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Junior School – Week 1

Director of Junior School, Gabrielle Bransby

Director of Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Bransby

A big welcome back to all our Waverley College families. I hope the three-week break gave you a chance to slow down and spend quality time with your family. We are back in full swing and excited for the Term ahead.

Just a reminder that all students require blazers in Term 3. I have noticed some haircuts that do not align with the College Haircut policy which can be found on page 25 of the College diary. If your son has been asked to have his hair rectified, please have this done by Monday Week 2. 

Diary Dates

Please find below some reminders about upcoming events. For all of Term 3 events, please refer to the College calendar. 


  • 25 July – Year 5 Excursion to Wollongong – Science & Space
  • 27 July – Green House Mass, 6pm 
  • 29 July – Round 9 Winter Sport


  • 2 August – Winter Sports photos 
  • 4 August – Year 5 Retreat Day
  • 5 August – Round 10 Winter Sport 
  • 8 August – The Great Big Science Show Incursion, PAC 
  • 8 August – Wakakirri
  • 9 August – ICAS writing – selected students, 7:30am – 8:30am
  • 10 August – ICAS Digital Technologies, 8am – 9am 
  • 15 August – 120 Year Celebration Feast of the Assumption and Waves Got Talent
  • 16 August – ICAS English – selected students, 8am – 9am 
  • 21 August – Book Week – Pop up Book Shop
  • 23 August – ICAS Science – selected students – 7:45am – 8:50am
  • 25 August – Wear it Purple Day
  • 30 August – ICAS Mathematics – selected students, 8am – 9am


  • 1 September – Father’s Day Mass, 12pm 
  • 13 – 15 September – Year 6 Camp 
  • 18 September – Allwell Testing Year 6 
  • 21 September – Classes conclude 

Support for Nicholas Reed

As some of you may be aware, there have been some very sad news in our community about the brother of Kosta Reed in Year 5, Nicholas. Seven-year-old Nicholas had a liver transplant at the age of five months and has struggled with his health ever since. Devastatingly, he has just been diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive type of post-transplant cancer.

Our prayers and thoughts go out to his family as they navigate through this heartbreaking journey. A parent in our Waverley Community, Kerren Hosking, has set up a GoFundMe page to help support Elena Reed and their family. If you would like to support this family please click the link below.

Please keep this family in your prayers.


A reminder to please follow the below process for reporting your son’s absence. Parents/carers requesting permission for three days or more of leave or extended holiday periods exceeding three school days, must apply for permission from myself.

Permission needs to be in writing at least two weeks in advance, and is not automatically granted. Please contact myself for approval by emailing

Absence and Reporting an Absence

  • 1st Contact: Waverley College App
  • 2nd Contact: or Absentee Line 02 9369 0632


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of the Junior School


SMART Goals 

At the commencement of each Term, students are encouraged to set SMART goals for their learning with their classroom teachers. Goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timed will set our students up for success.

Last term, all students received their Semester 1 Academic report and had a meeting with their teacher to identify areas for development. I encourage you to sit down and discuss the goals that your son has set for his learning so we can all work together to help him achieve it. We know that writing goals down allows students to revisit them throughout the Term, encourages focus, and builds strategies to make sure they achieve their goal/s.

The goals for Term 3 can be found on page 111 in the College Diary. 

Waverley students inspired to learn

Waverley students inspired to learn


Ms Charlotte Stephens

Assistant Director of Curriculum


Winter Co-Curricular Sport – Round 8

I hope all families had a restful and rejuvenating break, without too many external sporting commitments. The Winter Co-Curricular season is now entering its final three rounds for 2023. This weekend is Round 8, on Saturday, 22 July.

Post-Winter Co-Curricular 

Students will have a break from sport between Weeks 4 to 10, Term 3. During this period, students who make it through to IPSHA Athletics, were named age champions or performed highly at the Athletics Carnival, will be invited to train with the Senior Athletics squads for their respective events. This will allow those students to prepare for both IPSHA and CIS Athletics later in the term. All relevant information will be emailed out to those parents/carers in the coming weeks.

Please ensure you refer to the Waverley College app announcements each week, as I will continue to send out the weekly sports fixtures and scores for each round. Families can also locate all relevant Junior School Co-Curricular information on the College website via the link below.

Click here to view all Junior School Co-curricular information on the Waverley College website

Extra Co-Curricular Activities in Term 3

As mentioned last week, Term 3 Winter Cricket Club will continue Wednesday lunchtimes with Mr McKimm, beginning from Week 2.

The following Extra Co-Curricular activities will also recommence from Week 2.

  • Innovation Club (Monday – Year 5: 8am – 9am, Year 6: 7am – 8am)
  • Run Club (Monday Lunchtime)
  • Judo Club (Tuesday – Year 5: 7:30am – 8:30am / Wednesday Year 6: 7:30am – 8:30am)
  • Spanish Club (Monday – Session 1: 2:45pm – 3:30pm / Session 2: 3:30pm – 4:15pm)
  • HipHop (TBC) – Running in class sessions in Week 2 to spark further interest.

At this stage, it’s been decided that Table Tennis will not continue this year, due to concerns regarding lack of involvement and miscommunication with the instructors involved.

*If you wish to withdraw your son from any Extra Co-Curricular activities for Term 3, please email me personally. Students signed up in Term 2 will roll over to Term 3. I will inform families if there is room to add additional students to various activities.

Winter Co-Curricular Awards Nights (Years 5-12)


All players, families and supporters from our AFL community from Years 5-12 are invited to attend the AFL end of season celebration.

  • Date: Friday, 11 August from 5:45pm
  • Venue: Easts Rugby Club, Woollahra
  • Contact: Mr Ben Shorthouse, Convenor of AFL,

Tickets can be purchased using the below link:

Let’s celebrate the end of a cracking AFL season at Waverley. 


Waverley College Football Awards Night 2023 will be held:

  • Date: Friday, 11 August, 5pm – 7:30pm
  • Venue: Waverley College Gym and Braidwood/BBQ area
  • Cost: $20 per person (+.50c TryBooking ticket fee)
  • Refreshments: Food and soft drink will be provided
  • Contact: Ms Brooke Kent:

Tickets can be purchased using the below link:

Please note ticket sales for this event will close on 3 August 2023. 

Mr Edward Davis, Convenor of Football


The Waverley College Rugby Presentation Night will be held:

  • Date: Friday, 18 August
  • Venue: Easts Rugby Club, Woollahra.

More information will be sent out to the community soon, including how you can purchase a ticket. Please save the date!

Waverley College Rugby Supporters’ Club

CIS Rugby League

During the mid-year holidays, Jackson MacAskill, Henry Callen and Kalan Fisher represented CIS at the NSW Rugby League PSSA Champs in Wagga Wagga from 19 – 22 June.

They all had an amazing experience and played at a high standard.

Congratulations to Jackson, Henry and Kalan for representing CIS NSW and Waverley College Junior School.

CIS Rugby League

CIS Rugby League

Sydney Interschool Snowsport Championships

Over the school holidays, eight Waverley College students competed at the Sydney Interschool Snowsport Championships at Thredbo from 10-14 July.

Rory Palmer (Year 6) won silver in the Alpine event (Division 4 for boys in Years 5 and 6) and bronze in the Skier X event (Division 4 for boys in Years 5 and 6).

As a team, Rory Palmer, Archie Francis and Connor Moran placed 5th overall in the Skier X event in Division 4.

Patrick Palmer (Year 8) placed 5th in the Skier X event (Division 3 for boys in Years 7 and 8).

Archie Francis (Year 5) placed 7th in the Snowboard GS, 9th in the Snowboard X and 12th in the Moguls events (Division 4).

Archie Hoiles (Year 7) placed 22nd in the Snowboard X and 24th in the Snowboard GS events (Division 3).

Rory, Patrick and Archie Francis have each qualified for the NSW State Championships in their respective events to be held in Perisher from 21-25 August.

Congratulations also to Connor Moran (Year 5), Oscar Litchfield (Year 6), Jordan Mano (Year 8), Aidan Giusti (Year 8) and Charlie Thompson (Year 12) for their commendable races and first-ever Sydney Interschools events.

We hope to see more boys competing next year on behalf of the College.


Snowsport Championships

Snowsport Championships

Snowsport Championships


Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-curricular (Years 5-8)


Term 3 Week 2

We offer all students in Years 5 and Year 6 the opportunity to receive free additional support after school to complete 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 unless there is a scheduled Professional Development meeting and the club will be closed.   


Register your son via the link 

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/carer’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.  

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

ICAS Exams 

All ICAS exams will be sat before school in the Learning Hub.

4 7:30am  Wednesday, 9 August Writing 
8am  Thursday, 10 August  Digital Technologies 
5 8am  Wednesday, 16 August  English 
7:45am  Wednesday, 23 August  Science 
7 8am  Wednesday, 30 August Mathematics 

Pop-up Bookshop 

An essential aspect of supporting your son with his reading is to allow him to make his own book choices. The Pop-up Bookshop will run in Term 3 Week 6. 

This year I would like to introduce a new sustainable and cost-effective Pop-up Bookshop. 

If you would like to help this initiative I would like you to donate ‘pre-loved’ books that will be sold at a very reduced amount. 

The money raised will be donated to one of the Edmund Rice foundations.

Pop Up Bookshop in 2022

Pop Up Bookshop in 2022

Pop Up Bookshop


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy & Innovation Teacher


City to Surf

Wonderfully, 101 people have signed up to our Waverley team in the City2Surf on 13 August in support of the charity ‘Running for Premature Babies,’ raising funds for a lifesaving humidicrib for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

It’s not too late to register. Join the Yellow start wave to run/walk with Lachy from The Wiggles!

Click here to resister


Mr Elliot McKimm

Year 5 Orange Classroom Teacher