From the Director of Wellbeing, Matthew Porter
Year 10 Big Brother/ Year 5 Little Brother Program
On Wednesday this week the Year 10 and Year 5 students were divided up into their House Groups to participate in the first session of the new Waverley College Big Brother/ Little Brother Program. This provides students in Years 5 and 10 with the opportunity and environment in which to develop cohesive working relationships with older and younger boys. This is the beginning of a three year journey designed to assist with the Year 5 boys’ transition into Secondary Education at Waverley. These boys will have opportunities to interact across Year 5, 6 and 7.
By fostering a mutually positive connection we can diversify the support network available to our Year 5 Little Brothers as each boy transitions between the two campuses of the College. This program also empowers and develops the confidence and communication skills of the Year 10 students as they act as leaders and role models. The boys participated in range of activities including; paired reading, mediation and mindfulness, a scavenger hunt designed to improve their knowledge of the College facilities and some of Waverley’s history and a series of team building and initiative games. All of the boys seemed to have a great time and it was fantastic to see them exchanging high-fives as the session concluded and they resumed their scheduled lessons for the remainder of the day.
International Women’s Day Student Leader’s Breakfast
Congratulations to all of the boys who submitted their applications for leadership positions on the Student Representative Council for 2018. We received an overwhelmingly positive response across all year levels. The successful candidates will be announced during Friday’s House Assemblies. Please keep an eye on your son’s emails as we will be sending out the official invitation to the International Women’s Day Student Leadership Breakfast shortly. College Captains, Prefects, SRC, Year 5 and 6 Leaders and Representative from St Clare’s College Leadership Team will be invited along with a significant female guest to join us for breakfast in the Br. Lacey Gymnasium from 7:00am on Thursday 8th of March. We look forward to seeing you there.
World’s Greatest Shave
Over the past two years Waverley College has raised over $50,00 to support the fantastic work of the Leukemia foundation. In 2017 we had close to 200 boys “Brave the Shave” to show their support for those impacted by this terrible illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with those of you in our Waverley community who have lost loved ones or are currently fighting their own battles. If your son has been impacted upon or this triggers any painful memories please notify the relevant Head of House.
Once again the Waverley College Shave will take place during the College Assembly scheduled for Thursday 15 March. If you wish to participate there are a number of ways to get involved. Sign up your son to “Team Waverley 2018” or donate here. You can loan a pair of clippers for the day or better yet, come along, role up your sleeves and try out your hairdressing skills. Any boy who wishes to participate must bring in a note from home and make a donation to the Leukemia foundation either online or in cash on the day. Fundraisers who register via the website will go first.