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Junior School News

Waterford News

From the Director of the Junior School, Anthony Banboukjian

Prayer for the Week

God of joyful blessings,

As we participate in our Athletics Carnival this week, let us pray that it will be a time of celebration for our school community as we share our skills, efforts and enthusiasm, working together in our teams for the benefit and joy of the whole community.

Bless the teachers and parents who are giving so generously of their time to help make the carnival a wonderful day and being here to support us.

We pray in gratitude for our House Captains and Student Leaders who will be working hard to encourage team spirit and sportsmanship.

Let it be a reminder to us that we should always try our best in all that we do, displaying the skills and talents God has given us.  Help us to accept defeat without disappointment and success without arrogance.

May we all continue to grow together in a spirit of joy and friendship.  This we ask through Christ our Lord


Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for Us
Mary, Mother of God Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever

Prayers and thoughts

We continue to pray for members of our community who area going through some challenging times in their lives. Hugo Kulcsar (Year 5), William Pearce (Year 6), Mrs Stanton (wife of Mr Stanton) and Mr Harris all need our support and prayers. We hope they all recover and re-join our community soon.

Year 5 2020

A reminder to our families that any siblings who wish to be enrolled at the college in 2020 must apply earlier than in the past. Our new enrolment deadlines are listed below.

Please note the key application deadlines for 2020 are as follows:
Applications for Year 5 in 2020 should be lodged by Friday 30 November 2018. Interviews will be conducted and offers made during Term 1, 2019.


The 29th Annual Junior School Walkathon is taking place towards the end of this Term (Friday 21 September) and boys will be seeking sponsorship to raise money for several different charities that we have been supporting.  Last year we raised over $50,000. We would be grateful of your support in donating to the boys should they ask over the next few weeks.  This is a wonderful example of the Edmund Rice philosophy in practise. If you would like to contribute by donating any goods or services as rewards for the boys’ efforts, please contact Anthony Gill in the Junior School.

Book Week – Message from Mrs Tunks

This year Book Week will be celebrated in Week 4 in the Junior School. The theme is ‘Find your treasure‘.

The events include:

Author Jack Heath and illustrator Matt Cosgrove will be speaking to the boys and giving workshops. Boys can also purchase one of their books to be signed. Order forms are available from the Library.

A Book Fair will be running from Tuesday to Friday. Boys can purchase books from 8am Tuesday.

A Book Drive will also be running. Boys can bring in an old children’s book/s to donate to a local charity that sends books to countries effected by natural disaster.

The Book Character Parade will be happening on Friday. Boys come to school in their uniforms with their costume packed in their bags. Boys can either wear something that relates to the Book Week theme or their favourite book. We encourage all boys to participate. It is a fabulous event.


Well done to the following boys for their performances in the 2017 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) – Spelling competition:

Distinction Awards
Year 5
Tom Donaldson (top 6% of the country)

Year 6
Ewan McDonald (top 6% of the country)

Credit Awards
Year 5
Akiva Love-Blinkhorn (top 15% of the country)
Jamie Vanderkemp (top 25% of the country)

Year 6
Campbell Porteus (top 20% of the country)

Merit Awards
Year 5
Tomas Crosson
Liam McMaster

Year 6
Joshua Bowman
Joel Hammerschmidt
Thomas McKenna

Jack Johnson

Well done to Jack Johnson on his 9th place finish at the NSW PSSA State Cross Country Championships – Jacks was the first CIS runner home, which put him one place outside of the State team. We are all very proud of his efforts.

Jett Lenzo

Congratulations to Jett Lenzo who won gold at the Illawarra International Judo Tournament recently in the under 46kg weight division. Well Done Jett.

Blitz Day

Our annual Blitz Day last week was a tremendous success with the boys playing extremely hard against each other yet with tremendous sportsmanship and respect.

Best on Ground Results were as follows:

Best on Ground – Football

Year 5 – Gianni Testafredda & Joseph Di Mattia

Year 6 – Alfie Griffiths

Best on Ground – Rugby

Year 5 – James Finegan

Year 6 – Ethan Ginnane

Best on Ground- AFL

Combined Year 5 & 6 – Ricky Meyrick

Many thanks to Mr Meadley who organised a great day. Special thanks to the senior boys who assisted by refereeing throughout the day.

Class and Individual & Winter Photos

Please note the date for the Individual and Class photos is Wednesday 8th August. Can I ask you ensure your son is at school on this date as the photos cannot be rescheduled.  As winter sports photos will also be taken all boys will need to bring in their Saturday winter gear on the day.


Practice for Wakakirri is now in full swing and the boys are really enjoying themselves. It is great to see the boys get so excited when the announcement over the PA calls all those involved Wakakirri. The boys perform at NIDA on Tuesday 7th August.

Laptops – three Daily Habits

The three habits you must do every day to make sure your laptop is functioning at its best. I would ask ALL develop the habit of doing the following three things each night with their laptop:

  1. Backup important files and folders to their Google Drive
  2. Restart at home & at school
  3. Recharge

It would be appreciated if parents could assist us in getting the boys into this habit.


If anyone has photos from Saturday sport or any other Waverley College event that they would like to share with the rest of the College community could I ask you to send them in on a disk or memory stick to the Junior School office.