I would like to take this opportunity to thank every family for a wonderful term. The Junior School is a very busy place that requires a lot of organisation and planning. Hopefully good habits and routines are now in place and students will return to Term 2 feeling in control and ready to thrive.
I wish everyone a very relaxing and happy Easter and I hope the school break delivers a much-needed holiday.
Ms Gaby Bransby
Director of the Junior School
Mother’s Day Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Friday, 12 May, 12pm
The celebration of mothers, grandmothers and significant others in the lives of our Waverley College Students, will be celebrated on Friday, 12 May at 12pm (Week 3, Term 2). This will be at Mary Immaculate Church followed by a light lunch at the Junior School.
Part of the celebration will include a slideshow. Please send through a photo of your son(s) with their mothers/grandmothers if you would like a photo included in this presentation.
Please email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation at Mary Immaculate Church
For parents/carers 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 who attend St Charles Borromeo Parish (Mary Immaculate Church) and attend Waverley College, the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, 19 June at 2pm.
Please be aware that the Sacrament of Confirmation is celebrated each year, therefore only Year 6 students will be enrolled to receive the Sacrament.
View the boundary map below to see if you are within the parish boundary.
Click the button below for further information, important dates and to register your son to receive this Sacrament.
Edmund Rice Activity Day – Friday, 5 May
On Friday, 5 May, the Junior School will participate in their Annual Edmund Rice Activity Day, which explores the life of the Founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Rice. Throughout the day, the students will participate in a variety of in-class activities as well as fun games at lunchtime to raise money for Edmund Rice Camps.
We will have a guest speaker during assembly who will highlight the wonderful work that Edmund Rice Camps do to help underprivileged children.
At lunchtime, there will be a Sausage Sizzle sale.
We look forward to celebrating a wonderful day.
World’s Greatest Shave
Congratulations to Archie Poynting, Jack Finney, Reis Sharkey and Marcello Zanco on having their heads shaved for the World’s Greatest Shave. A special congratulations to Archie for raising over $900 to help such a wonderful cause.
Mr Steve Ghattas
Assistant Director of Junior School/Identity & Student Formation
Winter Co-Curricular Team Selections and Terms 2 and 3 Season
All Winter Co-Curricular Teams have now been finalised for the 2023 season. In preparation for the Winter Co-Curricular Sport Season beginning in Term 2, please refer to the link below where you’re directed to the Winter Season Draw and the Training Schedule for 2023.
Please be aware that the season draw is a guide – game venues and times can change from week to week. Always refer to the weekly fixtures I send out via the app as the finalised game information for each round.
- Training will commence from Monday, 24 April with no training on Tuesday, 25 April due to ANZAC Day
- Round 1 is Saturday, 29 April
Rugby: email Ms Jade Sparks, Convenor of Junior Rugby on email@example.com
Football (Soccer) or AFL: email me, Mr Jack Wachtel on firstname.lastname@example.org
Term 2 Extra Co-Curricular
Thank you to all students involved in any of the Extra Co-Curricular activities for Term 1. It has been great to see the enjoyment in all sessions weekly. A further thank you to all staff and instructors for their commitment to running the activities with enthusiasm and dedication.
All activities days and times will remain the same for Term 2. If you wish to withdraw your son from an activity, please let me know prior to the Term 2 commencement date. There are spots available for some activities in Term 2 and I will inform families about this at the beginning of the Term.
*All Extra Co-Curricular Activities will commence from Monday, 1 May (Week 2).
There are plenty of spots available for HipHop. It is an exciting activity to be a part of, and the level of enjoyment is significant. Please view the video below for more information.
IPSHA Cross Country
It was a picture perfect Saturday morning at The King’s School, for the annual IPSHA Cross Country Carnival. Waverley Junior School had five students competing in each age group (U10/ U11/ U12).
The U12 Students were the first race for the day, and all of our students competed extremely well in tough competition. The final results were as follows for all students:
- Samuel Powell – 24th
- Joseph Madden – 30th
- Alfie Atkin – 49th
- Noah Borlotti – 78th
- Oscar Tindall – 80th
- Jaden Truscott – 27th
- Freddie Goldrich – 30th
- Tio Normal – 32nd
- Sam Rogers – 59th
- Patrick Spencer – 17th
- Kai Lopez – 47th
- Patrick Madden – 55th
- Matthew West – 62nd
None of our students finished inside the top 15 to progress to CIS Cross Country, but we’re super proud of how they performed and how they gave it their all on the day.
CIS AFL Trials
On Monday, 3 April, Lachie Wright (Year 6), Freddie Fearon (Year 6) and Jordan Strbac (Year 5) were fortunate to be selected at CIS AFL trials at Frenchs Forest.
There were 100 boys at the trial, split across eight teams. Lachie, Jordan and Freddie played tough footy and had lots of fun, meeting new friends and playing AFL with kids from the country to the city. The Waverley boys can hold their heads high, knowing they gave 100% effort in the trial.
Congratulations to Freddie on being selected in the CIS team which is held later in the year in Batemans Bay.
Mr Jack Wachtel
Assistant Director of Co-curricular (Years 5-8)
Home Learning Club – Term 2 Week 1
*Wednesday and Thursday ONLY
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 unless there is a scheduled Professional Development meeting and the club will be closed.
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/carer 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.
- Monday and Wednesday – Ms Natasha Zivanovic – email@example.com
- Tuesday and Thursday – Ms Gaby Bransby – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require any further information, feel free to email us.
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.
IPSHA Debating Training
I would like to thank our Year 10 students Nick Zanapalis and Thomas Jackson-Whitlock for offering to mentor our Junior School IPSHA Debating Team. It was a successful first training session. Waverley’s first debate for the season is against Kincoppal next term and the topic is ‘That YouTube is better than TV.’
Reader of the Week
Ms Natasha Zivanovic
Literacy & Innovation Teacher
Science Prac Lessons
This Term, Years 5 and 6 Junior School students have been introduced to the practical world of science. Students have loved using the brand new science lab facilities, incorporating scientific equipment into their new-look lessons.
Throughout the Term we have completed physics and chemistry experiments, as well as a biology investigation. Both cohorts have relished the opportunity to combine hands-on, practical experiences with new knowledge and information.
The boys should be congratulated on their attitude and enthusiasm towards learning and discovery in the science lab.
Mr Max Mancinelli
Specialist Science Teacher