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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 2 events, please refer to the College calendar.

  • 16 June – Reports Available, 5pm 
  • 17 June – Round 7 Winter Sport 
  • 19 June – Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews 
  • 22 June – Classes conclude 

Semester 1 Reports

Semester 1 Reports will be available today at 5pm in the Parent Lounge. Please take the time to go through and read the report with your son. Please have any questions regarding the Semester 1 Report ready to discuss at Parent/Teacher Interviews.

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews 

Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews are scheduled for Monday, 19 June. This will be a hybrid model to accommodate those who would like to come into the school or Zoom in from work or home. Each session will go for 15 minutes. Students are required to attend this session in full academic uniform. 

There are two sessions to be aware of;

  • 8:15am – 11:45am – Face-to-face in the classroom 
  • 1pm – 5:15pm – Zoom Meetings

Please select a time with your son’s teacher by logging into the Parent Lounge using this link

*Bookings will close Sunday, 18 June at 5pm. 

If you have any issues please contact your son’s teacher. 


Ms Gaby Bransby

Director of the Junior School


Winter Co-Curricular Sport – Round 7

The Winter Co-Curricular season is now entering its final round for Term 2, with the mid-year break around the corner and the remaining three rounds at the beginning of Term 3.

This weekend is Round 7, on Saturday, 17 June.

Just a reminder that there will only be training on Tuesday, 20 and Wednesday, 21 June in Week 9 next week.

Please ensure you refer to the Waverley College app announcements each week, as I will continue to send out the weekly sports fixtures for each round.

All families can also locate all relevant Junior School Co-Curricular information through the College website by clicking the button below:

Click here to view all Junior School Co-curricular information on the Waverley College website


Mr Jack Wachtel

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


Home Learning Week 9

*Tuesday and Wednesday only

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 unless there is a scheduled Professional Development meeting and the club will be closed.   


Register your son via the link 

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.


Monday and Wednesday – Ms Natasha Zivanovic –

Tuesday and Thursday – Ms Gaby Bransby – 

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.

2023 ICAS Competitions | Years 5 and 6 Students

What is ICAS?  

ICAS is an online academic competition designed to assess students’ higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing and Digital Technologies.  Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals.

If you would like your son to compete in the 2023 ICAS Competitions, you will be asked to nominate which 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 & Digital Technologies, Science & English and Mathematics.

This year all the competitions will be held in August / September, Term 3 and will be completed online in the Learning Hub before school starts. A timetable will be shared closer to the assessment dates. 

Click to register your son. 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 23 July 2023 

Waverley’s School Access Code FBT592

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. More information about the assessments can be found at ICAS Assessments: Home 

If you require additional support registering your son, contact the customer service team. Call Australian Toll-Free Tel 1800 931 775.

Reader of the Week

Reader of the week


Ms Natasha Zivanovic

Literacy & Innovation Teacher


Creative Arts

Where to start? The Junior School boys have been busy (creatively speaking) in Semester 1. From performing on mallet percussion in music, storytelling in Year 5 drama, through to producing some fabulous digital compositions in Music Tech – we had great fun.

Both Years 5 and 6 have just finished a unit on pitch, where they used our mallet percussion instruments to play a melody part, three accompaniment parts as well as improvising. All of the boys did a great job on this unit. The Year 5 piece (‘Chatter with the Angels’) was a bright, happy song while the Year 6 boys explored ‘Zum Gali’ which (because of its minor key), sounded more serious.

In Drama, Year 5 has been exploring storytelling. We have developed our skills in this area by various activities including recounting, inventing interesting endings and weaving an original story around eight clues left by a detective. The resulting stories have ranged from funny to quite scary, but they have all been entertaining.

5 Indigo - Storytelling in Drama

5 Indigo – Storytelling in Drama

Music Technology is always a favourite. Year 6 have been working collaboratively to produce a soundtrack for an animated film clip (‘Mario or Zelda’). They produced original music for this project using BeepBox and GarageBand.

6 Indigo Music Tech

6 Indigo Music Tech

Year 5 have worked through three projects this semester. Each task asked them to import a different type of file into GarageBand and work on composing accompanying music.

If you are interested in hearing these compositions, the boys are starting a digital portfolio on their CANVAS page, where they keep their Music Tech work. Just look for the studio tab on the left hand side of the screen.

Click on the white triangular play button below to listen to one of the outstanding digital compositions produced this Semester.

The composition is called ‘Welcome to the Future’ and was composed by Xavier Condon in 5 Red – enjoy!


Ms Michelle Rollins

Music and Drama Teacher