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Junior School – Week 6

Deputy Principal - Students, Ms Gabby Smith

Deputy Principal - Students, Ms Gabby Smith

Diary Dates

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. 

  • Thursday, 9 June – Junior School Edmund Rice Day – Mufti – $2 
  • Friday, 10 June – Founder’s Day Holiday (Pupil-Free Day)
  • Friday, 10 June – Semester 1 Reports available via TASS Parent Lounge 
  • 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
  • Tuesday, 21 June – Year 5 History Showcase, 2pm 
  • Wednesday 22 June – Year 6 History/Science Showcase, 2pm  
  • Thursday, 23 June – House Athletics Carnival 
  • Friday, 24 June – Classes Conclude

Morning Food Break

After speaking with the students at Assembly this week, it became evident that many of the boys are missing breakfast due to a variety of reasons. As of next week, class teachers will allow time for students to eat in the morning, to ensure we set them up for a productive learning day.

If your son would benefit from this, please pack extra food for him. Some examples of what you could pack include; a sandwich, fruit, cereal or a breakfast bar. 

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews 

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews will be conducted on Tuesday, 14 June, Week 8 this term.

When to book? Book with your son’s classroom teacher from Saturday, 4 June at 8am.

How to book? Book via the Parent Lounge on TASS, OR click here to book.

When do bookings close? – Monday, 13 June, 3pm

Difficulties making the appointment?

If your son is in Learning Support and you would like to book an interview with our Learning Support teachers, please contact them directly via their email addresses below. They will be available to take appointments from 9am to 5:30pm.

  • Ms Margaret Fitzgerald |
  • Ms Deanne Edwards |

These interviews will be held in your son’s classroom, however, if you would like to have your interview via Zoom, this option will also be available. You will receive a Google Form from your son’s class teacher on Monday, 6 June where you will be required to inform the teacher as to whether you would like a zoom or face-to-face interview. Zoom codes will be sent home via the IT Department on Thursday, 9 June.

Tuesday, 14 June is a pupil-free day for your son, however, he is required to attend this interview and be in his full academic school uniform. This will be a 15-minute time slot, which will allow you to discuss your son’s Semester 1 report, and ask any questions you may have about their progress here at Waverley.


Ms Gabby Smith

Director of Junior School



Edmund Rice Day – Thursday, 9 June

Next Thursday, 9 June is our Annual Edmund Rice Activity Day. On this day, we will be looking into the life of Blessed Edmund Rice. We will also be hosting a range of activities on the day, and the boys are invited to wear mufti for $2.

All money raised will go towards Edmund Rice Camps Australia. We will be having a guest speaker from Edmund Rice Camps to talk to us about their organisation, and what they do to assist children around Australia to enjoy some of the simple things in life, that we sometimes take for granted. 


  • Lolly guessing competition – 50c per guess
  • Table Tennis Competition – $2 per entry (Knockout Competition – first to 7 points)
  • Basketball Hoop Skills, Rugby Pass Skills, AFL Target Skills, Soccer Kick Skills and a Bean Bag Toss. All these games will be $1 for 3 attempts.


  • 1st Prize – $50 Rebel Voucher
  • 2nd Prize – Mini AFL Football
  • 3rd Prize – Mini Soccer Ball
  • 4th Prize – Mini Basketball
  • 5th Prize – Tech Deck

We look forward to celebrating this day with the boys.


Mr Stephen Ghattas

Assistant Director of Identity & Student Formation



Co-Curricular Sport

Please follow the link below to ensure you are up to date with any changes to fixtures for this weekend. Please keep a close eye on the Waverley app for any adjustments due to weather conditions and field closures.

>>> Click here to view the Fixtures.

As a friendly reminder, we do not have any games scheduled over the June long weekend, and our final round for Term 2 will be on Saturday, 18 June.

CISNSW AFL Tournament Stars

Marcus Strbac and William Frinsdorf were selected in the CISNSW team to represent IPSHA and Waverley College in Coffs Harbour across a four-day tournament.

The overall tournament experience was special for the boys. Over the tournament, the CIS team was undefeated, with both Marcus and Will taking turns in playing in the mid, back and forward line. The boys came up against some hard, tough and muddy footy, but they just worked hard as a team to win every game.

The scoreboard demonstrated the team’s dominance (53-0, 57-19, 54-0). On Friday in the Finals against Sydney North, they got a win (39-7), taking home the big trophy. 

Marcus Strbac was also selected to represent the NSW AFL team, which is an incredible achievement. Over 300 kids played and 23 were selected into the team. Waverley is extremely proud of both students, and looks forward to hearing how Marcus progresses in the AFL NSW team.

Marcus Strbac

Congratulations Marcus Strbac



Marcus Strbac and William Frinsdorf

Marcus Strbac and William Frinsdorf

Term 2 PDHPE Assessment Tasks

Year 5

This term in PE, Year 5 classes have been focusing on Game Design as part of their major practical assessment task. In groups of two to three, students were to design an initiative game that incorporates key locomotor movement skills, and rules from one chosen invasion sport. 

The game needed to be a modified version of that chosen sport, but could not be the same. 

Groups used a wide variety of PE equipment in class, to create their game. Once completed, groups were asked to teach their game to other small groups, to play during practical lessons. The game’s rules and objectives needed to be evenly explained in detail, as a group.

All students have gained such enjoyment and group leadership skills along the way. 

Year 5 Practical Assessment Task

Year 5 Practical Assessment Task

Year 5 Practical Assessment Task

Year 5 Practical Assessment Task

Year 6

Year 6 students undertook an integrated gymnastics assessment task. This meant that there was both a theory and practical component to be completed. With a partner, students had to design an online poster that showcased six movement sequences, combining simple gymnastics, balancing and body shape positions. They were required to include the name of each movement, an image of the movements, and a detailed description of how each is performed.

Students then used these movement sequences to create a short routine to be performed in front of the class, during one practical lesson lasting 40 seconds. The routine needed to be creative, show fluidity, and be engaging to the audience. Students, although quite resistant at the beginning, genuinely made the most of the task, and displayed passion and interest in their performances.

Year 6 Gymnastics Sequence Movement Poster

Year 6 Gymnastics Sequence Movement Poster


Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-curricular



Year 6 Public Speaking Competition 2022

Our students gained experience in a vital life skill – Public Speaking. Presenting to an audience can be nerve-wracking, but utilising newly-learned techniques, each student presented an engaging speech.

The boys researched and planned their speeches while learning how to present and use gestures, inject humour, make eye contact, refer to palm cards, and use voice projection to enhance the quality of their presentation.

The heats in their Learning Hub sessions created a hum of excitement, and it was clear that all students were highly engaged in this initiative.

Winners were chosen and progressed to the school finals on Monday, 30 May. The six finalists took it all in their stride, and stepped up confidently to deliver their speeches once again.

Our adjudicators Mr Robert Tall and Lachlan Marzol (Year 9 student) had a torturous decision to make, as the standard and quality of all competitors was so high.

Congratulations to our finalists and our Public Speaking Champion 2022, Byron Thomas. 

Byron Thomas, 2022 Public Speaking Champion

Byron Thomas, 2022 Public Speaking Champion

L-R Mr R.Tall, Quinn Brodie, Nagakau Hiroti, Byron Thomas, Jack Michalakis, Jack McCallum & Maison Retif.

L-R: Mr R Tall, Quinn Brodie, Nagakau Hiroti, Byron Thomas, Jack Michalakis,
Jack McCallum and Maison Retif

Year 5 will compete in the in-school Public Speaking competition in Term 3.


Home Learning Club – Week 7 

 >>> Click here to register your son.

If your son is unable to attend, please email the College at or call reception.

2022 ICAS Competitions | Years 5 and 6 Students

If you would like your son to compete in the 2021 ICAS Competitions, you will be asked to nominate the competitions in which you would like him to be entered, through the Parent Payment System.

At the Junior School, the following ICAS competitions are offered: Writing & Digital Technologies, Science & Spelling Bee, English and Mathematics. This year all the competitions will be held in August / September of Term 3, and will be completed before school in the Learning Hub. Dates and times will be confirmed in Term 3.

>>> Click here to register your son.

Through this system, parents can pay for ICAS directly online, while tests will still be held at our College. Please use the College’s access code details to register your child, no later than the first week in Term 3, Friday, 22 July 2022.

Waverley’s School Access Code 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.

>>> Click here for more information about the assessments.

If you require additional support registering your son, contact the customer service team. Call Australian Toll-Free Tel 1800 931 775

Drawing Club 

This week, the students drew inspiration from one of our guest speakers Ms Maakrun, and her love of drawing cartoons. We focused on adding as much detail as we could, over a lunchtime. Then, to bring our cartoon to life, we added watercolour paints. These two characters were created over lunch. Well done Harvey Smith and Dash McDonough. 

Dash McDonough

Dash McDonough

Harvey Smith

Harvey Smith


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy & Innovation Teacher