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Annual Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony – Sunday, 16 June, 11am – Centenary Quad

A reminder to all members of the Cadet Unit that the Annual Cadet Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday, 16 June. Cadets are required to form up at 10.30am on the Kenny Quad in AMCU Ceremonial Dress Code 4Z.

We welcome all parents to view the parade from the upper-level balconies at 11.00am. Please bring your coats in case of cooler weather.

 


Dining In Night – Sunday, 16 June, 6.30pm – Waverley College Gymnasium

We are very much looking forward to this special night to celebrate the end of our Senior Ranks’ five years of service to the Cadet Unit.

 


Cadet Promotions Courses – Monday, 15 July – Saturday, 20 July 2024 at Winbourne Conference Centre, Mulgoa

The Joining Instruction for the Promotions Courses (Junior Leadership, Senior Leadership and Cadet Under Officers Courses) has been sent to all members of the Cadet Unit.

If you are interested in extending your leadership skills, please ensure you attend to the registration requirements by Sunday 16 June.

For parents making travel plans for 2025, please note that attendance at Promotions Camp is essential to become a Sergeant, Warrant Officer of Cadet Under Officer. The courses in 2025 will be held from Monday, 14 July – Saturday 19 July 2025. Please take note these dates if your child is wanting to progress to these important leadership roles.

Our CAS Drill Team have been rehearsing diligently and consistently over the past two terms to represent the Cadet Unit at the Annual CAS Drill Competition to be held at Barker College next Wednesday. We thank the RSM, WO1 Hayley Paddock, for leading the team so competently and wish them all the best of luck in the competition.

Hayley Paddock, Renato Rovacchi, Rohan Baker, Kimmi Bilmon, Daniela Comino, Anna Dimopoulos, James Grant, Yannick Hott, Lachlan Hoy, Oliver Isaac, Lachlan Isaac, Finn Jones, Lara Karlovsky, Chiara Marshall, Finnian McCarthy, Zoe Ngu, Ethan Ooi, Amelie Salem, Abigail Salem, Lauren Sheehan, Jamie Vanderkemp, Toby Fernandes, Claudia Lynam.

Annual Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony – Sunday, 16 June, 11am – Centenary Quad

A reminder to all members of the Cadet Unit that the Annual Cadet Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday 16 June, 2024. Cadets are required to form up at 10.30am on the Kenny Quad in AMCU Ceremonial Dress Code 4Z.

We welcome all parents/carers to view the parade from the upper-level balconies at 11am. Please bring your coats in case of cooler weather.

Dining In Night – Sunday, 16 June, 6:30pm – Waverley College Gymnasium

A reminder to all Year 12 cadets and parents to RSVP to the Dining In Night on the Try Booking site by 1 June. We are very much looking forward to this special night to celebrate the end of our Senior Ranks’ five years of service to the Cadet Unit.

Cadet Promotions Courses – Monday, 15 July – Saturday, 20 July 2024 at Winbourne Conference Centre, Mulgoa

The Joining Instruction for the Promotions Courses (Junior Leadership, Senior Leadership and Cadet Under Officers Courses) has been sent to all members of the Cadet Unit.

If you are interested in extending your leadership skills, please ensure you attend to the registration requirements by Sunday 16 June.

For parents making travel plans for 2025, please note that attendance at Promotions Camp is essential to become a Sergeant, Warrant Officer of Cadet Under Officer. The courses in 2025 will be held from Monday 14 July – Saturday 19 July 2025. Please take note these dates if your child is wanting to progress to these important leadership roles.

Annual Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony – Sunday 16 June, 11am – Centenary Quad

A reminder to all members of the Cadet Unit that the Annual Cadet Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony takes place on Sunday, 16 June 2024. Cadets are required to form up at 10:30am on the Kenny Quad in AMCU Ceremonial Dress Code 4Z.

We welcome all parents/carers to view the parade from the upper-level balconies at 11am. Please bring your coats in case of cooler weather.

Dining In Night – Sunday 16 June, 6:30pm – Waverley College Gymnasium

A reminder to all Year 12 cadets and parents/carers to RSVP HERE to the Dining In Night on the TryBooking site by 1 June. We are very much looking forward to this special night to celebrate the end of our Senior Ranks’ five years of service to the Cadet Unit.

Cadet Promotions Courses – Monday, 15 July – Saturday, 20 July 2024 – Winbourne Conference Centre, Mulgoa

The Joining Instruction for the Promotions Courses (Junior Leadership, Senior Leadership and Cadet Under Officers Courses) has been sent to all members of the Cadet Unit.

If you are interested in extending your leadership skills, please ensure you attend to the registration requirements by Sunday 16 June.

For parents/carers making travel plans for 2025, please note that attendance at Promotions Camp is essential to become a Sergeant, Warrant Officer or Cadet Under Officer.

The courses in 2025 will be held from Monday, 14 July – Saturday, 19 July 2025. Please take note these dates if your child is wanting to progress to these important leadership roles.

Annual Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony – Sunday, 16 June 2024, 11am – Centenary Quad

On Sunday 16 June, we farewell our Senior Ranks at the Annual Passing Out Parade and Awards Ceremony. This special event gives us the opportunity to recognise the amazing contribution our Year 12 cadets have made to the Unit over the past five years. With the whole Cadet Unit parading in ceremonial dress, we also recognise cadets across all Year groups who have excelled in their service to their platoons, companies, and the Unit.

All members of the Unit are required to attend Passing Out Parade, forming up at 10:30am on Sunday, 16 June in AMCU Ceremonial Dress Code 4Z.

We welcome all parents/carers to view the parade from the upper-level balconies. Please bring your coat in case of cooler weather.

View your invitation HERE.

Dining In Night – Sunday, 16 June 2024, 6:30pm – Waverley College Gymnasium

All Year 12 cadets and parents/carers should have received their invitation to attend this special formal military dinner to celebrate your sons and daughters as they graduate from the Waverley College Cadet Unit.

Please RSVP HERE by 1 June 2024.

View your invitation HERE.

Cadet Promotions Courses

In farewelling the Year 12 senior rank, we turn our attention to developing the next leaders of the Cadet Unit at the annual Promotions Courses. Here, our dedicated and motivated young men and women come together to learn the skills they need to lead the Cadet Unit for the coming Cadet Year.

The courses are run concurrently from Monday, 15 July – Saturday, 20 July 2024 at Winbourne Conference Centre, Mulgoa. Attendance is a requirement of promotion so please keep these dates free.

For those already making plans for 2025, the Promotions Courses next year will be held from Monday, 14 July – Saturday, 19 July 2025. Attendance at Promotions Courses is compulsory for all aiming to become a Sergeant, Warrant Officer or Cadet Under Officer. Please note these dates if your child is wanting to progress to these important leadership roles.

Year 9 Discontinuing Cadet Uniform Returns Weekend

Bookings are now available for those discontinuing Cadets to return all uniform and equipment on Saturday, 25 May and Sunday, 26 May 2024.

Please click HERE to book your time slot.

Returns are at the Q Clothing Store located behind the Grange Building. Access is easiest from the Carrington Road carpark.

Each appointment will only take five minutes, but it is important that your gear is marked off against the issue sheet, as any missing items will incur a replacement fee, charged to your school account.

We thank all our discontinuing cadets for their time in the Cadet Unit and wish them well in their future endeavours.

Year 8 Parent Information Evening

Our new Year 8 recruits commence their Cadet journey in Term 3, 2024. To learn more about this exciting new venture, we are holding a Parent Information Evening on Monday, 27 May at 6:30pm in the Performing Arts Centre. To ensure enough space for everyone, please send one parent/carer and your son.

AFX 2024

Our Senior Rank are looking forward to welcoming our recruits on AFX on Sunday, 7 April 2024. They have been working so hard with planning and logistics and I want to thank our leadership team for their dedication and enthusiasm as they prepare for their culminating leadership activity following four years of Cadet training.

Our recruits are in most excellent hands:

They are ably supported by their compatriots in Years 11 and 12, working together as a team to ensure the success of AFX.

Year 9 Intention Form and Continuation Agreement

On Saturday 13 April 2024, all Waverley College Year 9 recruits will be sent the Intention Form and Continuation Agreement, where they have the opportunity to continue with Cadets for another 12 months, inspired by the camaraderie, the leadership opportunities and the unique experiences that our program offers.

These forms will be due back by Friday, 26 April 2024.

AFX 2024

A reminder to all Year 9 parents/carers that AFX doubles as the Year 9 Camp which is a compulsory week of school. Any applications for leave require school approval.

With only three weeks to go until we leave for camp at Holsworthy Army Barracks, I would advise everyone in the Unit to go through the Equipment List this weekend and make sure you have everything you need.

Q Store will be open Wednesday, 20 March and Wednesday, 27 March at recess and lunch for those last-minute provisions.

*Please note – there will be no provision to issue any gear or equipment after Wednesday, 27 March as Q store will be closed.

The WCACU Annual Field Exercise (AFX) is fast approaching and is an exciting and challenging way to extend our cadets and leaders and really test their skills and development in an authentic context.

The pride and camaraderie that builds within Companies and HQ over the course of the week is something our young people will cherish as they continue their educational journey and, for some, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the machinations of a working military base, Holsworthy Barracks, which provides the context for our camp.

Details about AFX have been emailed to all families via the Joining Instruction (JI). Please carefully read through the information and equipment list and complete all necessary administration by 1 March 2024.

Click here to view the Years 10-12 AFX Form

 

Welcome back to Cadets for 2024.

This Term will be a busy and a short one as we make our final preparations for Annual Field Exercise (AFX – Cadet Camp) to be held in the last week of Term 1. This camp doubles as the Year 9 Camp for Waverley Boys and is a compulsory week of school. Our Senior Rank are working very hard in the background, planning an exciting and engaging camp that extends our recruits, as well as their own leadership skills.

All members of the Unit will receive the AFX Joining Instruction this week, along with the Equipment List and instructions for completing medical and dietary information. Please attend to the administration requirements by 1 March 2024 to ensure the best possible care for your sons.

Cadet training continues this Term after school on Friday afternoons from 3:30pm – 5:30pm. Please avoid making medical and other appointments during this time. Should your son be unable to attend due to illness or unavoidable clashes, an application for leave can be made via email to cadets@waverley.nsw.edu.au

I would ask all parents/carers and cadets to please take note of key dates below for the first half of 2024. In particular, if your son is interested in pursuing rank and leadership training, please note the Promotions Course dates in the July school holidays as attendance on course is a pre-requisite for promotion.

DATE EVENT SPECIAL NOTES
FRI 2 FEB Home Training First parade for 2024
FRI 9 FEB Golden Boot Competition
FRI 16 FEB Home Training
FRI 23 FEB Home Training
FRI 1 MAR NO CADETS for recruits School Swimming Carnival
FRI 8 MAR Home Training
FRI 15 MAR Home Training
THU 22 MAR AFX Safety Briefing Last parade for our recruits
FRI 5 APR AFX Advance Party Departs Selected senior cadets only
SUN 7 APR AFX Main Body Departs 0630 Whole Unit including Recruits
FRI 12 APR AFX Ends 1630 Whole Unit including Recruits
SUN 28 APR Intention Forms Due Decision to continue Cadets
WED 1 MAY Waverley College ANZAC Ceremonial Parade Selected cadets
SUN 16 JUN Passing Out Parade Year 12 graduation and annual awards ceremony
MON 15 JUL – SAT 20 JUL Promotions Course Camp – Winbourne Conference Centre For recruits to train to become a Corporal

 

Today is the last Home Training for our recruits as they complete the first two terms of their Cadet experience. A big thank you to the SUO and his team for their constant commitment in attending O Group every Monday to plan and executing the Training Program every Friday. Our Company Commanders and CSMs have done a great job in leading their rank and recruits and Company spirit is high.

Next week, Pioneers and Engineers are heading to the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym for an enjoyable afternoon of bouldering and climbing. Please ensure you have sent in your parent permission slips to Ms Stanley. Rank will have training specific to them as we complete the year on Friday, 24 November.

In the holidays, the inaugural WEC Trek camp will take place at Douglas Park as 30 of our cadets compete in navigation, ratel, field skills, leadership and teamwork for the Waverley Extension Camp Award. We wish them all the best for their preparation and competition.

Merry Christmas

A huge thank you to all our rank and staff for their excellent leadership in 2023. Corporals, Sergeants, Warrant Officers, Cadet Under Officers and Directing Staff, I thank you all for your commitment and passion and belief in the vision of this youth development program.

We look forward to seeing you all again on Friday, 2 February 2024 and ask that you take a moment to note the Key Dates for the 2024 Cadet Year below.

Cadets Key Dates 2024

Click here to view the Cadets Key Dates 2024

I wish you all a safe and relaxing holiday and a very Merry Christmas.

Friday, 17 November is the final Home Training for our recruits for this year.

It can be difficult as we approach the Christmas holidays to remain focussed on warm Friday afternoons and to treat Cadets and the members of our Cadet Unit with courtesy and respect. Last Friday, I spoke to the recruits about this very topic, following weeks of continual disrespect towards rank and staff.

Friday afternoons are about practising and preparing for the culminating activity of the recruit year, the Annual Field Exercise (AFX). Continual disrespectful behaviour from some of our recruits on Fridays is indicative, then, of the kind of behaviour we predict on AFX. Such behaviour on a military base poses a real safety concern and is not something I will tolerate.

Cadets is a vastly different context to the rest of the school week, and provides an excellent opportunity for growth, for tolerance, and for learning how to conduct oneself in a  respectful and professional way. Our core tenets reflect those of the AAC and encourage Service, Courage, Integrity and Excellence, but it is Respect which must underpin everything we do to foster an inclusive, collaborative and positive experience in Cadets. I would encourage all to be mindful of keeping their interactions respectful at all times.

It takes courage for young people to check their behaviour, to think twice before acting and speaking, and it is not something that the instant, modern world facilitates. I ask all cadets to be vigilant with their own conduct, to ensure our platoons and companies are exhibiting behaviour of which we can all be proud.

Home Training – 24 November 2023

While the recruits are on their Year 8 Camp, Cadets on Friday, 24 November will be for senior cadets only.

Various activities are planned for the day, including a CPX for Senior Rank, a CPL session and an excursion to the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym for our Pioneers, Engineers and X Platoons. Please keep an eye on your emails and the Routine Orders for more information.

Remembrance Day is an opportunity for our College community to come together and reflect on the blessings of our lives; blessings that are possible because of the altruism of our servicemen and women in the defence of our country.

On Friday, 10 November, the Cadet Unit is proud to conduct Ceremonial Parades for both Waverley College and St Catherine’s School at 10:45am, and on Saturday, 11 November, our Catafalque Party and Flag Bearers will be assisting Waverley Council with their service in Waverley Park.

We thank the following cadets for their service to the community and for their many hours of rehearsal.

Rohan BAKER
Kimmi BILMON
James BIRBAS
 Patrick BLACKALL
 Oliver BRACIC
Anika BRADFORD
Daniela COMINO
Ruby CONGDON
Cate DARLING
 Toby FERNANDES
Remy FRAMPTON
 James GRANT
Natalie HA
Emma HARTWIG
 Yannick HOTT
 Lachlan HOY
 Lachlan JONES
Lara KARLOVSKY
 Blake KHOR
Georgina KIMPTON
Julia MALLAM
Chiara MARSHALL
Declan MCAULIFFE
 Finnian MCCARTHY
Zoe NGU
Meg O’CONNOR
 Ethan OOI
Luca PATRICK-WATKINS
 Renato ROVACCHI
Abigail SALEM
Amelie SALEM
Lauren SHEEHAN
 Fox STAPLETON
 Jamie VANDERKEMP
 Benjamin WEBB
Zara WISEMAN

 

Cadets is an inclusive and varied co-curricular activity providing many different experiences and opportunities in which our cadets can develop leadership, initiative, service and excellence.

This Term will see our leaders serving the community with three Remembrance Day Ceremonial Parades – for Waverley College, for St Catherine’s School and for Waverley Council.

Some of our lucky cadets will travel to Holsworthy Barracks tomorrow for a Live Fire activity and in December we are holding our inaugural WEC Trek Camp. This exciting initiative is a camp to extend some of our seniors in field skills and teamwork as they compete in a scenario-based activity for the Silver Award. Next year, a Gold Award will also be on offer. This camp is designed as a pre-cursor to the National Adventure Training Award (ATA) and is also excellent preparation for AFX.

LTCOL(AAC) Anthony Evans

The WCACU community will be pleased to hear of a recent appointment at HQ AAC 2nd Brigade. Anthony Evans, Waverley Old Boy and long serving member of our Cadet Unit, has just been appointed the Assistant Commander of 2nd Brigade at Holsworthy. We congratulate LTCOL(AAC) Evans on his new appointment and look forward to working closely with him in all our endeavours.