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Junior School – Week 4

Director of the Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Smith

Director of the Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Smith

Read more: diary dates, Parent Information Night, Family Zone – Year 5 parents, Nick Kyrgios visits Waverley, round 1 sport overview, Junior School House Swimming Carnival, Branch Surf Lifesaving Carnival, Art Club, Home Learning Club, Waverley Reading Challenge, meet 6 White.

 


Diary Dates

Please find below some reminders about upcoming events. For all of Term 1 events, please refer to the College calendar. 

  • Thursday, 24 February – Elephant Ed, Puberty and Embracing Change, 6pm
  • Wednesday, 9 March – Class/Individual/Summer Sport Photos
  • Wednesday, 23 March – Friday, 25 March – Year 5 Camp, Stanwell Tops
  • Monday, 28 March – Wednesday, 30 March – Year 6 Camp, The Collaroy Centre

Parent Information Night

Thank you to all those families who joined us for Parent Information Night last Monday. If you were unable to attend this evening, please reach out to your son’s teacher who will update you on what you missed.

Family Zone – Year 5 Parents

IT Department

As you are aware, we have just completed the deployment of MacBooks for Year 5. As part of the iLearn package, we have partnered with Family Zone to provide CyberSafety software that you can use to manage your son’s online activity, whilst away from school. We still manage this when they are at school.

The Family Zone application is pre-installed on the school device, and we will “onboard” parent email addresses with Family Zone in the next few weeks. You will then receive an email prompting you to register, to enable you to use the software.

If you do not wish to receive the registration email, and you would rather not take up this offer, please email it@waverley.nsw.edu.au by Friday, 25 February 2022, stating that you wish to opt out of the Family Zone program.

CyberSafety

Further information around Family Zone and some tips and tricks regarding CyberSafety, can be found below at the Waverley College Family Zone hub.

>>> Click here to view the Waverley College Family Zone hub.

Support for Parents

You can also view the Family Zone flyer, which has a support contact number, should you have any questions or issues setting up your account once you have registered.

>>> Click here to view the Family Zone Support for Parents flyer.

This is a service provided for free by Waverley College as part of our iLearn program.

Nick Kyrgios Visits Waverley!

It was as if a pop star had arrived at Waverley, when Junior and Senior School tennis players greeted our Tuesday afternoon visitor, Nick Kyrgios. The Australian Open 2022 Doubles Champion was welcomed with cheers, chants and screams, as he made his way onto the Senior School tennis courts towards our seated, awe-struck crowd.

Nick Kyrgios Visits Waverley – Feb 2022

Nick Kyrgios Visits Waverley – Feb 2022

At six foot five, Nick’s star quality shone, as he took the microphone to share insights about his career journey, the importance of hard work and sacrifices made. Nick said that he’d always tried to be himself and be authentic, and encouraged students to stay confident in themselves.

Answering prepared questions from our Junior School tennis stars, he revealed Roger Federer to be his favourite opponent and a “dream come true” to play him and achieve a victory. He surprised the crowd when admitting that his favourite tournament was not the Australian Open, but in fact, Wimbledon. He’d also broken a couple of thousand tennis racquets!

Nick Kyrgios Visits Waverley – Feb 2022

He then teamed up with our top-seeded Junior player Noah Dalton to challenge Senior Tennis Captains Kai Jones and Jack Preller to a friendly set, sending a ball into the crowd every so often to keep the punters on their toes!

Nick Kyrgios Visits Waverley – Feb 2022

Thanks, Nick. It was awesome to meet you.

Nick Kyrgios Visits Waverley – Feb 2022

Nick Kyrgios Visits Waverley – Feb 2022

Elephant Ed

This is a reminder that you are invited to a webinar presented by Elephant Ed on Puberty & Embracing Change, for our Junior School Students. 

When: 6pm – 7pm on Thursday, 24 February, 2022

Topic: Puberty & Embracing Change

You are required to register in advance for this webinar. Please use the link below to register.

>>> Click here to view and complete Elephant Ed registration information.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Mrs Gabrielle Smith

Director of Junior School

E: gsmith@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


Round 1 Sport Overview

It was great to see all of our Junior School students begin the season with such a strong display of sportsmanship and teamwork. These qualities were evident in every team that played their home games at Queens Park and Waverley Junior Basketball Court. I heard inspiring reports from parents and coaches about several away fixtures, with teams starting the season in positive spirits.

Mr Jack Wachtel, Assistant Director Co‑Curricular Years 5-8

It was a shame that some of our away Cricket games weren’t able to go ahead due to inclement weather, but I look forward to these players getting their opportunity this coming weekend.

Please always refer to the Waverley College app announcements each week, as I will continue to send out the weekly Sports Fixtures for each round. Families can also locate all relevant Junior School Co-Curricular information through the College website via the link below.

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

Junior School House Swimming Carnival 2022

The Junior School have found themselves in a unique situation, having the opportunity to complete the Swimming Carnival across two days, due to the severe weather conditions experienced during last Friday’s carnival. 

Junior School House Swimming Carnival 2022

Continuing the House spirit and enthusiasm from all students, we were able to finish all remaining events today at the Senior Swimming Pool. We have experienced some amazing achievements this year from our swimmers, and we were excited to have a new swim record that hadn’t been broken since 2004!

Junior School House Swimming Carnival 2022

We send a huge congratulations to Roman Szabo who set a new Junior School record for the U11 (Year 5) 50-metre freestyle, with a time of 30.17 seconds. This was previously set by Lachlan Reid in 2004, with a time of 31.17 seconds.

Junior School House Swimming Carnival 2022Junior School House Swimming Carnival 2022

I would also like to congratulate the Age Champions for this year’s Swimming Carnival:

Under 10:
Waverley College 2022 Swimming Champion Under 10: Charles Carrano
Waverley College 2022 Under 10 Championship Equal 2nd Place: Hugo Bindner
Waverley College 2022 Under 10 Championship Equal 2nd Place: Benjamin Kostic
Waverley College 2022 Under 10 Championship 4th Place: Jaden Truscott
Under 11:
Waverley College 2022 Swimming Champion Under 11: Roman Szabo
Waverley College 2022 Under 11 Championship 2nd Place: Jacob Roorda
Waverley College 2022 Under 11 Championship 3rd Place: Louis Coleman
Waverley College 2022 Under 11 Championship 4th Place: Tobias Panlilio
Under 12:
Waverley College 2022 Swimming Champion Under 12: Aiden McNee
Waverley College 2022 Under 12 Championship 2nd Place: Rowan Metzl
Waverley College 2022 Under 12 Championship 3rd Place: Ngakau Hiroti
Waverley College 2022 Under 12 Championship 4th Place: Lukas Pendleton

Lastly, we can finally announce and congratulate the winning House for this year’s Junior School Swimming Carnival – Lacey House!!!

Branch Surf Lifesaving Carnival

As mentioned last week, a large number of Waverley College Junior Students recently competed at the Branch Surf Life Saving Titles. Branch being the major carnival prior to State Life Saving Titles.

Congratulations to the following students for their involvement and achievements in the two day event who were not mentioned last week:

  • Oscar Barrow: U10 Silver in the Board Relay 
  • Freddie Goldrich: U10 Gold in the Male Board Relay  

 

Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-Curricular

E: jwachtel@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


Art Club

Visual Arts Club commenced this term as a Summer extracurricular, and students in the Junior School have their works underway. Developing skills in colour mixing, tonal application and composition, students have all begun the process of creating a sustained still life painting.

Each week, students will resolve certain areas of their canvas, with each of the finished works to be entered in the Mosman Youth Art Prize, later this year. 

Visual Arts Club Progress Samples

Visual Arts Club Progress Samples

 

Ms Natalie Oates

Head of Visual Arts

E: noates@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


Home Learning Club – Week 5

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 then the club will be closed.   

Procedures

>>> 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.

If your son is not present at roll call, a phone call will be made to check on his whereabouts. If your plans change and you decide he is unable to attend, please contact the school via email nzivanovic@waverley.nsw.edu.au or call reception. 

Students are required to stay for the full session, unless there is a message in the student diary requesting early leave, a parent signature will be required.

Behaviour

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.

Teachers

Monday and Wednesday – Mrs Natasha Zivanovic

Tuesday and Thursday – Ms Gaby Bransby 

If you require any further information, feel free to contact us. 

E: nzivanovic@waverley.nsw.edu.au

E: gbransby@waverley.nsw.edu.au 

Waverley Reading Challenge 2022

The ‘Waverley Reading Challenge’ is underway. This Challenge implements important strategies to assist your son to engage in reading in a positive manner. 

Students are challenged to read different genres, read nonfiction, listen to audiobooks, give recommendations to their friends, and develop a love of reading. 

Giving boys choices, also plays an important role in them developing a love of reading, as does making sure they have access to the books they would like to read, providing a welcoming, flexible and comfortable space, and lastly, time to read.

Junior School students reading in the Learning Hub

The Learning Hub is continually working to support young readers in the Junior School. This challenge sits under the umbrella of a formative assessment. The main goal for the students is to develop a love of reading. 

I recommend you ask your son about the Challenge and what they are currently reading!

>>> Click here to view the Waverley Reading Challenge.

Junior School Learning Hub 2021

 

Mrs Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy & Innovation Teacher

E: nzivanovic@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


Classroom Updates – Meet 6 White!

Throughout the year, your son’s class will showcase their work through Nurrunga. This week we are fortunate enough to hear from Mr Stanton and 6 White.

Hello, to all in the Waverley College Community. As the class teacher of Year 6 White, I am happy to inform you that we are a hard working class, who are well behaved, and enjoy our varied school tasks and activities.

6 White 2022

Our normal days include moving around for lessons, participating in Music / Drama lessons, calmly working with each other in a school setting, writing on desktops with whiteboard markers to take notes, and solve mathematical puzzles in mastering arithmetic.

6 White 2022

Year 6 is their second year at Waverley College, and we now have voted for 26 brand-new school leaders. It is a shame some talented captains have missed out in 2022. Their chance will come again in winter sports and in Year 7.

6 White 2022

The work is a little harder and more complex than last year, but nothing they cannot cope with. The teachers are also a little more demanding in regards to quality and content of work presentation, to prepare them for the Senior School.

6 White 2022

Quotes

“6 White is an amazing class. It is really easy to learn in class.” Jake Tobin

“Year 6 White has been fun but a little challenging.” James Rozea 

“I really like 6 White because they are always moving and doing work. It is fun and Mr Stanton is very compatible.” Quinn Brodie

 

Mr Anthony Stanton

Class Teacher, 6 White

E: astanton@waverley.nsw.edu.au