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Junior School: 2017 Term 3, Week 2

Matthew Wong and Max Gomez at 'Thread Together'

Matthew Wong and Max Gomez at 'Thread Together'

From the Assistant Director of Junior School, Greg Harris


Prayer for the Week 

A Prayer for an Inclusive Community

God of Joyful Blessings,

As we participate in our Athletics Carnival this week, let us pray that it will be a time of celebration for our school community as we share our skills, efforts and enthusiasm, working together in our teams for the benefit and joy of the whole community.

Bless the teachers and parents who are giving so generously of their time to help make the carnival a wonderful day and being here to support us.

We pray in gratitude for our House Captains and Student Leaders who will be working hard to encourage team spirit and sportsmanship.

Let is be a reminder to us that we should always try our best in all that we do, displaying the skills and talents God has given us.  Help us to accept defeat without disappointment and success without arrogance.

May we all continue to grow together in a spirit of joy and friendship.  This we ask through Christ our Lord


Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for Us
Mary, Mother of God Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever


With great sadness …

The Junior School Staff and Students send our heartfelt thoughts, prayers and sympathy to Mr Banboukjian and all the family on the death of his Father, Leon at the age of 82, on Tuesday 25 July. The Junior School gathered on the playground on Tuesday morning to share the sad news and Mr Ghattas lead the boys in prayer. We ask that the grace and strength of the Lord be sent their way at this difficult time. Please keep them all in your prayers.


Special thanks and congratulations

LACHLAN GRANT – For spending a day in the first week of his holidays at Bellevue Hill Public School with his brother. Lachlan was sharing his knowledge of Indigenous Culture as part of NAIDOC Week with the children at his old school. He was sharing information and showing aboriginal artefacts to all the classes. What a wonderful selfless act in giving up the time to do something that means so much to you, your family and the community. We were lucky enough to have had Lachlan’s mum, Fran, here for our NAIDOC Week Assembly in week one

MATTHEW WONG & MAX GOMEZ – Well done to these boys who gave up some of their time for charity at the beginning of the school holidays. Both boys and family sacrificed a few hours of their holiday play time to support a charity called ‘Thread Together’ to prepare, sort and pack boxes of clothes for the Matthew Talbot homeless and the Women’s Justice Centre. We are ALL very proud of their efforts and thought it is worth sharing with you and the school community – Isn’t it great to see what you can do to make a small difference to the world – Fabulous Effort!




Well done to the following boys for their performances in the 2017 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) – Spelling Competition – Awards were given out at this week’s Honour Assembly: 

Distinction Awards

Year 6:

Will O’Connor (top 10% in Australia)

Year 5:

Ewan McDonald (top 10% in Australia)

Credit Awards
Year 5:

Hunter Eldridge

Year 6 :

Jake Perks
Gabe Phillips
Conor Black
William Perkins
Hugh McDonald
Aiden Mahoney
Jack Crotty
Thomas Holroyde
Matthew Wong
Jules Cibej

Merit Awards
Year 5:

Freddy Maree
Campbell Porteus



Practice for Wakakirri is now in full swing and the boys are really enjoying themselves. It is great to see the boys get so excited when the announcement over the PA calls all those involved Wakakirri. The boys perform at NIDA on Monday 7 August.


Class and individual photographs

Please note the date for the Individual and Class photos is Wednesday 9 August. Can I ask you ensure your son is at school on this date as the photos cannot be rescheduled.



If anyone has photos from Saturday sport or any other Waverley College event that they would like to share with the rest of the College community could I ask you to send them in on a disk or memory stick to the Junior School office.


CIS golf

This message came in this week from NSW CIS Golf Convenor, Grant Andrews:

Please see below the NSWCIS GOLF TEAM for 2017. I would like to thank you all for nominating this year. It was the most nominations we have had in the 6 Years that I have been doing the job. It was also the strongest field by far with all boys who made the team having a handicap of under 20.

Mr Andrews selected an eleven-player squad and we would like to congratulate, Maximillian Fischer of 5 Red, for being selected. There have been very few boys from the Junior School who have ever achieved this.  Well done Max on being in an exclusive club.


Blitz Day

The culmination of our winter house sports competition – Blitz Day was held last Wednesday in sunny but cool conditions. It was great to see all the boys so involved and excited about representing their different houses. Congratulations to Tevlin and O’Connor House on their outstanding win.


Well done to the following boys who won Best on Ground for the Colour Competition this year:


Year 5 – Christian Robbins

Year 6 – Ryan Harper



Year 5 – Alfie Griffiths

Year 6 – Vidar Sundkvist


A big thank you to Mr Ryan for his great organisation of the day – very much appreciated by all the boys.


Athletics Carnival

The Junior School annual Athletics Carnival at E S Marks Field was held at Moore Park this week on Wednesday 26 July.

A glorious day met us as we headed off in busses to the venue. From here Mr Ryan lead the boys through a wonderful day that was physically demanding as every last effort went into each event from 800 metres races to three-legged races. The stands were filled with happy faces as the boys socialised and mingled in their houses enjoying the company of their peers.

It was great to see so many Parents attend to share the day with us and cheer on their boys and the different houses.

Congratulations to O’Connor House for claiming the day as the best House on Ground and to all our House Champions who should make up the bulk of our Athletics Squad for the upcoming season along with other boys chosen in specific disciplines.

Thanks to Mr Ryan on yet another well organised day and all staff for your assistance.


Results for the day were as follows:

Carnival Placings

!st – O’Connor NO FIFTH
2nd – Green & Tevlin 6th – Aungier
NO THIRD 7th – Conlon
4th – Lacey & QUINN 8th – Brennan


Athletics Champions

Y6 U/12 Y5 U/11
1st Ryan HARPER 1st Campbell PORTEUS
= 2nd Archie McINALLY, Lachlan GRANT = 2nd Tashi HARRISON, Eden BYRD
4th Billy LYONS 4th Milan MANN
Y6 U/11 Y5 U/10
1st Jesse GARRATT 1st Zachary DUANE
2nd Oliver NEATE 2nd Joe MOHI
3rd Thomas JOHNSON = 3rd Cameron PIERCE, Will SWEETMAN, Thomas McKENNA
4th Callum PENNY



The 29th Annual Junior School Walkathon is taking place towards the end of this term and boys will be seeking sponsorship to raise money for several different charities that we have been supporting.  Last year we raised over $50 000. We would be grateful of your support in donating to the boys should they ask over the next few weeks.  This is a wonderful example of the Edmund Rice philosophy in practise. If you would like to contribute by donating goods or services as rewards for the boys’ efforts please contact Anthony Gill in the Junior School.


Armidale rugby 2018 expressions of interest

Parents of boys who are currently in the U11 and U10 Rugby Squads please note the following:

Over the next few weeks we will be naming the Armidale Squad for 2018. Throughout the season we have been listing payers we are interested in taking into our U/12 Armidale Rugby Squads for 2018. Coaches have been watching and recommending players throughout the season and Mr Harris has taken every chance to look at the players on Saturdays, Wednesday Colour Comp and at the recent Blitz Day. At this stage, ALL boys have been looked at from U10s, U/11 Sevens and U/11 15-A-side Rugby. Discussions have now become serious with only two rounds of our season to go before the current coaches sit down to select hopefully a 40-player U/12 Squad. No further grading into teams will be done until next year, however, before we make our final choices we will need to know if your son is available for consideration. NOTES WERE GIVEN OUT ON FRIDAY 21/7 to any boy interested in being considered.

Rugby numbers are much smaller this year and we will need to make an early decision as to whether we have enough players. This will mean either we select a 20-player squad (1 team) or 40-player squad (2 teams) to take away to Armidale. This has not yet been decided. Initial numbers based on verbal interest from the boys is as low as 45 players. If this was to drop below 40 once we get parental commitment to the tour then we would seriously need to consider only taking one squad to Armidale for the first time in many years.

Next year’s carnival is runs from Friday 13 April to Sunday 15 April; the FIRST weekend of the Term 1 School Holidays 2018. THE CARNIVAL IS IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS and usually costs approximately $350 per boy.

U/10 and U/11 Rugby Parents are asked to check if your son has given you the detailed note and permission slip handed out on 21 July. These are due back at school by Friday 28 July.

40-player Squad Breakdown:

  • 8-9 Front Rowers/Hookers (most important part of the squad to fill) – numbers are low in this area
  • 13-14 Backrowers
  • 2R/Flanker/No.8 – 6 Halves (Half & Fly)
  • 6 Centres (Inside & Out)
  • 6 Outside Backs (Wingers & Fullbacks).

Preference will be given to students who can play at least two positions and who have impressed in trials and this season.

Students from the 2017 U/10 team are permitted to put their names forward for selection, but we need them to be aware that it is an U/12 carnival and their involvement if selected would be with the full knowledge that they would be playing up an age group. We have always taken a few U/10 boys if we have felt they are good enough to make the squad, but parents need to be aware that it is an U/12 Tournament.