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Junior School – Week 8

Deputy Principal - Students, Ms Gabby Smith

Deputy Principal - Students, Ms Gabby Smith

Diary Dates

Please find below some reminders about upcoming events. For all of Term 1 events, please refer to the College calendar. 

  • Wednesday, 23 March – Friday, 25 March – Year 5 Camp, Stanwell Tops
  • Monday, 28 March – Wednesday, 30 March – Year 6 Camp, The Collaroy Centre
  • Friday, 6 May – Mother’s Day Mass and Lunch, 12pm (Week 2, Term 2)

IPSHA Debating Team 2022

On Tuesday, 15 March we held debating trials for the Junior School. We had our largest ever turn out for these trials, which was wonderful to see.

The panel was very impressed by the level of preparation from the boys, and how well they presented themselves and their arguments. 

Congratulations to the students below, who now represent Waverley in the IPSHA Debating Competition.

Junior School IPSHA Debating Team 2022

L-R: Quinn Brodie, Geoffrey Gibbons, Thomas Stillone, Ned Wilson, Beau Matheson-Rayner, Max Wu, Isaac Tait, Jack McCallum and Ishaan Jeena

A Reminder About Reporting Attendance and Absence

Reporting Absences

To report an absence, please use the Waverley app. Alternatively, you can call the Junior School Reception (02 9387 5022) before 9am. 

An SMS text message will be sent to the mobile phone of parents/carers at 10am, if a student is recorded as absent without explanation.


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 Mrs Coupe will mark off their name. 

Holiday and Leave Requests

Parents 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.

NAPLAN Online Years 5, 7 and 9 2022

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life.

Students in Years 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Further Information

>>> Click here to view further information about NAPLAN from our Director of Curriculum, Ms Lynsey Porter.

>>> Click here to view further information in the NAPLAN article by our Director of Curriculum, Ms Lynsey Porter.

Flood Relief

On Thursday, we celebrated St Patrick’s Day with a mufti day, where we raised money to provide financial assistance to those affected by the current floods. I am pleased to announce, we raised a total of $1403.70. This money will be donated to GIVIT – an organisation providing immediate assistance to those in flood affected areas.

>>> Click here to view information about GIVIT.

Big Brother / Little Brother 

Today the Year 10 and Year 5 Waverley students met up for their first Big Brother, Little Brother encounter.

The Big Brother Little Brother program aims to engage and partner our Senior students as mentors with our Junior School students. It provides a series of opportunities for them to engage with each other throughout the year.

Big Brother Little Brother 2022

The Year 5 and their Year 10 Big Brothers had a wonderful afternoon today sharing a BBQ in the Senior School, followed by activities with their buddies at Bondi.

Big Brother Little Brother 2022

Whilst they were there, they worked with their House to create anti-bullying photographs. We look forward to seeing the winning House photo!

Big Brother Little Brother 2022

Big Brother Little Brother 2022

Big Brother Little Brother


Mrs Gabrielle Smith

Director of Junior School



Sacrament of Confirmation

A reminder, for parents and carers seeking information regarding the Sacrament of Confirmation, it is important that you contact your local parish to find out the details regarding when the Sacrament will be celebrated, and when the preparation classes will be held.

For students of Waverley College who are part of St Charles Borromeo Parish (Mary Immaculate Church), the Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on Sunday, 19 June at 2pm.

If you wish for your son to be a part of this Sacrament, and you are part of St Charles Borromeo Parish (Mary Immaculate Church), please contact Mr Stephen Ghattas so that the registration form and other important information can be forwarded to you in the coming weeks.


Mr Stephen Ghattas

Assistant Director of Identity & Student Formation



Lunchtime Talk

Beau Matheson-Rayner, Max Wu, Charlie Griffin and Thomas Ingham, our very own Junior School Waverley boys, presented at our Lunchtime Talk last Friday. 

Lunchtime Talks Junior School

These four boys gave valuable tips on 3D printing, key elements for 3D design;  simplicity, structure, size, installing 3D software and recommended websites for creating your own designs. 

Lunchtime Talks Junior School

Lunchtime Talks Junior School

The Junior School boys loved every minute of the presentation, and had many questions for our 3D printing gurus. 

Lunchtime Talks Junior School

A huge thank you to Beau, Max, Charlie and Thomas for giving up their time to inspire the next generation of designers. 

Any parents who would like to volunteer to be a guest speaker, please email me directly at

Drawing Club

The drawing club operates at lunchtime once a week. Over the last two weeks we focused on sketching the work by Sami Bayly, a young Australian author and artist.

She loves illustrating  ALL THINGS WEIRD AND WONDERFUL. Her books include The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Peculiar Pairs in Nature. 

I’m extremely proud of the dedication and commitment to drawing these boys show on a weekly basis. 

Boyd Haslam at Junior School Drawing Club 2022

Boyd Haslam

Dash McDonough at Junior School Drawing Club

Dash McDonough

Lachlan Moore at Junior School Drawing Club

Lachlan Moore

Dash McDonough at Junior School Drawing Club

Dash McDonough

Home Learning Club – Week 9 

>>> Click here to register your son.

If your son is unable to attend, please contact the College via email at or call reception.


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy and Innovation Teacher



What Have Year 5 Indigo Been Learning?

In 5 Indigo this term, we have been very excited to begin using a new program called ‘Writer’s Toolbox’ to improve the quality of our writing. We are finding Writer’s Toolbox so helpful, because it gives us instant feedback on our writing, offering us real-time data that can help us improve. 

5 Indigo Learning with Writer's Toolbox

Roman Szabo, Fred Cross, Alf Griffin and William Carr Using Writer’s Toolbox

So far, we have learnt about different types of sentences that we can use in our writing, to make it interesting and engaging for the audience. This term, we have started to use simple sentences, very short sentences, adverb start sentences and -ing start sentences. 

This week, we have been learning about ‘The Preposition Start Sentence.’ Why would we begin a sentence with a preposition?  Sometimes, you want to give your writing energy. That’s exactly when the Preposition Start sentence is useful. In a flash, Preposition Start sentences give your writing more pace. They speed things up.

Below are some examples of the amazing writing happening in 5 Indigo.

Tom Brown – Paradise Lost Writing Sample

Tom Brown – Paradise Lost

Alf Griffin – Writing Sample

Alf Griffin – A Wild Weekend

Owen Posada – Writing Sample

Owen Posada – A Wild Weekend


Ms Charlotte Stephens

Year 5 Indigo Classroom Teacher



IPSHA and CIS Representatives

Over the past week, the Junior School has had a busy period of sport, enjoying CIS AFL, Touch Football IPSHA Trials, Cross Country Trials and the commencement of the Winter Sports Trials.

I congratulate the following boys for their involvement in these events:

AFL CIS Trials

  1. Marcus Strbac
  2. William Frinsdorf
  3. Liam Madden
JS Sport T1 2022

Marcus Strbac, AFL CIS Trials

AFL CIS Trials Term 1 2022

AFL CIS Trials

IPSHA Touch Football Trials

  1. Hunter Leondis
  2. Cooper Misson
  3. Issacc Matheson
  4. Connor Colquhoun
  5. Kalan Fisher
  6. Jackson MacAskill

Cross Country Trials (Selected for IPSHA Cross Country)

U10 Runners

  1. Jaden Truscott
  2. Alfred Griffin
  3. Joseph Madden
  4. Freddie Goldrich
  5. Sam Rogers
  6. Charles Carrano (Reserve)

U11 Runners

  1. Liam Madden
  2. Samuel Powell
  3. Roman Szabo
  4. Louis Coleman
  5. Joseph O’Reilly
  6. Pascal South (Reserve)

U12 Runners

  1. Jake Tobin
  2. Joshua Raymond
  3. Sebastian Farrell
  4. Maximilian Wu
  5. Reece Araujo
  6. Vincent Kapos (Reserve)

Cross Country Trials – Junior School

Cross Country Trials Junior School Term 1 2022

Saturday Sport and External Sports Achievements 

Gold B Touch Football – JS Term 1 2022

Gold B Touch Football Team

Basketball K Team – JS Term 1 2022

Basketball K Team

Basketball A Team – JS Term 1 2022

Basketball A Team

External Basketball

Several Waverley College boys play together in an external basketball team, and in one outstanding season together, won the Easts Basketball League 12Bs Division 2 Championship. A huge congratulations to these boys.

External Basketball – JS 2022

Levi Dunbavin, Charlie Gibbins, Nicholas Peshos, Max Malley, Ben Fernandes, Max Tuffs and Charlie Carr


Mr Jack Wachtel

Assistant Director of Co-Curricular, Years 5-8