Our strong performances across all areas of winter co-curricular continued last weekend. Well done to all teams including the 1st XVIII AFL, 1st XI Football and 1st XV Rugby who all secured great wins against strong opposition. The 1st XI Football also backed up their performance on the weekend by travelling to Coffs Harbour on Monday to play in the next round of the CIS Independent Cup Football where they were successful in winning 8-0. A special thank you to Mr Patrick Darvill and Mr Donato D’Agrosa for looking after these students. Our 10A Football and 7A Football also continued on their winning ways with some strong wins.
Behavioural Expectations and Maintaining High Standards
At the assembly last week we spoke about some important messages regarding co-curricular. We reminded all students of expectations, always wearing correct attire, using appropriate language at all times and ongoing respect towards the opposition and officials. This was based on some negative reports from the week before, however, there was a significant improvement in these areas last weekend. These expectations do not change and maintaining these high standards are so important as many of our opposition school communities often judge Waverley College on how we act and present at weekend commitments.
The importance of co-curricular activities to young men’s holistic development is critical not only for their physical health but also for their emotional, social and mental well-being. Having fun, connectedness and having positive experiences is vital at a time where school-age mental health issues are having major impacts on the overall health of society. Regardless of the team and level you are playing at, we need to ensure that the experiences are positive and the College is represented in the best possible way. Please also remember that it is only schoolboy sport and not professional, and that there are Codes of Conduct not only for students, but parents and spectators too.
Travel Expectations and Leave
All of Year 12 were on retreat this week so should be fresh and ready for this coming weekend’s fixtures. Please ensure that all students are clear on where and when they are playing, particularly in AFL as there have been recent changes to this draw. We also have a number of teams playing away at venues that are quite some distance and take time to get to. It is an expectation that all students are at their fixtures at a minimum of 30 minutes prior to allow for an adequate warm up, and that consideration is given to the distance of the venue and the time it takes in Sydney traffic on a Saturday morning.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind the College community of the correct processes for requesting leave with appropriate notice, and also any illnesses or absence on a weekend requires a medical certificate as per published College policy.
Travel to King’s for Rugby – Parking Information
For those parents and students travelling to King’s for Rugby this weekend, we have been asked to provide the following information regarding parking:
- All football / rugby supporters’ vehicles should enter the School via Masons Drive, near Tara School and be directed to the parking facilities inside The King’s School.
- If these become full, parking will be in Masons Drive.
- We ask that vehicle speed through the TARA car park be kept to an absolute minimum, please.
- We also ask that parents of boys playing on Massie Fields do not park on the property of Tara School.
- We will have parking supervisors and security directing traffic and it is expected that their instructions are followed.
- COVID-19 restrictions regarding QR coding and limits on spectators will also apply. Unless students are reserving for the next team, they will be required to depart at the conclusion of their match please.
Volleyball at Newington – COVID-19 Protocols
2 parents per player for all indoor venues and all spectators MUST be wearing a mask.
Good luck to all teams and activities this weekend.
Mr Steve O’Donnell
Director of Co-curricular