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This Term Elevate Education delivers high-impact workshops to our students that help to develop their study skills, motivation, and exam preparation. Over the Term, you are invited to join their parent webinar series, where you can help support your child at home by reinforcing the skills they are learning at school.

Elevate Education’s free webinars for Term 2 will take place on the following Wednesdays:

Parents learn how to help their child revise effectively, prioritise high-impact work, and build good routines in the run up to exams.

Parents learn how to help their child manage stress and anxiety during exams, and how they can maximise marks in the exam room.

Parents can ask the Elevate study skills experts any burning questions in the run-up to exams. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions you feel have been unanswered by Elevate in their webinars so far, whether that relates to your child’s study space, their motivation levels or the way they study.

How to Register

Register for the series by clicking HERE.

Years 7 to 12 Parent/Teacher/Student Interviews: 29 and 30 April 2024

Interviews on both of these days will take place between 8:30am and 6:30pm.

All interviews will be held via Zoom.

IT have provided a video on how to set up a Zoom Meeting. You can view this video HERE.

How to Book Your Interview

Bookings for these interviews can be made through the Parent Lounge in TASS.

Bookings opened on Tuesday, 2 April at 9am and will close on Friday, 26 April at 3:30pm.

There will be no classes or sport training for any Senior School students on either of these days.

A list of Zoom account numbers will be sent by IT to all parents/carers prior to the interview dates. This will usually be a day or two before the interviews. You do not need the Zoom code to make your bookings.

In order to have staff available to as many families as possible, interviews will be of five minutes’ duration.

To make the process as efficient as possible and to minimise lost time, we ask that you don’t make consecutive bookings and leave at least a five minute gap between your bookings to allow time to move between meetings with the teachers.

The following staff will not be available for interviews;

Monday 29 April                          

Ms H. Chia

Ms M. Cooper

Ms K. Downey

Ms F. Heffernan

Mr P. Riley

Ms N. Silsby

Ms C. Stewart

Mr J. Walker

Tuesday 30 April

Ms H. Chia

Ms K. Downey

Ms F. Heffernan

Mr P. Riley

Ms N. Silsby

Mr J. Walker

 

The link to the Parent Lounge is HERE.

User ID = email address

Password = if you cannot remember your password you can reset by selecting ‘forgot password’.

If you have any technical issues with using the system then you should contact the IT Department on (02) 9369 0784 or email iAssist@waverley.nsw.edu.au

Dear Parents and Carers,

The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point in time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. Students in Years 5, 7 and 9 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

Our school will be participating in NAPLAN Online between 13 – 22 March 2024

Years 5 and 7 students will sit their test in Periods 1-2 and Year 9 students will sit their test in Periods 3-4.

Students must bring their fully charged laptops and headphones to this session.

Excessive preparation for NAPLAN Online is not recommended. Students do not need to be able to touch type to complete NAPLAN Online as the tests are not about keyboard skills (just as the paper test is not about handwriting skills). 

Students can use the Public Demonstration Site to familiarise themselves with the types of questions and tools available in the NAPLAN Online tests.

Please click on this link 2024 NAPLAN Online – Information for parents and carers sheet for further information. 

If you have any questions regarding this practice test please contact either Ms Martina Cooper (Director of Curriculum), Mr David Parnell (Head of Learning Support) or Mr Elliott McKimm (Acting Assistant Director of Curriculum – Year 5 students). 

Additional resources:

Furthermore, if parents or carers are interested in learning about strategies to support their son through NAPLAN our Head of Academic Enrichment, Ms Helen Barrie has prepared this informative video:

 

Ms Martina Cooper

Director of Curriculum

mcooper@waverley.nsw.edu.au

We are looking forward to you joining us next Tuesday, 5 March at 6pm for the parent/ carer and student information evening on Study Skills with Dr Prue Salter in the College Gymnasium.

Parents/ carers and students should attend together as the session is very interactive. Students should wear their full school uniform. Both students and parents also need to bring along a pen. Handouts will be given out during the evening.

The main areas that will be covered are:

Study Skills Website and Handbook

Also, just to remind you that our school is a subscriber to the study skills website www.studyskillshandbook.com.au

This website will help you develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarising, technology use, brain and memory and much more.

Everything you need to know about becoming a more powerful learner and improving your marks at school can be found on this site. For example, learn how the colour of your room affects your ability to study, what the best study techniques are for your type of brain, how to improve your handwriting and useful software and apps to block yourself from technology distractions. 

You will also see lots of useful handouts, grids and planners at the bottom of the THINGS TO PRINT page.

How to Access the Handbook

To access the handbook, go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and login with these details:

username:  forwaverleycollegeonly

password:  94results 

The more of this website you can work through, the more you will set yourself up for academic success. 

Join the Year 7 Rock Band!

Do you have a passion for music? Are you ready to rock out with your classmates? Then we have an exciting opportunity for you!

Boys in Year 7 who are interested in joining one of the school’s Rock Band Groups are invited to meet Mr Johnston next Wednesday, 14 February 2024 at 10:15am in the Recital Room of the Performing Arts Centre. This is your chance to showcase your musical talents and be a part of our amazing music program.

Whether you play guitar, drums, bass or any other instrument, we welcome all aspiring rock stars to come together and make some unforgettable music.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of the Year 7 Rock Band.

If you have any questions or are interested, send an email to Mr Johnston at jjohnston@waverley.nsw.edu.au or complete the Private Music Tuition Form here.

See you there!

Dear Parents, Carers and Students,

The Year 7 Parent/Student Study Skills Information Evening will take place in the College Gym (in the Cosgrove Centre) on Tuesday, 5 March 2024, 6pm-7:30pm.

The presenter for the evening, Dr Prue Salter, is an expert in the area of study skills. The evenings she runs for Year 7 families are in high demand and this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Please click the button below to view information about the learning areas that will be covered.

Click here to view the Study Skills flyer

Students and Parents/Carers are asked to please:

 

Ms Martina Cooper

Director of Curriculum

mcooper@waverley.nsw.edu.au

At times, all students benefit from additional teacher support to consolidate classroom content and skills, particularly in the lead up to assessments. During Term time, we have the following supports available via our co-curricular program, run by expert teachers.

 

Ms Martina Cooper

Director of Curriculum

mcooper@waverley.nsw.edu.au

Dear Parents/ Carers and Students in Years 7 – 8,

Our Years 7 and 8 Enrichment Classes are stand-alone curriculum programs that seek to extend students beyond the standard curriculum who exhibit learner readiness for additional challenges. Student placement in these classes are reviewed each Semester based on academic performance, classroom application and classroom engagement.

We use the TrackOne data system to triangulate quantitative and qualitative data to identify the top 52 students of the cohort. This comprehensive identification process is only available to us at the end of each Semester, once report and assessment data is available. Until this point, we encourage parents/carers to monitor their child’s progress through assessment data, available in the TASS Parent Lounge Analytic Dashboard and on CANVAS.

Tournament of Minds

Tournament of Minds

The high school learning process is a journey that can fluctuate, as such, we are committed to monitoring the academic growth and potential of every student. Beyond our Enrichment Classes, interested students are welcome to join our Enrichment Co-curricular Programs including, 

Our first round of the CSDA (Catholic Schools' Debating Association) competition against Marcellin College was highly successful, seeing wins across both junior and senior teams. Congratulations to our Year 7 team who turned up ready to debate with poise and confidence in their first Senior School debating competition.

Debating

Literacy, Numeracy and Science Support Available – Before and After School

To assist students to achieve their learning goals the College runs Literacy, Numeracy and Science support for Years 7-10 via the Co-Curricular program in the Senior Library before and after school.

We will communicate different academic opportunities that arise for our students and thank you for your interest and support of our program. 

Image: courtesy Knox Grammar

Da Vinci Decathlon. Image: courtesy Knox Grammar

NSW School Vaccination Program 2024 

Each year NSW Health works with schools to offer the vaccines recommended and funded for adolescents by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The School Vaccination Team at the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District Public Health Unit is excited to work with the parents, carers, students and staff at Waverley College.   

In 2024, the following vaccines will be offered:

Years 7 and 10 vaccinations

Vaccination Date for Year 7

Wednesday, 31 July 2024

Catch-Ups 

Please note that catch-up vaccinations are offered at all visits throughout the year, including for Year 7 and Year 10 students. Any students who miss out during visits will be offered another opportunity at their next scheduled visit. 

Consent

For a student to be vaccinated at school, consent must first be provided.

To provide consent, you will need your Service NSW account details and the Medicare Card number for you and your child.

Online Consent Form

Parents/carers: please start providing online consent by clicking the button below – this button is for both Year 7 and Year 10 parents/carers.

Click here to provide online consent

This short video may also be of assistance.

Click here to view the School Vaccination - NSW Health video

QR Codes for Online Consent

Click here to scan the QR codes for the link to the 2024 Year 7 online consent portal

Click here to scan the QR codes for the link to the 2024 Year 10 online consent portal

Click here to scan the QR codes for information for 2024 Year 7 and Year 10 English as an Additional Language Parents/Carers

Please get in contact with the Health Centre nurse if you have any questions about the vaccinations or clinic.

Dear Parents/ Carers and Students in Years 7-12,

All students in Years 7 and 8 should have received their stationery pack and class teachers will advise when and what materials are needed for particular lessons.

Years 9 and 10 teachers will also advise students about subject specific requirements.

In the interim, students are advised to bring writing materials: exercise books and pens, as well as their laptop, to all classes.

The same advice applies to Years 11 and 12 students.  

Dear Parents/ Carers and Students in Years 7-12,

The Years 7-12 Assessment Booklets are currently going through the final checks and will be available on the College Website next week. Parents/ Carers and Students will receive an email with a direct link to the page on the College website where they will be able to download the latest version of the schedules plus other relevant information.

Students should ensure that they save a copy of the schedule on their laptop and it is recommended that they add the key dates to their College Diaries.

All students in Years 11 and 12 will now have received their Assessment Schedules. The Assessment Booklets, which outline further details regarding processes and tasks, are currently going through the final checks and will be available on the College website next week. Parents/ Carers and Students will receive an email with a direct link to the page on the College website where they will be able to download the latest version of the schedules plus other relevant information.

Students should ensure that they save a copy of the schedule on their laptop and it is recommended that they add the key dates to their College Diaries.

Join us for our Junior Pre Season Rugby Training in Term 1. This training is open for all Rugby players from Years 7-9. The focus for this will be on improving attacking, defensive and breakdown skills along with conditioning.

The sessions began on Thursday, 8 February 2024 and will run throughout Weeks 2-7. Sessions will run from 6:45am-8am at Waverley Park. Please note that this is an additional session and thereby summer sport training sessions will take preference.

Please send through any questions or queries to ldrewmorris@waverley.nsw.edu.au