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Junior School – Week 8

Acting Director of Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Bransby

Acting Director of Junior School, Ms Gabrielle Bransby

Read more: Expectations for online learning and haircuts, Father’s Day virtual presentation, Book Week competition winners, KIDS NEWS Short Story Competition, online bookshop.

 

Welcome to Week 8! Another busy week here in the Junior School. Our students attended a House Assembly yesterday where their House Leaders for 2022 were announced. It is so important for the Junior School students to be familiar with these leaders and continue to develop a strong relationship with their House. 

Expectations 

It’s hard to believe that we have been online learning for 8 weeks now. It is really important that we continue to hold high standards and expectations for our students when learning until the end of the term. Can I please remind you of the following;

  1. Students must be on time for all Google Meets.
  2. Students need to work in a suitable place — preferably a public space.
  3. Students need to wear their PE uniform.
  4. Students’ screen backgrounds need to be either blurred or have no background.
  5. All set work is expected to be completed to the best of your son’s ability. Any issues with this, I ask you to contact your son’s teacher to discuss any issues or if extra support is required.
  6. Should your son be unable to complete their assigned online work due to sickness or approved leave, the same procedures apply:

Haircuts

The College understands that lockdown has prevented our students from accessing hairdressers and barber shops. We expect students to do their best to have haircuts that are appropriate and we understand that hair may be longer than usual. However, haircuts that deliberately push the boundaries of our haircut policy (P25 of the College Diary) are not allowed.

Best Wishes for Father’s Day

I want to wish every father, grandfather and those who are like fathers, a very special Father’s Day this Sunday. 5 Orange came to their morning Meet dressed like their dads this morning. I hope this puts a smile on your face like it did for me! Hope you get spoilt, DADS!

The theme for the 5 Orange roll call was for students to dress up like their dad to reflect on Father's Day

The theme for the 5 Orange roll call was for students to dress up like their dad to reflect on Father’s Day

Jake McEvoy Wearing his Dad's Jockey Shirt

Jake McEvoy Wearing his Dad’s Jockey Shirt

Darcy Kidd Wearing His Father's Court Wig

Darcy Kidd Wearing His Father’s Court Wig

 

Ms Gabrielle Bransby

Acting Director of Junior School

E: gbransby@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


Happy Father’s Day

This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day. This is a day to celebrate all the fathers, grandfathers and all those who are like fathers to our boys in the College.

This year, COVID-19 lockdowns will have a big impact on our ability to celebrate this day as we normally would — family gatherings and those special hugs will be replaced by FaceTime chats or Zoom calls.

We pray for those families in our school community whose Father’s Day is saddened by the loss of loved ones. Please know that you are in our thought and prayers.

To all the boys, make sure you look after your dads this Sunday. To all the dads out there, Happy Fathers’ Day.

We hope you enjoy this special Father’s Day virtual presentation.

 

Mr Stephen Ghattas

Assistant Director of Junior School/Student Formation

E: sghattas@waverley.nsw.edu.au

 


Book Week Competition Winners

Book Week Competition Winners

Thank you to all the Junior School students who entered one, two or three Book Week competitions. Despite being in lockdown, students still participated in celebrating Book Week. There were many contenders for the top awards, see the winners below:

Writing Poetry — Outstanding Creative Writing 

Hugh Godby

Hugh Godby

Hugh Godby

Hugh Godby

The Forgotten Planet

Hugh Godby

There is no denying we must face it

For we are a forgotten planet

 

We were Titans, the Gods of the generation

As the galaxy was leading in a bad direction

It was being ruled by one single crown

A terrible man who always wore a frown

He was selfish and cruel

And took every single jewel

All the riches in the galaxy was on his blood-stained crown

As the manhunt began he fled as he knew he’d be found

 

Our army was looking for him day and night

Shouting “We will arrest this man and if he refuses we will fight!”

The king was spotted marching down the street

As he locked eyes with our leader he went out with a fight 

And his corpse fell on the concrete in the middle of the night

We ruled the galaxy, right and just, it was all so fare

We honoured the rest with respect and care

One day the planet was abandoned, a new leader took our place

He demolished our planet and left without a trace

Our kingdom has fallen by a leader worse than before

As some hid, others were terminated, knees on the floor

Jasper Lumsden

Jasper Lumsden

Jasper Lumsden

Jasper Lumsden

The Mortal Coil

Jasper Lumsden 

I wish my old world could dissolve

As this is how it did unfold –

Four heroes did unite, 

While preparing to fight.

One will betray them, 

And cause endless mayhem.

Heroes will abandon, 

leaving one in devastation,

A truce is called, 

For a body to be hauled.

 

My new world brought much joy

I fathered such a beautiful boy

My son meant the world to me

Now that I can guarantee.

We laughed, we grew, we lived, 

We loved life and had so much to give

The world gave us everything

Whatever we wanted….anything!

But then it was news I did receive

I was diagnosed with a terminal disease.

 

It was the other world to where I did pass,

My death came along very fast.

If I’d just been given one more day 

To see my son I would say

“I love you, my child, have no fear, 

For my memories are with you and I’m always near,

Don’t worry my son I went to heaven

My child, I will see you again.

Remember all the good times we had

This is no time for you to be sad.”

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Ryan Pierce

Old World, New World, Other Worlds

Ryan Pierce

I was once new but now I’m old and rare

So old and rare that people these days stare

 

My paint is still black and shiny 

but my leather interior is not so fine

 

Back in my day, my engine would roar 

and I was considered much faster than a horse

 

The journey was not always smooth

 but brought happiness and joy

 to all who rode in me

 

Now I’m in a museum 

I miss the open road but 

am happy I can still bring joy to

those who like to come and stare.

Daniel Morrow

Daniel Morrow

Daniel Morrow

Travelling Worlds 

Daniel Morrow

We watch them go to and fro,

The funny people don’t know where to go,

They travel in rockets and ships and flying cars, 

To reach the surface of our red planet, Mars,

The Martian surface has been our home for millions of years,

The humans have tried and tried again but to no success in the end,

But when they come, well be prepared,

To protect what is ours,

It shall not become theirs.


Visual Arts

Cooper Burns

Cooper Burns

Cooper Burns

Cooper Burns

Cooper Burns

Cooper Burns

The judges said: “Well considered composition and colours. Idea of an aerial perspective to show a new world is creative. Pencils have been used well in blocking large sections seamlessly.”

Darcy Dawson

Darcy Dawson Book Week 2021

Darcy Dawson

Darcy Dawson

Darcy Dawson

Darcy Dawson

The judges said: “Wonderfully Surreal landscape fusing the old and the new, very clear relationship to the theme and the pastels have been very carefully controlled, particularly in the tonal shading in the clouds. Materially, very strong work.”

Raphael Winterburn

Raphael Winterburn

Raphael Winterburn

Raphael Winterburn

Raphael Winterburn

Raphael Winterburn

The judges said: “A well balanced drawing including relevant symbols throughout the work relating to the theme. Pencil work is very controlled, particularly in the 1st and 3rd panel. Great use of colour without the work appearing too saturated.”

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

The judges said: “Very clear relationship to Surrealism through the eye being a portal to another space. Drawing is well done, and the different scale used for each of the eyes adds perspective in the work appearing to look towards the new future.”

Would you like to see other entries in our virtual gallery?

>>> Click here to view all of the awe-inspiring art entries in our virtual gallery.


Creative Costume Design

5 Blue

Lachlan O’Brien ~ Billionaire Boy

Lachlan O’Brien

Lachlan O’Brien

Lachlan O’Brien

Lachlan O’Brien

Hamish Patient ~ Power Of One 

Hamish Patient

Hamish Patient

Hamish Patient

Hamish Patient

5 Gold

Joshua Raymond ~ Forensic Scientist 

Joshua Raymond

Joshua Raymond

Joshua Raymond

Joshua Raymond

Charlie Gibbins ~ Dog Man 

Charlie Gibbins

Charlie Gibbins

Charlie Gibbins

Charlie Gibbins

Alexander Kingma ~ Ned Kelly 

Alexander Kingma

Alexander Kingma

Alexander Kingma

Alexander Kingma

Nicholas Peshos ~ Ninja Kid 

Nicholas Peshos

Nicholas Peshos

Nicholas Peshos

Nicholas Peshos

5 Red

Kobi Keenan ~ Harry Potter

Kobi Keenan

Kobi Keenan

Kobi Keenan

Kobi Keenan

Luca Nott ~ The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Luca Nott

Luca Nott

Luca Nott

Luca Nott

5 White

Liam Madden~ The Faraway Tree

Liam Madden

Liam Madden

Liam Madden

Liam Madden

Aiden Reay ~ From an Idea to Google: How Innovation at Google Changed the World

Aiden Reay

Aiden Reay

Aiden Reay

Aiden Reay

5 Orange

Henry O’Donnell ~ The Hero Two Doors Down

Henry O’Donnell

Henry O’Donnell

Henry O’Donnell

Henry O’Donnell

Max Mascioli ~ New, Old & Other Worlds

Max Mascioli

Max Mascioli

Congratulations Max Mascioli in 5 Orange - a Book Week 2021 Creative Costume Design winner

Max Mascioli

6 Blue

Aidan Gray ~ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Aidan Gray

Aidan Gray

Aidan Gray

Aidan Gray

Charlie Jones ~ Dirt Bike Racer 

Charlie Jones

Charlie Jones

Charlie Jones

Charlie Jones

Charlie Jones

Charlie Jones

6 Gold

Blake Taylor ~ Back to the Future

Blake Taylor

Blake Taylor

Blake Taylor

Blake Taylor

Carter Kennedy ~ JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

Carter Kennedy

6 Indigo

Jack Leavens ~ Skulduggery Pleasant

Jack Leavens

Jack Leavens

Jack Leavens

Jack Leavens

Jack Leavens

Jack Leavens

Harry Trinca ~ The Handbook Guide To Coronavirus

Harry Trinca

Harry Trinca

Harry Trinca

Harry Trinca

6 Red

Aidan Giusti ~ Fantastic Mr Fox

Aidan Giusti

Aidan Giusti

Aidan Giusti

Aidan Giusti

Hugh Godby ~ Ares God of War

Hugh Godby

Hugh Godby

Hugh Godby

Hugh Godby

6 White

Oliver Isaac ~ Artemis Fowl

Oliver Isaac

Oliver Isaac

Oliver Isaac

Oliver Isaac

Rafael Kupershteyn ~ Tom Sawyer

Rafael Kupershteyn

Rafael Kupershteyn

Rafael Kupershteyn

Rafael Kupershteyn

6 Orange

Alex Avdalis ~ Heroes of Olympus

Alex Avdalis

Alex Avdalis

Alex Avdalis

Alex Avdalis

Jack Daley ~ A Series of Unfortunate Events 

Jack Daley

Jack Daley

Jack Daley

Jack Daley

 


Online Bookshop 3 More Weeks To Go!

Our pop-up book shop which is proudly supported by ‘The Children’s Bookshop & Speakers’ Agency’ has gone online. Allowing your son to make his own reading choices is an important part of encouraging reading.

>>> Click here to purchase books.

Books you purchase will be delivered to your door free of charge. 

Allowing your son to make his own reading choices is an important part of encouraging reading

Allowing your son to make his own reading choices is an important part of encouraging reading

 


Kidsnews Short Story Comp 2021

The KIDS NEWS Short Story Competition is back for 2021.

CLICK ON THE LINKS below to find out more:

>>> Click here to read more about the KIDS NEWS Short Story Competition.

>>> Click here to enter the 2021 KIDS NEWS Short Story Competition.

>>> Click here to view the consent form for the KIDS NEWS Short Story Competition.

The competition has four age groups: Kindergarten to Year 2; Years 3-4; Years 5-6 and Years 7-9.

Students write 500 – 1000 words on a theme of their choice. 

A panel of judges, led by award-winning author Jackie French, will choose the winning entries, with the first prize in each age category winning 10 copies of their short story published into a printed book with a personally designed cover, plus an iPad and a HarperCollins book pack.

There are also prizes for one runner-up and three highly commended entries in each age group.

Teachers can submit their students’ entries using the online entry form in the link above. A consent form, signed by the student’s parent or guardian, must be attached to the entry form and also can be found in the link above.

Entries are open from 9am (AEST) Monday 16 August until 5pm (AEST) Friday 17 September 2021.

 

Ms Natasha Zivanovic 

Primary Literacy and Innovation Teacher

E: nzivanovic@waverley.nsw.edu.au