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Junior School – Week 8

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.

After School Supervision 

There have been a number of students on school grounds after the bell at 3pm. Many are staying at school to attend outside school sports training.

Please understand that there is no supervision during this time and students are not allowed on school grounds.

Please make other arrangements moving forward.

Year 6 End of Year Celebration – Save the Date

The Parents’ Association have asked Year 6 families to please “Save the Date” for Tuesday, 5 December from 4 – 8pm.

The Year 6 End of Year Celebration will be held on 5 December after school has finished. For them to gauge catering numbers, could you please indicate on the Google form below your interest. This will help them with venue selection. Whole family and siblings welcome.

*Please note this is a Parent-organised social event and not an official Waverley school function. 

Click here to view and complete the Google form

City2Surf – Running for Premature Babies

Congratulations to the 161 students, parents, carers and staff in the Waverley College team in the City2Surf in support of the charity Running for Premature Babies!

Congratulations to Marcus Millard for being the school’s highest fundraiser, and to Jayden Truscott for being the fastest Under-18 runner for Running for Premature Babies, crossing the finish line in 66 minutes. 

Thank you Mr McKimm for training the Junior School boys in his lunchtime Running Club, and inspiring them to be part of this special team.

The team raised over $13,000 that has helped purchase a life-saving humidicrib for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead. This piece of equipment will directly benefit hundreds of critically ill and premature babies from around New South Wales, giving them a better chance of survival.

Charity founder and Waverley mum, Sophie Smith, presented a trophy to Waverley College in thanks for this outstanding achievement.

To find out more about the charity, or to join their upcoming virtual “Premmie Marathon Challenge” please click the button below.

Click here to view more information

City2Surf 2023

ICAS Assessments 2023 

Congratulations to all the students who participated in ICAS Assessments. A special congratulations to the following students who received a credit or above in Digital Technologies and English. 

Year 5

  • Digital Technologies 

Distinction: Cillian Stankard 

Credit: Liam Hagley, Rufus Nicholson and Arlo Buchanan 

  • English 

Credit: Arlo Buchanan, Liam Jackson, Flynn Rigby, Flynn Roberts, Cillian Stankard and Thomas Taylor 

  • Science

Distinction: Liam Hagley

Credit: Arlo Buchanan, Joey Oultram, Flynn Rigby

Year 6 

  • Digital Technologies 

Credit: Boyd Haslam 

  • English

Credit: Aristotelis Evgenidis, Boyd Haslam, Vincent Lee, Ryan Loughrey and Marlow Moffit 

  • Science 

Credit: Boyd Haslam, Benjamin Kostic, Ryan Loughrey, Lachlan Moore and Maxim Service


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of the Junior School


Term 4 Summer Sport

The final half of the summer co-curricular season is fast approaching. I want to thank all families for their patience regarding the sending our of season information.

The Term 4 updated training schedule will be sent out no later than Monday, 11 September 2023, ensuring families have enough time to plan ahead. The half season draw is still being finalised, and will be sent out in Week 10.

Training will commence from Week 1, Term 4 and Round 7 will take place that first weekend on Saturday, 14 October 2023.

External Sporting Achievements

Last weekend, Year 5 Waverley students Ace Auston, Louie Cummins, Jordan Strbac, Alex Jenkins and Reggie Horsley played in their local AFL Grand Final at Heffron Oval against Glebe in a great game of contested footy. Maroubra finished first on the ladder and got the big win in the game, 42-7 points.

Congratulations to Jordan who captained the team, Louie who had an outstanding game in the mids, Reggie unbelievable in the backline, and Alex fast and furious in the forwards and Ace for his great ball skills. 

Amazing team effort!

AFL v Glebe at Heffron Oval

AFL v Glebe at Heffron Oval


Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-curricular, Years 5-8


Home Learning Week 9

*No Home Learning on Wednesday and Thursday 

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 – 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.

Debating Coaches

Junior School Debating Coaches

Thank you to Thomas Jackson-Whitlock and Nick Zanapalis Year 10 students for all that you have done for the JS Debating Team. Your guidance, support, and encouragement have been pivotal to the boys throughout the debating season. We truly appreciate the time and effort that you have invested in the JS Debating Team, and I am grateful for the positive impact that you have had on the boys.

Debating Gala Day at Mount Sinai

Working with the Junior School debating team and their coaches Nick Zanapalis and Thomas Whitlock-Jackson this season, has been a pleasure and privilege. 

The last official debates were held on Monday, 4 September 2023 at the IPSHA Gala Day held at Mount Sinai in Maroubra. 

This group of boys worked under pressure to debate in four rounds. 

Their commitment to debating has been outstanding. Three wins and one loss.

Junior School Debating Gala Day at Mount Sinai Maroubra

Junior School Debating Gala Day at Mount Sinai Maroubra

Junior School Debating Gala Day at Mount Sinai Maroubra

Junior School Debating Gala Day at Mount Sinai Maroubra

Junior School Debating Gala Day at Mount Sinai Maroubra

Lunchtime Talk

Guest speaker Claire Petit, a vet and mum of Jake in Year 6, gave the students a detailed presentation into the world of veterinary medicine. The students gained insight into this profession. Claire shared information about her studies, what her typical workday at the clinic looks like, her patients and their procedures, and the challenges and rewards of working with animals.

Waverley students appreciate the time and effort you put into preparing your presentation. Your expertise and insights were invaluable, and we are grateful for the knowledge you shared with the next generation of veterinary professionals.

Junior School lunchtime talk with veterinarian Claire Petit

Junior School lunchtime talk with veterinarian Claire Petit

Junior School lunchtime talk with veterinarian Claire Petit

Junior School lunchtime talk with veterinarian Claire Petit


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy & Innovation Teacher


Highlights From 5 Orange and Mr Elliott McKimm

5 Orange boys continue to impress on a daily basis. They embrace all tasks with enthusiasm and regularly seek feedback to help improve the quality of their work. 5 Orange boys believe in teamwork and will go out of their way to help others.

As their classroom teacher, I am so proud of them and I think that they are on the right track to be outstanding contributors to College life, both academically and in the co-curricular space.

There is so much that we would like to share with you, however, our space in Nurrunga is limited, so we will let you know what has been happening in English and Science.

Please note that visitors are always welcome to the 5 Orange classroom and we would love to show you more!


In English, we have thoroughly enjoyed exploring the dystopian world that is Mechanica. In this universe, we are confronted with a harsh reality that climate change has practically destroyed Earth. Adding to the drama of this world, is the fact that humans now live in fortified compounds and on the outside, creatures made of machine parts roam.

Please enjoy Marcus’s Mechanica creation:

Jack Jumper Ant

Robotum Myrmecia Pilosula

As Liberty floated along the Indian ocean on the HMS Beagle, she stumbled upon the coast of South Australia. When Liberty ventured into the dense forest she felt a stabbing pain in her left leg, soon after Liberty was thrown against a tree. When she looked up she saw a silver ant with a bolt on the body and a seemingly radioactive glow inside, a F11 jet engine on the abdomen and a miniature paper shredder on the head. As Liberty ran through the forest she tripped over a lump of dirt. Suddenly hundreds of Jack Jumper ants streamed out, a smaller ant with a larger abdomen and a more robust thorax slowly walked out of the now destroyed pile of dirt. Now accompanied by 15 ant bodyguards, an ant that looked like a male with wings longer than the body and a seemingly slimmer build, flew out at blazing speeds.

After further research the ants were found to be powered by a highly radioactive fluid known as liquid hydrogen, interestingly this fluid can only be formed in the centre of the planet hindering that these things were very heat resilient, the Hydrogen fluid also heightens their senses and strength enabling them to smell blood from 400 metres away, hear footsteps from 100 metres away, lift and throw up to 60 kilos and run 70 kilometres an hour. The ant can even jump 20.5 metres in all dimensions when threatened, but a problem in the formula 1 motor occurs when the ant holds too much weight, runs too fast for too long, or when the ant jumps too many times. The problem makes the internal temperature of the ant skyrocket to an outstanding 1,200 celsius exploding the mechanica, leaving a superheated puddle of hydrogen, along with some robot parts on the floor, which contaminates the surrounding water, ground and plant life nearby. While the ants are really powerful, the queen’s smaller size and the elongated development of the ants hinders the colonies’ excessive power, limiting colonies to around 800 to 1,000 members, which makes battling a group of robotic blue tongue lizards, or a single robotic anteater, a challenge.

Despite this, the ants have spread across Australia, thanks to their highly powered sting, which has a titanium tip. And can inject the unfortunate victim with liquid mustard gas and corrosive acid. That can stop the victim’s gears in a matter of seconds and can stop a victim’s heart in the same matter. The jaws are powered by the same mechanics of a hydraulic press and teeth replaced with bullets. They have tips so sharp that they are compared to razors. This creature has killed many of Australia’s inhabitants in the Mechanica wars.

Length: 10cm

Width: 3cm

Weight: 10g

Speed: 70 kms per hour


And Flynn Robert’s Mechanica Creation:

Sarcophilus Harrisii

Liberty Crisp was journeying on the HMS Beagle to an island called Tasmania, in the year 2251. She was sailing past the Indonesian Ocean, overlooking a magnificent island surrounded by beautiful and breathtaking nature. Liberty found Australia, just above her current location. Hastily, Liberty sailed to Tasmania, hoping for a surviving and functioning community. On August 19, 2251, she arrived in Tasmania. She saw an amazing site, full of wonder and happiness. She pulled over and ran out with exponential pace to the land and humanity. Liberty explored Tasmania, finding all Mechanica and surviving species. Shocked in disbelief, she found one certain species specified as the Sarcophilus Harrisii. It’s a sophisticated, diverse and highly-advanced animal. The Devil has ferocious, violent and blood-curdling features and looks. Which includes, strong jawed bullet trillium teeth with an outrageous bite force, a highly-advanced automotive minigun system, and formidable sharp claws. It had three gleaming, exquisite swords at the back of the Devil’s tail. This animal is absolutely captivating with all its unique machinery.

The devil has good optics with its electromagnetic plates and defence propagation. The magnetic plates rebound projectiles to impede, prevent major and minor dents. Most of all, Liberty noticed one specific thing, a body of tattoos, including skulls, swords and nuclear symbols. Liberty wondered, what’s inside this creature? She was desperate to know more, so she slowly crept up to the Devil and opened its mouth wide, wide open. She saw a ruckus of things, but it was extremely fascinating. She gently closed its mouth and leapt away, this creature was absolutely astonishing.

The Mechanica is functioned and powered using mechanical clogs and all sorts of machinery. Which include, nano-electromechanical systems, combustion gas turbine, nanotube-reinforcements, type 3 variant flame based system and much, much more. All of these things add up to Liberty and she now understands the concept of this animal. It has flames and bombs which recede out of its mouth and the Devil has various reinforcements which make it function. Liberty discovered an amazing species hoping to potentially develop and advance its capability in the future.

 Weight: Kilograms: 57 kg. 125 p

Width: 31 cm. 12 in

Speed: 196 kph. 121 mph

Origin: Tasmania


In Science we have been exploring the Solar System, and in our discussions we have even looked beyond our neighbouring planets to the far reaches of the observable universe.

5 Orange boys had the time of their lives recently using playdough to create our solar system’s planets and represent their orbit around the sun.

5 Orange Science

5 Orange Science

5 Orange Science

5 Orange Science

5 Orange Science

5 Orange Science

5 Orange Science

5 Orange Science

5 Orange Science


Mr Elliott McKimm

Classroom Teacher 5 Orange