Waratah Weekly - Term 1, Edition 1 - Friday, 4 February 2022
- Message from the Headmaster
- Welcome New Staff
- From the Deputy's Desk
- Secondary News
- Primary News
- Pastoral Care News
- Secondary - MyTech
- PE & Dance Practical Lessons
- Primary Sport
- Performing Arts News
- Music News
- Library News
- Student Reception Drop Box
- College WHS Reminder
- TASC Collection Notice
- Flowers Canteen Volunteers
- Employment Opportunities
- Enrolment News
- Parents & Friends Association - Meet & Greet
- Clothing Pool
- College Merchandise
- Church Services
- Community News
Message from the Headmaster
Welcome back to another exciting year of learning at Wollondilly Anglican College. We have enjoyed a great start to the week with our staff and students returning from a well deserved break. There is a great sense of energy and enthusiasm across the whole College and I have enjoyed dropping in and meeting with students. I would have to say that the most productive class across the whole campus would have to be Kindergarten who were already straight into learning during the first hour of the first day. This is a great indicator of our commitment to learning. You can be assured that all of our staff are delivering high quality learning experiences across every classroom. When I met with our Secondary classes I reminded them of our high expectations across the whole day, both in class and out of class. Our teachers are skilled, well supported and well organised and they are ready to support your children in their learning. Therefore, we expect that our students will come to each lesson prepared to learn, not only equipped with their pens, pencils, books etc but also bringing the right attitude to learning. We also expect that our students will be creating a positive, encouraging culture in the playground. Wollondilly Anglican College really is an outstanding College to come and to learn and I appreciate that your children help to make this happen. Have a great term and a great year and I look forward to the opportunity of connecting with parents more frequently this year as hopefully life gradually gets back to normal.
Mr Trevor Norman
Welcome New Staff
We are very excited to welcome 22 new staff members to the College this year! We praise God for the continued growth of the College and we look forward to a wonderful year ahead.
From the Deputy's Desk
Community is such an important part of Wollondilly Anglican College and I have enjoyed being able to re-engage with parents and students this week. While I enjoyed the slower pace of life over the Summer holidays, I certainly missed the smiling faces of students. If you are a new parent or student, I would like to offer a warm welcome and trust that you have had a positive start to your journey here at the College.
While we have had to continue to navigate COVID restrictions, there has certainly been some easing of these which will no doubt enable a greater sense of normality throughout 2022. With this in mind, I would like to remind you of the importance of having downloaded the WAC App in order to give approvals for activities. The functions of the App include verifying and acknowledging absences; Approving excursions; Viewing events and tasks; Receiving College communications; Viewing your child’s timetable and access to the College calendar
Students are also asked to regularly check their timetables in Edumate. These should be seen as dynamic documents as changes may occur. It is important that students are also regularly checking their broadcasts in Edumate to ensure they are up-to-date with notifications.
The letter that was communicated prior to students returning outlines all the COVID measures the College will be putting in place. If you haven’t as yet had a chance to read this I would encourage you to do so. We are continuing to limit parents and visitors on the College grounds. If you are picking up or dropping off students please do so in a timely manner and maintain physical distancing.
There was such a great team effort from both College staff as well as Parents in the distribution of the RAHT kits last week and I would like to offer my thanks for your patience and the willingness to help keep the College community safe. We are expecting another two weeks of kits for students, and when these arrive, further communication will be sent out regarding their distribution.
Thank you for taking the time to read the Waratah Weekly. This continues to be an important source of information for the College community.
Mr Paul Burns
A warm welcome to 2022 and I look forward to another wonderful year of Teaching and Learning here at Wollondilly Anglican College. I trust you all had a restful break and are feeling positive about the year ahead. A particularly warm welcome to our new families who have joined the College in a variety of Year Groups in the Secondary Years.
A few upcoming dates to note in your diary:
Year 7 2022 Information Evening
This is an opportunity to hear from a wide variety of staff at the College and is suited for ALL of our Year 7 parents even if you have had children in older Year Groups come through the College. The evening should help you gain a better understanding of aspects of your child’s schooling such as assessment tasks, reporting, processes to follow in regards to curriculum and pastoral care matters, sporting and performance events at the College, and use of the College diary and daily organisation. Also, you will meet the Year Patron that will be with this Year group from 2022 through to 2028 …… when they graduate!!!
Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, the evening will be recorded and a link will be sent out on Tuesday, 8 February 2022. Please watch this video with your child.
Year 11 2022 Information Evening
A similar evening will be run for Year 11 as they have now entered Stage 6, the Senior aspect of their formal education period. Students will hear from teachers regarding important topics such as assessments, time management, balancing homework, how to manage stress, ranking and the impact that this has, how to deal with illness or misadventure plus many more Senior-related topics. This will occur on Tuesday, 8 March 2022. Again, the delivery will be via a recording and we will be guided by further COVID restrictions at the time.
Assessment Booklets Years 7-11 2022
Over the next few weeks, students in Years 7-11 will receive their assessment booklets for the year. This contains all the necessary information they need to know in regards to formal assessment tasks – such as when they are due, the type of task it is and the assessment grid for each subject that the students study. I strongly encourage students to write these due dates into their College diary and onto a wall planner so they can plan their time accordingly. Please see the Head of Faculty for any subjects if you have any enquiries, questions or concerns in relation to these tasks.
All students have been issued with College Book Packs that will be needed for their subjects for the year. One of the College’s distinctives is ‘Pride in Belonging’. Having students take pride in the way they wear their uniform, the way they keep their classrooms and in particular the work and learning that they do in each of their subjects. This year, students in Years 7-10 have been issued with exercise books with the College logo to assist them in the process of ‘Pride in Belonging’. We ask that students cover these in clear contact or plastic covers to protect them.
Mrs Kelly Evans
Director of Teaching & Learning 7-12
Welcome to 2022
It has been lovely to see our students start 2022 in a settled and calm manner. They have taken on the new things of the year with enthusiasm. Thank you to our families for your cooperation and support as we have started the year.
Instead of our usual information evening we will have a video link to some short videos from each Year Group and a general overview from me. These will be shared by the end of next week. We are sorry that we cannot have an in-person meeting, however feedback from last year indicates that the videos worked well. I would encourage parents to touch base with teachers through email or a phone call should you have anything you’d like them to know about your child.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Years T-6 parent teacher interviews will be held on Tuesday, 22 and Thursday, 24 March. More information to come.
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Drop off in the morning is going well. Students are mostly managing to find their way to where they need to be which is great after only such a short time.
Pick-up is happening between Elizabeth and Cuthbert Cottages. To assist parents with where to stand so your child can see you: students with A-H surnames are closer to Elizabeth and I-Z surnames will be closer to Cuthbert.
Any child with a Transition sibling will be picked up from White Cottage on the relevant days.
Students who catch buses are taken to bus bays by staff.
After School Care students are picked up, by the various organisations, from the undercover shelter near Quarmby Cottage.
Parent Information Sessions
This year will see the return of Parent Information Sessions regarding Mathematics and English. I anticipate that these may be over Zoom. More information to come.
This is just a short overview, I encourage all families to watch the information videos. We all look forward to working with you in 2022.
Homework K-6 Policy
Homework is used to help students establish patterns of self-disciplined work for later years at the College when they will be required to do assignments and study. It is also an opportunity for work that has been done at the College to be reinforced. Skills such as reading need repetition and practice. Research shows that children who read and listen to stories with a parent on a regular basis are more successful readers than those who do not. Mathematics skills such as basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts also need repetition. 5-10 minutes a day can help cement instant recall of these basic facts.
The following are the expectations for K-6 Homework at WAC:
All students are expected to do homework four days per week. (Usually Mon-Thurs). Incomplete homework will have consequences for students. Notes will be made in the diary to alert parents.
Teachers understand that at times students may not be able to complete homework. A note in the diary is appreciated.
The estimated time students should be spending per day on homework is:
Kindergarten: 10 minutes.
Stage 1: 10 minutes.
Stage 2: 15-20 minutes.
Stage 3: 20-30 minutes.
Reading time is extra above this.
Stage 2 and Stage 3 students also have musical instruments to practice with. We would ask that parents encourage their children in this.
Homework will vary according to the Year Group however, in Years 1-6 there will be spelling, maths, and comprehension. Students will also be asked to do some Typing Tournament, this will help students to develop efficient typing skills.
Home Readers are used by Years K-2 and for some children in older years. Years 3-6 will have genre-based reading or set novels.
Some students enjoy homework so much that they want more. Optional activities can be done by these students. Please contact the class teacher regarding this.
Parents (or the student if in older years) should notify the teacher if they have had difficulties with any of the set homework. This also includes taking significantly longer than the times stated above. Students should not continue to work past the times above unless the parent feels they have been unfocused.
Parents are encouraged to listen to students in Years K-2 read. Other homework should generally be managed by the students themselves. Teachers will check the homework. This may occur during class time with students marking their own work. (This allows students to know where they have made mistakes). Parents are welcome to check work, although it is not expected.
Ms Jacqui Huxtable
Director of Teaching & Learning T-6
Pastoral Care News
The College has been informed by Picton and Berrima Buslines of potential challenges in delivering bus services during Term 1 2022. This is related to the impact of COVID-19 and subsequent workforces shortages. The bus companies will make contact with a College representative should a service not be able to operate early in the morning. The College will then communicate this to parents as early as possible to assist with morning transport arrangements. Please be aware that this is likely to occur at different times and that both the bus company and the College will make every effort to inform parents of these circumstances as early as possible.
Afternoon Buses and Locations
All students in Years T-10 catching buses assemble in designated areas prior to the buses leaving the College in the afternoon. Students are then dismissed to the buses in three waves. The bus waves and locations are listed below. Years 11 and 12 students remain in class and then move immediately to buses at the end of the day.
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Pastoral Care T-12
Secondary - MyTech
As part of ongoing upgrades and improvements to our IT systems, the College has upgraded our WIFI networks and will be requiring that a new College SSL certificate be installed on all Secondary student devices this year.
The SSL certificate is industry-standard technology that is used in many schools with a BYOD program and will allow us to improve our capability with regard to visibility and monitoring of student internet traffic.
Students in Years 7-12 will continue connecting to the WIFI network at the College named ‘WAC-BYOD’.
Action required: Once this new SSL Certificate is turned on, students will not be able to access the College WIFI without first having downloaded and installed the new WAC SSL certificate. Students can do this by going to the MyTech website and downloading the WAC SSL Certificate for either Windows or Mac. https://mytech.wac.nsw.
Installation of the SSL certificate only impacts internet traffic on WAC networks - it does not give the College any visibility or access to internet activity outside of the College.
All new Secondary students to WAC this year (including the entire Year 7 cohort) will have already downloaded this during the MyTech Connect Sessions with Mr Grant. All returning students must download this themselves as per the above instructions.
To filter and monitor your children's online activities at home, parents are encouraged to install suitable filtering and monitoring software. For more information about this, please check out the Cyber Safety information on the ‘MyTech’ website.
Mr Lloyd Grant
Secondary Learning Innovations Coordinator
PE & Dance Practical Lessons
As a result of ongoing COVID precautions, students will be required to wear their sports uniform to College for practical lessons in PE, PASS, SLR and Dance. All students have been informed via email as to when they have their scheduled practical lesson (shown below). Students still wear their sports uniform for Sport on Tuesdays. Students are to wear their white sports polo and sports tracksuit top on their allocated day. If you have any questions please contact Mr Hewitt or Miss Valente at the College.
Mr Josh Hewitt
This year, the WAC Primary Swimming Carnival will be held on Friday, 18 February at the Wollondilly Leisure Centre. In previous years, the Carnival has been open for all students in Years 3-6 to participate. However, as a measure against the potential spread of infection, the 2022 WAC Primary Swimming Carnival will be open to competitive swimmers only.
Students are invited to compete at the WAC Primary Swimming Carnival if they meet at least one of the following three criteria:
- Have previously represented the College in swimming events
- Currently a member of a community swimming club
- Are a strong and competent swimmer
As an additional preventive measure, parents are not permitted to attend the Carnival. It is expected that competitive swimmers will travel to and from the Wollondilly Leisure Centre on the buses provided.
On the day of the Carnival, students who are casual or non-competitive swimmers will be participating in house games and activities on the College grounds. They are encouraged to wear their House shirts and sports uniform.
Further information will be provided to parents in a digital permission note.
For any enquiries please contact Mr James Gooden at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr James Gooden
Primary Sports Coordinator
Performing Arts News
Performing Arts Ensembles
Get involved in the Performing Arts! Parents are encouraged to take a look at the table below which outlines our offerings for Performing Arts this year and discuss options for getting involved in the Performing Arts with their children.
All Secondary ensembles intend to commence in Week 2 (except for College Choir, commencement date TBA).
All Primary ensembles intend to commence in Week 3.
Children simply need to meet the criteria in the table and attend the rehearsal in order to participate (with the exception of Dance Company which requires an audition - see below).
Please note that the arrangements for the ensembles in red are still "to be confirmed". Please check the Waratah Weekly again next week for an updated table of ensembles and rehearsals.
Dance Company Auditions
Attention all Dancers! It is that time of the year to audition for Dance Company!
The auditions are open to students from Years 7-12 and will be held Tuesday, 8 February from 2.45 pm - 4.15 pm in the J11 Dance Studio.
After the audition, you will be contacted by Miss Valente regarding your position in the ensemble, and provided with information about regular rehearsals if you have been successful.
If you have any further questions please feel free to email or speak with Miss Valente.
We are delighted to announce that we will be having our next College musical in Term 4 this year, and that musical will be... announced in roll calls on Friday.
Auditions will start very soon - please check next week's Waratah Weekly for further information.
Festival of Steam
Mark your diaries! The Festival of Steam will be taking place on Sunday, 13 March and will feature some of our performers. Ensemble leaders will communicate details to their students. Please note that the format is slightly different to years past, and so there are different opportunities for student involvement compared to previous years.
Mrs Sarah Talbot
Performing Arts Coordinator T-12
Congratulations to Ryan Colombo of Year who completed his Grade 2 Theory of Music Exam during the holidays with an HD (97%).
Mr Simon Denley
Creative Arts & Lote Coordinator
Lunchtimes in the libraries will temporarily be restricted to year groups or stages in order to limit the number of students in these spaces.
Senior Secondary Years 11-12: The Flynn Library is open from 7.50 am - 4.15 pm for Stage 6 students.
Secondary Years 7-10: Lunch 2 in Johnson and Sturt Libraries
Games and books are available. Makerspace will be held in the Sturt Library.
Monday, Year 7
Wednesday, Year 8
Thursday, Year 9
Friday, Year 10
Monday, Year 10
Wednesday, Year 9
Thursday, Year 8
Friday, Year 7
Primary: Quarmby Library
Monday: Year 1
Tuesday: Year 3
Wednesday: Year 2
Thursday: Year 4
Friday: Years 5 and 6
Please note: all Primary students have Library lessons in which they have the opportunity to borrow either weekly or fortnightly. Kindergarten will not access the Libraries at lunchtime during this restricted time.
Click and Collect Library Books!
Click and Collect borrowing is available via OLIVER Library Catalogue (see student cloud). Students request the books online and library staff bring the book to their Roll Class the next day. Limit of 4 reservations at one time.
Book Club Orders Due Sunday 20th February
The Book Club Issue 1 catalogue will be handed out this week during Primary Library Lessons. Secondary students can find them at Student Reception and Johnson and Flynn Libraries and should select the class ‘Secondary’ when ordering. All orders are to be made online or through the LOOP App. Orders are due Sunday, 20 February.
Mrs Justine Colombo
Student Reception Drop Box
To limit the flow of unnecessary traffic through Student Reception and the College, we now have a drop box located outside Student Reception.
Any urgent items that are required to be dropped off need to be placed in this box and labelled accordingly. (Medications excluded). Items such as student lunch boxes and drink bottles, need to be clearly labelled and can be followed up with a phone call to the office on 4684 2577 advising items have been left and any instructions required.
Whilst we have set up this system, in line with NSW Health, we are not encouraging external members of the College community to be onsite.
Staff will regularly check the drop box throughout the day.
We appreciate your help as we best support the health and wellbeing of our staff and students during this time.
Mrs Leanne Molluso
Student Reception Supervisor
College WHS Reminder
A reminder to parents that due to WHS requirements and other guidelines the College must follow, we cannot allow any pets on College grounds. It is also not safe for the pet for it to be left in an unattended car. It is best practice for pets to be left at home when attending the College. We appreciate your understanding in this matter.
Mrs Merilyn Harris
Science Laboratory Assistant & WHS Officer
TASC Collection Notice
Flowers Canteen Volunteers
Each year, the College seeks volunteers to work in our Canteen to prepare hot and cold nutritious lunches for our hungry growing children (and staff as requested) and to serve over the counter during recess and lunch.
If you can spare any time to join our friendly team, we would very much appreciate a hand. Volunteering at the Canteen is easy and fun work with on-the-job training. You can dedicate as much or as little time as you like. Choose to either stay and help in the morning after College drop off, drop in for a while and help before College pick up, or hang out with us for the day.
All volunteers’ efforts are rewarded with a healthy snack and plenty of tea or coffee.
If you are interested please complete the form with the link below or email email@example.com
Mrs Lucy Londregan
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
Scholarships 2023/2024 Close This Friday!
Applications close this Friday, 4 February.
The College Headmaster may award a number of scholarships offering partial fee remission for each year in the areas of Academic, Music and Dance. Most scholarships will be awarded for two years and are conditional on the continuation of the relevant criteria being met. They are available to students currently enrolled at the College or at other schools. Students who are studying in Years 6, 8 and 10 in 2022 may apply for a scholarship as they enter their next stage of learning.
Application Process for Scholarships
- Complete the scholarship application form and return it to the Enrolments Officer, Mrs Kristy Biddle with the supporting portfolio.
- Complete the online application with ACER at https://scholarships.acer.edu.
au. (Parents will need to create a Parent Account, from which they can register their child for the scholarship test at Wollondilly Anglican College. A $110.00 application fee is also payable to ACER as part of the registration process).
- For Academic candidates, be available to complete the scholarship test on Saturday, 26 February 2022.
Music and Dance Scholarships
- Parents should complete the scholarship application form and return it to the Enrolments Officer, Mrs Kristy Biddle, with the supporting portfolio.
- Music/Dance scholarships need to be accompanied by a scholarship application processing fee of $110.00.
- Shortlisted students will be required to audition before a panel at a later date to be confirmed. There will not be an additional audition fee.
Applications will close this Friday, 4 February 2022. The closing date is final and late applications cannot be accepted.
A comprehensive information pack and application form is available for download from the College website. Alternatively, all information and forms are available from myself at the College Office.
Should you have any further general queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 4684 2722 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Kristy Biddle
Ph: 4684 2722
Parents & Friends Association - Meet & Greet
Dear Parents and Friends of the College
You are invited to attend a Zoom Meet and Greet Meeting on Wednesday, 9 February at 7.00 pm. Please use the link below:
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 853 9210 3358
Mr Bill NormanPresident
Welcome & hello to our new and returning families. The College Parents & Friends Association hope you have all had a wonderful time over the Summer holidays.
The College Clothing Pool has a large variety of pre-owned uniforms from Transition to Year 12. We also stock new ties, socks and rain ponchos. Clear Contact rolls are also available for $2 per roll.
The Clothing Pool is located at the back of White Cottage (Transition).
Thank you to our returning volunteers, your help is greatly appreciated. Volunteering at the Clothing Pool is a great way to get involved with the College community and to also meet other parents/carers at the College. We do require some more volunteers to continue opening every morning. If you are interested in volunteering an hour in the morning (no experience necessary), please contact Melissa on 0415402013.
Uniforms in good condition can be donated at the Clothing Pool during opening hours or at Student Reception during College hours.
Monday - Friday: 7.45 am - 8.30 am
Payments can be made via EFTPOS or Cash.
Please sign in at the office and follow College COVID safety protocols when visiting.
We hope you have a great start to the year.
Mrs Melissa Whishaw
P&F Clothing Pool Coordinator
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)
Services run on Sundays at 10.00 am. Also currently streaming their services on their YouTube channel:
Wollondilly Presbyterian Church
Sunday Service starts a 9.15 am.
The Service is also streamed 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
Sunday Service starts a 9.50 am.
Also streamed at https://www.tahmoorbaptistchurch.org/
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
Picton - Sundays 9.30 am – 10.50 am all welcome.
Also live-streamed on Youtube: http://youtube.com/
Wilton - Sundays 5 pm – 6.20 pm all welcome.
Also live-streamed on Youtube: http://youtube.com/
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.
The Oaks Anglican Church
Sunday at 10.00 am. Services will also be streamed online live: toa.church/livestream/
Douglas Park Evangelical Church
10.00 am Sundays at Douglas Park Community Hall or online via Zoom.
Contact David Luxford on 0404754105 or via Facebook.com/DPEChurch
Staying connected in the Southern Highlands area.
Highlands Christian Church:
Sundays at 10.00 am
Highlands Baptist Church
Sundays at 10.30 am
St Judes (Bowral Anglican)
Sundays at 10.00 am
Sundays at 9.30 am & 11.30 am
Sundays at 10.30 am
Sundays at 10.00 am
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.
Learner Driver Online Workshops
Are you teaching someone to drive? Council is holding a FREE online workshop for anyone who is supervising a learner driver in NSW on Wednesday, 16 February starting at 6 pm.
This workshop aims to help make the process of teaching someone to drive smoother and easier.
To book, visit https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/teaching-learner-drivers-online-session-16-february-2022-registration-170090141191
Football Star Academy
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.