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Junior School – Week 7

Director of Junior School, Gabrielle Bransby

Director of Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Bransby

Diary Dates

Please find below some reminders about upcoming events. For all of Term 3 events, please refer to the College calendar. 

  • 13 – 15 September – Year 6 Camp 
  • 18 September – Allwell Testing Year 6 
  • 21 September – Classes conclude

Father’s Day Mass 

What a wonderful way to mark the beginning of spring. Thank you to the fathers, grandfathers and anyone who is like a father, for attending our special Mass today.

These events are so important to our students, as they get a chance to spend quality time with their loved ones.

I wish every father or male figure a very special Father’s Day on Sunday.

Junior School Father's Day Mass

Junior School Father's Day Mass

Junior School Father's Day Mass

Junior School Father's Day Mass

Spelling Bee Finalists

Congratulations to our Year 6 students, Ryan Loughrey and Louie Patane, who both advanced through to the State/Territory Finals in the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee competition. They achieved exceptional scores and times to make it into the top 100 for NSW in their category (Years 5-6).

Spelling Bee finalists


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of the Junior School




R U OK? Day

R U OK? Is a day and a cause with an extremely close connection to Waverley College. We will be celebrating R U OK? Day next Wednesday, 6 September, even though here at the College we know that everyday is an R U OK? Day, where we can check in with our friends and families and have a meaningful conversation.

The message this year is ‘I’m Here to Hear’.

Activities next Wednesday will include;

  • Years 7-12 Assembly with R U OK? ambassador and Waverley College Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Mr Kevin Heath
  • For a gold coin donation, students in Years 5-12 can wear their PE uniform*
  • Cup cakes for $3 will be sold during recess at both the Junior and Senior school
  • Year 5 students and their Year 10 ‘big brothers’ will create a human R U OK? banner
  • R U OK? activities in Wellbeing time
  • Inter-house dodgeball competition.

Let the people in your world know you’re here, to really hear, because a conversation could change a life.

Today is R U OK? Day, a day and cause with an extremely close connection to Waverley College. This year's theme 'Ask R U OK? No Qualifications Needed' emphasises that everyone, regardless of job, qualification, training and position can play a vital role in supporting the people in each of our worlds with the four simple steps of an R U OK? conversation, 1. Ask R U OK? 2. Listen 3. Encourage action 4. Check-in


Click here to view the poster

RUOK - 2023 Conlon Prefects

2023 Conlon Prefects


Mr Steve Ghattas

Assistant Director of Junior School / Identity & Student Formation


Year 6 Camp at Collaroy Centre – Wednesday, 13 – Friday, 15 September 2023 (Week 9)

*Camp begins in less than two weeks.

Thank you to those parents/carers who have already filled out the Google Form and Permission section in the Parent Lounge.

If you have not yet done this, please help us prepare for the upcoming Year 6 Camp by clicking the button below to complete the Google Form. This form allows us to collate all relevant medical information about your son, which will assist us with planning.

Click here to view and complete Year 6 Camp Medical Information

Please click the button below to view the Welcome Letter which outlines both the proceedings for the upcoming Year 6 Camp and also the packing list – (this has been sent out twice via the app to assist with your preparations for camp.)

Click here to view the Year 6 Camp letter

Please log into the Parent Lounge to give permission for your son to attend camp if you haven’t yet done so.

IPSHA Athletics Carnival 

This past week, Waverley Junior School had 17 students compete at the annual IPSHA Athletics Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre. It was a picture perfect day, and our students were firing to give it their all in whatever events they had made it into. Waverley competed at an extremely high level, receiving a large number of top four placings for the carnival.

It was even more special that we had a number of students who finished within the top five overall for their event and age group. This means they now are selected as part of the IPSHA team to compete at NSW CIS Athletics Carnival on Tuesday, 19 September.

These students included:

Louis Coleman – 12s

  • High Jump – Equal 4th overall (1.47m)

Charles Carrano – 11s

  • 100m – 2nd overall (13.37s)
  • 200m – 4th overall (28.41s)
  • Long Jump – 2nd overall (4.42m)

Olly Burke – 11s

  • High Jump – 3rd overall (1.33m)

Patrick Spencer – 10s

  • 200m – 5th overall (29.76s)

IPSHA Athletics - Charles Carrano

IPSHA Athletics - Patrick Spencer, Leo Mithen, Kai Lopez

NSW CIS Rugby 

Jacob Roorda and Kalan Fisher spent three days competing at the NSW PSSA Championship for the NSW CIS Representative Team, and came away undefeated in the competition.

The CIS team were named joint premiers with Sydney North after a draw in the grand final.

Waverley is very proud of the whole team. Amazing memories and experiences of these students that will last a long time.

NSW CIS Rugby - Jacob and Kalan

NSW CIS Representative Team

AFL Paul Kelly Cup Championship

Waverley College Junior School’s Paul Kelly Cup made it through the Championship Round at Giants Stadium last Tuesday, 29 August. The team have been riding on a high since the previous round, going undefeated. They were endeavouring to go all the way to win our first Paul Kelly Cup for AFL.

The students put in a strong effort across all four of the matches and made the College very proud. Winning our first game by 2 points in a nail-biting affair against Copacabana Primary School,  Sebastian Burden kicked the winning goal to seal the match.

Much like our first game, we won our second game by 4 points against St Mary’s, leaving us at first place in our pool. 

Paul Kelly Cup 2023

Paul Kelly Cup

In the last game of the pool stages we came up against Bishops School (Bishop Druitt College), and unfortunately lost by 1 point in yet another nail-biting encounter, unfortunately just coming short in a high intensity match.

Due to percentage, we were still able to clinch a finals position and came up against the in form team of the comp in Albury Public School. Although the boys tried their hardest, Albury were simply too good, going on to beat us by 5 goals and winning the Paul Kelly Cup Grand Final.

Overall, the boys played a great carnival and should be very proud of their efforts; representing the College exceptionally well.

A huge thank you to both staff and coaches, Louis Kitto and Ms Hunt for their involvement in the day, and to the parents/carers for the support and transportation for training and the championship round.

Paul Kelly Cup 2023

2023 Subaru NSW / ACT / QLD State Interschools Snowsports Championships 

Last week, three Waverley College Junior School students competed at the 2023 SUBARU NSW / ACT / QLD State Interschools Snowsports Championships at Perisher from Monday, 21 August to Friday, 25 August. 

Rory Palmer (Year 6) came fourth in the Skier X event (Division 4 for boys in Years 5 and 6), and sixth in the Alpine event (Division 4 for boys in Years 5 and 6). Congratulations to Rory who has qualified for the Australian Interschools Snowsport Championships that will be hosted at Mount Buller from 5-10 September 2023.

As a team, Rory Palmer, Archie Francis (Year 5) and Connor Moran (Year 5) placed 8th overall in the Skier X event in Division 4.

Archie Francis Skier X - 2023 SUBARU NSW / ACT / QLD State Interschools Snowsports Championships

Well done boys, for a great team effort. Archie Francis also competed in the Snowboard GS, Snowboard X and Moguls events (Division 4). It was a very busy event program for Archie.

Congratulations to all boys for competing in what were very challenging snow conditions.

We look forward to an exciting snow season next year and more Waverley College boys competing at the Sydney regional event to be held in Perisher in the 2024 June/July school holidays.

Students from K-12 in Sydney can compete in a variety of disciplines as either individuals or teams. If you would like more information about next year’s event, please contact the College or Paula McCabe on 0414 422 491 or

2023 SUBARU NSW / Rory - Alpine - ACT / QLD State Interschools Snowsports Championships


Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-curricular Years 5-8


Home Learning Week 8 

No Home Learning on Monday 4 September

We offer all students in Year 5 and Year 6 the opportunity to receive free additional support after school to complete 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 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.

Year 5 Public Speaking Finals 2023  

This week, we had the Year 5 Public Speaking Competition. All the boys put in an incredible amount of effort, with one stand-out student taking home the trophy! Well done to all the finalists and thank you Ms Emma Halpin, Harrison Rimell and James Peate for adjudicating the finals.   

Congratulations to our finalists Thomas Taylor, Zac Hickman, Alex O’Brien, Bart Carmody, Tom Johnston and our Public Speaking Champion 2023, Toby Armson.

Congratulations to our 2023 Year 5 Public Speaking finalists: Thomas Taylor, Zac Hickman, Alex O’Brien, Bart Carmody and Tom Johnston. Incredible efforts from all, with one stand-out student, Toby Armson, taking home the trophy! Thank you Ms Emma Halpin, Harrison Rimell and James Peate for their adjudication.

Public Speaking Champion Toby Armson & his parents

Toby Armson - Public Speaking Champion

News From Mr Tom Olds and 6 Orange 

This term, we are studying the Geography unit “Think Globally, Act Locally” which focuses on cultural diversity and acquiring important geographical skills. These skills include things like making maps, doing fieldwork, understanding graphs and numbers, and creating different types of visuals.

As we learn, we’ll also explore topics that help us to think about what countries have in common, how they’re different, and why it’s important to understand other cultures, especially in places like Asia and the G20 countries, further enhancing our attention to cross curricular priorities.

Our main goal for this unit is to show students how they can become active global citizens. Recently, during our Geography lessons, we have been comparing Australia to one of our neighbouring countries in preparation for our major assignment which is coming up. Below are some examples.

Jonny Karvelas

Louie Patane


Thomas Walden


Mr Tom Olds

Classroom Teacher 6 Orange