FROM THE DIRECTOR OF JUNIOR SCHOOL, ANTHONY BANBOUKJIAN
Prayer of the Week
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Church’s season of Lent. It is a special time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving for Catholics.
The forty days of Lent end with the season of Easter, the most important time in the Church’s calendar.
Through prayer we prepare for Easter and Jesus’ Resurrection by becoming closer to God.
Fasting reminds us that many people in the world live without food for good health and many people go to bed hungry.
By giving alms we show our commitment to justice and take real action to make like better for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
As we move towards the season of Lent, beginning with Ash Wednesday this week, help us to continue to make the right choices and to take genuine action to help those in need.
We ask this in memory of Jesus your Son.
Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for Us
St Mary of the Cross: Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever
With parking and traffic an issue for all schools in the Eastern Suburbs, we ask parents to be mindful of your child’s safety and considerate of our neighbours when dropping off or picking up your son. Please be aware that the school is located in a residential area. Double parking with the motor running, parking across driveways and stopping in the middle of the road to let your son out of the car are neither safe nor neighbourly.
Parent Information Night
The Parent Information night will be held on Monday 19th February. This meeting will commence in the Junior School auditorium with a brief welcome from the Acting Head of College Mr Graham Leddie followed by a meeting in your son’s classroom. The meeting will commence at 6.3 0pm sharp.
During the meeting your son’s teacher will outline procedures and policies for classroom arrangements and communication for this year. Information such as the timetable (including explaining how our 2 week cycle works), homework policy and class expectations will all be discussed.
It will also be a great opportunity for you to meet the parents of the other boys in your son’s class. Your son does NOT attend this meeting.
Please note that the car park at the Senior School will be available for parking on the night.
I look forward to seeing you on the night.
The Waverley College Parents’ Association together with the Head of College, Mr Graham Leddie invites you to attend The Waverley College Welcome Cocktails 2018 celebrating the commencement of the 2018 College year.
When: Saturday 24 February 2018, 6:30pm to 10.30pm
Where: The Br JP Lacey Gymnasium, Waverley College, 131 Birrell St, Waverley
Canapés will be served. A range of beer, wine and champagne will be available for purchase (cash & eftpos available)
Dress: Smart Casual
RSVP – Friday 16 February 2018. For more information call 9369 0753.
The Year 5 laptop rollout went extremely well on Wednesday afternoon. The boys are now working with their new MacBook Air computer. Once again we ask parents to monitor and supervise the use of these machines. Many thanks to all the parents and guardians who took the time out to attend the rollout.
Junior School Project Compassion 2018
As the season of Lent approaches, we are asking the Year 5 and Year 6 students of the Junior School to think about those who are less fortunate than themselves. The theme for Project Compassion 2018 is “A Just Future”.
This year, Project Compassion demonstrates how love for our neighbours can transform lives. For more than 50 years, Caritas Australia has been privileged to work together with our neighbours – our most vulnerable sisters and brothers in First Australian communities and in many other countries. Working with our partner agencies in those communities, we have developed the strength to combat poverty, promote justice and uphold the dignity of every person.
Throughout Project Compassion 2018, inspiring stories from the Philippines, Cambodia, Australia, Nepal, Jordan and Mozambique will be shared, highlighting the importance of working hand in hand with communities around the world.
As the thought of freeing the world of poverty can be overwhelming, we are attempting to empower our boys to respond to the needs of others around the world. We have asked the boys to contribute to Project Compassion in some way this year. It may be that they give up a treat at the canteen or perhaps do some odd jobs around the house to collect a bit of spare change. Please encourage your boys to donate to this worthy cause.
“They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them. He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water” (Isaiah 49:10).
Stephen Ghattas, Assistant Director of Mission Junior School
Learn to be a chess champion! Coaching for students at Waverley College (Junior School) is held on Tuesdays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm, starting on 6 February 2018.
Learning and playing chess helps children develop their logical thinking and problem solving skills, improves their concentration and focus, while also being a great source of enjoyment.
Activities include group lessons on a demonstration chess board or interactive whiteboard, puzzle solving and fun practice games.
Students earn merit awards by making checkmates, or by displaying skills and positive qualities, which all good chess players strive to develop.
If your child is interested in taking part, you can collect an enrolment form from the school office, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy. For all enquiries, please contact Sydney Academy of Chess on (02) 9745 1170.
Our annual swimming carnival is on Friday 16th February and is held at the Senior School pool. All parents are invited to attend. Please note – the students will be sitting in the stands behind the pool and space will be provided for parents and guests on the grass area alongside the pool. Shade tents will be available but if you are thinking of coming along please remember to bring your chairs or blanket. The carnival should finish at approximately 1.45pm and no boys will be permitted to leave until the carnival is complete and presentations have been made. Please note there are no canteen facilities available.
Waverley Skoolbag App.
Waverley released its Skoolbag app which is available for both iPhone and Android devices a couple of years ago to assist contact with parents and students. This app is a free download and enhances the way the school communicates with students and families.
You can find the Skoolbag app for Waverley by searching in either Google Play or the Apple App store for ‘Skoolbag Waverley College’. You can also find links to the app on the School website.
Name on all Student Property
Can I please stress the need to ensure your son has his name on all his gear – it makes it far easier to return any lost gear.