Please find below key event dates you need to be aware of for the Junior School in Term 4. For all of the College events, please refer to the College calendar.
- Saturday, 19 November – Final Summer Co-Curricular round of sport
- Friday, 25 November – Year 6 Graduation Mass – 1pm – Followed by a BBQ at Coogee organised by Class Parents
- Friday, 25 November – Reports Home
- Monday, 28 November – Year 6 Laptop Return
- Tuesday, 29 November – Year 6 Celebration – Raging Waters
- Thursday, 1 December – Years 5 – 8 Presentation Day – Academic Uniform
- Thursday, 1 December – Classes Conclude
Ms Gabby Smith
Director of the Junior School
Year 6 Graduation – Friday, 25 November 2022
A final reminder about our Year 6 Graduation next Friday. Looking forward to seeing you all there to celebrate this special occasion for your son.
The Junior School is supporting the following two charities in the period leading up to Christmas. The Matthew Talbot Hostel, specialising in supporting the homeless men of Sydney and Kids Giving Back, supporting victims of both domestic violence and homelessness.
Donations for Matthew Talbot Include:
Toiletries (preferably small travel size items), underwear, socks, chocolates, notepads, pens.
Donations for Kids Giving Back Include:
Wet wipes, lip balms, roll-on Sunscreen, bandaids, emery boards, pocket tissues, hand sanitiser – small bottles, travel-size shampoos and conditioners, men’s combs.
Donations for both of these charities can be handed in to Ms Coupe at the Junior School front office. We will be collecting donations up until Friday Week 7 (25 November). Your generosity and support is very much appreciated.
Mr Stephen Ghattas
Assistant Director of Identity & Student Formation
Summer Co-Curricular Sport
It is the final summer sport round for 2022. I wish all teams the best of luck for their Round 12 fixtures tomorrow morning. Thank you to all coaches, students and parents/carers for their commitment to the entire year of Co-Curricular sport.
Good luck to all students moving onto the Senior School in 2023, and I look forward to seeing the current Year 5 students competing next year as Year 6s.
Please click the button below to ensure you are up to date with fixtures and venue maps for Round 12 (Saturday, 19 November), and keep a close eye on the Waverley College app for any further adjustments due to weather conditions or ground closures.
Table Tennis Exhibition
On Tuesday, 15 November we had the privilege of welcoming two highly-accomplished Table Tennis professionals, and also our Senior School coaches Paul Sheehan and Peter Masen. They were here to run an exhibition to promote Table Tennis in the Junior School, as it will become an extra Co-Curricular in 2023.
Table Tennis is a religion at the Junior School already, with a number of groups across Years 5 and 6 competing each and every school day during recess and lunches. The exhibition was an opportunity to showcase our best junior players against professional coaches.
It was a spectacle with students mesmerised by their skills and abilities with the small wooden paddles. It has created a much-deserved buzz that will remain in 2023 when sessions get started.
‘Sign up’ information for your son will be communicated to you at the beginning of the 2023 College year.
Holiday Sport Camps
Summer holidays are fast approaching, and I know it is a large break, which does give plenty of time for students to work on their skills across all sports. In the final weeks, I will be recommending holiday sport camps for Junior students.
The College is releasing some sport camp options, exclusively for Waverley College students, so please keep your eye out for those via app announcements over the coming weeks.
Eastern Basketball League (EBL)
- EBL provides 1, 2 and 3-day holiday Basketball camps, designed to improve every player’s on-court skills, confidence and enjoyment of the game.
- With a background of running camps for over 10 years, EBL Camps feature experienced coaches with a knowledge of the game that is second to none!
- All camps are conducted in an environment that prioritises player enjoyment along with skill development.
- Camps run from 9am – 3pm, unless otherwise stated.
Pro Performance Cricket
The Team at Pro Performance Cricket are excited to announce their upcoming Holiday Cricket Camps. They are offering an additional Youth aged (Ages 5-12) / Representative Level Camp for players aged 12 and over.
- All camps provide intensive individual and group skill development for players across all facets of the game.
- With an excellent coach to player ratio, and a focus on a positive and fun environment, it’s a perfect opportunity for kids to enhance and develop their games while having heaps of fun, making new friends and taking their game to a new level.
Mr Jack Wachtel
Assistant Director of Co-curricular (Years 5-8)
Week 7 Home Learning
If your son is unable to attend, please email the College at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Reception.
*There will be no Home Learning Club in Week 8.
Congratulations Byron Thomas and Cormac Maher – IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge
Byron and Cormac did Waverley proud on Friday, 11 November. These boys represented Waverley at the IPSHA Speakers’ Challenge, competing against 80 students from a variety of schools in NSW.
Both boys showed strong speaking skills, and their matter, manner and method were exceptional. I’m extremely proud of the growth both boys made since Round 1, the Junior School finals, and now the challenge.
Holiday Reading for Year 5 Students
The holidays are fast approaching, and the current Year 5 students will have the opportunity to borrow books from the Learning Hub for the Christmas holidays. This initiative aims to encourage boys to read more and spend less time on their screens.
This week, the Drawing Club artists brought in their birthday gifts, which happen to be art resources.
I adore the enthusiasm the students have for the Art and Drawing Club. I believe that creativity – being able to use your imagination or original ideas to create something – is a tough skill to master. These students do it seamlessly.
I’m looking forward to our last Drawing Club session in Week 7, and I’m already planning our sessions for 2023.
Ms Natasha Zivanovic
Literacy & Innovation Teacher
News from 5 Red and Mr Alon Horry
As we approach the final weeks of the College year, it is a wonderful time to reflect on all of the exciting learning experiences and fun-filled days the students in 5 Red have thoroughly enjoyed.
Each boy steps into the classroom with a vital role to play in the success of each day, with unique perspectives, personalities, skills and talents all on display. It is extra special to witness some lifelong friendship brewing, with daily acts of kindness, compassion and respect.
Here is a snapshot into some of the events and learning experiences occurring this Term and during the year.
Commemorating Remembrance Day in a moving ceremony held on the Senior College Campus, the boys also learnt about the history of Armistice Day and paid their respects in more ways than one.
Our Art lesson was inspired by Remembrance Day, with ‘Diggers at Sunrise.’
Our Geography unit in Term 4, explores the features of places and spaces within Australia. The names of some suburbs are spelt using images of natural and synthetic features of each of their respective suburbs.
We also explored features of Australia in 2022, and compared changes over time to both synthetic and natural features. This included a field trip to the Senior School and streets of Waverley, to compare changes from Then to Now.
As part of our Earth and Space unit in Science, we explored galaxies and planets in outer space, and looked closely at our solar system. Using play-doh, the boys replicated their own solar systems, by constructing each planet based on its features and characteristics.
We also used the Visual Arts learning space to experiment and learn about outer space.
Did you know that 5 Red is also home to its very own galaxy of Dwarf Planets? There are 28 tiny Dwarf Planets, one of which resembles the sun, with scientists still in awe of the new additions to the universe.
Legend has it, that there was once a 29th planet that existed in the 5 Red universe, but is now no more… some say the planet never actually existed in the first place and was just a myth.
Others say the planet couldn’t survive because it was made out of 30kg of play-doh, and subsequently, too heavy and dangerous to display in the classroom… one thing for certain, is that the atmosphere in 5 Red is phenomenal!
In Term 3, the entire Year 5 partook in Activism Day, where they endeavoured to make a difference to our local community and surroundings. Our English unit was Stand Up and Be Counted, and the boys acted on their persuasive writing skills to construct posters and speeches to make a difference in the world.
Activism Day involved heading to Tamarama Beach, Waverley Park and Queens Park to clean up the environment, as well as representatives chosen from each class to deliver their speech in front of the entire Year, Ms Gabby Smith, and a very special guest judge.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank my exceptional 5 Red Class for all of their hard work, and for all the knowledge and joy shared throughout the year. As a collective, we have shared many laughs, stories and perspectives.
We’ve shed blood, sweat and tears inside and outside of the classroom walls, and I feel truly grateful to have been the teacher of a group of fine young gentlemen.
As the boys complete their first year at Waverley College, we reflect on the many positive experiences that have occurred in what has been an exciting and eventful year. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing friendships flourish across the entire cohort, from the classroom learning environment to all the fields, courts and swimming pools.
To the Learning Hub, auditorium or playground, it has been a pleasure to be a part of such a vibrant and exciting community. I am very much looking forward to what the future brings.
We set the bar high in 5 Red, with a set of values and standards to aspire to. We have goals for where we would like to be, and the men we would like to become. I am excited for each of them for what their bright future brings, and will be sure to follow their journey through Waverley.
Thank you to all the lovely parents and carers of 5 Red. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated, and all of your kindness, care and generosity means a great deal to me.
Thank you as well to all of the staff at the College, who too are responsible for the successful year we have had.
Wishing the entire Waverley Community a happy, healthy and successful end of year and ‘Seasons Greetings’ over the upcoming holidays.
Mr Alon Horry and 5 Red
Classroom Teacher 5 Red