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Junior School – Week 8

2022 Year 5 Public Speaking Competition

Thank you Ms Halpin and James Peate (Year 9) for your adjudication

Congratulations to our very entertaining winner, Cormac Maher!

Diary Dates

Please find below key event dates you need to be aware of for the Junior School in Term 3. For all of the College events, please refer to the College calendar. 

  • Thursday, 15 September – Year 5 Activism Day – Sports Uniform 
  • Monday, 19 September – Year 6 Allwell Testing – Academic Uniform 
  • Friday, 23 September – Term 3 Classes Conclude

R U OK? Day

This week, we acknowledged R U OK? Day. This is a national day of action when Australians are reminded that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about, might be struggling with life.

On Thursday, 8 September, students were invited to make a wrist band to mark the day. A splash of yellow might be all that’s needed to spark a conversation and awareness about this great cause.

2023 Year 7 School Fees – Accounts Department 

All Year 6 parents whose son is continuing into Year 7 next year, are reminded that as per the updated conditions of enrolment and as indicated on the College website from 2023, for all Year 7 enrolments, Term 1 tuition fees are charged in Term 4, in the year prior. This applies to continuing Year 6 (2022) students into Year 7 (2023). Year 7 will still receive an invoice in Term 1, 2023 for any applicable sundries, excursion fees, sibling discounts and camps. Please be advised that if this payment is not made by the due date, your son’s enrolment will be forfeited, and his place will be offered to a waitlisted candidate.

The account will be issued around 26/09/2022 with the due date for payment by 4pm on 14/10/2022.

Kids Giving Back Charity

I would like to acknowledge Noah Nunn, Harry Neylon, Taj Gadd and Oscar Litchfield who recently participated in community programs at the charity, Kids Giving Back. They were among over 500 young people who produced over 13,500 hot meals, soup, salads, fruit kebabs, breakfast boxes, snack packs, care packs and decorated tote bags, with empathetic, positive messages, which were distributed to 13 charities around Sydney.

These four very special student volunteers have helped many vulnerable people, many of whom were affected by this year’s floods. Kids Giving Back deeply appreciate their service to others and the kindness they have shown through their actions.


Ms Gabby Smith

Director of the Junior School



Visual Arts Club – Bookings Open

Summer Art Club Expressions in Clay

Summer Art Club Expressions in Clay

Expressions in Clay: Texture Through Sculptural Form.  

Summer Art Club 2022/2023

Visual Arts Club will be offered at Waverley as a Summer activity for students from Years 5-12. It will commence Term 4, Week 2, 2022. 

Visual Arts Club provides an opportunity for students to build skills in critical and creative thinking. This summer, students will be introduced to: Expressions in Clay: Texture Through Sculptural Form.  

Each student will be introduced to a range of ceramic handbuilding techniques such as pinch-pots, slabs and coiling techniques to build the fundamental form for their ceramic sculpture.

Natural and synthetic textures will be used to create impressions in the clay, forming crevices to catch and control glaze. Students will be involved in the firing and glazing process, learning glaze theory to further extend their knowledge on how clay bodies react when heated.

In Visual Arts Club students will:

  • Develop knowledge in ceramic handbuilding construction
  • Understand sculpture as a resolved art form (focus on balance, composition and viewing the work from all angles)
  • Be accomplished across a range of ceramic forms and glaze layering techniques

Cost: $110.00
Materials: all materials will be supplied (all works will be bisque and glaze fired)
Session times: select ONE from the following:


Ms Natalie Oates

Head of Visual Arts – Senior School



Year 5 Activism Day

On Thursday, 15 September (week 9), Year 5 will be taking part in our first ever ‘Activism Day’!

In our English unit ‘Stand Up and Be Counted’, Year 5 have been examining the ways in which authors communicate their passions and causes with the world. They have been working on their own speeches in class, taking inspiration from Greta Thunberg.

On Activism Day, Year 5 will hear from three speakers who have taken their passion for making a difference in the world and put it into action. We will hear from a Human Rights Lawyer, an Environmental Activist, and a representative from the charity Take 3 For the Sea.

After our assembly, we will all head out to have a positive impact on our local community by taking part in a cleanup of some of our local areas.

In the afternoon, we will return to the College for our speech finalists to give their incredible and impactful speeches to the rest of Year 5 and a panel of expert judges, who will decide on an overall winner. 

On the day, we will be off site for recess and lunch, so no canteen orders will be available. Boys need to wear their sports uniform for the day and bring their recess, packed lunch, and a water bottle. A google form will be sent out to you by your son’s teacher to give your son permission to take part in the cleanup.

We are so excited about our inaugural Activism Day, as a culmination of all of the hard work happening in our English classes, an opportunity to showcase some of our outstanding change makers of the future, and a real-world application of our learning.


Ms Charlotte Stephens

Year 5 Indigo Classroom Teacher



Home Learning – Week 9

>>> Click here to register your son.

No Home Learning on Tuesday, 13 September due to Staff Meeting.

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

Year 5 Public Speaking Competition

Our Year 5 students gained experience in a vital life skill – Public Speaking. Presenting to an audience can be daunting, but utilising our newly-learned techniques, each student presented an engaging speech.

The heats held during their Learning Hub sessions created a hum of excitement, and it was clear that all students were highly engaged in this initiative.

Winners were chosen and progressed to the school finals on Monday, 5 September. 

The six finalists took it all in their stride, and stepped up confidently to deliver their speeches once again.

Our adjudicators Ms Emma Halpin and James Peate (Year 9) had a torturous decision to make, as the standard and quality of all competitors was so high.

Congratulations to our finalists Sebastian Karhan, Taj Gadd, Cormac Maher, Ceilim O’Kelly, Will Thompson, Samuel Powell and our Public Speaking Champion 2022 Cormac Maher.

L-R Sebastian Karhan, Taj Gadd, Cormac Maher, Ceilim O’Kelly, Will Thompson and Samuel Powell

L-R Sebastian Karhan, Taj Gadd, Cormac Maher, Ceilim O’Kelly, Will Thompson and Samuel Powell

Ms Emma Halpin, winner Cormac Maher and James Peate

Ms Emma Halpin, winner Cormac Maher and James Peate

Cormac Maher with his parents

Cormac Maher with his parents

Drawing Club 

Drawing inspiration from our guest author and illustrator, Sami Bayly, during our weekly drawing club session proved to be fun. The students experimented with watercolour paints. Watercolor is a wonderful, versatile medium – and one that scares some artists. The students did an excellent job experimenting with it. 

They focused on the Blue-and-yellow Macaw, one of the dangerous creatures in the book The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals.

Drawing Club

Boyd Haslam

Boyd Haslam


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy & Innovation Teacher



Recommencement of Summer Co-Curricular Sport

It is exciting that we’re near the end of Term 3, with Summer sport returning just after the holidays. With the majority of students having a rest period from school sports while Athletics has been taking place, I wanted to get Summer season training started early. 

Summer training will recommence from Monday, Week 9 (Monday, 12 September) until the end of term. This will give students the opportunity to reconnect with their team and coach from Term 1, and get back to sports training. A number of teams will have new coaches, as it is difficult retaining them between two terms. Some cricket coaching positions are close to being finalised, which is why some are listed as TBA.

I have included two training schedules, as it will be slightly different for some sports in these next two weeks. Tennis and Water Polo will continue with one training, due to lack of availability on campus and externally. Please refer to both Term 3 and Term 4 schedules to be fully organised and prepared. The two documents are below:

  1. >>> Click here to view the Weeks 9 and 10 Training Schedule.
  2. >>> Click here to view the Summer Co-Curricular Training Schedule.

Students are expected to pack the appropriate gear and attire for their training, as in Term 1. No students will need to bring equipment for their training, including Cricket, as there won’t be net sessions until Term 4. 

Due to a Junior School staff meeting next Tuesday afternoon, 13 September, the following adjustments have been made:

  • Touch Football during lunchtime at Waverley Park
  • Basketball Is and Js cancelled (Gs and Hs on as planned)
  • Multisports cancelled

 The finalised Term 4 draw will be released in the final week of this term, including the address maps document and any other relevant information.

External Sporting Achievements

Luca Bassera competed over the past two weekends at the Australian Nationals Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Championship in Melbourne and the NSW Winter Cup in Sydney. He was awarded a silver medal at Nationals in his division, and Gold this past weekend at the NSW competition.

A massive congratulations to Luca, and moving forward, we look forward to seeing you compete at the highest level.

Luca Bassera

Luca Bassera, Australian Nationals, Melbourne 2022

Luca Bassera, NSW Winter Cup

Luca Bassera, NSW Winter Cup


Mr Jack Wachtel

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



News From 6 Gold


This term in English our topic is ‘Make Yourself Heard.’ Students have undertaken a close study of historical fiction and graphic novels. The main subject matter explored in these texts relate to social justice issues of the marginalised, notably, refugees and asylum seekers.

We have just finished reading Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin. As a class, we not only looked at the powerful storyline, but we delved deep into the visual techniques used in this graphic novel such as: vectors, salience, colour, body language and gaze. From this, students created their own graphic novels and annotated them in detail.

Class English

Class English

Class English

Class English


Class English


This term, the Science topic is ‘Sustainable Citizens.’ The purpose of this unit is for students to recognise that everyone’s actions have an impact on the environment. Through learning about materials, sustainability and waste, students will develop a genuine interest in environmental sustainability that is important for the survival of human beings.

Up-cycling is one area students have looked at this term. Up-cycling is taking an old object and giving it new life. Our planet has a lot of people on it and we produce a lot of rubbish, so students were tasked with finding objects at home that they could up-cycle. As you can see below, they turned their trash into treasure! 

Class Science

Class Science

Class Science

Class Science

Visual Arts

This term, the topic for visual arts is ‘Art of Asia.’ Students are appreciating and re-creating a number of art forms found in the region of Asia. Students designed their own pagoda. Their task was to examine a variety of images of pagodas and to discuss the different designs and styles, e.g. upward curving roof, many tiers. They then commented on the elements of art they could see such as: line, shape, form, colour, texture and space. Students were then tasked with designing their own pagoda. As you can see below they did an incredible job! 

JS Pagoda art

JS Pagoda art

JS Pagoda art

JS Pagoda art

Ms Gaby Bransby

Assistant Director of Junior School and Year 6 Gold Class Teacher