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Junior School – Week 10

Ms Gaby Bransby, Director of the Junior School

Ms Gaby Bransby, Director of the Junior School

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter long weekend and enjoyed a well earned break from such a busy Term. We jumped straight into an exciting week here in the Junior School. 

Our students engaged in a live theatre show ‘Cyberkindness’ on Wednesday. This performance addressed crucial topics such as online safety, cyberbullying, seeking help, and making informed decisions in the digital world in a fun and interactive way.

Cyberkindness performance

Some feedback from students;

“I learnt that if someone says something unkind, don’t text back.” – Jack Saliba 

“I have learned some websites you can go to if you are getting bullied online like Kids Help Line and e-safety.” – Alfie Deal 

“I learnt that if someone sends a mean comment, don’t be shy to tell a guardian.” – Romeo Bryen 

“I learnt that you must be kind on the Internet and that the Internet can cause big problems. We are all so lucky that we got to go to that event.” – Elton Loveday 

Cyberkindness performance

Open Classrooms

I would like to thank the families who were able to come to Open Classrooms today. There was a buzz in the air with how excited and proud our students were to showcase their classroom and the work they have created this Term. We are so grateful that you were able to share in this experience.

Open classroom

Open classroom

After School Code Camp 2024 

Term 2 2024: Coding 

Coding class will continue on Monday next Term. If you would like your son to be part of the session please go to the booking link HERE.

Class Type: Coding

Day: Monday

Dates: 6 May – 24 June 2024

Time: 3:15pm – 4:30pm

View the coding flyer HERE.


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of the Junior School


Mother’s Day Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Friday, 10 May 2024, 12pm

The celebration of mothers, grandmothers and significant others in the lives of our Waverley College Students, will be celebrated on Friday, 10 May at 12pm (Week 2A, Term 2). This will be at Mary Immaculate Church followed by a light lunch at the Junior School.

View the invitation HERE.


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. If all photos could be emailed through by no later than Monday, 6 May 2024.

Please email photos to

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, 23 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 HERE to see if you are within the parish boundary.

For further information, important dates and to register your son to receive this Sacrament, click HERE.

The document below will also give you important information regarding the dates of the Preparation program.

View the Sacrament of Confirmation Preparation Note HERE.


Mr Steve Ghattas

Assistant Director of Junior School / Identity & Student Formation


Co-curricular Sport

Winter Sport Teams have been announced this week, following three weeks of trials. While this can bring on strong feelings for our budding sportsmen, we ask families to support our players to exhibit the Junior School’s core values of respect, compassion and resilience. We are very much looking forward to the commencement of the Winter Sport Season, beginning Week 1 of Term 2.

  • Please find exact dates via the College Calendar HERE.
  • Please find the Draft Terms 2 and 3 Junior School Summer Training Schedule 2024, HERE under ‘Training’ and the Draft Winter Draw under ‘Games’.

NSWCIS Swimming Championships

In the recent NSWCIS Swimming Championships, we have some honourable mentions from our Waverley Junior School Swim Team:

  • Waverley U10 Relay team came 6th overall. Congratulations to Harry Maley, Harvey Rumble, Bede Panlilio and Liam Morrissey.
  • Waverley U13 Relay team also came 6th overall at CIS. Congratulations to Jack Forde, Luke Haddock, Jude McDermott and Kai Hess.
  • In the U11 50m Freestyle, Jack Forde finished 2nd place overall and Kai Hess in 3rd overall. Kai Hess also placed 2nd in the U11 50m Backstroke, 4th place in the U11 50m Butterfly and 7th place in the U11 50m Breaststroke. Jack Forde also placed 6th place in the U11 50m Butterfly, 8th place in the Open 100m Freestyle and 10th in the U11 50m Backstroke.

NSWCIS Swimming Championships

We look forward to celebrating our Swimming awards at Monday’s assembly.

Adelaide Easter Classic

Congratulations also to Marley Fuller (Year 5) and Charlie Draper (Year 6) who represented the Sydney Comets Div 1 Gold Team in the Championships at the Adelaide Easter Classic over the long weekend. Playing six games in total, they beat the tournament favourites, however just went down in the semi finals. 

Sydney Comets


Ms Jade Sparks

Assistant Director of Co-curricular (Junior School)


Week 11A Home Learning  

NO Home Learning Wednesday and Thursday 

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.   


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 Guest Speaker Brett Covell 

It was a privilege to have Brett Covell as our last guest speaker for Term 1.  

Brett is a Waverley Old Boy and Dad of Lachlan in Year 5. Brett is the Head of APAC Media Electronic Arts. He gave the Junior School boys an insight into the world of advertising. 

Brett had the boys captivated with his wealth of knowledge about the industry and the game trivia with prizes to win was so much fun.

The Junior School extends its sincere gratitude to Brett Covell for his invaluable contribution to our Term 1 Lunchtime Talk guest speaker series. His passion and dedication to inspiring the next generation of advertisers and innovators is truly appreciated.

Lunchtime Talk Brett Covell

Lunchtime Talk Brett Covell

Giving Boys Choices in Reading 

When boys are given the opportunity to choose the books and texts they read, they tend to be more attentive and invested in the reading material. This aligns with research showing that allowing students to have a voice in their learning can boost motivation and engagement.

Empowering boys to have a say in their reading not only engages them more effectively but also helps build their confidence and sense of agency as learners. The Learning Hub’s priority is to source books that students want to read.

Junior School reading

Jesse Araujo – Sneaker Obsession 

“Reading books is not really my thing, but when I’m reading about something I love, I just can’t stop. Have fun reading and always read what you like in life.”

Junior School reading

Fergus Samba Hoare – Pipe Dreams: A Surfer’s Journey

“I’ve been trying to read more and I have been so excited to get this book and start reading. I struggle to find books that interest me, but Miss Zivanovic helps me get the best book for me that I will enjoy.”


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Teacher of Literacy and Innovation


Maths Enrichment

In Maths Enrichment classes this Term, boys have been tasked with the responsibility of designing the ‘perfect’ school from the very beginning of such a process. As we progress we are discovering that such a project requires knowledge across a broad range of mathematical concepts.

At the moment, boys are in the design phase using their knowledge of Area, Length and Scale to design the layout of our ‘perfect’ school.

Snaps From Year 5

Maths enrichment

Maths Enrichment

Maths Enrichment

Maths Enrichment

Maths Enrichment

Snaps From Year 6

Year 6 Maths Enrichment

Year 6 Maths Enrichment

Year 6 Maths Enrichment

Year 6 Maths Enrichment


Mr Tom Olds and Mr Elliot McKimm

Classroom teachers


Highlights From 5 Orange and Mr McKimm

5 Orange has been learning this Term about the Four Touchstones of Edmund Rice Schools Australia in Religion lessons. The Four Touchstones that we value deeply at Waverley College are Liberating Education, Inclusive Community, Gospel Spirituality and Justice & Solidarity. Boys have reflected deeply on what Touchstone they value the most.

On Harmony Day we celebrated each other’s culture and heritage by sharing food. 

5 Orange Harmony Day

5 Orange Harmony Day

5 Orange Harmony Day

At our Judaism Incursion we made Matzah Bread and learned all about the story of Passover. Both of these events were a shining example to 5 Orange of what an Inclusive Community looks like.

5 Orange Matzah making

5 Orange Matzah making

5 Orange Matzah making

A special mention must also be extended to Leo Murphy from 5 Orange who recently represented NSW in the Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships at Coolangatta.

 Leo Murphy Australian Youth Beach Volleyball Championships


Mr Elliott McKimm

Teacher of 5 Orange