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Junior School – Week 5

Ms Gaby Bransby, Director of the Junior School

Ms Gaby Bransby, Director of the Junior School

Diary Dates

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

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

Y-Safe Presentation

Thank you to those parents/carers who joined the Ysafe webinar last Thursday. If you missed the session, I have included the link below. This webinar has some really important information and I really encourage you to watch it.

>>> Click here to view the Waverley College Junior School ySafe Webinar.


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of Junior School


Junior School Music Festival – Wednesday, 15 November 2023

Dear Parents, Carers and Students

We look forward to the Junior School Music Festival next Wednesday evening.

The event will showcase the Year 5 and Year 6 students’ abundant talent in creative arts. The performances will commence at 6pm and will finish by 7:15pm.

The Festival will take place in the Performing Arts Centre Theatre located at the Senior School campus, 131 Birrell Street, Waverley. Parents/Carers and friends are welcome to attend. The event is non ticketed. Please arrive early to find a seat.

All performers will need to be at the Performing Arts Centre by 5:30pm. Boys will need to wear their academic uniform unless they are also in Wakakirri – (Wakakirri boys will wear their costume).

Our Music Supporters’ Group have organised a supper service and will be selling pizza slice, cakes and soft drinks along with beverages from 5:15pm in the PAC Foyer. Cash or EFTPOS available. Please email if you are able to help, any assistance with service on the evening would be greatly appreciated.

Rehearsal Date

The Waterford Concert Band rehearsal will be held in the Performing Arts Centre Theatre at the senior campus, before school on Wednesday morning 15 November, 7:30am.

Following this, students will be escorted to the Junior School campus. Students are reminded to bring their instruments and music.


Ms Keiran Kossenberg

Performing Arts Centre Coordinator


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


Mr Steve Ghattas

Assistant Director of Junior School / Identity & Student Formation


Everest Base Camp: My Trip to Nepal – by Charlie

My name is Charlie Barrett and I recently visited Nepal with my dad, my brother and another family. We first landed in Kathmandu and met our friends at the hotel. The next morning we woke up and went to our meeting with our lead guide, Ram, and met the owner of the company for some briefing. The day after, we woke up early and went to the airport and prayed that the flight would not be cancelled as the flight the day before had been cancelled. Luckily we got on a flight and off we went. It was the most spectacular flight ever as we were going through the Himalayas but we were also very nervous as this is one of the most dangerous flights. We landed on the runway with a large smack to the tarmac and we all bounced out of our seats.

The first village we visited was called Phakding which was a reasonably large village with a very nice bakery and a lot of nice things to do. The next day we went to Namche Bazaar and that day was one of the hardest days of the trek. The height of Namche is 3443m which was a lot of elevation in one day but it was worth it because it is one of the biggest and nicest villages in the trek.

We visited lots of villages such as Tengboche, which was quite small but had great views. Dingboche which was a large town with a lot of accommodation and some bakeries. The town of Lobuche was one of my favourites and the accommodation was very clean and nice. 

The hardest day of all was the Cho-La Pass, one of the three passes (the trek that Miss Sparks did). It is the second hardest and boy was it tiring! We started our day with a group of people yelling at their guide to get them off the mountain and then we had a large rock climb to conquer and boy we thought that was the hard part but it was only the beginning. One of our guides got quite sick during the walk and halfway through, my own body had had enough and I toppled over and threw up all over the white snow. So a porter took my bag and l continued walking. When we got to the top of the pass, I felt like I was on the top of the world! It was the highest I’d ever been and we celebrated with some biscuits and a KitKat each, then I looked over the edge and saw the slippery steep rock face that we had to climb down. I didn’t look down there ever again. 

Nepal trip - Charlie Barrett - 5 Red Junior School

Then the next day we went over a glacier to get to Gokyo, our guide said it was flat (Nepali flat means “a little bit up, a little bit down). Then it started raining which made it very slippery and hard to walk over the rocky surface. We had a great stay in Gokyo, it is a beautiful village. Then we enjoyed the town of Namche Bazaar again, eating lots of yummy food. In Lukla, our flights back to Kathmandu kept getting cancelled due to the weather, plus my brother got very sick. So my dad, Seb and I went to the hospital with Ram and my brother was given a drip and oxygen. He rested and started to feel better so we checked out and went back to the hostel.

Finally, our guide had luckily been able to do a deal with his friend who said he would take us back to Kathmandu in a helicopter. We jumped on with the propellers still spinning and then the helicopter did a sharp turn and took off. It was super exhilarating, we got an amazing view and were so happy to be on our way. Another special part of it was that we got special permission to fly directly to Kathmandu rather than have to do a six-hour bus drive on twisty, bumpy roads. When we got off, we collected our stuff and then went to surprise our friends… they couldn’t believe we’d made it and that night we all luxuriated in having a shower (after 10 days!) and eating a delicious meal. That night we fell asleep in our clean and cosy beds, what an adventure we’d all had!!

Nepal trip - Charlie Barrett - 5 Red Junior School

Nepal trip - Charlie Barrett - 5 Red Junior School


Summer Co-Curricular Sport

Round 11 Sport (Saturday, 11 November 2023)

Only two more rounds of Summer Co-Curricular sport for the remainder of 2023. Please refer to the link below to access the sports fixture for Round 11 this Saturday, 11 November. All adjustments to times and venues have been noted in red, please take note carefully.

>>> Click here to view the College Website: Junior School Sports Fixtures and Season Draw.


Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-curricular – Years 5-8


Home Learning Club – Term 4 Week 6

*No Home Learning on Wednesday, 15 November 2023. 

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


News From 6 Red – by Olly

It has been a busy start to Term 4 for 6 Red. With the year wrapping up, boys have been hard at work with a variety of summative assessment tasks. For Science, students were tasked with using a selection of recycled materials to craft an enjoyable, functional, and user-friendly game of their choosing. The boys displayed excellent teamwork in their collaborative efforts, resulting in the successful creation of numerous outstanding games, which they subsequently presented to the class. 

Junior School games made from recycled material

Junior School games made from recycled material

Junior School games made from recycled material

Junior School games made from recycled material

Junior School games made from recycled material

The 6 Red team have also been actively engaged in developing health-related advertisements. They’ve been focusing on the promotion of the concept of being an ‘upstander,’ a subject of significant importance within the Junior School community. The boys have produced concise advertisements aimed at educating the audience about the role of an upstander and how we can collectively combat bullying.

Additionally, the students of 6 Red have found great enjoyment in delving into the creative world of stop motion animation during English. They have dedicated their efforts to exploring this fascinating medium, honing their skills and unleashing their imaginative talents.