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Head’s Message

Head’s Message

Work experience 2018

 RUOK? Day

Thank you to all members of the community who contributed to the RUOK? Day bake sale, your contribution is much appreciated and I know many of the boys appreciated the array of treats. The bake sale raised over $2000 which goes to support a great cause, which is close to our Waverley College community. Thank you to past parent Ms Donna Drew Morris for coordinating the event and Mrs Linda McGuiggan for assisting on the day.  Also thank you to Damien Thompson and the boys from Lacey House for their help throughout the course of the day. Thanks also to Ms Victoria Fucci who deserves special mention for contributing 500 RUOK? Day themed cookies from Byron Bay Cookies.

Van Larkin with some of the goodies from the bake sale

EREA Congress 2018

The EREA Congress was held in Melbourne last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Congress is held approximately every five years and gives the organisation the opportunity to develop a vision for the future. Congress delegates came from all over the world and Australia. The staff representing Waverley College were Ms Elizabeth Watson, Ms Gaby Bransby, Ms Gabby Smith, Mr Patrick Brennan and myself.

Over the course of the Congress we heard from Fr Frank Brennan (CEO Catholic Social Services), Ms Emma Alberici (ABC Chief Journalist), Senator Pat Dobson, Ms Kirsty Sword Gusmao (former First Lady of East Timor and Goodwill Ambassador for Education), Dr Wayne Tinsey (EREA Executive Director) and Mr Ray Paxton (EREA National Director – Identity & Liberating Education). The Congress also formed the start of our induction for Mrs Gabby Smith who commences as Director of Junior School in Term 4.


Notification from Botany Bay Police Area Command

We have been advised there have recently been three separate incidents of a male person approaching children. Two incidents were outside a Primary School in Matraville and one incident involved a High School student in the Botany area. This is a good time for you to give a reminder to your children to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious persons or vehicles in the area. Students should call 000 if approached and give a detailed description of the person and vehicle involved if possible. They are encouraged to look for the registration plates on the vehicle and the make/model if they can remember it. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly if you have any concerns on 02 9369 0631 or


Cross Curricular Celebration

Last week I attended an amazing cross curriculum celebration run across several faculties in Year 8 Art, PDHPE, Languages, Religion, Hospitality and Mathematics. Learning across curriculum areas is a rich experience and the students did a fantastic job. Thank you to the following staff who assisted with delivering this great curriculum initiative. Ms Marlee Batterham, Mr Graeme Bannerman, Ms Martina Cooper, Ms Stephanie Floyd and Mrs Mary Ryan, Ms Kaitlyn Downey, Ms Charlotte Stephens, Ms Cassie Perry, Ms Patricia Alborough, Ms Stephanie Boyce and Ms Suzanne Richards.


Public Speaking Competition

Congratulations to the top three Houses in our public speaking competition:1st Conlon, 2nd Aungier, 3rd Tevlin. It was great to see such a range of students from all years taking part and there were some brilliant public speakers on show from every house, with some very convincing arguments. Thank you to Mr James Horrocks for coordinating and Ms Alice Walker for judging the competition.


2018 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards

Congratulations to Ned Wieland and Tom Carey who are being publicly recognised by the Order of Australia Association (NSW) for their exemplary service to the community and will receive the 2018 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award at a ceremony on Friday, 14 September 2018 presented by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC.

Ned Wieland addressing assembly, August 2017

Tom Carey and friends

Year 11 Preliminary Examination

A reminder to parents and carers that the Year 11 preliminary examination period commences this Friday 14 September.

The following expectations and procedures apply to all students:

  • Students must be at school 30 mins before the exam commences. Year 11 will assemble in the Centenary Quadrangle to have the roll marked by Mrs Watson.
  • If students are absent on the day of a scheduled exam, parents must call Mrs Ball on 9369 0628 before 8.30am on the morning of the exam. As per the College Assessment Policy, students must also provide a Medical Certificate and submit an illness/misadventure form to the relevant Head of Department. (A form can be found on College website.)
  • Students are required to write their NESA student ID number in place of their name on all exam papers. Students are required to bring their Student ID to all exams.
  • Students are not required to be at school unless they have an exam.
  • All Year 11 students are required to be at school on Friday 28 September to attend the Year 12 Graduation ceremony.
  • Mobile Phones and notes are not permitted in the examination room; they must be left in student lockers or at home.
  • Pens/pencils and equipment needed for the exam must be carried in a clear plastic pencil case or sandwich bag.
  • All students have been provided with a copy of the examination timetable.

Year 10 Work Experience

At the top of my report today are photos of the Year 10 students who participated in Work Experience last week. All reports back to the College were very positive. While a few boys seemed a bit nervous early in the week, they grew in confidence as the week continued. The real world taste certainly brings with it an appreciation for what attitude and skills are required to succeed across a number of fields. It was great to see them exploring so many great career options!


HSC Onstage Nominations

Congratulations to the following students who were nominated for either their Group Performance or Individual Performance. This is a very exciting result with two of the students being nominated in both categories.

Group Performance for ‘Wishful Thinking’:

Dominic Augoustis, Ryan Bakels, Luca Martin, Otis Pavlovic


Individual Performances:

Simon Finnegan – ‘Scab’

Luca Martin – ‘The Case of Antony and Brutus’

Otis Pavlovic – ‘Shake Hands Pop’


The students have done extremely well and are now required to perform these pieces once more where they will be filmed and sent to NESA for review and to make the final selection for Onstage, the exhibition held in early February 2019.


State Football

Congratulations to Kai Puntigan on his selection for the NSW State Football Team who will compete in the upcoming National Titles.


Changes to Bus Services

Waverley College has been informed that there will be more buses, running more often in the Eastern Suburbs from 23 September. These include transforming the 333 bus into a ‘turn up and go’ service.  This bus will operate as one of the most frequent services in Australia and therefore has no need for a timetable.  The 333 will arrive as often as every three minutes during peak periods, up to every six minutes at other times during the day and every 10 minutes at night, seven days a week.

Changes will also be made to other routes in the eastern suburbs, with improvements to reliability and frequency during off peak, evenings and weekends.

These include route changes for four routes that currently operate to Bondi Junction – the 382, X79 and X84 from North Bondi and 361 from Tamarama. There will also be route changes for the L24, 380 and 381.

For more information on all route and timetable changes, please visit

If you have any questions I encourage you to contact our Waverley Depot staff directly during business hours on 9298 6693 or anytime