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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, 25 February 2022, stating that you wish to opt out of the Family Zone program.
Further information around Family Zone and some tips and tricks regarding CyberSafety, can be found below at 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.
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.
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!
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!
Thanks, Nick. It was awesome to meet you.
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.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Mrs Gabrielle Smith
Director of Junior School
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I would also like to congratulate the Age Champions for this year’s Swimming Carnival:
|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|
|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|
|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
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.
Ms Natalie Oates
Head of Visual Arts
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Monday and Wednesday – Mrs Natasha Zivanovic
Tuesday and Thursday – Ms Gaby Bransby
If you require any further information, feel free to contact us.
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.
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!
Mrs Natasha Zivanovic
Literacy & Innovation Teacher
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.
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.
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.
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 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