Please find below some reminders about key events you need to be aware of for the Junior School in Term 2. For all of the College events, please refer to the College calendar.
- Tuesday, 10 May – Friday, 13 May – Year 5 NAPLAN
- Tuesday, 31 May – Parents’ Association Meeting, 6pm
- Thursday, 9 June – Junior School Edmund Rice Day
- Friday, 10 June – Founder’s Day Holiday (Pupil-Free Day)
- Monday, 13 June – Queen’s Birthday (Public Holiday)
- Tuesday, 14 June – Junior School Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences (Pupil-Free Day)
- Saturday, 18 June – Final round of Junior School Winter Sport
- Thursday, 23 June – House Athletics Carnival
Mother’s Day Mass
It was lovely to welcome so many mothers, step-mums, aunties, grandmothers and special women who are like mothers to the students in the Junior School on Friday. We were grateful to host this event on site!
Our Waverley team in the City2Surf is supporting local charity ‘Running for Premature Babies,’ which provides life-saving neonatal equipment and helps save the lives of sick and premature babies Australia wide. The charity was founded by a Waverley mum, after losing all three of her prematurely born triplet sons to their prematurity 16 years ago.
A free team running singlet will be given to all families who raise $200 for Running for Premature Babies – you can opt for your fundraising page to be created during the registration process.
Running Club in preparation for City2Surf
When: Starting Monday lunchtimes beginning Week 3 (9 May 2022)
Where: Waverley Park
Dress: appropriate running attire (boys may wear PE uniform or their own running attire). Boys will change before and after each session into their scheduled Waverley attire for the day
Parents/Carers: are welcome to attend and parent helpers are welcome to assist coaches when running in the local area.
Wet Weather: in the event of wet weather, an announcement will be communicated to the boys at school and on the College app.
*Please note, it is not compulsory to attend the training sessions to participate in the City2Surf.
Do I Need to Give Permission for my Son to Participate in Running Club?
How to Register for the City2Surf and to Join the College Team
You will need the password: WavCol22
How to Register for the Waverley College Fundraising Page
This week, we are looking forward to starting work on our 2022 Wakakirri item – ‘Oliver!’ In our version of the classic tale, Oliver asks for more – more devices, more games, more Internet time. Unfortunately, he finds out that the online world can be quite scary and lonely. Fortunately, some of his best friends are there to support him as he rebuilds his lost connections.
We still have room in the cast, so please email Mrs Rollins if you would like to be part of this exciting performance: email@example.com
Mrs Gabrielle Smith
Director of Junior School
Welcome back to Term 2. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter break. Our students are now well accustomed to the routines and structures their teachers have set for them, and have started the term by jumping straight into their learning.
Now that all students have settled in, the expectations we have of our students this term are now higher. This is a very important term, with Semester 1 reports going home towards the end of term. Our students will be very busy with Winter sports starting, so it is important that you help your sons manage their time, and plan the week ahead to incorporate a balanced approach to training, home learning and assignments.
Below is the Curriculum Overview for Term 2. Here you will see what your son will be learning in the classroom. It is clearly set out so that you can see the subject and the topics being taught across the curriculum.
Ms Gabrielle Bransby
Assistant Director of Junior School/Curriculum
Congratulations to all the boys who were able to play last weekend.
Mr Jack Wachtel
Assistant Director of Co-curricular (Years 5-8)
Home Learning Club – Week 3
If your son is unable to attend, please contact the school via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call reception.
2022 ICAS Competitions for Years 5 and 6 students
If you would like your son to compete in the 2022 ICAS Competitions, you will be asked to nominate the competitions in which you would like him to be entered, via the Parent Payment System.
At the Junior School, the following ICAS competitions are offered:
- Writing & Digital Technologies
- Science & Spelling Bee
This year all the competitions will be held in August / September, Term 3, and will be completed before school in the Learning Hub. Dates and times will be confirmed in Term 3.
Through this system, parents can pay for ICAS directly online, while tests will be held on campus. Please use the school’s access code details to register your child.
Waverley’s School Access Code is: UUD072
Please consider carefully before choosing this enrichment opportunity for your son. It is a rigorous competition with many questions set beyond grade level. Participants are required to demonstrate a deeper, integrated and thorough level of learning. If you are unsure of your son’s suitability, please consult with his teacher.
If you require additional support registering your son, contact the customer service team on 1800 931 775 (Australian Toll-Free).
This week the Drawing Club students had great conversations about their mums. This was the inspiration for our drawing sessions. The boys Googled their mums, drew from memory, or had a special photo saved on their laptop to create a Mother’s Day portrait.
Public Speaking Competition for Year 6
- All Year 6 students will be participating in a school-based Public Speaking Competition in Term 2.
- Year 5 will have the opportunity to participate in the competition in Term 3. More information for Year 5 will be released next term.
The competition aims at allowing students to develop their speaking skills. Speaking well in public prepares you for positions of responsibility, visibility and the future. Speak up, speak well, and many opportunities will be open to you.
I would like to thank our Year 9 students Nick Zanapalis, James Peate and Archie Godby, for offering to mentor our Junior School IPSHA Debating Team. It was a successful second training session. Waverley’s first debate for the season is against St Catherine’s and the topic is ‘That technology is harmful to our friendships.’
Hugo Anderson, Jasper Lumsden, Dexter Francis and Harry Welfare presented at our Lunchtime Talk on Wednesday. They gave the audience an insight into a hobby that has now turned into a passion: ‘Warhammer,’ a semi-complex board game.
The Junior School boys loved every minute of the presentation and had many questions for our board-gaming gurus. A huge thank you to the boys for giving up their time to prepare and present.
Next week, our guest speaker Ms Marie-Anne Maakrun brings to light the world of cartoonists.
If you would like to volunteer to give a presentation, please email me directly at email@example.com
Mrs Natasha Zivanovic
Literacy & Innovation Teacher