Welcome to Week 7! We started our week off with an uplifting and creative assembly from 6 Gold and Mr Lavorato. The students of 6 Gold created fantastic clips about their experience during camp and highlighted how invaluable this experience was for facing your fears, pushing yourself outside your comfort zone, and creating new friendships. The students loved watching the interviews with teachers and hearing about their experience too. There was lots of laughter and joy in the Auditorium.
Our students also watched our amazing Stomp group perform which is run by Ms Rollins. These students are unbelievably talented and the audience was absolutely enthralled with the performance. I would like to thank all the students involved in Open Day this week. I am so proud of how our students toured our guests and represented Waverley so beautifully.
Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews – Tuesday 15 June, Week 9
Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews will be conducted on Tuesday 15 June, Week 9 this term.
When to book? – book with your son’s classroom teacher from Saturday 5 June at 9am.
How to book? – book via the Parent Lounge on TASS, OR click here to book.
Difficulties making the appointment?
- click here for a reminder about how to log on to the portal OR
- please contact the IT Department on (02) 9369 0784 OR email email@example.com – iAssist will provide cover from 7am to 5:45pm.
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 3pm.
- Ms Margaret Fitzgerald | firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Ms Deanne Seamons | email@example.com
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. Details will be sent out next week regarding this process.
Tuesday 15 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 10-minute time slot. While brief, this will allow you to discuss your son’s Semester One report and ask any questions you may have about their progress here at Waverley.
Waverley Youth Art Competition
I would like to give a big congratulations to Oliver Issac who won 3rd Prize in the 2021 Waverley Youth Art Competition. The theme was ‘We Are Family’ – ancestors, bloodlines and belonging. This is an incredible achievement and we are so proud of him. The artwork he created was absolutely beautiful.
History Hysteria Showcase – Year 5
Year 5 parents and carers are invited to attend our History Hysteria Showcase on Thursday 17 June. It will be held on the Junior School basketball court at 1:30pm. Our Year 5 students will be presenting their historical knowledge from their history unit in a fun and creative way. We hope you can join us.
Congratulations to the Leiper Family who Recently Became Australian Citizens
Freddie Leiper in 5 Gold and his Family – mum (Holly), dad (Johnny) and brother (Harry), came to live in Australia six years ago. The Leiper Family are originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. They love Australia so much that they decided it was time to become Australian Citizens.
The Citizenship Ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Randwick, Councillor Danny Said. The Leiper Family were presented with their certificates after they had made their pledge of commitment to Australia.
Becoming an Australian citizen is something to celebrate. Citizenship ceremonies mark this important milestone in the lives of new citizens. We congratulate the Leiper Family and welcome them as Australian Citizens.
Ms Gabrielle Bransby
Director of Junior School
A Snapshot of What is Happening in the Classroom
Year 5 White
To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, 5 White engaged in many fun activities that taught us about the history and culture of Australia’s First Nations People. Our favourite lesson was Aboriginal Art Therapy. We used watercolour paints and pastel crayons to create an art piece that reflected our feelings, thoughts and emotions in the moment. The joy of listening to music and moving to it freely, while making marks on the paper was therapeutic and mesmerising.
Ms Chloe-Jane Tweedie
5 White Classroom Teacher
Edmund Rice Activity Day Thursday 10 June
On Thursday 10 June in Week 8, the Junior School students will take part in an Activity Day that will reflect on the life of Blessed Edmund Rice (the founder of the Christian Brothers). The day will begin with a Prayer Service in the morning followed by in-class activities that explore Blessed Edmund Rice’s life. After lunch, there will be a number of fundraising activities including a Spike Ball competition, a basketball shooting competition, as well as a number of other fun games designed to raise money that will go towards assisting the Edmund Rice Camps.
Students will need small amounts of money (coins) to participate in these activities. They are encouraged to come to school wearing mufti clothes for a $2 donation. We hope that they will get behind our Edmund Rice Day activities to assist in raising money for such a worthwhile cause.
Mr Stephen Ghattas
Assistant Director of Junior School/Student Formation
Home Learning Club Week 8
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.
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 you would like him to be entered in through the Parent Payment System. At the Junior School the following ICAS competitions are offered: Writing and Digital Technologies, Science and Spelling Bee, English and Mathematics. This year all the competitions will be held before school in August / September, Term 3 and will be completed online.
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 June 18, 2021.
Waverley’s School Access Code is: 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. Click here for more information about the assessments.
If you require additional support registering your son contact the customer service team on 1800 931 775 (Australian Toll-Free)
The drawing club operates at lunchtime once a week. There is one more Tuesday left for the artists to show off their talents. This term we focused on sketching, the work of Shaun Tan and entered the Waverley Youth Art Competition. I’m extremely proud of the dedication and commitment to drawing these students show on a weekly basis. I’m looking forward to an exciting Term 3 with a new theme.
“Little people can be empowered through art.” — Shaun Tan
Ms Natasha Zivanovic
Primary Literacy and Innovation Teacher
On Wednesday and Thursday, 26-27 May, Waverley Junior School had six students represent the College at the CIS Rugby Union Trials. These trials are the highest level of accomplishment a Junior School student can achieve for their respective sport.
The students who were selected to trial included: Patrick Palmer, Tom Burke, Jude Maher, Tyden Hennessey, Riley Kolster and Stirling Quinn.
All of our students involved in the trial process did an amazing job, giving their all amongst some of the best junior school rugby players in NSW. Out of the six students who trialed, we were fortunate enough to have two of our students make it through to the final squad selection and make it onto the NSW CIS Rugby team.
The students selected were: Tyden Hennessey and Stirling Quinn, who we are beyond proud of. But we are particularly proud of all of the students who participated.
I would like to thank Mr Gill for his involvement in the trial process and giving the students the confidence to reach their full potential.
AFL Paul Kelly Cup
Round 2 of the AFL Paul Kelly Cup took place last Thursday, 27 May, at Blacktown International Sportspark. Our team made it through to the second round by winning the first regional championships at Queens Park. We were anticipating a great day, as that is exactly what eventuated. Mr Mitton did an excellent job coaching the students again for the day, as the team made it straight through to the Grand Final match after winning the first three games against quality opposition.
The Grand Final was against Lilli Pilli Public School, who had played exceptionally well all day. We knew it was going to be a strong fight, but in the end our students were too strong and came away comfortable winners. The team have been awarded the Regional Champions for the Paul Kelly Cup and are moving onto the State Championships at Giants Stadium in August.
We congratulate all of the players and Mr Mitton for this amazing achievement, and we wish them the best of luck for the State Championships.
Round 7 Fixtures and Round 6 Scores
The Round 7 weekly fixture and Round 6 results have now been uploaded on the Waverley College website.
Good luck to all of our teams in the final round before the mid year break. It has been an exciting and entertaining Winter Season so far and we look forward to the final three rounds of the season at the commencement of Term 3.
Holiday Sports Programs (Cricket/ AFL)
As the July holidays draw closer, it is a good time to think about sporting camps that are taking place across the break period.
Please contact me should you require information about sports camps for Cricket and AFL.
Mr Jack Wachtel
Assistant Director of Co-Curricular