Waratah Weekly - Term 1, Edition 2 - Friday, 11 February 2022
- Message from the Headmaster
- From the Deputy's Desk
- Teaching and Learning - Years 7-12
- College Lines of Communication
- Performing Arts News T-12
- Year 7 Camp
- College Nurse - RAHT
- Secondary - 'MyTech'
- Secondary Sport
- Library News
- Student Reception Drop Box
- College App & Edumate
- Employment Opportunities
- Enrolment News
- Clothing Pool
- Church Services
- Community News
Message from the Headmaster
Choosing a school for your children is one of the biggest and most influential decisions that you will make for them. Thank you for making the decision to send your children to Wollondilly Anglican College. I, and the rest of the College staff, take this responsibility very seriously. We are committed to providing your children with an outstanding education. However, we know that education is much more than report grades; at Wollondilly Anglican College it is our aim to see lives transformed. Transformation implies "a big change", not simply a gradual progression. We want to see every student making great progress academically as they develop great learning behaviours and, in time, achieve the academic outcomes that they are capable of achieving. In addition, we want to see the character of young people transformed. Character development is critical to support long term positive outcomes. We want all students to develop the right attitude to learning and work, from 'enduring' classes to actively engaging in their learning as they recognise that learning is important and even fun. We want our students of all ages to engage in respectful relationships that are built on genuine care and support for each other; and not a superficial level of friendship either, but a genuine friendship where they want the best for their friends and they are willing to be selfless in order to serve others. Most importantly, we want to see lives transformed through a relationship with our Saviour, Jesus. We know that a life lived with Jesus is a life of hope and peace. We know it is not always easy, but Jesus provides us with true direction so that we can live purposefully for him in our lives. When someone accepts Jesus as their Saviour, their life is transformed; they will never be the same again, and we hope and pray that your children will experience this life changing relationship.
Mr Trevor Norman
From the Deputy's Desk
While the HSC results release date was in January this year, we still had the opportunity to catch-up with many of the Year 12 Alumni at a Brunch. It was great to be able to celebrate with students and hear about what 2022 looks like for them. Below is an overview of the 2021 results.
Outstanding 2021 HSC Results
19 Students on the “Distinguished Achievers List”
41 Band 6 Results and 104 Band 5 Results from 64 students eligible for an ATAR
Congratulations to the Year 12 class of 2021 for their commitment and perseverance in the achievement of exemplary HSC results, particularly given the challenges they have faced over the last two years. Our College community was immensely proud to receive the news that 19 students were placed in the highest result band for at least one subject. All received honourable mention on the prestigious list of distinguished HSC achievers for 2021. We congratulate Jack Carroll for his recognition as an ‘HSC All Rounder’ in achieving a Band 6 in 10 units of study.
Distinguished Achievers Merit list for NSW – extract –
Britton, Layney: Earth and Environmental Science
Carroll, Jack: Ancient History, Business Studies, English Advanced, English Ext 1, Legal Studies, Society and Culture
Cefai, Samantha: Ancient History, English Advanced, English Ext 1, Mathematics Standard 2, PDHPE
Craig, Isabella: Community and Family Studies, PDHPE
Earnshaw, Emily: Business Studies, Community and Family Studies
Hart, Maisie: English Ext 1, Mathematics Standard 2, Society and Culture
Hoving, Hannah: Music 1
Jones, Jemma: Ancient History, Business Studies, Legal Studies, Society and Culture
Mawbey Chloe: Earth and Environmental Science
McKinley, Kelsie: Community and Family Studies
Mottershead, Jordan: Music 1
Nance, Brianna: Business Studies, Textiles and Design
Noblett, Hophnie: Industrial Technology
Novak, William: Ancient History, Industrial Technology
Robertson, Isabelle: Earth and Environmental Science, Industrial Technology
Rockwell Zana: Community and Family Studies, Dance, PDHPE
Ryan, Eleanor: Mathematics Standard 2
Schultz, Ethan: English Ext 1, Legal Studies
Shaw, Catherine: English Advanced
In addition, Brianna Nance (Textiles and Design), Hophnie Noblett (Industrial Technology) and Isabella Craig (Visual Arts) had projects or performances that earned nomination by the examiners for exhibition as benchmark works for excellence for the HSC.
Zana Rockwell was placed in the top 10 students (equal) in the State for Dance and Brianna Nance in the top 50 for Textiles and Design, both outstanding achievements.
Congratulations – Students with ATAR 90+ (based on information to hand)
Jack Carroll (DUX): 97.55
Samantha Cefai: 96.10
Zana Rockwell: 93.50
Maisie Hart: 93.45
Catherine Shaw: 93.40
Brianna Nance: 93.10
Jemma Jones: 93.00
Ethan Schultz: 91.60
Layney Britton: 90.40
William Novak: 90.20
Mr Paul Burns
Student Reception Opening Hours
From Monday,14 February Student Reception will be open from 7.30 am - 4.00 pm. After reviewing the flow of students and parents, we are seeking to add more support in the 7.30 am - 8.00 am time as this is often very busy. Parents and students who need assistance will still be able to use the Visitor Reception at the Northern end of Deakin after 4.00 pm. This will continue to be open until 4.30 pm.
Teaching and Learning - Years 7-12
Organisation is an integral part of being in the Secondary Years at the College. Regardless of whether a student is in Year 12 or have only recently joined us in Year 7, organisation can really assist in quality teaching and learning. Below are a few simple points to follow and discuss with your child:
- Students should be reading their Edumate timetable and packaging their bags with the correct books and equipment the night before. A reminder that the College operates on a Week A and a Week B schedule
- Students should also be checking Broadcast messages about important meetings and lunchtime activities that may be occurring. This is best done at least twice a day – in the morning and in the evening or afternoon
- Use the College diary to write down important events and dates. Note when assignments are coming up, when homework is due or when you have a topic quiz or test coming up and complete revision work leading up to this event
- Don’t leave assignments and assessment tasks to the night before they are due. Where possible submit a draft of your task to your teacher for early feedback and discuss suggested changes with them. This will also help to ensure you are on the right track with the task that has been issued
- Get into a homework and study routine early. While a student may not have ‘homework’ as such, they can always be revising content that had been taught in class that day
- Write a weekly or daily list of tasks that need prioritising – a list is helpful so you can allocate your time accordingly
- Factor into your schedule things such as activities and sporting commitments, homework and assessment tasks need to work around these things.
- Have a clean and organised study or homework area – with adequate lighting, no distractions ( T.V, phones or tablets ), limited noise and a comfortable chair
We know that there are many things that lead to quality teaching and learning in a school environment, however, organisation is a key success factor in starting well.
Students in Year 11 worked with Elevate Education this week who presented to the students a seminar on Study Skills, Organisation and Time Management. Following this presentation, Mr van Netten and I will be working with the students in some follow-up activities where we will be looking to implement some of the strategies talked about in the seminar.
Students in Year 10 completed a similar session with Elevate Education. Year 10 focused on study skills. Again we are hoping students are able to take elements of what they had learnt and put them into practice.
All students in Year 7 have completed an intensive ‘My Tech’ program which is to get them on board with the College’s digital platform. Students have been shown how to use CANVAS which is used by all Secondary teachers across the College. Through this platform, students have access to areas like course content, videos, slide shows, assessment tasks, topic text and quizzes and announcements to the class from the teacher.
It is important that all Year 7 students know how to access this platform and use it. Secondly, it is vital that students come to the College with their devices charged.
Mrs Kelly Evans
Director of Teaching & Learning 7-12
College Lines of Communication
Performing Arts News T-12
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: We are still finalising arrangements for our College Choir and Primary Band. These ensembles will not start until further notice.
We are delighted to announce that we will be having our next College Musical in Term 4 this year, Shrek!
Secondary students in Years 7-11 who would like to be in the cast are invited to stay after hours on Monday, 14 February until 4.15 pm for an 'audition support' session during which time we will outline the available roles and expectations for those who choose to commit to the Musical. We will also work to familiarise the students with the Musical and to prepare them for auditions in the following weeks.
On Monday, 21 February we will hold auditions for students in Years 9-11, finishing at 4.15 pm.
On Monday, 28 February we will hold auditions for students in Years 7 & 8, finishing at 4.15 pm.
The remaining Monday afternoon rehearsals in Term 1 (2.45 pm - 4.15 pm) will be used to work with our lead cast members.
The whole Secondary cast will join rehearsal (2.45 pm - 4.15 pm) in Term 2.
The Primary cast (Years 5&6) will join us for rehearsals (2.45 pm - 4.15 pm) in Term 3.
The 4.15 pm finish time will allow students to catch the late bus or be collected promptly by a parent/carer. We may need to review this finishing time as we approach performances later in the year.
Thirlmere Festival of Steam
Mark your diaries! The Thirlmere 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
Year 7 Camp
Port Hacking Youthworks
On Wednesday, 16 February, Year 7 will be travelling to the Port Hacking Youthworks site for their Camp this year. This is a great time away from the College where students can build positive relationships with their peers and teachers. Students will also be challenged to push themselves and achieve personal bests as they continue to develop resilience and communication skills.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of outdoor activities including: Canoeing, Archery, Water Slides, Sky Web, Pool Rafting and Sailing.
Just a couple of reminders for parents and carers:
A ‘What to Bring’ list was sent during the holidays. If this list has gone missing, it can be found on the Pastoral Care page of the 7–12 Resources page on Canvas.
Please remember that in order to provide a “back to basics” healthy and safe camp, students are not permitted to bring the following items: Mobile phones or any other electronic devices, cameras or food other than for special dietary requirements. Any emergency contact that is necessary can be made through Student Reception who in turn, will contact me at the campsite.
Students will be required to bring and wear a mask during camp and on the bus. This mask will be worn during all indoor activities. It will not be required to be worn in student cabins.
Screening protocols prior to departure:
Prior to leaving the College, students will be asked a series of questions related to COVID-19 signs and symptoms.
Rapid Antigen tests prior to departure:
Students will also need to submit the results of their Rapid Antigen Test. This test should be completed on the morning of Camp.
Acknowledgement that the test has been completed and the result of the test should be completed via this confidential Google Form (link). If your son or daughter is not required to complete a test due to previously testing positive within the 28 day period that does not require testing, please indicate this on the Google form.
Students who do not submit their results will be unable to attend the camp.
We are very much looking forward to taking students away on camp.
Mr Stuart Houweling
Middle Pastoral Care Coordinator 5-8
College Nurse - RAHT
Rapid Antigen Home Testing
It has been great to hear stories from students of how whole families have been involved in the RAHT. Families have been quite creative to make the process go as smooth as possible and ensuring their children have completed the tests twice weekly as recommended.
We have College staff members/students and their families that have a range of medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma or being immunosuppressed for example. These medical conditions would pose a great risk to these individuals if they were infected with COVID.
We appreciate our College community and their efforts in keeping our College safe by following current NSW Health guidelines.
Mrs Sally Lloyd
Secondary - 'MyTech'
MyTech - Software
One question that families have with regard to students and their devices is about what software is required to be on said devices. The software that is needed is detailed below and is available for free for students. Links to download the software can be found on the ‘MyTech’ website at http://mytech.wac.nsw.edu.au/
All devices are recommended to have the Google Chrome browser. This is due to the College utilising Google as the online platform for student email and cloud storing purposes.
Adobe Acrobat Reader needs to be installed. Helpful Tip - make Adobe Acrobat Reader the default program to open all PDF documents.
Every student will need to have software or applications that allow them to complete basic tasks such as word processing, graphing and creating presentations. Students can use either Microsoft Office 365 or Google Apps to do this.
Microsoft Office 365 can be downloaded for free from the link on the ‘MyTech’ section of the College website.
The Google Apps suite of productivity software is web-based and can be used on any device, accessible from their student Google account
A suitable audio and video application will be required. Due to the wide range of video types that exist, we strongly recommend that the free program VLC Player is installed in addition to those already installed on the device (e.g. QuickTime, Microsoft Media Player) as it can open and view many different forms of audio and video.
Up-to-date Anti-Virus Software is a ‘must have’ to keep your child’s own files and other students’ files safe. Various free Anti-Virus programs exist, such as Avira, AVG or Avast. These are available for both Windows and Mac OSX. The College does not provide any support for these but if you are interested in using the Anti-Virus programs listed above, links can be found on the ‘MyTech’ website.
CANVAS Lockdown Browser
This is a piece of software designed to ensure students are not browsing the Internet whilst completing an assessment task via Canvas, such as a quiz. This locks the browser until they have completed the quiz or task before they can proceed to other tabs or windows. Teachers will, from time to time, only allow a quiz to be completed if students open it in the Lockdown Browser. NOTE: This is a requirement for students in order to complete the ‘MyTech Connect’ course.
Subject Specific Software
There are further examples found on the MyTech website of subject-specific software that students should download if they are required in said subject. Students should seek further information from their class teachers if they are unsure they need the software as part of their studies.
If parents have any specific questions about ‘MyTech’ that are not answered on the website, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Lloyd Grant
Secondary Learning Innovations Coordinator
Term 1 MISA Teams
Over the past two weeks, we have run trials for our MISA teams. Congratulations to all the students who have been selected. Our Round 1 games begin next Tuesday, 15 February. Students are reminded to ensure they have all the necessary equipment required for their sport.
Year 7 and Year 8 Tuesday Sport
This year non MISA students in Years 7 and 8 will complete a rotation of allocated sports in their pastoral class groups. Students will receive an email on Friday indicating what sport their class will be completing this Term. Students are to ensure they check their email and come prepared with the necessary equipment for their sport. This is particularly important for those doing Swimming this Term who need to ensure they bring their swimmers, towel and goggles.
Year 9 and Year 10 Tuesday Sport
Students in Years 9 and 10 have until Friday 10.00 am to complete the elective sport nomination form for Term 1 that was emailed to all students this week. Final sport groups will be communicated via email on Monday Week 3 and students need to ensure they are prepared with the necessary equipment for their sport. Those students who do not complete the form will be allocated to a sport with space. Once the groups are finalised, no changes will be permitted.
Representative Pathway Sports
NSW CIS and AICES have representative pathways available for high performing students across most sports. If your child is currently competing at a high level in their chosen sport please contact me so I can inform you of the various trials or pathways available for your child to represent at these higher levels. Many of these trials begin in early Term 1 so get in quick so you don’t miss out.
WAC Swimming Carnival (competitors only) - 11 Feb
MISA Round 1 - 15 Feb
CIS Girls Cricket Trials - 18 Feb
NASSA Open Basketball Trial - 21 Feb
NASSA Tennis Gala Day - 25 Feb
NASSA Swimming (PM event) - 2 March
NASSA Touch Football Gala Day - 4 March
Mr Mark Goldsbrough
Secondary Sports 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 App & Edumate
To help avoid confusion, please see the differences between the College App and Edumate below:
Wollondilly Anglican College App (on your phone):
Verify and explain absences
Permission notes (sport, excursions, camps)
Edumate (on your computer):
Copy of invoices for payment
Copy of College Reports
Results for tests for students
Update medical details including medications and pre-existing conditions
Update personal details for students or parents (phone number, email address etc) including swimming capabilities.
Mrs Lisa Grzasko
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
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 0415 402 013 or on the Clothing Pool direct line 4623 0286
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 6.00 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
Heidi Jones Super Swim Fundraiser
Reaching 4 Korina
The annual Trivia Night is on Friday, 11 March 2022, at Mittagong RSL. Tickets are $60.00 per head. This includes a two-course dinner and trivia. if you would like to join us and meet Korina (if you haven’t already), please come along. In the past, we have had a wonderful time with a lot of laughs.
We are currently selling raffle tickets (2 for $5.00)
1st Prize # $1,500 Hello World Travel voucher
2nd Prize # Posh Picnic Co voucher for 2 with Mumm champagne
3rd Prize # Rochelle Adonis Cakes & Confections High Tea
Mittagong Hockey Club
MW Physie & Dance
ANNUAL WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
Friday, 4 March 2022
VENUE: St Anthony of Padua Church, Tahmoor
START: 10.00 am Refreshments to follow
Prayer for England, Wales and Northern Ireland
Theme: Jeremiah 29:11 God's promise to his people in exile in Babylon, found in the book of Jeremiah.
Picton Rangers Football Club
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.