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Junior School – Term 1 Week 7 2024

Ms Gaby Bransby, Director of the Junior School

Ms Gaby Bransby, Director of the Junior School

Diary Dates

Please find below some reminders about upcoming events. For all of Term 1 events, please refer to the College calendar. 

  • 16 March – Summer Sport – Round 6
  • 13 – 25 March – NAPLAN Testing Window 
  • 21 March – Winter Sport Trials 
  • 26 March – Final Winter Sport Trials
  • 28 March – Holy Thursday – Pupil-Free Day
  • 29 March – Good Friday – Pupil-Free Day
  • 1 April – Easter Monday – Pupil-Free Day
  • 3 April – Cyberkindness Performance 
  • 4 April – Lacey House Mass and Supper, Chapel, 6pm
  • 5 April – Open Classrooms – Time TBC
  • 12 April – Classes Conclude 

Reminder NAPLAN Timetable 

As you are aware, our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 13 – 22 March 2024. The NAPLAN Writing went really well on Wednesday and we look forward to continuing NAPLAN next week. Please view the timetable HERE.

Harmony Day – Tuesday, 21 March 2024

This year we will celebrate Harmony Day on Thursday, 21 March (Week 8). We are asking students to bring in a gold coin donation to support our CARITAS appeal.

We would also like to celebrate our diversity by asking students to bring in a plate of food from home that best represents their culture, that can be shared amongst the class.

*If you are making the food could you please list the ingredients on it, as we do have students with severe allergies. 

2024 Harmony Day logo

Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of the Junior School


Night Patrol Donations

A reminder that the Junior School are supporting the Year 11 Social Justice program, Night Patrol. We are asking 5 Blue and 6 Blue students for the following donations for the first Night Patrol on Monday, 18 March 2024:

  • Fresh Fruit – bananas, apples, oranges (to be brought in on Monday, 18 March)
  • Muesli bars – nut free (any time before Monday, 18 March).

Your kindness and generosity is greatly appreciated. 

Sacrament of Confirmation – Our Lady of the Rosary, Kensington

For students who are part of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Kensington, the Sacrament of Confirmation will be administered at the Church by Bishop Umbers on Wednesday, 12 June 2024.

 The parent enrolment night is Wednesday, 20 March at 6:30pm in Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 4 Roma Avenue, Kensington. Parents/carers will need to bring information about the child’s Baptism: date, name of the Church and Parish of Baptism.

Please note: Waverley College assists in preparing only the students who are part of Mary Immaculate Church or live within the parish boundaries for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please ensure that you reach out to your local parish to check the dates of this Sacrament to ensure that you don’t miss out.


Mr Steve Ghattas

Assistant Director of Junior School / Identity & Student Formation


Co-curricular Sport

It was a big week in Junior School Sport – wrapping up our Summer Sport with our final week of training and beginning our first of three Winter Sport Trials. I am so proud of our Junior School boys for their efforts at the first trial. While trials can be nerve wracking, our students showed determination and resilience, knowing they will be soon placed into one of our great teams. 

JS Winter Sport Trials

Congratulations to our Water Polo A team, who played a full match and worked so well as a team, passing and lining up the balls for each other to score goals. Well done! 

JS Water Polo A

We also had Man City trials for future students who want to be part of our esteemed Football program. Well done to all boys who trialled.

Man City Trials

Finally, congratulations to our Junior School students who competed in the Surf Lifesaving NSW State Age Championships on Saturday, 9 March.

The U12 Male Surf Team took home the bronze medal on Saturday in the U12 Surf Team final.

NSW State Age Championships - Surf Lifesaving


Ms Jade Sparks

Assistant Director of Co-curricular


Home Learning Week 8 

*No Home Learning Tuesday, 19 March 2024

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-4pm – Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays – during school term unless there is a scheduled Professional Development meeting and the club will be closed.   


Register your son HERE.

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’s signature will be required.


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.


If you require any further information, feel free to contact us.

An important note to remember, if afternoon training sessions are cancelled, unfortunately, you cannot send your son to Home Learning as an alternative plan, students are registered for the afternoon sessions in advance and the capacity is always reached.  

Avoid messaging your son during this period, unless it is urgent.

Lunchtime Talk

On International Women’s Day, Simone Condon, an esteemed Executive Producer and Mum to Xavier Year 6, shared her inspiring journey with Junior School students. Renowned for her drive, passion, and storytelling, she has made a significant impact in the industry through her work on live events across 195 cities globally.

Her list of shows and events is long and impressive, with her most recent on the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 Australian Ceremonies. Thank you for taking the time out to inspire the future executive producers to dream big.

JS Lunchtime Talk

JS Lunchtime Talk

JS Lunchtime Talk

2024 IPSHA Junior School Debating Team

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

I would like to congratulate Flynn Rigby, Thomas Taylor, Ellis Cario, Zachary Hickman, Luke Haddock, Ethan Uncle, Xavier Burns, Hugh Rachel and Finn Constable who have been selected to represent the Junior School forming our IPSHA Debating team.

 2024 IPSHA Junior School Debating Team

Drawing Club

The Waverley Youth Art Prize returns for 2024 and the drawing club students have been busy working on their artistic interpretations of the theme ‘Mysteries of the Deep.’

JS Drawing Club

6 Orange – Federation, The Freedom Ride, and Indigenous Rights

Embark on a captivating journey through Australia’s past as we explore the Federation era and the crucial development of Indigenous rights. In 6 Orange History classes, students have immersed themselves in the transformative Freedom Ride, led by Charles Perkins and University of Sydney students at the time.

Guided by curiosity, our students investigated the significance of the Freedom Rides, tracing the footsteps of those who challenged injustice across the country. Inspired, they assumed the role of journalists, crafting newspaper articles that echoed the call for justice and equality.

Here are a few examples of the articles created by some of our future journalists. These are some of our first drafts for the newspaper articles.

Max Roberts

Max Roberts

Harrison Hughes

Harrison Hughes

Jamie Pettit

Jamie Pettit

Taj Cooke

Taj Cooke


Mr Tom Olds

Classroom Teacher 6 Orange