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Acting Director of Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Bransby

Acting Director of Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Bransby

Read more: St Patrick’s Day Fundraiser, Mothers Day Mass, Sacrament of Confirmation, Paul Kelly Cup, CIS Freestyle Relay Team, News from Learning Hub

 


From Ms Gabrielle Bransby, Acting Director of Junior School

Welcome to Week 9! It is hard to believe we are at the end of the term already. When I reflect and think about what our students have already achieved this year, I’m blown away. Our new Year 5 students no longer feel new. They have jumped in head first and taken everything Waverley has to offer into their stride.

They have already learnt to be organised, collaborative, resilient and hardworking. We love seeing each student find their feet and most importantly their passions. I’ve seen students attend our extension art lessons, chess lessons, try out for debating and love their summer team sport. 

I want to thank the Year 6 parents who attended our Parent Webinar on Puberty & Embracing Change with Elephant Ed. I thought the webinar was engaging and informative. They provided some great advice and tips to use with your sons. I will email the slides from the presentation to have as a reference. If anyone has any feedback, I would love to hear it.

I want to wish everyone a very safe, happy and holy Easter and holiday break. I know the students will come back renewed and recharged, ready to take on Term 2. 

 


St Patrick’s Day Fundraiser

From Mr Stephen Ghattas, Assistant Director of Junior School/Student Formation

Last Wednesday 17 March, we celebrated St Patrick’s Day. The Year 6 class captains organised a cake stall at recess with a selection of delicious cakes, cookies, lollies and drinks to raise much-needed funds to support both Project Compassion and Edmund Rice Camps.

It was a very well-supported event with over $500 raised in a single morning. A special thanks to the Year 6 Class captains and their parents for their support in organising the yummy treats.

Year 6 Students celebrated St Patrick’s Day with their delicious cakes.

Year 6 Students celebrated St Patrick’s Day with their delicious cakes

Junior School students celebrating St Patrick’s Day.

Junior School students celebrating St Patrick’s Day

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day with delicious cakes helping to raise funds for Project Compassion and Edmund Rice Camps.

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day with delicious cakes helping to raise funds for Project Compassion and Edmund Rice Camps

 


Mothers Day Mass – Request for Photos

From Mr Stephen Ghattas, Assistant Director of Junior School/Student Formation

The celebration of Mothers, Grandmothers and significant others in the lives of our Waverley College Students will be celebrated in Week 3, Term 2.  Details regarding how this celebration will take place will be sent out as soon as we have more information regarding protocols for large gatherings to take place.

Part of the celebration will include a slideshow. Can I please ask that you send through a photo of your son(s) with their mothers/grandmothers if you would like a photo included in this presentation. Thank you to all who have already submitted a photo.  The deadline for these photos is Friday 31st April (Term 2, Week 2)

Please send through all photos to liturgy@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


Sacrament of Confirmation

From Mr Stephen Ghattas, Assistant Director of Junior School/Student Formation

For parents seeking information regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation, it is important that you contact your local parish to find out the details regarding when the Sacrament will be celebrated and when the preparation classes will be held.

For students of Waverley College who are part of St Charles Borromeo Parish (Mary Immaculate Church), the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday 20 June.  Compulsory preparation classes will be held in the weeks prior to the celebration. 

Due to COVID-19, the Sacrament was postponed in 2020, therefore in 2021 we are only celebrating the Sacrament with current Year 6 and Year 7 students.  Please rest assured that the Sacrament will be held again next year to accommodate any Year 5 2021 students.

If you are looking to have your son enrolled in the Confirmation program for 2021, please contact Mr Stephen Ghattas sghattas@waverley.nsw.edu.au for the necessary information.

 


News from the Learning Hub 

From Ms Natasha Zivanovic, Primary Literacy and Innovation Teacher

2021 Junior School IPSHA Debating Team 

Debating season is around the corner and once again, I am astounded by the amount of interest and enthusiasm of the students at the Junior School. 

I would like to congratulate Alexander Avadalis, Owen Beamond, Hugh Godby, Henry Goldrich, Oscar Greenane, Patrick Palmer, Axel Stapleton, Lexington Spies and Blake Taylor who have been selected to represent the Junior School forming our IPSHA Debating team. 

I am eager to see what this season has in store for us. All the best for the season! 

Debating Junior School 2021 - Back Row: L-R Hugh, Oscar, Blake, Lexington. Front Row: L-R Alex, Henry, Axel, Owen, Patrick

Debating Junior School 2021 – Back Row: L-R Hugh, Oscar, Blake, Lexington. Front Row: L-R Alex, Henry, Axel, Owen, Patrick

Home Learning Club Term 2 

We offer all students in Year 5 and Year 6 the opportunity to receive free additional support after school for the completion of home learning tasks. The afternoon sessions also provide a quiet, supervised study space for students who want to complete their assigned tasks.

Home Learning Club operates in the Learning Hub from 3pm until 4pm – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – during school term.  

Procedures

Register your son via the Skoolbag app and follow the link https://homelearningclub.youcanbook.me

Only register his name once to allow other students the opportunity to attend. The session is limited to 20 spots. There will be a roll call to ensure attendance.

Students are required to stay for the full session unless there is a message in the student diary requesting early leave, a parent signature will be required.

Try to avoid messaging your son during this period, unless it is urgent.

An important note to remember during Term 2, if afternoon training sessions are cancelled, unfortunately you cannot send your son to Home Learning if he has not been registered. We have a limit in these sessions and students need to be registered in advance as capacity is normally always reached.  

Behaviour

As it is important to respect the rights of others to learn and work. All students are expected to settle to work in the Learning Hub and not cause a disturbance for others.

Teachers

Monday & Wednesday – Ms Natasha Zivanovic 

Tuesday & Thursday – Mr Matt Ryan 

Should you require any further information, feel free to contact us:

mryan@waverley.nsw.edu.au

nzivanovic@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


Paul Kelly Cup (AFL)

From Mr Jack Wachtel, Assistant Director of Co-Curricular (Years 5-8)

On Wednesday, 10 March, we had the privilege of competing in the Paul Kelly Cup for the first time in the Junior School’s history of playing AFL. The competition was played at Queens Park and included all surrounding IPSHA schools within the Eastern/Northern Region. Six rounds were played, with the top four schools making it through to the Preliminary Final and potentially the Grand Final.

Our students played with spirit and determination in the first six rounds of the day to make it through to the Preliminary Final. The next opponent was Cranbrook, who had won the competition the previous year, and endeavoured to go back to back. The game was neck and neck till the final siren. The students displayed unwavering teamwork and grit, narrowly coming through with a four point win to set up a Grand Final against Shore. 

The students proved too strong for Shore, controlling the game from the opening bounce, coming away with a solid win. The students have progressed to the Regional Championship in May.

As coach, Mr Mitton was the driving force behind the team’s success, and no doubt has given the team a taste for what is ahead during the winter season. We couldn’t be more proud of the students and we look forward to progressing to the next round. 

Paul Kelly Cup 2021

Paul Kelly Cup 2021

Paul Kelly Cup 2021

Paul Kelly Cup 2021

Paul Kelly Cup 2021

Paul Kelly Cup 2021

 


CIS Freestyle Relay Team

From Mr Jack Wachtel, Assistant Director of Co-Curricular (Years 5-8)

The success of our 12 Years Freestyle Relay team at the IPSHA Swimming Carnival meant they were given the opportunity to complete at the CIS Championship at Sydney Olympic Aquatic Centre on Thursday 18 March. The team consisted of Aidan Renford, Ned Panlilio, Owen Roorda and Thomas George. If the students could finish within the top three overall, they would further progress to the state finals. 

The team were quietly confident they could perform at a high standard, having swum at the aquatic centre several times of late. They were well prepared and weren’t planning on leaving anything in the tank. Each swimmer pushed themselves to the limit, with two recording personal best times during the race. We sat at the third position for most of the race, only to miss out on a top-three finish by point 22 of a second.

While the students were disappointed, they remained positive and upbeat about the outstanding performance they produced. They are now reserves for the state championship and haven’t ruled out the possibility of receiving a last-minute call out to compete. 

Well done boys, you have all done a fantastic job, and the future of swimming at Waverley College is looking bright.

CIS Freestyle Relay Team 2021

CIS Freestyle Relay Team 2021

The Future of the CIS Freestyle Relay Team 2021 is Looking Bright

The Future of the CIS Freestyle Relay Team 2021 is Looking Bright