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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 3 events, please refer to the College calendar. 


  • 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
  • 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 

Long Service Leave

I will be taking Long Service Leave from Monday, 31 July until Tuesday, 15 August. During this time, Mr Steve Ghattas will be replacing me as Acting Director of Junior School. This is a great opportunity for him and I know he will do a wonderful job. 


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of Junior School


Father’s Day Mass – Friday, 1 September 2023 – Mary Immaculate Church

The celebration of fathers, grandfathers and significant others in the lives of our Waverley College Students will be celebrated on Friday, 1 September at 12pm (Week 7, Term 3). This will be at Mary Immaculate Church followed by lunch at the Junior School.

Click here to RSVP

Part of the celebration will include a slideshow. Can I please ask that you send through a photo of your son(s) with their fathers/grandfathers if you would like a photo included in this presentation.

Please send through all photos to


Mr Steve Ghattas

Assistant Director of Junior School / Identity & Student Formation


Term 3 Curriculum Overviews

I am pleased to share with you the Term 3 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.

Click here to view the Year 5 Term 3 Curriculum Overview

Click here to view the Year 6 Term 3 Curriculum Overview


Ms Charlotte Stephens

Assistant Director of Curriculum


Term 3 Week 3

NO Home Learning Tuesday, 1 August 2023

We offer all students in Year 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 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 


Waverley v Moriah

Topic: That we should teach cooking classes in primary school 

Last week the debaters had tough competition and a tough topic. Both Waverley teams put forward strong arguments and presented their cases clearly and firmly rebutting the Moriah team’s cases. The boys did themselves and Waverley very proud. Both teams winning their debate! 

Junior School Debating

Junior School Debating

Year 5 Public Speaking Competition

All Year 5 students will be participating in a school-based Public Speaking Competition this 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. 

Year 5 Public Speaking Competition

Book Week 

In Week 6  we will be celebrating Book Week at the Junior School. The theme this year is Read, Grow, Inspire…

Book Week theme: Read Grow Inspire

All students from the Junior campus are encouraged to enter one or both of the competitions running for Book Week.

Book Week Visual Arts Competition poster

Book Week Writing Competition poster

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 be running 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.


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy and Innovation Teacher


Winter Co-Curricular Sport – Round 9

It was great to see all teams back in action this past weekend. There are only two rounds left for the Winter Co-Curricular season for 2023. This weekend is Round 9, on Saturday 29 July.

Post-Winter Co-Curricular Reminder

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. All families can also locate all relevant Junior School Co-Curricular information through the College website by clicking the button below.

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

HipHop Dance Club

During the week, Joel Peisley, our HipHop Dance instructor ran an exhibition to get all students involved in HipHop and to spark interest in students doing HipHop Dance Club for Term 3. It was a fun time for our students and allowed them to enjoy different forms of movement and exercise. 

I encourage all parents/carers to ask their son if they enjoyed the session and if they’d be interested in doing HipHop this Term. It will now be undertaken during lunchtime to remove clashes with training, which is yet to be confirmed (likely to be a Wednesday). It won’t begin until Week 5, once Wakakirri rehearsals are finished.

Junior School HipHop Dance

If your son enjoyed himself and is interested in joining, please click the button below to complete the Google Form. 

Click here to sign up for HipHop

Junior School HipHop Dance



All players, families and supporters from our AFL community from Years 5-12 are invited to attend the AFL end of season celebration. Families will be informed in advance if their son is receiving an award on the night.

Date: Friday, 11 August from 5:45pm

Location: Easts Rugby Club, Woollahra

Tickets can be purchased by clicking the button below.

Click here to purchase tickets

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

Mr Ben Shorthouse

Convenor of AFL



Waverley College Football Awards Night 2023 will be held on Friday, 11 August 2023.

All students are invited to the Football awards night, and families will be informed in advance if their son is receiving an award on the night.

Venue: Waverley College Gym and Braidwood/BBQ area

Time : 5pm-7:30pm 

Cost: $20 per person (+.50c TryBooking ticket fee)

Refreshments: Food and soft drink will be provided

Contact: Ms Brooke Kent

Tickets can be purchased by clicking the button below.

*Ticket sales for this event close on Thursday, 3 August 2023. 

Click here to purchase tickets

Mr Edward Davis

Football Convenor



The Waverley College Rugby Presentation Night will be held on Friday, 18 August, 2023. The Presentation Night will again be held at Easts Rugby Club, Woollahra.

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

*Due to significant interest in students and families attending the Rugby Presentation Night, only the award winners will be invited to attend. Families will be informed in advance if their son is receiving an award on the night.

Waverley College Rugby Supporters’ Club


External Sporting Achievements

State Surfing Championships

Brynn Spierings competed in the State Championship for Surfing last week and out of 84 kids competing, Brynn came 6th in the state!

This is a significant achievement by Brynn, and Waverley is truly proud of his efforts against the best surfers in NSW.



Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-curricular Years 5-12