Waratah Weekly - Term 3, Edition 8 - Friday, 10 September 2021
- Message from the Headmaster
- From the Deputy's Desk
- Teaching and Learning 7-12
- Primary News
- Pastoral Matters T-12
- Pastoral Matters Years 9-12
- Performing Arts News
- P&F 2021 WAC Golf Day - CANCELLED
- Library News
- Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition (AEBSC) Results
- Health and Physical Education Day and Wellbeing Afternoon
- Tournament of Minds success
- Employment Opportunites
- Enrolment News
- Church Services
- Pretend Headmaster
Message from the Headmaster
This week I have been reading a short ebook about marketing. The author states that a school's brand is not the advertising message that the school tries to promote, nor is it the logo, colours, crest, motto or creed of a school. While each of these aspects helps to communicate the brand, they are not the brand. A school's brand, says this author, is made up of the beliefs and expectations of the customers; in our case, that would be the students and families who are part of our Wollondilly family.
My interactions with families through emails (mostly), and the occasional phone call or Zoom meetings, leads me to believe that our brand is made up of the following expectations;
- A caring community in which students and staff demonstrate respect and care for one another; teachers that genuinely care for each student and recognise that they are more than just an academic result.
- A commitment to giving our best, being our best and expecting the best of each other; a place where students and staff both recognise the importance of high expectations.
- A commitment to God's Word as an accurate and true guide to life, relationships, work and purpose; we are able to love because God first loved us.
I hope that these expectations align with your view of the Wollondilly 'brand'. I certainly agree with each of these and will continue to support our staff as we strive to live out our brand more and more each day.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Thank you to Mr Ben Leffley who has served our College community since 2015. Mr Leffley has informed us that he will complete his time at the College at the end of this Term. We are thankful for his valuable contribution to our College as a Mathematics Teacher, Christian Studies Teacher, Year Patron and Acting Mathematics Coordinator. We pray that God will continue to use him in his service as he moves on to new ventures next Term.
Mr Trevor Norman
From the Deputy's Desk
Staff PD Day Changes
Parents should have received an email regarding the reasons for these changes and the details.
Please note new dates for the Staff PD Days (changed from 11 and 12 November):
- Friday, 17 September (last day of Term 3). The College will be closed.
- Friday 22 October - just before the staggered return of students to the College.
Timetable Changes – Secondary Students Term 4
Due to some staffing changes, there will be some timetable changes for secondary students in Term 4. Students will need to check their timetables during the holidays. This will impact lesson times.
12 Maths Standard
12 Engineering Studies
Mr Milburn (support)
11 Christian Studies, 9 Maths, 7 Christian Studies, 7 Maths G
Ms Atkins (4.5 weeks leave)
12 Maths Standard
11 Christian Studies, 10 Maths, 8 Maths
Mrs Taylor (leave)
11 Visual Arts
8 Visual Arts 2 and 3, Rest of Mrs Taylor’s classes
Mr van Netten
11 English Ext 1
Mrs Wellington & Mr van Netten
Off-Campus Learning Resumes Tuesday, 5 October Week 1B
Other Event Changes for Term 3
Thursday, 9 September
Primary Science Day
Year 12 Business Studies Webinar
Wednesday, 15 September
Middle and Senior Formal Assemblies.
Students will be recognised for achievements this term. These will be virtual events as we are unable to have an actual assembly with students or parents physically present. A link for a pre-recorded event will be distributed to families.
Thursday, 16 September
The Wollondilly Talent Quest is a long running tradition at the College and has always been an event on the last day of Term 3.
This year it will be a virtual Talent Quest for all T-12 students. Mrs Talbot has provided details to students regarding entry requirements.
Mr Ian Croger
Teaching and Learning 7-12
Year 12 Merits and Awards
I am excited that Year 12 students will be able to continue receiving Merits and awards in Term 4. Normally the cut off for Year 12 would be the end of Term 3. Teachers are looking for opportunities to award Academic Achievement, Academic Effort and Academic Engagement merits. Teachers are recording these and they will contribute to GREEN, WHITE and BLACK awards. Awards will be presented to students at the Graduation Assembly.
Well Done Years 11 and 12
I would like to congratulate both Year 11 and Year 12 on the way they have managed the changed format of exams over the last few weeks. The substitute tasks that were completed have given teachers useful data to help determine final rank orders in Year 12 and RoSA grades in Year 11. Assessment Marks (Year 12) and RoSA grades (Year 11) will be submitted to NESA in the coming weeks.
As tasks are returned I encourage students to listen carefully to the feedback from teachers and consider how this can be applied moving forward.
Term 4 Assessments in Years 7-10
Teachers will be continuing to assess students in a variety of ways in Term 4. It is important to remember that Grades are awarded based on students' formal and informal assessments along with the professional judgement of teachers. I encourage students to continue working diligently in the last week of this term and throughout Term 4. Teachers will continue to modify assessment activities to suit the Off-Campus environment. While there will not be examinations for students in Years 7 and 8, students in Years 9 and 10 will complete substitute tasks for some subjects during class time in Weeks 4 and 5 next term. Teachers will communicate the details of these tasks to students early Term 4.
I have been very impressed with the manner in which most students have navigated the challenges of Off-Campus Learning. This environment certainly requires self regulation and an ability to work independently.
Year 11 into Year 12 Course Changes
I will be talking to our incoming Year 12 students in Week 1 of Term 4 about different patterns of study for the HSC. Students will not be able to drop a subject until after Week 2 of Term 4. It is important that students make informed choices about the best pattern of study for the HSC. Mr Croger will share a google form that will need to be completed before a subject can be dropped. There will need to be evidence of correspondence between the teacher and the Teaching and Learning Coordinator 7-12 before subject changes will be approved.
Mr Paul Burns
Director of Teaching and Learning 7-12
Learning Packs and Home Readers T-6
Primary teachers are preparing new learning packs ready for parents to pick up in Week 1 of Term 4. These packs will include Home Readers for Years K-2. They will also include, work booklets that will supplement online learning in Term 4. They can be picked up from the College Auditorium from 6-8 October between the hours of 9.00 am -10.00 am and 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm. Parents who would like to pick up from St Jude's in Bowral will need to email Mrs Justine Colombo: email@example.com so times can be arranged.
Returning Home Readers – next week
It would be very helpful if parents in Years K-2 could return Home Readers that they currently have. A returns box will be set up near Student Reception for parents to drive through and drop them in. This box will be available from Monday, 13 September until Wednesday, 15 September.
When picking up your learning packs in Week 1 next Term, could parents please return materials previously distributed.
Ms Jacqui Huxtable
Director of Teaching and Learning T-6
Pastoral Matters T-12
What is your life's purpose?
An area of our College Educational Framework that we see as central to the development of a Wollondilly Anglican College student and our staff is being Purpose Driven. According to the bible, our purpose is to be inspired by a vision as to how God can use us in accomplishing his purposes. The College wants to encourage all students and parents to understand that God has a purpose for your life and that through developing a relationship with him, this purpose can be revealed. The College also recognises that purpose is valuable for providing direction and for connectedness with others. As such the following information unpacks how Being Driven can support people's wellbeing to thrive.
BE DRIVEN is igniting the fuel or ‘igniting the fire’, to drive your vehicle, in essence YOU, in fulfilment of your vision, mission and legacy. BE DRIVEN is about designing your life…identifying what your life is about and/or what your business is about, and having a clear image of what that outcome looks like, in order to develop effective strategies and take steps towards its achievement, ultimately leaving a positive legacy. An individual who is driven is clear on their role, their priorities and decisions to execute plans to fulfil that legacy, activating BE SIGNIFICANT, BE RESILIENT, BE PROACTIVE and BE CONNECTED to ensure achievement of the outcome they desire.
- Igniting the fire that keeps you moving.
- Understanding and designing your life purpose and perspective.
- Clarity on your role and priorities.
BE DRIVEN – prioritising and executing your mission and legacy.
Everything in this universe has a purpose. The sun gives earth warmth and energy to flourish plants, animals and life. Plants and animals are reliant on each other as a source of fuel to survive. Humans rely on technological development to keep us healthy, connected, educated, and able to enjoy all that life has to offer, through tangible and intangible means, and so on. One thing does not exist or function well without the other. Everything has a purpose! What is your life purpose?
Identifying and planning your life purpose, adjusting your life perspective and igniting the 'drive' within you is an empowering and energising activity. Developing the elements of BE DRIVEN within yourself gives you purpose and direction for decisions, actions and achieving goals. These elements are key factors of mental strength and cultivating positive mental health.
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Pastoral Care T-12
Pastoral Matters Years 9-12
Living Your Best Lockdown Life
I have titled this article after its source inspiration from an article from Glen Gerreyn (link below). I wanted to share some encouragement and considerations as we near the end of Term 3 and head into the holidays soon - while still facing the unfortunate scenario of being locked down.
We aren’t always in charge of our lives, now more than ever - but what we can control is our perception and how we respond to the situation we’re in. It sounds cliché, but our perceptions are powerful and finding a positive perspective is key to staying mentally healthy. To quote Gerreyn: “Within psychology, the term coping is defined as what people do to diminish stress and discomfort. Athletes understand that when the pressure to perform is great, the function of their muscles is to perform, and the function of their mind is to cope. And the only way to become good at coping with discomforts is to experience them.”
Below are 20 helpful strategies for coping with stress during lockdown and at other difficult times in your life:
- Positive Self-Talk Have a Laugh
- Physical Activity
- Connecting with Others
- Seek Professional Help
- Brainstorm Solutions
- Colouring In
- Clean or Organise your Environment
- Serve Someone in Need
- Make a Gratitude List
- Deep/Slow Breathing
- Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
- Go Outside
- Listen to Music
- Ask for a Hug (Covid safe of course)
- Eat a Healthy Meal
As we continue to battle with the difficulties of lockdown and consider the approaching holidays, I would like to encourage each one of us to consider how we can take care of ourselves during this challenging time and also consider how we can reach out to others in our community and proactively think about the ways that we might be able to show love and care towards them. Personally, I think that one of the greatest joys that we can have is when we bring joy to another. To this end, I would like to leave you with these three verses which have been of great encouragement and guidance to me during this season:
Proverbs 3:27 - "Don't withhold good from someone who deserves it, when it is in your power to do so."
Proverbs 11:25 - "Generous persons will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed."
Philippians 2:4 - "Instead of each person watching out for their own good, watch out for what is better for others."
(Article by Glen Gerreyn: https://www.thehopefullinstitute.com/living-your-best-lockdown-life)
Mr Tim van Netten
Senior Pastoral Care Coordinator 9-12
Performing Arts News
Performing Arts Challenges and Talent Quest
All enties for Peforming Arts Challenges and Talent Quest are due by Monday, 13 September.
Appropriate attire, background, lyrics, words and behaviours are expected in all submissions. Submit your entry to Mrs Talbot by 3.00 pm Monday, 13 September.
Performing Arts Challenges - email your work or a link to your work to Mrs Talbot firstname.lastname@example.org or via Canvas if you are a secondary student (Student Resources 7-12 >Performing Arts>Performing Arts Challenges).
Talent Quest - Please submit via entry link emailed to Parents/Carers or contact Mrs Talbot via email@example.com.
Please understand that we may use the footage and images uploaded on both the Performing Arts website and on College Social Media accounts, and may elect to use them for future promotional purposes.
Stay safe. Ensure you are properly warmed up and using equipment safely at all times. Remain aware of your surroundings at all times.
On the last day of Term we will be running a virtual Talent Quest for all students T-12.
All students will be able to submit videos of themselves performing for inclusion in Talent Quest (competition entry forms have been sent to parents via email).
- Junior Years entries up to 30 seconds (non-competition)
- Middle and Senior Years entries 2 minutes (competition)
Please contact Mrs Talbot, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions regarding Talent Quest.
Mrs Sarah Talbot
Performing Arts Coordinator T-12
P&F 2021 WAC Golf Day - CANCELLED
Attention Golfers and High Tea Attendees
Unfortunately, due to the current restrictions with running events, we are cancelling the 2021 Wollondilly Anglican College Golf Day which was meant to be on Wednesday, 27 October 2021.
A new date will be advertised once confirmed.
Mr Bill Norman
Mrs Rhonda Hay
Headmaster's Personal Assistant
Secondary Book Review Competition Winners!
Congratulations to Shelby Lupino of Year 9 on winning the Book Review Competition for her reviews of The Giver by Lois Lowry, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.
Estelle Kluit of Year 8 for her review of The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Riley Godden Year 10 for her review of The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
Sophia Whishaw of Year 10 for her review of Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr
All these students will receive a merit certificate and a selection of CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) nominated books.
You can read these reviews on OLIVER - the Library Catalogue.
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2021
The PRC is over for 2021. Years K-2 complete the Challenge as a group and will all receive a participation certificate. Years 3-9 complete the challenge as individuals. We had a record number of students complete the challenge this year! Congratulations to the 380 students who completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year from Years 3-9:
Jackson Barnes, Preston Bird, Isla Broome, Kiella Brown, Emily Buckley, Edward Bunch, Callan Byrnes, Ryder Cooper, Savannah Daley, Aleah Finney, Torin Ford-Mcguire, Arabella Hinton, Christian Kenniff, Joyce Lloyd, Blake Macdermott, Zarlia Mangafas, Sophie Manuel, Matilda Metus, Savannah Milner, Amelia Molluso, Lewis Norman, Chloe Parr, Brayden Penney, Georgie Pile, Jess Simmons, Ivy Sproule, Taylor Szabranski, Anneka Warne, Imogen Watkiss, Lexi Waudby, Phillip Wellington and Grace Williams
Briella Anastasio, Beau Bartolo, Rachel Bawden, Kenzi Bennett-Smith, Ethan Byrnes, Chloe Colombo, David Dennis, Eliza Douglas, Lena Eagle, Amelia Fletcher, Isla Foley, Verity Frederiksen, Jeremy Frendo, Samuel Fussell, Hannah Grzasko, Cheyannah Hall, Kye Hancock, Winnie Huang, Macey Jones, Tennessee Kozma, Jake Luck, Amelia Maxwell, Angus Mcclelland, Riley McIntyre, Rachel McKay, Lily Mozayani, Matilda Quinn, Norah Rebelo, Paxton Reid, Karman Saroya, Dustin Shafer, Peyton Stevens, Nicholas Taylor, Isabella Turner, Hayden Valentine, Elizabeth Walker and Sienna Wilson
Max Addison, Jake Bakker, Jack Belanszky, Taj Biddle, Erin Brown, Finn Coskerie, Jakeb D'Arcangelo, Leah Dalrymple, Kiah Evans, Rhys Fuller, Eva Golovenko, Jasmine Higham, Xavier Hurst, Cooper Ison, Mariah Jacobs, Logan King, Lara Lewis, Rory Lindsay-Cowan, Jesse Lloyd, Jordyn Mackay, Lachlan Malcolm, Rebecca McIntosh, Leo Micari, Liam Moroz, Eli Norman, Alistair Novak, Georgia Payne, Toby Pryor, Ethan Telford, Hayley Waites, Cooper Watkiss and Annabel Williams
Leevi Abdi, Anara Banks, Cara Barnes, Noah Bartolo, Noah Bawden, Samuel Bennett, Isabella Black, Kiani Borthwick, Ava Broome, Sienna Bullock, Lara Byrnes, Ailie Carroll, Laura Carruthers, Brooke Causer, Arnhem Coles, Ryan Colombo, Lochlan Cook, Katie Douglas, Isabella Evans, Isabel Fitzsimmons, Lara Ford, Lauren Frost, William Fussell, Tapiwa Garakasha, Ruby Grae, Scarlet Harper, Holly Jedrzejewski, Heidi Jones, Isaac Londregan, Anneleise Maher, Maxwell Mcpherson, Holly Morgan, Emma Moss, Hayley Myers, Ajay Negi, Justin Pace, Natasha Parasher, Ava Pile, Heath Portors, Noah Rigg, Samuel Schulze, Dakota Singleton, Addison Smiltnieks, Joel Stratton, Chris Su, Bradley Summerson, Zachary Taylor, Charli Todd, Cameron Townsend, Brooke Turner, Ethan Walker, Sibella Warne, Lara Watton, Amelia Wellington and Hailee-Anne White
Scarlett Frost, Megan Gilbert, Gemma Hoare, Moriah Tindall, Jemima Warland, Jackson Welsh and Kaitlyn Williams
Mrs Justine Colombo
Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition (AEBSC) Results
We are pleased to announce that a number of our Year 12 students excelled in the AEBSC in 2021. All together, over 500 students from across four States participated in the Economics Competition and the Business Studies Competition.
Ninety eight of the 500+ students received a mark over 70% earning them a Distinction. This included from our College, Jackson Tzitziris (ECO), Jack Carroll (BST), Jordan Mottershead (BST), Zane Jacobs (BST) and Emily Earnshaw (Business Studies).
Twenty two of the 500+ students received a mark over 85% earning them a High Distinction. This included Maisie Hart (ECO) and Evan Hyslop (BST).
We congratulate these students for excelling in a difficult competition on a National stage.
Mr Jay Hart
Health and Physical Education Day and Wellbeing Afternoon
On Friday, 3 September (Week 7) the College recognised Health and Physical Education Day endorsed by the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER). The day was capped off with the Wellbeing Afternoon. The day was a good opportunity for students and staff to look after themselves and contribute to their own physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing during this time when not able to engage in all our regular activities.
Participation in the day was great with a good number of students and staff joining the Zumba and Bootcamp classes. There was also a large number of students who entered the Yard Active, Physical Challenge and Healthy Brekky competitions.
Yard Active Video Competition Winners
Year 7 - Gabrielle McIntosh
Year 8 - Grace Turkington
Year 9 - PJ French
Year 10 - Charli Day
Year 11/12 - Hophnie Noblett
Physical Challenge Winners
Year 7 - Abbey Bowden Grimes
Year 7 - Kirsten Robinson
Year 11 - Hagen Bossie
Healthy Brekky Winners
Year 7 - Matthew Prout
Year 8 - Grace Harper
Year 9 - Emily Galea
Year 10 - Sophia Whishaw
Mr Joshua Hewitt
Tournament of Minds success
Congratulations to our Arts team who won the Regional finals and will compete in the State finals on Sunday week.
The team is Charlotte Fisher, Audrey-Rose Darby, Gemma Hoare, Jordan Denford, Eden Taylor and Ashton Jones.
Dr Andrew Eaton
The College Headmaster is currently seeking applications for the following positions commencing 2022:
- Secondary PDHPE Teacher 7-12
- Secondary Mathematics Teacher 7-12
Apply online at www.wac.nsw.edu.au/employment
Applications close Thursday, 16 September 2021
Mr Geoff Adams
Students Leaving at the End of 2021
If your child will not be attending the College in 2022, please give written notice by the end of Term 3 so that your bond may be returned and to avoid Term 1, 2022 fees and charges, as agreed in the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.
Should you have any further general queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 4684 2722 or at email@example.com.
Year 7 2023 Sibling Applications
The Headmaster will begin reviewing places for Year 7 2023 siblings in the upcoming holidays. If your child is in this cohort, please send in their application ASAP to avoid disappointment. If your child is already enrolled at the College, they do not need to apply.
Application For Enrolment
Applications continue to pour in for 2022 and beyond, across all Year Groups, but especially our entry years of Transition, Kindergarten, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 11.
All current College families looking to enrol siblings for the coming years are encouraged to do so without delay to avoid disappointment.
Enrolment packs are available from the College Office or from the College website www.wac.nsw.edu.au
Mrs Kristy Biddle
Ph: 4684 2722
Staying connected in the Wollondilly Shire
During this time, it is important that we stay connected as a community. Due to the restrictions in the Wollondilly Shire, this cannot happen face-to-face. However, many churches in our local area still gather together online. For those within our community who have a faith, can I encourage you to keep meeting as a community of believers as it says in Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
To those in the College community, we encourage you to consider attending a Church Service or Bible Study Group online. In these difficult times, you may be feeling isolated, burdened and even fearful. Because of this, we encourage you, even more, to connect to your local Church, to explore Christianity, to seek the peace and relief that Jesus can give you. It says in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” There is no better time to seek and to come into relationship with Jesus than now. Below are some local Churches in the Wollondilly Shire and surrounds with their services and programs and contact information for any enquiries.
Wollondilly Anglican Church
Currently posting pre-recorded messages and services on their YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1LQDtFMRt1RFZQ8KhRC2kA
If you are interested in attending a Bible Study, or Youth Group and connecting with the community this way, please visit these links for more information
We also encourage you to check out their website to stay updated with any new information https://wollondillyanglican.org/
Contact them about any enquiries at
C3 Picton and Camden
Live-streaming their services on their YouTube channel:
If you would like to find out more information about C3 connect groups, please visit these links:
If you would like to know more information about C3 and keep updated please visit their website:
Contact them at:
Campbelltown Christian Community Church (C4)
Currently streaming their services on their YouTube channel:
Wollondilly Presbyterian Church
Currently streaming their services on their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClGGkiM_xP5rCdViW3uo6Xw/featured
They are also holding Church Zoom Calls at 9.15 am on Sundays, if you are interested in connecting to the community in this way, please visit their Facebook page for the links as well as updates, information and to contact about any enquiries.
Tahmoor Baptist Church
Gathering via Zoom on Sunday mornings, please visit their page for the Zoom link, as well as resources, other services, and updates.
If you are interested in attending a Bible Study, or Youth Group and connecting with the community this way, please visit this link for more information
Picton and Wilton Anglican Church
Currently streaming their services on their YouTube channel at 9.30 am on Sunday mornings.
I also encourage you to visit their website
To stay updated with information or to contact them about gathering groups and for any general enquiries, please click on the link below:
Most importantly, we encourage all to meet with God directly and personally through daily reading of The Bible and prayer. This is the best way to get to know who God is and further trust in him during this time. If you don’t have a Bible or don't know where to start, we encourage you to download “You Version” on your device, this is a great resource to assist you in your journey and relationship with God.
Staying connected in the Southern Highlands area.
Highlands Christian Church:
Highlands Baptist Church
St Judes (Bowral Anglican)
Christian Leadership Prefects
Nerida Seidel and Ethan Schultz
WAC Kids Care
From time to time, families undergo trauma such as severe or terminal illness. There are short term support structures in place at the College to assist families during these times.
We have a collection of beautifully prepared meals that are ready for distribution for any families in need.
The WAC Kids Care Program offers support to families in the way of meals. Please contact Mrs Hay or Mrs Rockwell at the College. Confidentiality will be respected. If you know of anyone who may need meals at this time, please contact the College office.
- Local Government Road Safety Program
How well do you think you know the road rules?
Council is holding an online road safety event on
When: Wednesday, 15 September 2021
Time: 6.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Join us for an online information session where you can brush up on your driving skills and knowledge of the NSW road rules including the top 10 most misunderstood road rules
This information session is aimed to increase knowledge and gain understanding of new road rules and the most misunderstood road rules in NSW
Book here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/top-10-most-misunderstood-road-rules-tickets-167262118499
Please note that the above is a service to the Community and items advertised do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the College. The College tries to be selective with what is advertised but cannot take responsibility. Please look into events advertised carefully.
Pretend Headmaster - Sienna Brand (KH) is busy programming for the Professional Development day next Friday, 17 September.