Welcome to Week 6! I want to start by thanking every mother, grandmother or person who is like a mother to our students, for turning up to our Mother’s Day Mass last Friday. We were so disappointed when we had to cancel it initially, but as they say, better late than never! It was wonderful to see the smiles on everyone’s faces, the hugs exchanged and the joyful chatter amongst families. Being able to have everyone in the church and on campus was a delight. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.
We finished our last open classrooms on Monday. It has been so exciting having parents back in the classrooms, meeting teachers (for some the first time face-to-face), and being able to see what your sons have been learning and what their classrooms look like. The turnout has been amazing and the feedback has been very positive.
I would like to congratulate two very talented students who came first and second in Division 2 of the piano competition which was held last week at the PAC. Evan Service was placed first and Robbie Johnson placed second. This was very impressive for our two Junior School students as they were competing against Senior School students. What a wonderful achievement.
Ms Gabrielle Bransby
Director of Junior School
Mother’s Day Mass
Last Friday 21 May the Junior School finally had a chance to celebrate our mothers, grandmothers and those who are like mothers to our students at our Mother’s Day Mass. It was both special and amazing to see the amount of people there to celebrate such a wonderful day, and to emphasise to our students what an important part our mothers play in our everyday lives.
Both celebrations were led by Fr Bernie and we were fortunate enough to have Ms Michelle Rollins and the Cantores leading us in the singing which further added to the overall atmosphere of the occasion. Both celebrations ended with a morning tea at the Junior School with a wonderful spread put on by our canteen staff for our parents to enjoy.
I was glad to see the excitement in all who attended, given the opportunity to spend time on campus interacting with other parents and their own children. My sincerest thank you to all who assisted in making the day run so smoothly.
Mr Stephen Ghattas
Assistant Director of Junior School/Student Formation
Home Learning Club – no Home Learning Club on Monday 31 May
Home Learning will operate on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of Week 7.
Teachers will be participating in a Professional Development session on Monday afternoon, therefore there will be NO Home Learning Club.
2021 ICAS Competitions for Years 5 and 6 Students
If you would like your son to compete in the 2021 ICAS Competitions, please nominate which competitions you would like him to be entered in via 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, Term 3 and will be completed online.
Click here to register your son. Through this system, parents can pay for ICAS directly online while tests will still be held at our school. Please use the school’s access code details to register your child no later than 18 June 2021.
Waverley’s School Access Code QKV852
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.
If you require additional support registering your son, contact the customer service team on 1800 931 775 (Australian Toll-Free).
Sorry Day 26 May and Reconciliation Week 27 May – 3 June
The students explored the important themes of Sorry Day and Reconciliation. Rich literature was used to encourage valuable discussion on the cultural heritage of the First Nations Peoples. The students highlighted many important facts and we were involved in activities that promote critical thinking. This is also an ideal time for families to join the Reconciliation conversation with their sons.
Ms Natasha Zivanovic
Primary Literacy and Innovation Teacher
6 White Work Samples
Students of Year 6 have been immersed in a wide range of informative and persuasive texts related to the theme, ‘A Different Way of Looking’. The primary text, Bruce Pascoe’s Young Dark Emu – A Truer History, uses first-hand accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, to compellingly argue for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.
6 White Students regularly journaled their responses to content, chapters, and evidence presented in Young Dark Emu and follow up texts. They were encouraged to personally reflect when given particular prompts at the start or end of each lesson, which could range from a question, a lightbulb, an exclamation, or more directed stimuli such as: ‘I am shocked by…’ , and ‘I have become more aware that…’
In Visual Arts, students responded to the rich biodiversity of Australia by weaving Ojo de Dios – ‘Eye of God’. They chose an ecosystem type, for example: rainforest, bush, desert, ocean, river, coast, as the basis for their weaving. They paid attention to the various colours to help to represent their ecosystem. They also tried to mix different tones and contrasts, such as placing bright colours next to pastels to add interest.
Mr Kendall Robinson
6 White Classroom Teacher
Round 6 Fixtures and Round 5 Scores
The Round 6 weekly fixture and Round 5 results have now been uploaded on the Waverley College website.
I wish all teams the best of luck for Round 6 and encourage students to continue representing Waverley College with pride and respect as we do week after week.
Just a reminder that we only have two more rounds of Saturday co-curricular sport for Term 2. The final three rounds of the Winter season will commence from the first weekend of Term 3 (Saturday, 17 July).
Mr Jack Wachtel
Assistant Director of Co-Curricular (Years 5 – 8)