REPORT FROM THE DIRECTOR OF CO-CURRICULAR, STEVE O’DONNELL
Well done to staff, coaches, students and the amazing parents who supported our first full round of winter co-curricular last weekend. We had great results in many activities. The highlights included all of our debating teams getting a clean sweep against St Clare’s Waverley, all of our AFL teams recording strong wins, as well as the respectful way the community embraced the Acknowledgement of Country and Smoking / Ochre Ceremony conducted prior to the 1st XV match. Our Year 7 students were great in their support and it was also fantastic to see our 1st XI play their first ever CAS game on QP1. A big thank you also to the staff who assisted in supervising these students. This weekend is Year 10 Supporter Duty and these students can complete this compulsory requirement by supporting any winter 1sts activity including debating, AFL, football and rugby. We also had some very positive feedback regarding the change to the winter tennis program with much more competitive matches at all levels.
As there is some potential for rain this weekend, a reminder of the correct notification procedures for wet weather. We have a wet weather number and also SkoolBag alerts, which are used to notify of any changes. We also have TeamApp for most major sports and both of these are free downloads for iOS and Android. I encourage all parents and students to download both of these apps and search for the Waverley College related activities. The Team App is also great to get live score updates, team selections and other notifications www.teamapp.com
A big thank you to the parents who attended the first annual Supporter Groups meeting last week. We are very lucky to have such a great group of parents who volunteer so many hours and are also such a vital part of the co-curricular program at the College. Whether it is BBQ’s, fundraising, welcoming visiting schools or after match functions, there are so many ways in which these groups assist in delivering a quality program that is often the envy of other schools. These groups are also a great way to get more involved in the holistic education of your son and we encourage all parents to assist where they can.
This week we are at home to St Aloysius’ in football and St Augustine’s in rugby. We are also travelling to Bridgidine College in Randwick for debating on Friday night, as well as various locations for AFL, tennis and cross country is at St Ives. Please allow appropriate travel time for those students at away venues.
STEM and Chess
Our STEM co-curricular group have also started well and I was impressed to see the remote control cars that these students are working on creating and then building. We also have our Chess program we are working on building up again. Any student in Years 7-12 is encouraged to come to the Library at lunchtimes to take part or to work with our International Grand Chess Master on Wednesdays at lunch in W24.
Winter Co-curricular photos next week
A reminder to all students and parents that next week we are taking the Winter Co-curricular photos after school in the Gym as per the schedule emailed this week.
Good luck to all activities this weekend and ‘Go the Waves!’