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Christmas Message 

“Take time to see the quiet miracles that seek no attention.” ~ John O’Donohue

We have come to the end of our school year, and we are looking forward to a rest, reflection time and hopefully a hot and dry summer break. At this time of year, we  turn our attention to Christmas — but not yet! We await the arrival of Jesus Christ. We remember and celebrate his birth in a stable two thousand years ago, but we also wait upon his coming into our lives every day in the words of the gospel, in the eucharist, and through our unity as sisters and brothers. 

This once and future arrival (adveniens) of Christ, is what we celebrate every year at Christmas. The season of Advent is a time to prepare. All our life is an advent. We await Jesus’ arrival, we prepare the way of the Kingdom of God, we celebrate the birth of each new day. United as sisters and brothers, and dedicated to serve one another, we celebrate the love that lights the world.

Thank you to all parents and carers, Old Boys and members of our wider community, for again supporting the College throughout 2022. Thank you to our students who have performed very well. And, I thank the teachers and support staff on your behalf, for their hard work and care throughout the year. 

I wish everyone a safe, merry and holy Christmas.  


At The End Of The Year


As this year draws to its end,

We give thanks for the gifts it brought

And how they became inlaid within

Where neither time nor tide can touch them.


The days when the veil lifted

And the soul could see delight;

When a quiver caressed the heart

In the sheer exuberance of being here.


Surprises that came awake

In forgotten corners of old fields

Where expectation seemed to have quenched.


The slow, brooding times

When all was awkward

And the wave in the mind

Pierced every sore with salt.


The darkened days that stopped

The confidence of the dawn.


Days when beloved faces shone brighter

With light from beyond themselves;

And from the granite of some secret sorrow

A stream of buried tears loosened.


We bless this year for all we learned,

For all we loved and lost

And for the quiet way it brought us

Nearer to our invisible destination.


John O’Donohue (Irish Priest, author and poet) 


Congratulations to all of the College Award Winners for 2022

Year 5 Awards 2022

Noah Nunn – Social Impact Award

Leo Vigil – Academic Achievement Award 5 Blue

Kalan Fisher – Christian Leadership Award 5 Blue

Leo Henderson – Class Achievement Award 5 Blue

Rio Kelly – Creative Arts Award 5 Blue

James Draper – Academic Achievement Award 5 Gold

Marcus Millard – Christian Leadership Award 5 Gold

James Ganson – Class Achievement Award 5 Gold

Harvey Smith – Creative Arts Award 5 Gold

Tom Brown – Academic Achievement Award 5 Indigo

Sebastian Karhan – Christian Leadership Award 5 Indigo

Sam Burrows – Class Achievement Award 5 Indigo

Fred Cross – Creative Arts Award 5 Indigo

Ryan Loughrey – Academic Achievement Award 5 Orange

Jack Burrows – Christian Leadership Award 5 Orange

Braxton Dow – Class Achievement Award 5 Orange

Boyd Haslam – Creative Arts Award 5 Orange

Max Service – Academic Achievement Award 5 Red

Jack Baker Sedgman – Christian Leadership Award 5 Red

Hopper Dyke-Miller – Class Achievement Award 5 Red

Joseph Madden – Creative Arts Award 5 Red

Byron Campbell – Academic Achievement Award 5 White

Cormac Maher – Christian Leadership Award 5 White

Harry McKeon – Class Achievement Award 5 White

Aristotelis Evgenidis – Creative Arts Award 5 White


Year 6 Awards 2022

Thomas Stillone – Academic Achievement Award 

Cooper Mott – Christian Leadership Award 

Frederick Crabbe – Class Achievement Award 

Luc Frampton – Creative Arts Award 

William Frinsdorf – Academic Achievement Award

Jack Stuart – Christian Leadership Award 

Jack McCallum – Class Achievement Award

Henry Jones – Creative Arts Award

Ishaan Jeena – Academic Achievement Award 

Vincent Kapos – Christian Leadership Award 

Aiden McNee – Class Achievement Award 

Beau Matheson-Rayner – Creative Arts Award 

Liam Madden – Academic Achievement Award 

Oscar Nicholson – Christian Leadership Award 

Henry Walker – Class Achievement Award 

Max Bracic – Creative Arts Award

Jasper Lumsden – Academic Achievement Award 

Aiden Reay – Christian Leadership Award 

Charlie Tucker – Class Achievement Award 

Jeremy Pounder – Creative Arts Award 

Raphael Winterburn – Academic Achievement Award 

Lincoln Hamilton – Christian Leadership Award

Quinn Brodie – Class Achievement Award 

Henry O’Donnell – Creative Arts Award 

Year 6 Major Awards

Thomas StilloneThe Edmund Rice Trophy for Academic Excellence

Henry WalkerBr J P Lacey Memorial Trophy for Study, Leadership and Co-Curricular Involvement

Lukas PendletonBr M M O’Connor Award for Outstanding Sportsmanship

Lincon HamiltonThe Judge Paul Urquhart Award for Social Justice

Charlie GriffinThe Waterford Trophy for Performing Arts

Harry DemetriosHelen Newman Award for Service

Max WuWaverley Council Citizenship Award

Jonah NiopliasThe Old Boys’ Union Award


Year 7 Academic Awards 2022

Henry GoldrichDrama Equal First

Lachlan ChalmersDrama Equal First

Richard NestorEnglish

Axel StapletonGeography

Hamish WilsonTechnology

Ryan McNamaraPrincipal’s Award for Sport

Oliver IsaacDrama Equal First; Music; Steve Frangos Memorial Prize for Musicianship

Alexander KingPDH&PE; Nicholas Farrow Memorial Prize for the Spirit of Year Seven

Finley CromerScience; 3rd in Academic Results

Alexander AvdalisMathematics; 2nd in Academic Results

Daniel MorrowFr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion; Dux of Year 7


Year 8 Academic Awards 2022

Benjamin DarcyEnglish Equal First

Payton TarauPrincipal’s Award for Sport

Ryan MurphyPrize for Musicianship

Luke NezvalMartin Robinson Memorial Award for Service & Integrity

Dante FernVisual Arts; Equal 3rd in Academic Results

James BarberMathematics; 2nd in Academic Results

Benjamin CromerEnglish Equal First; History; PDH&PE; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion; Science; Spanish; Technology; Dux of Year 8


Year 9 Academic Awards 2022

Finlay WildeGraphics Technology

Fred CarmodyDesign & Technology

William DawsonHistory Elective

Yianni HatjinikitasIndustrial Technology Wood

Tomas CrossonInformation Software Technology

Mark RedeMathematics Level 3 Equal First

Harry CreweMathematics Level 2

Ethan RichMathematics Level 1

Lieme ChanMusic

Montgomery ArmstrongPhotography

Yannick HottScience

Harry PapworthSpanish

Hamish WhittenWork Education

Sam CaroFood Technology; Geography

Lachlan MarzolCommerce; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion; Equal First

Renato RovacchiSTEM; Mathematics Level 3 Equal First; Visual Arts

Ben PignatelliPrincipal’s Award for Sport

Max SheeyPrize for Musicianship

Lucas CraikNed Silva Award for Most Improved Effort in Year Nine

Kaden BakerApplied Philosophy; Physical & Sport Studies; 3rd in Academic Results

Harrison ThorpeAccelerated Mathematics; Drama Equal First; PDH&PE; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion Equal First; 2nd in Academic Results

James PeateDrama Equal First; English; Dux of Year 9


Year 10 Academic Awards 2022

William KirkInformation Software Technology

Will HughesDesign & Technology

Luke CrossonDrama

Ewan McDonaldHistory Elective

Jack KervesIndustrial Technology Wood

Marcus Henderson – Mathematics Accelerated

Jock EdwardsMathematics Level 3

Remy FramptonMathematics Level 2; Social Impact Award

David EishoMathematics Level 1

Robert MuirMusic

Oliver MalzardPhotography

James BirbasSpanish

Henry WhitehouseWork Education

Otto HulewiczHistory Equal First; Visual Arts

Ehren LittlePrincipal’s Award for Sport

Robbie MuirPrize for Musicianship

Lachlan MirandaADF Long Tan Award; Commerce; History Equal First; PDH&PE; Anthony Tarlinton Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievements in Study & College Activities

James MedlandApplied Philosophy; Physical & Sport Studies; 3rd in Academic Results

Ricardo ZanapalisFood Technology; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Religion; 2nd in Academic Results

Bailey BarkerADF Future Innovators Award; English; History Equal First; Science; STEM; Dux of Year 10


Year 11 Academic Awards 2022

Benjamin StirlingOpen High School Achievement Certificate

Bert CottellPremier’s Respect Award

Luca HolmesBiology Equal First

Jett WandaConstruction

Christopher ArmstrongDesign & Technology

Sam StewartDrama

Lachlan McMunnEnglish Standard

Vasili VertsonisExtension English

Thomas BrenchleyGeography

Wilford HydeHospitality

Mitchell CahillIndustrial Technology Equal First

Thomas GleesonIndustrial Technology Equal First

Penn O’ConnorInvestigating Science

Jacob WalkerMathematics Standard Equal First

Matthew WoodsMathematics Standard Equal First

Frederick Le VayMusic Course I

Angus BirrellMusic Course II

Daniel PalacioSpanish Beginners

Finn StranixVisual Arts

Anderson FranulovichVisual Design

Tom HughesMathematics Advanced Equal First

Malachy BroughMathematics Advanced Equal First; Mathematics Extension

Leo SchmidStudies In Catholic Thought; Sport Life & Recreation; Marine Studies; English Studies

Liam RussellRyan Shiels Memorial Prize for Musicianship

Zion Ahosivi PoitahaGreg Carmody Memorial Prize for Best All Round Sportsman

Jack PrellerFood Technology; Year 11 All Rounder Award

Theo Varvaressos – Biology Equal First; Arthur & Mollie Burke Memorial Prize for English Advanced; Modern History; 3rd in Academic Results

Liam WoodAncient History; Spanish Continuers; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Studies of Religion I; 2nd in Academic Results

Jake PerksChemistry; UNSW Australia Prize for Economics; Mathematics Accelerated; Physics; Dux of Year 11

Charles Hely-HammondBusiness Studies; Legal Studies; PDH&PE; Fr Kevin Nolan & Ms Merle Frances Nolan Award for Studies of Religion II; Dux of Year 11


Gold Award Prize Draw Winners


Liberating Education Award 

Congratulations to Ms Natasha Zivanovic, on receiving the EREA Charter Award for Liberating Education. Natasha was selected from 4,500 staff of 55 EREA schools in Australia, for the amazing work she is doing liberating education at the Junior School. Natasha and her husband attended a ceremony down in Melbourne last weekend.

Ms Natasha Zivanovic with Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Ms Natasha Zivanovic with Principal, Mr Graham Leddie

Wavelength Coming Soon

The Waverley bi-annual alumni magazine Wavelength will be published soon, and posted to all Old Boys and Waverley families in December. Wavelength celebrates the achievements and news of our students and Old Boy community, with this edition featuring engaging articles about Cadet leadership, Ecology, our Indigenous Walawaani Program, coeducational achievements, Professor Ian Hickie AM (Class of 1976), Daniel Ardilley ASC (Class of 1984), a nostalgic contribution from Chris O’Sullivan (Class of 1965/66), and more.

HSC Nominations

Each year, students in Technologies and the Creative Arts are nominated for their HSC achievements in individual performance/s and projects. This is outstanding external recognition in highly competitive fields, and an acknowledgment that they are amongst the best in the State. I know you will join me in congratulating the following talented students:

HSC Showcase Encore

Nominated for possible inclusion for a selection of performances and compositions in HSC Music:

Please consider attending the HSC Showcase, Encore, at the Sydney Opera House, on Monday, 27 February 2023.

HSC Showcase OnStage  – Individual Performance 

Nominated for possible inclusion for individual performance in HSC Drama.

OnStage is a selection of performances and individual projects from HSC Drama students and will be held at the Seymour Centre in February 2023.

InTech and Shape HSC Exhibition 2022 Nomination

InTech 2022

Nominated for possible inclusion in InTech, the annual exhibition of outstanding Major Projects developed by HSC Industrial Technology students: 

A number of projects will be selected for Shape 2022, the combined exhibition of HSC Technology projects at the Powerhouse, Ultimo, Sydney from 3 March to 21 May 2023. 

Shape 2022 

Design and Technology student/s nominated for possible inclusion in Shape 2022:

Shape is an annual exhibition of exemplary Major Projects developed by HSC Design and Technology, Industrial Technology and Textiles and Design students.

As we conclude 2022, I would like to acknowledge the efforts made by so very many of our students, staff and parents/carers in the Waverley community during the course of this year. The extraordinary commitment made by all our staff, academic and support staff alike, means that we can continue to succeed and flourish as a learning community.

I would also like to express my gratitude to the community for welcoming me into this role. I will return for Semester 1, 2023 as (Acting) Deputy Principal – Students, and look forward to a continued partnership with all our families. 

We have had an extraordinary year, having returned to full-time school after two years of instability. Students have had to reconnect with their peers and they have all shown great resilience and courage. 

Due to the upheaval COVID-19 has brought, and the adjustments students have had to make to settle back into school, we have adjusted some of our College expectations. However, as we welcome our students back to 2023, I would like to draw your attention to updated College policies that we expect all our students to adhere to. 


Waverley College has a strict haircut policy, which all students are required to adhere to. 

◆ Hair should be neatly cut, combed and maintained. Hair should be shorter than the collar.

◆ Long hair or outlandish styles are not acceptable.

◆ Undercut styles, dramatic layering, tracks, mohawks, mullets, overuse of product, tinting, colouring, dreadlocks, strands of hair, buns, braids or lines are not acceptable.

◆ A number 2 cut is the shortest acceptable cut.

◆ If students do not comply with a request by their Head of House to address any breaches, they will then have three options:

  1. Go immediately to the barber at Charing Cross and have the inappropriate haircut rectified.
  2. Return home until such time as the inappropriate haircut is rectified.

If your son arrives at the College at the commencement of 2023 with a haircut that is not inline with College policy, he will be sent home on his first day at the College to rectify this. 

Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are a distraction to students in school. During school hours, they should be focussing on learning and their relationships with the people around them. 

Unfortunately, mobile phones are often used inappropriately. Students use them to photograph or video, often without the permission of the subject. They are also often the tool used by cyber-bullies and those who target others over social media. We believe that children should be protected from this, during school time.

We have seen an increase in students taking photos of staff members, sharing these or uploading them to social media. This is a massive invasion of privacy for our staff, and any students who do this, will receive a two-day suspension. 

Therefore, for the safety and wellbeing of students, our mobile phone policy is as follows:

At the Senior School (Years 7 – 12)

◆ Devices are to be stored in lockers, and preferably placed on silent or flight mode to eliminate loud ringtones. They can only be used next to one’s locker before school, recess, lunch, or after school for short periods of time.

◆ The only exception to this is when students are instructed to contact their parent/carer regarding variations to scheduled events, or, under direct teacher supervision, they may use their device.

◆ Devices cannot be taken to class (every student has a laptop in class).

◆ If a mobile phone is brought to any class, a student will receive a one-hour detention. If they continue to bring their phone to class, they will receive a three-hour detention.

◆ Parents needing to contact their son during class time, should contact school reception directly.

◆ Students found to have mobile devices switched ‘on’, using devices to ‘hotspot’ laptops to external data sources, bypassing the College’s network, or used in any way deemed inappropriate by College staff or supervising adult, can expect a one-hour detention. Mobile phones will be confiscated if it becomes a distraction to the learning process, has been a medium for a breach of privacy, or holds information pertaining to a crime. Parents or carers will be notified immediately about any confiscation.

At the Junior School (Years 5 – 6)

◆ Devices are collected in the classroom at the beginning of the day, and placed securely in a locked cupboard. At the end of the school day, they are collected and returned to each student.


Wearing a uniform is a badge of pride, it creates an identity for a school, and is an important part of being a school student. Uniforms show that you are part of an organisation. Wearing it says, we’re all in this together. 

We ask that students wear their uniform with pride, which includes wearing the shirt tucked in at all times. 

We also ask that students ensure they are wearing appropriate footwear. Please see our expectations below:


Standard black leather lace-up shoes are the only acceptable footwear, except during sport.

No suede or branded shoes ie: Nike, New Balance, ASICS etc. Shoes must be of a leather type that can be polished to a shine. Shoes with coloured stitching or other embellishments such as buckles, are not acceptable. Boots of any type are not permissible.

I ask that all families please support the College in adhering to these policies as we commence 2023. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

I wish our entire community a safe and happy holiday, and look forward to the return of our students next year. 


Ms Gabrielle Smith

(Acting) Deputy Principal – Students

Short answer – anything and everything.

Whatever your son wants to read, go with it!

According to Kenny Pieper, author of “Reading for Pleasure: a Passport to Everywhere”, all adults have a responsibility to be reading role models. We  need to step up and be their reading mentors, getting involved in their lives, or at least be the ones who will properly encourage them to turn the key. It won’t happen by accident. 

Equally in “The Enchanted Hour” by Meghan Cox Gurdon, we, as adults, are asked to “Imagine an elixir so strong that a daily dose makes your family smarter, happier, healthier, more successful, and more closely attached. Now imagine that you can have it without spending a dime. It all starts with a story, a voice, and a place to sit…” 

10 minutes each day, will have a significant impact on your son’s wider learning capacity and confidence, not to mention the benefits to their reading ability and mental health.

If you are still struggling to get your son to read for 10 minutes each day, hit them with this fact, from Yale researchers: “People who read live longer than those who don’t!” The results of a study conducted in 2016 are startling. “Analyses demonstrated that any level of book reading gave a significantly stronger survival advantage than reading textbooks. Book reading rather than reading in general is driving a survival advantage.”

Why might this be the case? Apparently it comes down to two factors. Deep reading of novels  is a slow process, where the reader engages with the book and seeks to understand it within its own context, and within the context of the outside world.

Emotional connection is where the reader empathises with the characters, and that promotes social perception and emotional intelligence. There are no real downsides to reading, other than making the time for it.

Reading Ideas

Younger Readers


Book of the Year - Older Readers

Graphic Novels



Where to go for More Ideas?


Ms Mary Ryan

Literacy Coordinator and English Teacher


Reading for Families over the Summer School Holidays

Give your sons and families the beautiful experience of reading, this summer.

Waverley College is a member of the International Boys’ School Coalition, and they have produced a neat graphic outlining five simple things parents/carers can do, to help their sons read more.

This summer will be a great time to give these tips a go.

I myself, have found that setting small goals of even just reading for 10 minutes, can start the momentum.

To access books, one activity to consider, is to visit your local library as a family. Randwick City Libraries, for example, have current and engaging children’s and Young Adult fiction. This can be a helpful way to try out reading, to find what might be of interest to your sons and yourself!

And if in the city, drop into the City of Sydney’s Customs House Library, just opposite Circular Quay. A brilliant spot for a rest and a boost.

And of course, the College Library provides audio and ebooks via the Library CANVAS page, all summer long! Click on the Ebooks and Audiobooks icon.

Year 12 reading

Word Fun Activity

As a family, review together the People’s Choice winners for the Macquarie’s Dictionary 2022 words of the year. Great fun!

Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year 2022

The Role of Wikipedia

The concise article below by Mathieu O’Neil and Rachel Cunneen, gives an overview of the role Wikipedia can play. One key point is that the references listed in Wikipedia are a solid start, when beginning research.

Digital Literacy: using Wikipedia as a fact-checking tool

“Given the usefulness of Wikipedia as both a source of information and as a media literacy teaching tool, this article was intended to change the narrative around Wikipedia”.

If your sons like Wikipedia, this can be a way to boost reading as well. Use Wikipedia not just for research, but for reading around hobbies and interests, leading to further discoveries and reading.

Year 12 reading

More About Boys and Reading

Boys and Reading – A Quick Guide For Parents


Mr Bill Roberts

Head of Library Services

The Waverley College Uniform Shop will operate with different trading hours during the December/January school holidays. It is open to all families.

* ‘Appointment Only’ time slots are available for 2023 new students/parents/carers. New parents/carers need to make an appointment for their son to be fitted for his uniform.

Please check the trading hours carefully, so that your son can be fitted before his first day of Term 1, 2023.

Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours

We look forward to assisting you with your uniform.

Waverley College Uniform Shop

Level 3 Centenary Building
Senior School Campus
(Enter via reception and take the lift to the 3rd Floor)
131 Birrell Street Waverley 

(02) 9369 0709

2022 Holiday Trading Hours

2023 New Opening Hours – Now Open Monday mornings 8:20-9:30am and Wednesday afternoons 2:30-3:30pm 

We are slowly rebuilding stock levels and are pleased to be able to offer lots more items for sale. Email us to check on stock and size availability.

We do have:

Please email us to check size and stock availability

If your son has outgrown his uniform, please consider donating it to the Secondhand Clothing Pool. This provides someone else with the opportunity to purchase a secondhand uniform well below the new price, whilst at the same time, raising funds for the students at the College through the Parents’ Association.

The Secondhand Clothing Pool will gladly accept the donation of all clean and wearable current uniform items for resale.

$30 Buy Back Scheme – Blazer and All Weather Jackets

There is a $30 ‘buy back scheme’ for the donation of Blazers and All Weather Jackets in excellent condition.

Email us for more information or visit us on Monday mornings or Wednesday afternoons during term.

Where Can Donations Be Left?

At the Senior School campus reception in the blue Secondhand Clothing Pool donation box. (If leaving Blazers and All Weather Jackets, please include name and phone number inside the bag, and we will contact you to arrange ‘buy-back.’)


For more information on stock availability or to make an appointment, please email the Secondhand Clothing Pool.
(02) 9369 0703 — please leave a voicemail, and one of our volunteers will get back to you


You will find us in the main building on Birrell Street. Enter via the Senior School campus reception, and take the lift to Level 3. The Secondhand Clothing Pool is next door to the Uniform Shop.

Opening Hours

Mondays, 8:20am-9:30am and Wednesdays, 2:30pm-3:30pm during term.

Secondhand clothing pool donation box

Secondhand Clothing Pool donation box in Senior School Reception


Camille and Kirsten

Secondhand Clothing Pool Coordinators

In January 2023, Theo Varvaressos (Year 12) will be attending the National Youth Science Forum to participate in a range of workshops and lectures, to develop his passion for science and build connections within the industry.

The National Youth Science Forum provides participants with the opportunity to:

Theo went through a rigorous multi-stage interview process to be accepted to attend this program, including an extensive written application, and three presentations to a panel of scientists, one on his topic of choice: genetically modified crops.

He chose to discuss the debate and history in this field of science as he “has an interest in genetics and GMOs and believes that if they are used correctly they have immense potential to benefit the world in both medical and agricultural applications.”

Theo aims to study either psychology or medical science at university, and believes this program will assist him to learn more about these career paths and potentially expose him to other careers in STEM he had not yet considered.

Theo is also looking forward to meeting students from other schools with similar interests in STEM. 

We are incredibly proud of Theo for being accepted into this competitive program and look forward to hearing about his experience in Term 1.

Read more about the National Youth Science Forum

Last week, students in Years 8 and 9 undertook their Practice and Qualifying Adventurous Journeys as part of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Bronze Award.

They engaged in a wide range of operations, testing their strengths and weaknesses, whilst building relationships along the way.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a global youth program which challenges young people to dream big, celebrate their achievements and make a difference in their world. Doing the Award is a personal challenge; pushing participants to their limits and recognising and celebrating achievements.

The Award is run in over 130 countries, with over 8 million young people participating worldwide. Our College currently offers this Award to students in Year 8 and above, and spans Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

For more information or to get involved please email Mr Alon Horry

Year 10 Service Week

Congratulations to our Year 10s who have made a significant impact across the community during Service Week. The boys have volunteered their time, care and efforts across a range of charities, primary schools, child care centres and NGOs. My email has been running hot all week with very positive feedback on their manners, care, patience and assistance, which we are all proud to hear and receive. Thank you to Ms Marie-Anne Maakrun and Ms Sue Walsh for coordinating the experiences. 

Year 8 Camp

Congratulations to our Year 8s who have performed very well on their outdoor education experience to Somerset Outdoor Learning Centre. Somerset is located about 90 minutes North-West of Sydney on the Colo River (known as the last pristine river in NSW). The Centre operates from a central Base Camp which services over 40km of the Colo Valley. 

Somerset offers the unique experience of tent camping, which presents the opportunity for students to engage with their natural surroundings and spirit of adventure. It provides a fun and supportive framework for students to develop leadership skills, work as a team and appreciate the value of friendships.

The boys participated in a number of activities including canoeing, rafting, abseiling, hiking, cooking, obstacle course, rock climbing and the wombat hole challenge. It is a wonderful opportunity for the boys to slow down from the fast-paced nature of big city living and no screen time. 

Two of our Duke of Edinburgh groups also used this as an opportunity to complete some of their Program requirements. Thank you to our dedicated teaching staff who supported the boys on their adventures.

Presentation Day 

The College Community is looking forward to celebrating the year at both the Years 5-8 Presentation Day (9am – 10:30am) and the Years 9,10,12 Presentation Day (12 Noon – 1:30pm). All parents/carers are welcome to attend either of these events, which are being held in the Gym.

Staffing Update 

Congratulations to Mr Stephen Ghattas who has been appointed (Acting) Assistant Director of the Junior School. Stephen is well known to the Waverley community as a caring and talented educator. He has previously carried out a number of leadership roles at the College including 18 months as Acting Assistant Director of Junior School, Assistant Director of Identity & Student Formation, Religious Education coordinator, Maths coordinator and Acting Sportsmaster. We wish him much success in this role. 

Movember – for all the dads, brothers, sons and mates in your life

Mr Bishoy Wasef (ICT Support Staff) has embraced Movember to raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. He has raised $915 thus far with five days left. If you would like to support this important cause, please donate via myMo Space by clicking the button below.

Donate Here

Climate Summit 

Powering Wentworth to Net Zero : Sunday, 27 November, 9:30am – 4pm (free)

The Wentworth Community has called for strong climate action, but what does it mean to reduce emissions to Net Zero and how long will this take? On Sunday, 27 November, Federal MP Allegra Spender is convening Wentworth’s first ever Climate Summit: Powering Wentworth to Net Zero in collaboration with local State MPs, Councils and the Smart Energy Council.

Register below to learn about the wide range of local initiatives currently underway from local councils, businesses, innovators and community groups.

Click here for event information and to register your interest in attending

This is a multi-partisan event that brings together members of all political stripes and all levels of government, and we hope it will kick-start an accelerated path to net zero for our community.

Climate Change Summit


A few weeks ago, I mentioned and congratulated three Waverley College Old Boys for making the European Wallaby tour. Excitingly, they will all be representing their country against Wales this weekend with Jed Holloway and Ben Donaldson named in the starting team and Sam Talakai named on the bench. Sam’s younger brother Kaiasi recorded a video message for his older brother from Year 8 camp this morning, hoping he makes his Wallaby debut on Sunday morning in Cardiff.  

Congratulations to Thomas Rudolph who has gone back-to-back centuries in cricket over the last two weekends. And, congratulations to Oliver Aboud and Zion Poitaha who have been selected in the U16 National Rugby Development Squad. All brilliant achievements!  

This Month on SchoolTV

Bullying is an ongoing or repeated misuse of power in relationships, with the intention to cause deliberate psychological harm. Bullying behaviours can be verbal, physical or social. It can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious or hidden.

Bullying in any form or for any reason can have immediate, medium and long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

Despite the efforts made to reduce bullying behaviours, the research tells us that one in four students still report being bullied every few weeks. However, not all negative behaviour should be considered bullying.

The key difference is that bullying does not stop on its own. It’s important young people learn how to identify behaviours that are rude, behaviours that are mean, and behaviours that are related to bullying.

Bullying SchoolTV

Often the reasons for bullying can be complex. Some young people do it to get approval from others, some do it to regain control, whilst others may do it because it makes them feel safe.

Supporting young people as they work through their emotions will help them unpack the motivation and reason behind the behaviour.

In this edition of SchoolTV, caregivers can better understand why some young people engage in bullying behaviours and what to do to support a child experiencing it.

We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition, and we always welcome your feedback.

If you do have any concerns about the wellbeing of your child, please contact our College for further information, or seek medical or professional help.

Click here for this month's edition of SchoolTV


Ms Gabby Smith

Acting Deputy Principal – Student Wellbeing

25 November 2022

2023 Fees

*As per the updated conditions of enrolment and as indicated on the College website, all Years 5 and 7 enrolments, Term 1 tuition fees are charged in Term 4, in the year prior. This includes continuing Year 6 (2023) students into Year 7 (2024). This replaces the “continuing confirmation deposit” usually charged in the 3rd Payment to Year 6. Year 5 and 7 will still receive an invoice in Term 1, 2024 for any applicable sundries, sibling discounts, excursion fees 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.

Discounts and Penalties

Fees paid before 4pm on the prompt payment date attract a $25.00 discount.

Any payment received after the due date will attract an administrative fee of $110.00.

Please be advised that some financial institutions need more than 48 hours to process their payments (e.g. Internet/BPay/BPoint).

Please see the last page of your account for payment method and contact details.

Enrolment Withdrawal Notice

You are reminded that if you wish to withdraw your son from enrolment at Waverley College, you are required to give one term’s notice in writing to the Principal that your son’s enrolment will cease.

The last day you can give notice that your son’s enrolment is finishing at the end of a school term, is the first day of the same term. If not received by that date, a penalty equivalent to one term’s tuition fees will be payable. The relevant dates for 2022 and 2023 are below:

We are excited to announce that Science Club will be offered at Waverley College as an extra-curricular activity for students from Years 7-12, commencing Term 1, Week 2, 2023. 

Science Club provides an opportunity for students to be presenting, critically analysing, and applying their understanding of scientific data and related concepts. Students must play an active role in their own learning experiences to increase engagement and academic achievement.

Scope and Sequence Science Club 2023

The scope and sequence of this program has been created for student-centred, inquiry-based learning.

In each session, students will have the opportunity to experiment with a focus on deepening their ability to apply the scientific method across all branches of Science.

The scientific skills embedded in this program are woven throughout the Stage 3-6 Science Syllabi and reflect Depth Studies and skills examined in the HSC courses.


Cost: $30.00 for Term 1

Materials: students are to bring a writing book. All other materials will be supplied.

Session times: select ONE from the following:


Sessions are limited to 25 students each and will run on a term-by-term basis. We envisage that the program will extend to the Junior School during the Winter Season.

Years 7-10 Examinations

Congratulations to Years 7-10 students for completing their Yearly Examinations this week. Please remember that student marks can be accessed by parents and carers via CANVAS in real-time as they are released to students.

>>> Click here for details on how to access CANVAS real-time reporting. 

Years 7-10 students will also receive their Semester 2 reports in Week 8 which will provide an overall mark for Semester 2 tasks, A-E grades on Course Outcomes, Recommendations and Commendations and Learner Profile grades. 

Further details on how to access these reports in the TASS Parent Lounge will be available in next week’s Nurrunga.

Expectations and Behaviour 

As we approach the end of Term 4, boys can start to get a little restless and tired. Add in the anticipation of holidays and the increase in temperature, and they can forget some of the school expectations and policies which are in place for the safety of all.

Please support the College in reminding your son of the non-negotiables when it comes to appropriate and safe behaviour. 

There is no place for the following serious breaches of College policy: 

Director of Junior School

With the appointment of Ms Gabby Smith to the Acting Deputy Principal – Students role, the College has undergone a process, and I would like to congratulate Ms Gaby Bransby on her appointment to the Acting Director of Junior School position.

Gaby is the current Assistant Director of the Junior School and has acted previously for 18 months in the Director of Junior School role.

Gaby has held the role of Assistant Director of Curriculum (JS) and is currently completing a Masters of Educational Leadership. Gaby is passionate about the connection between teaching, learning and student wellbeing. We wish Gaby much success in this role. 

CAS Awards 

On Monday evening, Barker College hosted the annual CAS general committee meeting and dinner. Waverley College had three staff members honoured for service to the CAS. 

Congratulations to:

Mr Col Blake

Col has been one of the greatest volunteers at Waverley College and is winding back his presence at the College after 30 years of distinguished service. Col attended the College from 1958-1962. He then went on to become a survey draughtsman with Sydney Water before becoming a graphic designer and starting his own business. 

He became reacquainted with the school in the late eighties when he and his wife Shirley sent their sons Simon (1992) and Kieran (1993) to the College. Col joined the Old Boys Executive in 1988 and has served 21 years as Vice President, three Years as President and is a current committee member.

He was the Wavelength magazine editor and designer for many years, the editor of the College Yearbooks 1993-2005, and assisted with many graphic design works and the College’s 90th and Centenary Celebrations.

CAS Presentation – Col Blake

Col started the Track & Field Supporters’ Club and was its president from 1988-1992. This group of parents/carers watched their assistance help support the College Track & Field team move from last to first place in seven years. Col also served as President of the Parents’ Association from 1992-1993, and sat on the College Board from 1992-2004 where he was chair of the development fund committee. Col was also the College’s Head HSC examiner for many years.

Col has always sought to make a difference in other people’s lives and in the Waverley community. Recently, he and Shirley have participated in a dancing program which aims to assist people suffering from dementia, aired on ABC Catalyst. 

>>> Click here to view the ABC Catalyst episode.

On behalf of the College community, I want to thank Col for all of his hard work and outstanding service over many years across many College support groups. We wish Col and Shirley all the very best as they step back slightly from our community. As Col stated on Monday evening, “it is au Revoir and not goodbye.”

CAS Presentation - Col Blake

Proposed Renewal of Birrell Street – Have Your Say

Waverley Council has launched a community consultation on the proposed renewal of Birrell Street, between Newland Street and Henrietta Street.

To help ensure Birrell Street is safe for pedestrians, drivers and cyclists to use in the years to come, Council is planning on upgrading part of the street.

In the main, if these new ‘improvements’ make the road safer, we would all benefit. Anything that can be done to calm traffic along Birrell Street making a safer environment for our school community, is a positive thing.

However, the College has some concerns about which we will be seeking confirmation via this survey:

If you use this street for parking, walking, cycling or driving, I encourage you, as a member of our community, to complete the quick survey below, to share your thoughts on proposed bike lane upgrades, crossing point improvements, and parking implications.

The survey closes on Wednesday, 7 December 2022.

>>> Click here to complete the quick survey.