competition took place with several Green House students competing. Congratulations to Aydin Caltagirone-Pantano (Yr11) who took out 3rd place and Ty Sigsworth (Yr11) who came in 2nd. A wonderful representation from Green House.

The Inter House Athletics Carnival takes place on the last day of this term. I would like to thank in advance our Community Prefect, Ben Scarf for his work in leading into this event. His passion and leadership always shows on days like this, congratulations to all boys that actively took part and engaged in the event.

In addition to the events above, Green House held our Term 2 assemblies at the Junior School this term. This was a huge success thanks to Junior School staff Mr Stephen Ghattas and Ms Gabrielle Bransby. Our Junior School students were wonderful in their support this term, I would like to thank them for their support in running a very successful house assembly during Week 8.

The Inter House basketball competition was a tough day for Green house, sadly being knocked out in the first round. But Green students represented their house proudly in their attempt to earn Green house valuable house points. Congratulations to all boys involved.

The 108th May Day procession took place in May this term.  I would like to thank all Green students and parents for the way in which they attended and engaged in this great tradition of Waverley College.

I would like to thank again our prefects for their contributions to Green House again this term, even as their assessment and study expectations continue to grow.

New Prefect

I would like to welcome new Green House Prefect, Daniel Chow to our Green House leadership team. Daniel has consistently been a leader in Green House. Contributing extensively in our Term 4 drive for white ribbon day last year and actively being involved in setting up Green House Assemblies.

Congratulations on your appointment Daniel.

Student Achievements

The following Students received Head of College Awards this term, an achievement that requires 15 Merit awards and 3 Gold Awards. These students exemplify consistent effort in the classroom, ongoing excellent behaviours and go above and beyond what is expected of them on a regular basis. It is wonderful to see students achieve so well. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Alexander De Barros (Yr9)
  • Brad Wilson (Yr9)
  • Charlie Worthington (Yr9)
  • James Byrd (Yr8)
  • Jay Briggs (Yr7)

Congratulations to Rory Doyle (Yr11), Selected to take part in the CIS Golf tournament in Foster this term, he was also selected to compete in the Jack Newton junior golf competition in April and came in 14 out of 150 students.

Congratulations to Conor Ryan (Yr8). Conor was part of our year 8 debating team that made it through all of the elimination rounds of Catholic Schools Debating Association competition. They have now made it to the quarter finals.

Congratulations to William Hope (Yr10). William was nominated to represent Waverley College at the Young Men’s Health Forum this term. The students engaged in presentations with ex-NRL player Dan Hunt and Kathy Kelly of the Kelly foundation about ways to improve the mental health of young people in Australia.

Congratulations to the following students. They have received perfect or near perfect A’s on their mid year report. A monumental effort that demonstrates Green students going above and beyond in 2018.

  • Freddie Le Vay (Yr7)
  • Aiden Pascoe (Yr7)
  • Max Court (Yr7)
  • Ben Stirling (Yr7)
  • Jack Mackenzie (Yr9)
  • Lachlan Muir (Yr9)
  • Sebastien Rayk (Yr10)
  • Dominic Augoustis (Yr12)
  • Allan Cannes (Yr12)
  • Max Coleman (Yr12)
  • Nathan Higgs (Yr12)
  • Nicholas Kalitsis (Yr12)
  • Ben Scarf (Yr12)

Congratulations to the following students for their nominations in 1sts teams or as sports Captains:

  • Anthony Candi – Football Captain
  • Ben Stopic, Ben Scarf, Anthony Candi – 1st XI Football
  • Baxter Oleksyn, Noah Burgess, Tobias Renshaw – 1st XVIII AFL
  • Patrick Smith – 1st IV Tennis
  • Charles McGrath – Cross Country Captain

Junior School Update

Congratulations to Mr Stephen Ghattas and his wife, Kristy, who gave birth to their son, Zane. An exciting new addition to the extended Green House family. We are lucky to have such wonderful Junior School mentors in Green House.

Thanks to Mr Ghattas for his role in implementing the Edmund Rice Theme Day with much enthusiasm. Celebrating our Founder; learning a bit about his life and sharing a movie that has a social justice theme. Mr Ghattas came back from parental leave and threw himself into the organisation of the day, where the boys enjoyed wearing their mufti clothes and donating a gold coin to The Smith Family.

Congratulations to Mr Gabrielle Bransby for her work on the new engaging and very exciting initiative where the boys are part of an Independent Inquiry Unit called ‘i-Time.’ It has been exciting to see this new system implemented in the Junior School and the program that has been developed under her guidance.

Congratulations to the following Green House students for outstanding achievements during Term 2:

The following boys represented Waverley in Armidale at the beginning of the Term 1 holidays:

James Dyson-Merwe, Jack Kerves, Eden Byrd, Ethan Ginnane, Jack Sammut, Jack George (all in Year 6). Although they were not successful, they represented their school with pride.

Ethan Ginnane (Yr 6) also represented IPSHA at the CIS Touch Football Trials.  He was down to the final 30 students out of approximately 100 trialists. Well done Ethan!

Year 6 enjoyed a trip to Canberra this term and braved the cold weather to learn about our nation’s capital. An exciting tour made better by the staff the supported the students in such a wonderful way.

The following boys made their Confirmation at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday 17th June at St Mary’s Cathedral:

  • Luca Passicot, Oscar Passicot & Eden Byrd,Christian Lorenzetto, Jack Moran, Nathan Leabres, (Yr 6)
  • Oliver Farrugia, James Dodsworth, Toby Fernandes (Yr 5)

Congratulations to the Junior School students and staff for a wonderful term.

Finally, I would like to thank all teachers in Green House for their continued support this year. The time and effort provided by our mentors each morning is one of the many positive aspects of belonging to Green House.

A special congratulations to Green Mentor Ms Kath Knowles for organising our Inaugural Trade Night this term which was very well attended (over 200 people). The feedback from parents and students has been very positive. Kath’s care and attention shone through with each Old Boy reflecting on the positive difference she had made in their lives and the informative guidance. We are lucky to have such a wonderful mentor in Green House who has made such a significant impact on students during her time at Waverley.

To the Green community, I wish you all an enjoyable, safe and restful break. To those travelling on the European Music Tour, The Timor-Leste Immersion or the Red Earth Immersion, I wish you a wonderful trip.  l very much look forward to seeing all Green House students back next term for the second half of 2018.