From Director of Junior School, Anthony Banboukjian
Welcome back to the second half of the year. I hope everyone had an opportunity to a have a relaxing break and some quality family time together. Term 3 is a busy and exciting time at the Junior School with the Wakakirri team in full rehearsal mode, the completion of our winter sports competitions and the commencement of our athletics season.
I hope the reports you received at the start of the holidays gave you an accurate guide to your son’s performance for the first half of the year. Please remember that this report is a snap shot of five months of work. The challenge is for the boys to make improvements in as many areas as possible by the end of the year. If you have any concerns please contact your son’s class teacher.
Thoughts and Prayers
I would like to ask the Waverley community to keep in their prayers and thoughts Hugo Kulcsar, Will Pearce and Mr Greg Harris as they battle their health concerns. We look forward to soon having them back at the Junior School.
Prayer for the week
During the holidays, NAIDOC Week was celebrated around Australia. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
An Aboriginal Prayer
Holy Father, God of Love,
You are the Creator of this land and of all good things.
We acknowledge the pain of our history and the sufferings of our people,
And we ask Your forgiveness.
We thank You for the survival of indigenous cultures.
We pray for Your strength and grace to forgive, accept and love one another.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of history
So that we may build a better future for our nation.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change,
To improve the quality of life for all groups in our
Communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to find true dignity and self-esteem.
May Your power and love be the foundations
On which we build our families and communities
And our nation through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Wontulp Bi-Buya, Indigenous Theology Working Group, 1997
This week marks the beginning of Term 3. We thank the Lord for keeping us safe and for giving us the opportunity to rest and spend time with our family and friends.
We ask you to send your Spirit upon us all, so that we can make the right choices this term to be the people you want us to be.
Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for us.
Mary Mother of God: Pray for us.
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever.
Important dates for Term 3
Wednesday 25th July – Blitz Day Queens Park
Saturday 28th July – Rd 8 Winter Sport
Tuesday 31st July – ICAS English Competition – 8.00am start
Thursday 2nd August – Athletics Carnival ES Marks
Friday 3rd August – Tevlin House Mass & Musica Viva Incursion – Year 5 and 6
Saturday 4th August – Rd 9 Winter Sport, Blue and Gold Ball
Tuesday 7th August – Wakakirri Heat – NIDA
Wednesday 8th August – Class and Individual & Winter Sport Photos (all students are asked to ensure your son is at school on this day as photos cannot be retaken).
Saturday 11th August – Rd 10 Winter Sport (last round).
Monday 13th August – Author Visit
Tuesday 14th August – Illustrator Visit
Saturday 18th August – Athletics (selected squad)
Week 5 – Book Week
Saturday 25th August – Athletics @ Barker (selected squad)
Wednesday 29th August– IPSHA Athletics Carnival @ Homebush
Friday 31st August– Father’s Day Mass and Lunch starting at 12.00pm
Friday 14th September – R U OK Day
Friday 21st September – Walkathon
Monday 24th September – Year 6 Allwell Testing
Friday 28th September– Year 12 Graduation Ceremony.
Friday 28th September – Classes Conclude Term 3
Well done to the following boys for their performances in the 2018 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) – Digital Technologies competition
High Distinction Awards
Yannick Hott (top 1% of the country)
Jude Timbs (top 1% of the country)
Jack Anasson (top 5% of the country)
Campbell Porteus (top 8% of the country)
Tomas Crosson (top 5% of the country)
Hugo Perks (top 11% of the country)
Science Competition Awards
Well done to the following boys for their performances in the 2018 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) – Science competition
High Distinction Awards
Campbell Porteus (top 1% of the country)
Lachlan Miranda (top 10% of the country)
Zoltahn Szabo (top 3% of the country)
Tom Donaldson (top 5% of the country)
Yannick Hott (top 11% of the country)
On a near perfect day the boys enjoyed a great way to start the term – playing rugby, football and AFL all day or what we call Blitz Day. It is great way to end our colour competition. Congratulations to Angier and Lacey who managed to win all 3 trophies on offer – a great result.
Special thanks to Mr Meadley who organised and ran the day so professionally.
Special note and thanks to the Year 10 Big Brothers who came down to Queens Park to support their Year 5 Little Brothers – much appreciated.
Class and Individual & Winter Photos
Please note the date for the Individual and Class photos is Wednesday 8th August. Can I ask you ensure your son is at school on this date as the photos cannot be rescheduled. Boys will to arrive at school in their full winter uniform and will need to bring in their Saturday winter gear on the day.
The Junior School will be holding their annual athletics carnival at E.S. Marks Field on Thursday 2nd August. Again all parents are welcome to join us for the day.
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.