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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 1 events, please refer to the College calendar. 

  • 18 March – Summer Sport – Round 6 and last for the term
  • 20 – 24 March – NAPLAN Week 
  • 24 March – Winter Sport Trials, 1-3pm 
  • 29 March – Class and Summer Sports photos
  • 29 March – Lacey House Mass
  • 30 March – Open Classrooms, 8:40-9:10am 
  • 31 March – Final Winter Sport Trials, 1-3pm
  • 5 April – Classes Conclude 


A reminder below on how to report your son’s absence. Please do not email the Junior School email or the class teacher. This needs to be logged in the system. 

Area Contact  Enquiry Steps Contact Person
Absence Reporting an absence 1st Contact

2nd Contact  

Waverley College App

Ms Danielle Brown

Absentee line: 02 9369 0632 


Students are expected to be at school by 8:35am. Late arrivals in Years 5 and 6 need to report to the Junior School Reception where Ms Sanchez will mark their name off. 

Holiday and Leave Requests

Parents/carers requesting permission for up to three days of leave or extended holiday periods exceeding three school days, must apply for permission from the Director of the Junior School. Permission needs to be in writing at least two weeks in advance, and is not automatically granted.

Parking at the Church

There are a lot of parents/carers parking in the church car spaces before and after school. Fr Bernie has asked that I advise all parents/carers to not park in the driveway or in front of the church at any time, unless you are attending Mass or visiting Fr Bernie.

Driveways must be kept clear for emergency vehicles if attending the retired priests on the property.

Thank you for your support with this. 

EzyMart at Charing Cross and Prime Drink 

Just a reminder, that students are not allowed to go to the EzyMart at Charing Cross in their uniform before and after school, unless they are with a parent/carer.

Please make sure students are coming to school with healthy drinks and snacks in the morning, as there has been a rise in sugary drinks and snacks.

There have been issues around the drink ‘Prime’ and it has now been banned. Please do not allow students to bring these to school as they will be confiscated.

Thank you.


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of the Junior School


Harmony Day – Tuesday, 21 March

A reminder that we will be celebrating Harmony Day on Tuesday, 21 March (Week 8). Children are to wear their PE Uniform on the day and to show their support, they are encouraged to wear a touch of orange as part of their uniform for the day. We are also asking students to bring in a gold coin donation to support our CARITAS appeal.

We would also like to celebrate our diversity by asking students to bring in a plate of food from home that best represents their culture, that can be shared amongst the class.

Mother’s Day Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Friday, 12 May, 12pm

The celebration of mothers, grandmothers and significant others in the lives of our Waverley College Students, will be celebrated on Friday, 12 May at 12pm (Week 3, Term 2). This will be at Mary Immaculate Church followed by a light lunch at the Junior School.  

>>> Click here to view the invitation and to RSVP.

Part of the celebration will include a slideshow. Please send through a photo of your son(s) with their mothers/grandmothers if you would like a photo included in this presentation.

Please email photos to

Parish Mass at Mary Immaculate Church, Wednesday, 22 March, 9:15am

Both 6 White and 6 Red will attend Mass at Mary Immaculate Church beginning at 9:15am. Parents/carers are warmly invited to attend.


Mr Steve Ghattas

Assistant Director of Junior School / Identity & Student Formation


NAPLAN 2023 Dates

Well done to Year 5 for completing their NAPLAN Writing assessment this week. We are so proud of their efforts to do their very best. We have three more to go this week, please see the information below.

Monday, 20


Tuesday, 21


Wednesday,  22


Periods 1 and 2  Reading (50 mins)

9am – 10am

Conventions of Language (45 mins)

9am – 10am

Numeracy (50 mins)

9am – 10am

Catch up tests will be on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March. 

Students must bring their fully-charged laptops and headphones to school each day for their assessments. All students were given a set of headphones in their stationery pack at the beginning of the year, but some are now lost or broken, so please ensure that your son has working headphones by Monday. 

We wish Year 5 all the best in their remaining NAPLAN next week.


Ms Charlotte Stephens

Assistant Director of Curriculum


Co-Curricular Sport – Round 6

It is our final round of Summer Co-Curricular Sport for Term 1 tomorrow (Saturday, 18 March). I wish all teams the best of luck and ask them to represent Waverley proudly, as I know they will. It has been a special term of sport for all students, and I hope your sons have enjoyed being involved.

Please ensure you refer to the Waverley College app announcements each week, as I will continue to send out the weekly Sports Fixtures for the Winter Sport Season in Terms 2 and 3. All families can also locate all relevant Junior School Co-Curricular information via the College website by clicking the button below.

Click here to view Fixtures and Venue Maps

IPSHA Touch Football

Congratulations to the following students who not only tried for the IPSHA Touch Football team, but made it through and will now compete at NSWCIS against the best players in NSW: Talin Opai, Kalan Fisher, Jackson MacAskill, Jacob Coleman, Jordan Strbac, Tio Norman.

It’s a significant achievement and we wish the team the best of luck for the next opportunity to come.

ISPHA Touch Football Trials

ISPHA Touch Football Trials

External Sporting Achievements

State Nippers

Following on from last week’s results, a massive congratulations to the following students who also completed at State Nippers and medalled in their age group:

Patrick Spencer: U10 Gold Medal, Beach Relay (North Bondi); Bart Carmody: U11 Gold Medal Board Race, Gold Cameron Relay, Silver Board Relay, 6th-Ironman (North Bondi); Freddie Goldrich: U11 Silver Medal Board Relay (with Bart); Brynn Spierings: U11 Bronze Board Relay (North Bondi); Jake Coleman: U11 Mixed Beach Relay (Coogee); Jude McDermott: U11 Swim Final (Clovelly).

Water Polo Tournament

Waverley Water Polo students competed at the Orange Water Polo Tournament representing UNSW last weekend, finishing 3rd in their pool. What a great achievement by our Junior School students: Joey Di Blasio, Charlie Maynell, Oscar Barrow, Louis Coleman, Rory Palmer, and Hopper Dyke-Miller. 

Water Polo

Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-curricular (Years 5-8)


Home Learning Club – Week 7

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 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/carer 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 email us.


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.

Reader of the Week

Reader of the week

New Books and Checking in on the Waverley Reading Challenge

New books in the Learning Hub

New books in the Learning Hub

This book, Barefoot Kids: Your Epic Money Adventure by Scott Pape (recommended by Ollie Burke Year 6), has been in high demand since numerous copies of it arrived.

After getting their hands on a copy, Edward Crabbe and Jake Mussett informed me that they had learned a great deal about the importance of doing household chores for no pay, how to create their own money buckets, and how to begin planning for the future.

This book holds the secret to raising smart, resilient, kind and hard-working kids who will grow up knowing how to manage their money.

Waverley Reading Challenge

These students  are taking charge of their own reading objectives and regularly checking in to see what they should read next for the Waverley Reading Challenge.

Drawing Club 

Max Pargeter was the source of our drawing inspiration last week. His book, You Can Draw Animals, set the scene for all types of animals to be drawn – real, mythical, hybrid or favourite. It was busy, it was creative, it was fun and highly sociable.

Max Pargeter

I want to express my gratitude to all the boys in the Drawing Club who attend each session with passion and creativity.

Drawing Club

Drawing Club

Drawing Club

Drawing Club

Drawing Club

Drawing Club


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy & Innovation Teacher


Happenings in 5 Red with Mr Horry

5 Red

Enjoying a terrific start to their Waverley College journey and making the most of all of the wide ranging learning opportunities available, 5 Red are well on their way towards greatness. The boys continue to grow and embrace the Waverley Core Values each and every day.

5 Red

5 Red

5 Red

Our topic in English this term is ‘New Beginnings’, and the boys are exploring various text types such as interviews, podcasts and autobiographies.

5 Red

5 Red

5 Red

5 Red

5 Red


Mr Alon Horry

Classroom Teacher 5 Red