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Junior School News

Junior school news

Hamish Witten - Year 5 Camp - Bullseye

From Gabrielle Smith, Director of Waterford Junior School

I have just returned from the very successful and high energy Year 5 camp. Thank you to our dedicated teachers; Ms Gaby Bransby, Mr Mark Claridge, Mr Stephen Ghattas, Mrs Michelle Rollins, Mrs Tracie Ryan, Mr Matt Ryan and Mr Anthony Stanton, for ensuring the children have fun in a safe and engaging environment.

Year 5 students join author videoconference from Sydney Opera House

A select group of boys from Year 5 participated in a digital author talk on Wednesday October 31 broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House.The College used video conferencing software to connect to the Opera House. Students in Year 5 joined 40 other schools from around Australia who listened to Australian author Jessica Townsend.

Jessica Townsend wrote the book Nevermoor and the next in this series has just been released.

Before the event the boys were presented to by one of our Year 9 students Lachlan Muir. Lachlan is one of the leading readers and high achievers in the senior school.  Lachlan read the book in one day!

Lachlan attended the junior school and it was great to connect across the campuses and for the junior boys to be inspired to read by a senior student. Lachlan’s message was that reading is a good thing to do to boost success at school and something that all boys should find time for.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children’s debut since records began. It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children’s Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fiction; the 2018 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Younger Fiction and was named a CBCA notable book.

The College will continue to find exciting and novel ways to inspire your sons to read and boost their literacy skills.

We look forward to being a part of you son’s reading journey and literacy growth.

Waterford music festival

The Waterford music festival is on next Thursday November 15th at 6.00pm. Our musicians have been working very hard on their performances. The festival will showcase the Waterford beginner band, Waterford concert  band, Waterford rock band, Cantores, Stomp group, Waterford guitar ensemble, Wakakirri and selected soloists. The festival will finish by 7.30pm.

If your son is a member of one of these groups he will need to be at the senior school Performing Arts Center at 5.30pm. If you have any enquiries, please contact Mrs Rollins on 93875022.

Year 5 2019 Orientation Day – volunteers requested

We ask for volunteers to help out cooking a BBQ on Friday 23rd November for our new students and current Year 5.

If you are available to help please contact Audrey through the Junior School Office or by email on


Congratulations to Jack Johnson who received a Bronze medal in the NSW PSSA Junior 800m final last week at Sydney Olympic Park. He will represent NSW in the National Championships later this month in Melbourne.

Congratulations to Cruz Clarkin who came first at the Jiu-Jitsu Pan Pacific Championships in Melbourne this month.