From the Director of the Junior School, Tony Banboukjian
Prayer of the Week
Saturday 11 November is Remembrance Day, where all over the world people stop to remember all the soldiers who have died for their country.
On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day in the eleventh month of the year 1918, an armistice was signed, ending the “war to end all wars” – World War I. November 11 has therefore been set aside as Armistice Day, a day to pray for those who have died serving their country.
Prayer of Remembrance
Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:
For the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; May God give peace.
For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss; May God give peace.
For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return; May God give peace
For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity; May God give peace.
For peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free; May God give peace.
For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace. May God give peace.
O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us the grace to pray for tho se who wish us harm. As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.
Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for Us
St Mary of the Cross: Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever
Year 5 Camp
What an amazing three days the Year 5 boys had at Vision Valley last week. All the teachers spoke very highly of the enthusiasm and the participation shown by the boys at the camp. The behaviour of all the students involved was exceptional and all of Year 5 are to be commended.
The boys had a great time whilst involved in a host of activities including abseiling, archery, bike riding, rock climbing, swimming, waterslide, canoeing or orienteering. The trivia night and W Factor were big hits as well.
Special thanks to Mr Harris, Ms Fitzgerald, Ms Crewsdon, Mr Ghattas, Mrs Rollins, Mr Clardge, Ms Hoare. Ms Conway and Mr Stanton – your time and energy are greatly appreciated by the parents and students.
French Theme Day
French Cultural Day 2017 is going to be held on Tuesday 21 November. This is a fantastic day where the whole Junior School celebrates all things French culture and language. Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed in years 5 and 6 so make sure you start planning your French themed outfits now.
Miss Stephens is also looking for any native French speakers who would be willing to read a French story to a small group of boys at the beginning of the day. She is looking for 16 people to read between 8:50-9:00 am. If anyone is interested or knows anyone who would like to be involved please email Miss Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org
Waterford Music Festival
Date: Thursday November 16, 2017
Venue: Performing Arts Centre
Year 6 Graduation
Please note the details for the Year 6 Graduation are as follows:
Date: Thursday November 30, 2017
Venue: Br Lacey Gymnasium (Senior School 131 Birrell St)
Time: 6.15pm boys will be required at 5.50pm
More information regarding the Graduation will be sent home later in the term .
Year 5 Presentation afternoon
The Year 5 Presentation Afternoon will be held in the gym on Friday December 1 and will commence at 1.00pm sharp.
More information will be sent home in early November.
Year 7 2018 Orientation Day
A reminder that Friday November 10 is set aside for the boys progressing onto the Senior School in 2018 to complete their Orientation Day.
Structure of the day is as follows:
Orientation Day Friday 10 November – 8.20am- 3.00pm
8.20am: All students and parents arrive at the senior school campus, gymnasium at the Cosgrove Centre, Birrell St Waverley.
8.40am: Students remain at the College and engage in Orientation activities. After lunch the boys engage in swim trials at the College pool
9.00am – 9.25am: Parents/Carers stay for a welcome at the Cosgrove Centre, then leave around 9.25am.
2.50- 3.00pm: Dismiss: current Junior School students at JS. The boys who need to return to the Junior School will walk back under supervision.
LUNCH: The boys will be provided with a BBQ lunch and drink
WHAT TO WEAR: Students wear school sports uniform from their current school.
WHAT TO BRING: Small bag/back pack with a water bottle, swimmers/sun hat/sun screen/towel for swim trials. Snack for recess.
Notice from Mr Ghattas
Waverley College Junior School Christmas Appeal
Christmas time can be a lonely and difficult time for many people throughout Sydney, therefore this year we are hoping to support a few different charities that need our help this Christmas.
Year 5 – Matthew Talbot Hostel
The Matthew Talbot Hostel is a social justice initiative run by The St Vincent de Paul Society, aimed at helping the homeless men of Sydney.
Donations include: Toiletries (preferably small travel size items), underwear, socks, chocolates, notepads, pens.
Year 6 – Kids Helping Kids
The Kids Helping Kid program is an initiative run by The Smith Family aimed at helping the disadvantaged school children in Australia. We supported this charity earlier in the year by raising money on Edmund Rice Day.
Donations include: Stationery (which means things like) e.g. packets of pens, colouring pencils, textas, highlighters, scissors, erasers, pencil cases.
You are invited to donate a gift for our Junior School ‘Giving Tree’. The gifts are for disadvantaged children throughout the local and wider communities of Sydney. The gifts are for children of any age range, both boys and girls.
These gifts need to be wrapped in clear plastic with the age range specified on the wrapping. The gifts are then to be brought into school and placed under the Christmas tree.
Thank you for all your generosity in supporting these worthwhile charities.
Congratulations to Oscar Bennett whose performance at the METSEA carnival last weekend means that he has qualified for the 100M breaststroke at the State carnival in December. Well done Oscar.
Year 5 2018 Orientation Day
The boys starting in Year 5 2018 will be joining us on Friday November 24 for their Orientation Day. Part of this day is a BBQ lunch with our current year 5 students. If any parents are available on help on the BBQ from 11.00am-12.30pm please contact Mrs Coupe.