Welcome back to Term 2. I hope everyone had a relaxing and restorative Easter break. It has been lovely to see the students come back enthusiastic and ready to learn.
I spoke to the students this week about the importance of wearing their uniform with pride and how they are representing themselves and the school. Now we are in Term 2, all students are required to wear their blazer to and from school. The students looked extremely smart turning up on their first day with their Winter school uniform. Can I please remind you that students should have their hair at an appropriate length, style and no shorter than a number two. You can refer to page 25 in the school diary if you are unsure. Can all inappropriate haircuts be rectified by Friday please.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we realise that last term there were limited interactions with parents on campus. With restrictions easing, I am currently putting together a timetable that will invite you to visit your son’s classroom and see what they have been learning this term. More information to follow in next week’s Nurrunga.
Volunteering in the Junior School Canteen
As you know, our school is lucky enough to have a canteen that is open five days a week for breakfast/recess and lunch. We need a full roster of volunteers each term to ensure that the canteen can continue to operate successfully.
The shift time is: Monday to Friday
- Breakfast: 8am to 8.45am
- During the day: 9.30am to 1pm
We would be delighted to have you volunteer and would appreciate the support. As a huge thankyou for your continued support. Lunch is on us!
To volunteer, please click this Volunteer link
Project Compassion Easter Raffle Winners
The Junior School students are to be commended for their wonderful generosity in supporting Project Compassion this year. During the season of Lent, the 5 Gold students generously donated Easter Eggs to gift three beautiful Easter baskets and six individual Easter prizes. The raffle raised over $1000 and was donated to Project Compassion. The support from all the students in buying tickets was incredible.
The following students were overjoyed when they heard their names called out as the 2021 Easter Raffle winners: 1st: Luke Bannister 5 Gold; 2nd: Cooper Misson 5 Indigo; 3rd: Will Frinsdorf 5 Blue; 4th: Harper Warnock 5 Gold; 5th: Archie Callander 6 Blue; 6th: Nicholas Giannikouris 5 Gold; 7th: Rowan Metzel 5 Orange; 8th: Xander Mills 6 White; 9th: Clancy Walsh 6 Gold.
Ms Gabrielle Bransby
Director of Junior School
Year 6 Camp (Kincumber)
Year 6 Camp is quickly approaching and will take place in Week 4 from Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 May. The camp is run by ‘The Big Aussie Bush Camps’ organisation, and located in Kincumber, NSW.
Please follow the links below to access all relevant information regarding the camp, guidelines and rules on camp, what to bring, daytime/ night time activities, food, accommodation and the overall outline of the three days.
Medical information is currently being programmed to allow you to add your son’s medical information through the TASS online system. We will inform you immediately once this is up and running, with more information about how to best pack medication to be easily distributed whilst on camp.
Round 1 Co-Curricular Winter Season
Welcome back to Term 2 and the beginning of the Winter Co-Curricular Sports Season. I have witnessed both the excitement and enthusiasm of students commencing winter sports training and students beginning to form a better relationship with their new coaches. The season ahead will build improved resilience, character, mateship, sportsmanship and enjoyment within students’ selected sport.
I wish all students the best of luck for the season ahead, and look forward to watching all of our teams give their absolute all to achieve varying levels of success, regardless of wins or losses.
Click here for the Senior and Junior Sport Fixtures link to prepare for the Winter Season commencing this Saturday 24 April and scroll down this website page to view the attached documents that include both the Round 1 Fixture with any changes noted in red, and the venue maps list that includes all the addresses.
All of this will be included in the Nurrunga newsletter this week to remind you.
Mr Jack Wachtel
Assistant Director of Co-Curricular (Years 5-8)
2021 ICAS Competitions for Years 5 and 6 students – registration closes 18 June
If you would like your son to compete in the 2021 ICAS Competitions, you will be asked to nominate the 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 & Spelling Bee
This year all the competitions will be held in August / September in Term 3 and will be completed online. More information will be provided next term.
Through this system you 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 18 June 2021. Waverley’s School Access Code is: QKV852
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. For more information click on: ICAS Assessments: Home
Should you require additional support registering your son, contact the customer service team on 1800 931 775 (Australian Toll-Free).
Home Learning Club Week 2
We offer all students in Years 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.
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 signature will be required.
Ms Natasha Zivanovic
Primary Literacy and Innovation Teacher
2021 WriteOn Competition for Years 5 and 6 students
WriteOn is an annual writing competition open to all NSW primary students in Years 1 to 6. Students compose an imaginative text of up to 500 words using an image for the basis of their story.
Over the last few years, we have had some incredible submissions with aspiring writers from both Years 5 and 6 entering. Imaginative pieces could be any of the following: letters, poems, scripts for radio, screen and stage, interviews, journal entries and narratives. See the new stimulus image below:
All students wishing to enter the competition should please complete their writing submission and hand it to Mr Mitton or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions must be in by 3pm Tuesday 15 June. All submissions will be read by Ms Zivanovic, Ms Bransby and myself, with the winning entry from the Junior School to be sent on behalf of Waverley for judging!
Should you have any more questions please email me at email@example.com or talk to me at school. Best of luck and WriteOn!
Mr Tom Mitton
Acting Director of Curriculum – Junior School
Junior School Mother’s Day Stall – Gift orders close Sunday 2 May!
Junior students, are you looking for the perfect gift to buy for your favourite person on Mother’s Day? Mrs Coupe has a beautiful display of the gifts outside her office and orders close Sunday 2 May.
To order click this online order form
All gifts will be wrapped and delivered to the Junior School students on Thursday 6 May.
Mrs Jade Stapleton
President of the Parents’ Association
Sacrament of Confirmation – Registration by Friday 30 April
For parents 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 20 June. Compulsory preparation classes will be held in the weeks prior to the celebration.
Due to COVID-19, the Sacrament was postponed in 2020, therefore in 2021 we are only celebrating the Sacrament with current Year 6 and Year 7 students. Please rest assured that the Sacrament will be held again next year to accommodate any Year 5 2021 students.
If you are looking to have your son enrolled in the Confirmation program for 2021, please contact Mr Stephen Ghattas at firstname.lastname@example.org for the necessary information. Due date for registration is Friday 30 April. For parents who have already received the registration form via Google Forms, it is important that these are filled out if you are wanting to have your son enrolled. This includes those parents who enrolled their sons to receive the Sacrament in 2020.
Junior School Mother’s Day Mass – Friday 7 May
You are formally invited to our Junior School Mother’s Day Mass on Friday 7 May 2021 at Mary Immaculate Church.
Unfortunately, we are still restricted by COVID-19 regulations, therefore we cannot hold a combined Year 5 and Year 6 Mass. As a result, we have decided to hold two separate Masses to make this day a special day for the mothers of the students at the College. We are also restricted to one parent/carer per student.
Friday 7 May Mass Times:
- 10:30am – Year 5 Mother’s Day Mass followed by a light morning tea at the Junior School.
- 12pm – Year 6 Mother’s Day Mass followed by a light afternoon tea at the Junior School.
If you have a son in both Years 5 and Year 6, we ask that you please attend the 12pm Mass.
As part of the celebration, there is a slideshow presentation showcasing our mothers/grandmothers with their son(s). If you would like to send a photo through, please email it by Friday 30 April (Week 2) to email@example.com
We hope that you can join us for this special occasion.
Mr Stephen Ghattas
Assistant Director of Junior School/Student Formation