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What is the Young Archie?

The Art Gallery of New South Wales invites budding artists between the ages of 5 and 18 to submit a portrait for the Young Archie portrait competition.

The portrait must be of a person who is special to you – someone who is known to you, and who knows you, and plays a significant role in your life.

There are four age categories:

Entry Instructions

If you wish to enter the portrait prize, please collect a drawing pack from the Visual Arts staffroom. You can begin your portrait over the Summer holidays.

The College will submit your work on your behalf. Please return your works no later than Monday, 20 February 2023 to the Visual Arts staffroom, with your name, age category and House attached to the back of your drawing sleeve.

Ensure you follow the entry guidelines and criteria set out by the Art Gallery of NSW when creating your portrait.

Entry Guidelines and Criteria

The annual outdoor ROCK BAND Concert will be held on Tuesday, 29 November 2022.

Family and friends are invited to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment from our ROCK BANDS.

The event will be held outdoor in the Braidwood courtyard area near the Performing Arts Centre, commencing at 4pm. The evening should conclude approximately 6pm.

A BBQ and drinks will be available for purchase – meal deal for $5.00.

Click here for your invitation

Please click the button below to complete the form to advise the number of persons attending. This helps us greatly with set up and seating for this event. In the event of rain, the concert will be held in the Performing Arts Centre (PAC).

Please complete this form to advise number of persons attending

Students are welcome to stay after school to prepare for their performances. We look forward to a great afternoon of entertainment!

Please advise if your son is in a ROCK BAND Group and is not able to attend this event by email:

The Waverley College Choral and Chamber Music Concert will be held on Tuesday, 1 November 2022 at 6pm in the College Chapel.

Join us for an evening of performances featuring the College Choir, Chamber Choir, Cantores, Jazz Band A, Saxophone Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, String Ensemble, Guitar Ensembles and soloists.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased via this TryBooking link OR the QR code on the flyer via the button below.

Click here to view the QR code on the flyer

Adults: $20.00
Students/Concession: $10.00

All funds raised will be donated to The Cardoner Project.

Click here to view information about the Cardoner Project

Congratulations to Year 11 student, James Iatrou, who received a Highly Commended Award for his Short Film in the Senior Category of the Woollahra Youth Photographic & Short Film Prize. This Prize is highly competitive, with entrants from schools across the Eastern Suburbs. 

This short film originally commenced for James last year in the filmmaking process for WaveFest, and sadly, due to COVID-19, James’ film was not able to be presented. So once the opportunity of the Woollahra Prize arose, there was the perfect opportunity for James to finish, make final edits, and submit his short film. 

James’ short film, alongside the help of younger brother Constantine, is drawn from classic films and pop culture films. It plays out the storyline of two brothers making it in the film industry. And again, congratulations for James on all of his efforts in creating such an interesting film.

We hope you enjoy viewing the short film The Future is Yours by James Iatrou.

All photographs and films are on display at Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf. You can also participate in the People’s Choice Awards for other students who have entered from Waverley College, by following the link below:

>>> Click here to view information about the entries and voting in the People’s Choice Awards.

Congratulations, James Iatrou


Ms Jenna Turnbull

Innovation Coordinator and Visual Arts Teacher


The College Choir and Brass Ensemble will be rehearsing for and performing at St Mary’s Cathedral for the Year 12 Graduation Mass. The rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, 20 September and Mass on Wednesday, 21 September.

Students will travel via bus on both days, departing the College at approximately 1:30pm and returning to the College at approximately 4:30pm. Students in Years 10 and 11 may depart directly from St Mary’s Cathedral, if they have a signed letter from a parent/carer.

Lunch will be provided on Tuesday, 20 September, however students must bring their own lunch on Wednesday, 21 September.

Please complete the permission slip below by Monday, 19 September, if your son is in either of these ensembles.

>>> Click here to view and complete the permission slip.


Mr Chris Balkizas

Head of Music


Private music lessons are well underway. Students are to be reminded to check their schedule, be punctual to their lessons and inform the teacher at least the day prior, if they are unable to attend their scheduled lesson. We have excellent, well qualified peripatetic teachers at Waverley College and lessons are available on a large variety of instruments. 

Parents who would like to enrol their son to commence instrumental lessons are encouraged to complete the following online application form. Private Music lessons are not compulsory, but are strongly encouraged for students performing in the many ensembles on offer at the College.

Music Festival 2021

>>> Click here to view and complete the Private Music Tuition Form.

Any student who wishes to learn an instrument, or join an ensemble, or the Rock Band program, are welcome to visit the PAC and speak to any of the music staff.

Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to call the Music Office 9369 0623 or email


Ms Keiran Kossenberg

Performing Arts Centre Coordinator


Congratulations to Guy Hammerschmidt (Year 12) on completing and receiving his certificate for his 8th Grade AMEB Trombone Examination. A huge milestone in his musical journey!

Waverley is very proud of you.

Guy Hammerschmidt

Guy Hammerschmidt


Mr Chris Balkizas

Head of Music


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:

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 


You are cordially invited to the HSC Drama Showcase next Tuesday, 30 August 4pm, in the Performing Arts Centre theatre, to celebrate the wonderful achievements of the HSC Drama class.

This talented class will be performing both group and solo performances. Everyone is invited to this free event. Tea and coffee will be available.


Ms Alison Jinga

Head of Drama


This week, the 2022 HSC Music Recital showcased the talents of our Year 12 students in the PAC Recital Room. Eight students played and sang diverse repertoire on their chosen instrument, with material ranging from rock guitarist Joe Satriani’s ‘Satch Boogie’ to classical works by Saint-Saëns, popular songs, blues pieces and works by jazz legends such as Denny Ilett.

It was clear that students had spent countless hours perfecting their chosen pieces and had a true understanding of their instrument.

Playing to an appreciative audience of parents, carers, students and teachers, these students demonstrated that they were well prepared for their upcoming HSC practical examination and were comfortable in a performance environment.

We wish each and every one of you, the very best for your HSC.

Thank you to our music makers: Max Leedham (voice); Luke Stewart (tuba); Hugo Pizzol (trumpet); Louis Kitto (electric guitar); Evan Hodges (alto saxophone); Harrison Gippel (clarinet); Charles Alexander (electric guitar) and Guy Hammerschmidt (trombone).

With special thanks to Mr Chris Balkizas (Head of Music); Mr Chris Blenkinsopp (Music Teacher) and Ms Jaz Dolso (Music Teacher) as well as our tireless accompanists and instrumental teachers.


Ms Vanessa Witton

Marketing Communications Specialist


Parents, carers, students and Waverley community members are invited to attend the St Clares and Waverley College annual ART and DESIGN HSC showcase on Wednesday, 17 August. 

The event is a collection of Year 12 major works from the students of 2022. 

Each work reflects selected material processes explored by the student throughout the year. 

Works will be on display from:

Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2022
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Brother JP Lacey Gymnasium, 131 Birrell Street Waverley


Ms Nat Oates

Head of Visual Arts