From Director of Co-Curricular, Mr Steve O’Donnell
Last weekend saw the first full round of Waverley hosting Barker in winter sport for 2020. Firstly, I want to thank the College community for following the important instructions regarding COVID-19 restrictions.
We need to ensure that we keep spectators at a minimum, with one parent per player, and that all spectators leave at the conclusion of their commitments. Spectators also need to make sure that they are following instructions regarding their attendance at any venue. Unfortunately, we had a number of students who weren’t in full, correct attire. Moving forward, this will result in being asked to leave any venue immediately.
We had some great results across the board against one of the CAS powerhouses and there were some impressive performances. 1sts Volleyball went down, but all games were very close and the coaches and students should be congratulated on the significant improvements they’ve shown this season. The 1st XI Football were unlucky to draw 1-1 after leading for the majority of the second half. All Rugby teams were outstanding and the 1st XV was another epic battle that saw Waverley secure a famous victory in the dying seconds of the match.
Our Cross Country runners and staff were excellent at co-hosting the carnival at North Ryde, with some great results. We will continue to offer Track and Field training leading up to the shortened Athletics season for the last 4 weeks of Term 3. All invitationals and the CAS Track and Field championships will have no spectators and we will be running modified carnivals to ensure that venue attendance does not exceed 500 at any time. We will also continue our mid-week tutorials for Year 12 over the next few weeks leading up to the trial HSC examinations, and we ask that those students and parents keep an eye out for emails regarding the schedule.
Any students in Years 7-11 wishing to request a summer activity change have until the end of Term 3 to submit. We are also offering Athletics as a summer sport, with the weekend commitment being on a Friday evening at ES Marks and the Waverley squad joining the Eastern Suburbs Little Athletics team.
I would also like to remind all families and students of the correct process for requesting leave on a Saturday. We require two weeks’ written notice where possible and a maximum of two exemptions per year will be granted. Some students have been doing the wrong thing and, in particular, choosing club football over their compulsory school commitments. With only two to three weeks to go of our winter season, I will be requesting that all students meet their school sporting commitments fully (unless there is a valid reason for not attending). Please also note that any illness on the weekend requires a medical certificate when the student returns to school.
Best wishes to all teams and activities this weekend – and “Go the Waves!”