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Academic Curriculum

Head’s News: Academic Assembly

Year 7 Semester 1 Academic Award Winners

Year 8 Semester 1 Academic Award Winners

Year 9 Semester 1 Academic Award Winners

From the Head of College, Graham Leddie

Address to Year 7, 8 & 9 Academic Awards Assembly

Colleagues, Parents and Gentlemen

In a world where brands are the material signifiers of success, material belonging and material status, it is interesting to sit and reflect on what it means to wear a brand. If I carry an iPhone, wear Nike and eat McDonalds, do I realise that I am endorsing the values of those companies? Do I promote those often materialistic desires and, sometimes unwittingly, promote ideals and beliefs such as elitism and consumerism that are not necessarily community minded? In a contemporary song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis entitled “Wings”, he argues that stars, such as basketballer Michael Jordan who endorses wearing Nike shoes, made the singer believe that if he wore a brand of shoes he would have wings so that he could fly. The singer discovers that the shoes were an empty hope, built upon the desire to follow a false idol and a fleeting star.

Stars, of the million-year-old variety, are tools of navigation. For centuries they have served as points by which the journey men or women may mark his or her path and follow the course. They are as Shakespeare tells us “an ever fixed mark” and, as a result, have come to symbolise steadfastness, determination and purpose and direction. They serve to unite people under the common theme of a shared direction and from this sharing comes unity and community.

The College Crest features a five point star – a symbol of faith. It is reminiscent of Mary, Mother of God who brought Jesus, the Light of Life into the world. This is the star that will exceed its celestial counterparts for its light is eternal.

When we act in accordance with this star, we are not following a fleeting dream. We are acting in the light of God’s work. That is what it means to be a Waverley boy. The College Crest is not a brand that will make you popular and trendy. But it will give you something which you can proudly stand for in life.

This star, this purpose, has value. It stands by the ideals of love, compassion, inclusivity, care, humility, integrity and moral courage. It signifies the Waverley College spirit and embodies who you are. When we think of Waverley boys past and present, we think of men who endeavour to do good things. They are honest, spirited, generous and light hearted. They believe in each other, in supporting their mates and in respecting individuality. The Waverley spirit means you’re in it together and you will do it because it is right and decent.

A literal star is a giant sphere of plasma that is held together by its own gravity. It is held together by the properties of itself. The concept of drawing matter together, to form one luminous body, points to the importance of the core. The core must have sufficient gravitational pull to draw all matter to it.

We have drawn to us great respect for our College spirit. Members of the broader community are praising us for our significant progress in fostering this spirit. They see the students embody a sense that everyone belongs and is welcome regardless of stage, age, colour or gender. It is omnipresent and it is a powerful force that permeates everything. You can identify a student by his student number, uniform, co-curricular activity and subject choice. More importantly, you can know a Waverley boy by what he values and how he treats others. He does not stand alone, but is part of a greater family that he serves and protects.

The people who live the Waverley College spirit hold this great College together. The star, the symbol of faith, pulls us to its centre. Our luminosity – our spirit – is like the stars. It releases energy into the night sky and it becomes larger. It is not a fashion, a ‘fly by night’, a fad. It is a living spirit that will continue to shine and give the boys of Waverley College the wings upon which they can fly.


Ned Wieland

One star I would like us to acknowledge today has raised over $28k for RUOK? and swam the English Channel in 9 hours 45 minutes as the youngest Australian male swimmer ever.  Congratulations to Ned Wieland, who returned to school this week and we acknowledged at our assembly.

Ned Wieland addressing assembly, August 2017

Will Cooley

During the Term 2 holiday year nine student Will Cooley representing the NSW Youth Sailing Team competed in the Queensland Youth Week Regatta at Manly Queensland.

213 boats competed across 14 divisions, with Will competing in the Nacra 15 multi-hull. The Nacra 15 is the new World Sailing youth multihull pathway boat to the Olympic Nacra 17.

Over the 5 days racing, weather was mixed with both strong and light wind. After 9 races, Will finished 3rd overall.

Will Cooley representing NSW Youth Sailing Team


Academic Award Winners

I would like to congratulate our Academic Achievers in Year 7, 8 & 9. They have succeeded because they have shown dedication and worked hard. They are shining examples of what we can all achieve and on behalf of the entire College I would like to congratulate them.


Year 7 Semester 1 Academic Awards

First Place in: Year 7

Religious Education James Byrd, Daniel Di Francesco, Sam Hodgson, Henry Kopsiaftis, Solomon Tuqiri
English Jake Weinstein, Max Leedham, James Harding
Science Mack Flitcroft
PDHPE William Dodd
Geography Oliver Monaco
Music Carl Waterson
Technology Mack Trustrum
Drama Freddy Hunt, Cjuba Lord
Drama Creativity Jonty Booy


First in Class 701

Religious Education Daniel Di Francesco
English Daniel Risk
Science Carl Waterson
PDHPE Daniel Di Francesco
Geography Freddy Hunt
Music Carl Waterson
Technology Michael Richmond
Drama Freddy Hunt, Cjuba Lord


First in Class 702

Religious Education Mackenzie Flitcroft
English Jake Weinstein
Science Mackenzie Flitcroft
PDHPE Max Barber
Geography Jake Weinstein
Music Jake Weinstein
Technology Mackenzie Flitcroft
Drama Jake Weinstein


First in Class 703

Religious Education Cameron Abbott, Nathan Barns, James Harding
English James Harding
Science James Harding
PDHPE Conor Cahill
Geography Nathan Barns
Music Mack Trustrum
Technology Mack Trustrum
Drama Cameron Abbott


First in Class 704

Religious Education Leo Morgan
English Leo Morgan
Science Cooper Stynes
PDHPE William Dodd
Geography Leo Morgan
Music Harry Gippel
Technology Leo Morgan
Drama Luke Dent


First in Class 705

Religious Education Oli Goodrum
English Oli Goodrum
Science Oli Goodrum
PDHPE Oli Goodrum
Geography Oliver Monaco
Music Moyo Adewusi
Technology Daniel Di Paola
Drama Oli Goodrum


First in Class 706

Religious Education Aidan Trovato
English Max Leedham
Science JJ Lim
PDHPE James Eveleigh
Geography Max Leedham
Music James Eveleigh
Technology Oliver Elliott
Drama Christian Kitas


First in Class 707

Religious Education James Byrd, Sam Hodgson, Henry Kopsiaftis, Solomon Tuqiri
English Sam Hodgson, Jared Garwood
Science Jared Garwood
PDHPE Thomas Walker
Geography Lachlan Mercer
Music Jared Garwood
Technology Sam Hodgson
Drama Louis Kitto


First in Class 708

Religious Education Jimmy Ashbridge, Hugo Pizzol, Xavier Scally, Zachary Tyrrell
English Patrick Healy, Felix Gardan
Science Thomas Wilkins
PDHPE Xavier Scally
Geography Daniel McSweeny, Xavier Scally
Music Jimmy Ashbridge
Technology Jimmy Ashbridge, Thomas Wilkins
Drama Daniel McSweeny


Mathematics 1st to 8th placings in Year 7

First place Sam Hodgson
Second place Carl Waterson, Jared Garwood
Third place Jake Weinstein
Fourth place Mackenzie Flitcroft
Fifth place Antonio Rodriguez, Felix Gardan
Sixth place Cooper Stynes
Seventh place Damian Poulos
Eighth place Matis Jos-Rolland


Year 8 Semester 1 Academic Awards

First Place in Year 8

Religious Education Giulian D’Ettorre
English Guilian D’Ettorre
Science Hayden Wild
PDHPE Guilian D’Ettorre
History Hayden Wild
Visual Art Max Valentine
Technology Ronan Schocher
French Hayden Wild
Spanish Dante Pontes-Cox


First in Class 801

Religious Education Lachlan Muir
English Liam Gregorio
Science Lachlan Muir
PDHPE Liam Gregorio
History Lachlan Smith
Visual Art Joseph Agius
Technology Ronan Schocher
French Noah Matet


First in Class 802

Religious Education Hayden Wild
English Charles Harris
Science Hayden Wild
PDHPE Cooper O’Donnell
History Hayden Wild
Visual Art William Gibson, Hayden Wild
Technology Charles Harris
French Hayden Wild


First in Class 803

Religious Education Giulian D’Ettorre
English Giulian D’Ettorre
Science Giulian D’Ettorre
PDHPE Giulian D’Ettorre
History Giulian D’Ettorre
Visual Art Giulian D’Ettorre
Technology Kyle McBride
French James Simpson


First in Class 804

Religious Education Dante Bryan
English Luke McLellan
Science Conor Boyd-Boland, Jacob Larcinese, Luke McLellan
PDHPE James Hoggett, Conor Boyd-Boland
History Conor Boyd-Boland
Visual Art Elija Heininger
Technology Dante Bryan
French Luke McLellan


First in Class 805

Religious Education Lachlan McLean
English Jack Mackenzie, Peter Stamatelatos
Science Bryn Parry
PDHPE Bryn Parry
History Jack Mackenzie
Visual Art Bryn Parry
Technology Dante Pontes-Cox, Bryn Parry
Spanish Dante Pontes-Cox


First in Class 806

Religious Education Finn Hocking
English Finn Hocking
Science Isaac Coombes
PDHPE Jack Harms
History Finn Hocking
Visual Art Max Valentine
Technology Aaron Dimovitch
Spanish Charlie Adonis


First in Class 807

Religious Education Sebastian Baldwin
English Jonathon Englezos
Science Connor Wilson
PDHPE Connor Wilson
History Connor Wilson
Visual Art Saia Afeaki, Kian Uchitel
Technology James Privett
Spanish Nicholas Pineiro


First in Class 808

Religious Education Harjot Mand
English Leon Palacio
Science Leon Palacio
PDHPE Ethan Illidge
History Dylan Brown
Visual Art Jet Marsh Cashman
Technology Harjot Mand
Spanish Diego Berdaa, Leon Palacio


Mathematics 1st to 8th placings in Year 8

First place Lachlan Muir
Second place Conor Boyd-Boland, Hayden Wild
Third place Leon Palacio
Fourth place Ronan Schocher
Fifth place Charles Harris
Sixth place Nicholas Pineiro
Seventh place Max Hammond
Eighth place Jacob Larcinese


Year 9 Semester 1 Academic Awards

First Place in Year 9

Religious Education Ky Jeffery, James McMahon, Emile Stephenson
English Benjamin Elder
Mathematics Level 3 Nathan Le
Mathematics Level 2 Lachlan Miller, Joe Parsons
Mathematics Level 1 Alex Gross
Applied Philosophy Joshua Cornelius
Science Valentius Wirjana
PDHPE Ryan Abbott
Commerce Jake Lewis
iSTEM Aidan Korpar
Information Software Technology Dylan Bracken, Benjamin Elder, Lachlan Foley, Thomas McMahon, Finn Robilliard, Oliver Thompson
Geography Hugh McSweeny
PASS Ryan Abbott
Music Gabriel Kidston
Drama Jack Hillary
Visual Art Alex Talbot
Photography Jim Waterhouse
French Sebastien Richardson
Wood Technology Jake Torsellini
Food Technology Nicholas Poulos
Design & Technology Lachlan Cunningham
Work Education Peter Cassimatis
Spanish Charles Kent
Multimedia Technology Daniel Pomes


Waverley Bowling Club Development

The College has been made aware of a proposed plan to redevelop the Waverley Bowling Club which sits adjacent to the College on Henrietta street. The proposed plans to redevelop this site would include a seniors’ living development, a child care centre and a club and would require rezoning of the area from Private Recreation to a Mixed Use.

In 2014 the Easts Group withdrew a planning proposal to rezone the Waverley Bowling Club site. This previous proposal also sought to change the following development controls in the Waverley Local Environmental Plan (LEP):

  • Rezone the site from RE2 Private Recreation to B4 Mixed Use – to permit residential apartments and retail premises on the land;
  • Increase the height standard from 8.5 metres to 45 metres; and
  • Increase the developable floor space area by changing the floor space ratio standard from 0.5:1 to 2.26:1.

While details for East Group’s new development proposal have not been finalised, the College rejects any change of zoning to the Bowling Club land on the following grounds:

  • The need to maintain recreational space
    There are already limited recreational spaces in the Waverley area and the population is growing, making it vital to maintain recreations spaces.
  • Negative impacts on traffic and amenity
    The streets of Waverley are already gridlocked at peak times and this proposal will bring more traffic into an already very busy residential, park and school space. This will have flow on effects on student safety and local amenity.
  • Maintenance of the Waverley Park Precinct
    The Bowling Club is a perfect extension of the Waverley Park precinct, if the site is to be redeveloped it should be for recreational purposes and include the development of additional carparking to take pressure off already saturated streets.

There are two ways you can support the College’s position should you agree:

  • If you are an Easts Member or Waverley Bowling Club Member, please attend the General Meeting on Tuesday 22 August at 5.30pm at Easts Leagues Club, 93-97 Spring Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 and vote against the ‘Fourth Ordinary Resolution’.
  • If you are not a member, please write to Waverley Council, outlining your concerns regarding the development.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.