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Junior School – Week 2

Director of Junior School, Gabrielle Bransby

Director of Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Bransby

Diary Dates

Please find below some reminders about upcoming events. For all of Term 4 events, please refer to the College calendar. 

October 2023

  • 19 October – Musica Viva Incursion 
  • 21 October – Round 8 Summer Sport 
  • 23 October – Open Classrooms – 8:40am – 9am 
  • 28 October – Round 9 Summer Sport 
  • 31 October – Parent Cyber Safety Information Night, 6pm

November 2023

  • 3 November – Year 6 Retreat Day
  • 4 November – Round 10 Summer Sport 
  • 7 November – Year 7 (2024) Orientation Day 
  • 11 November – Round 11 Summer Sport 
  • 15 November – Junior School Music Festival, PAC, 6pm
  • 18 November – Round 12 Summer Sport 
  • 27 November – Semester 2 reports published on Parent Lounge
  • 28 November – Year 6 laptops return

December 2023

  • 1 December – Year 6 Excursion to Raging Waters 
  • 4 December – Year 6 Graduation Mass, Mary Immaculate, 1pm
  • 5 December – Presentation Day

Cyber Safety Parent Information Session – 31 October, 6pm

Protecting children in their digital worlds is an ever-evolving task for Australian families. Now more than ever parents/carers are looking for guidance in how to manage screen time and navigate the world of games and social media. 

We warmly invite our Waverley College Junior School parent community to a crucial and engaging education webinar with ySafe, Australia’s leading provider of online safety education. This practical, strategy-rich session will cover the most important points that all families need to know about online safety, covering key information about social media and gaming, screen time recommendations and step-by-step instructions on how to set up a cyber safe home for children of all ages.

If you’ve ever struggled with getting your children off their games and into bed, worried about the content of the games that they are playing, or felt concerned that your child was spending too much time in the digital world, this workshop is for you!

Click here to view the webinar page

Coding Camp Term 4

There are still places available for Coding Camp this Term. 

Click here to book

Term 4 Sessions

Class Type: Coding After-School

Day: Mondays

Dates: Monday, 23 October – Monday, 4 December 2023 (7 sessions)

Times: 3:15pm – 4:30pm


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of the Junior School


Year 6 Graduation – Monday, 4 December 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

You are all invited to the Year 6 Graduation on Monday, 4 December to acknowledge the end of your son’s primary school years. Please see the invitation below.

Year 6 Graduation invitation

Year 6 Graduation – Request for Photos

As part of the Year 6 Graduation, I will be putting together a slideshow presentation. I would be very appreciative if you could send through a photo of your son’s Kindergarten photo (or their first day of Kindergarten, or similar), as this will form part of the presentation. 

If you could please send a labelled photo through to by no later than Friday Week 5. Picture format as a jpeg or png file would be preferred. Please do not send through pdf files.


Mr Steve Ghattas

Assistant Director of the Junior School / Identity & Student Formation


Term 4 Curriculum Overviews 

I am pleased to share the Term 4 Curriculum Overviews for Years 5 and 6. These documents are a guide to the learning that your son will be covering in class this Term.

I hope this is a useful document that will help you to support your son and engage him in conversation about his learning experiences at school.

As we move towards our final assessment and reporting period for 2023, this is a crucial Term for achieving our learning goals and finishing the year with a sense of pride and achievement. I wish you all a wonderful Term ahead. 

>>> Click here to view the Year 5 Term 4 Curriculum Overview.

>>> Click here to view the Year 6 Term 4 Curriculum Overview.


Ms Charlotte Stephens

Assistant Director of Curriculum


Summer Co-Curricular Sport

Round 8 Sport – Saturday, 21 October 2023

The first round of Summer sport for Term 4 ran smoothly with all teams enjoying being back playing co-curricular sport again after an extended break.

Please click the button below to view the sports fixture for Round 8, Saturday, 21 October. All adjustments to times and venues have been noted in red, please take note carefully.

Click here to view the 21 October Sports Fixture

Best of luck to all teams this weekend.

Year 5 Parents Only – 2024 Summer and Winter Sport Selections

In preparation for summer and winter co-curricular sport in 2024, I am seeking your son’s sport selection for the summer and winter sports that he will be choosing to trial for at the beginning of 2024 and at the end of Term 1 2024.

This will allow me to nominate the appropriate amount of teams based on how many students nominate for each sport. 

  • Summer Sports: Basketball, Cricket, Tennis, Touch Football and Water Polo.
  • Winter Sports: AFL, Football (Soccer), Rugby Union and Rugby 7s.

Please discuss this with your son and complete the form at the end of this article by Tuesday, 24 October 2023. 

Please be aware of the following prior to your son making his selection:

  • Tennis and Water Polo only have two teams. Please only nominate your son if he has had experience playing tennis and water polo at a club level. This is due to the limited spots available with two teams.
  • All sports have a Saturday morning game commitment.
  • A small portion of students may miss out on their first sport selection due to team sizes, but this process endeavours to ensure your son gets his second choice.
  • Your son will most definitely make his first preference for Winter sport.

This will be the only opportunity to complete the form, so if any changes need to be made to your son’s selection, please email me at

Year 5 Parents Only – 2024 Summer and Winter Sport Selections Form

Click here to view and complete the Form

Form due: Tuesday, 24 October 2023


Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director Co-curricular Years 5-8


Term 4 Week 3 – Home Learning

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.   


Click here to register your son

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.  

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


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy & Innovation Teacher


Highlights From 5 Indigo and Ms Charlotte Stephens

5 Indigo class photo


In 5 Indigo we have been developing our skills as communicators and composers. Through Term 3 we have been looking at ways in which people communicate their passions and interests with the world. Firstly, by studying the text Mechanica by Lance Balchin and then by investigating the speech writing skills of advocates such as Greta Thunberg.

Below are some examples of our own version of Mechanica, Australianica!

5 Indigo writing - Mechanica, Australianica!

5 Indigo writing - Mechanica, Australianica!

5 Indigo writing - Mechanica, Australianica!

5 Indigo writing - Mechanica, Australianica!

Visual Art

In Visual Art we have been designing, drawing and creating an artwork that displays the effect climate change has on the planet. Our artworks show a comparison between a healthy planet and an unhealthy planet. 

The following artworks were created by Riley Jones, Edgar Gibson, Louis Vereker, Fergus Samba-Hoare, Anthony Zanapolis, Joe Fanning and Boyd Green.

Artwork by Anthony Zanapolis

Artwork by Anthony Zanapolis

Artwork by Boyd Green

Artwork by Boyd Green

Artwork by Fergus Samba-Hoare

Artwork by Fergus Samba-Hoare

Artwork by Joe Fanning

Artwork by Joe Fanning

Artwork by Louis Vereker

Artwork by Louis Vereker

Artwork by Riley Jones

Artwork by Riley Jones


Ms Charlotte Stephens

Teacher 5 Indigo