Waratah Weekly - Term 1, Edition 7 - Friday, 18 March 2022
- Message from the Headmaster
- Deputy Headmaster
- Pastoral Care
- Teaching and Learning 7-12
- PDHPE News
- Education Perfect Language Championships
- Secondary Sports News
- Year 7 Family Chapel - Friday, 1 April
- Parent-Teacher Interviews T-6
- Library News
- Enrolment News
- Clothing Pool
- Church Services
- Community News
Message from the Headmaster
At Wollondilly Anglican College, we are committed to providing outstanding learning opportunities to all students. Teachers are working from a model of Direct and Explicit Instruction to ensure that students are learning, not just being taught. To some, these may seem synonymous; if a teacher is teaching then a student must be learning. However, we know that this is not always the case, and when it comes to fulfilling our commitment to high-quality learning, we are going to be explicit in our approach. Our Direct and Explicit Learning approach follows a carefully planned approach. Students will receive a mental warm-up at the beginning of a lesson; this may be a verbal revision or a couple of quick questions off the board based on previously learned material. Students are then presented with a clear learning goal and will understand what success will look like in this area. Learning is demonstrated and then practised, with regular feedback being provided to the students. There are additional elements of our practice that our teachers are continuing to implement and refine as we continue to provide great learning. I am encouraged by the lessons that I have observed; students are engaged, they are demonstrating appropriate learning behaviour and they are learning! Thank you for your support of our teachers and staff across the College, we are excited about partnering with you in your children's education.
Mr Trevor Norman
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Lloyd Grant as the College Performance Coordinator T-12. Mr Grant has a real passion for the Performing Arts and is looking forward to building on the great work Mrs Talbot has done over her time in the role. As we look to provide opportunities for students, we have also appointed Mrs Barker as an Assistant Performance Coordinator with a focus on Years T-6. Mrs Barker currently works across the Primary Years and is a strong advocate for the development of the whole child and the role music can play in this.
Next Week's Timetable
The staffing changes over the last few weeks have meant changes to the current College timetable. All students in the Secondary Years should log onto Edumate on Sunday evening to check their timetables. There are likely to be some changes to the timing of classes and possibly the rooming. Please make sure you are ready for classes Monday morning.
Final RAHT Distribution
The College recently received the final allocation of RAHT kits for students and staff. Students and staff members are able to access their final four tests. These are available for parents to collect at Student Reception throughout the day. Student Reception closes at 4.00 pm.
Path to Flynn Out of Action Next week
Over the past few weeks, we have been updating the air conditioning in a number of the buildings across the College. We are thankful that Mr Warland has been able to schedule much of this work outside College hours. Please note, however, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week (21-23 March) the pathway between Melba and Johnson that leads to Flynn will be out of bounds due to some excavation work. There will be a detour in place that will require Students and Staff to follow the path between Johnson and Elizabeth. We thank you for your patience as we finish these upgrades. Please refer to the diagram below.
Mr Paul Burns
The College has two upcoming events that I would like to encourage students and parents to attend and be part of. Firstly on Saturday, 26 March 8.00 am - 1.00 pm the Term 1 College Working Bee will take place. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and students to serve in relation to our College grounds. There are a number of jobs that additional hands would assist in completing to keep our College grounds looking spectacular. More importantly, it is an opportunity to meet in community, serve with an outward focus and make new connections with one another.
Term 1 Working Bee Program:
8.00 am - BBQ Breakfast - Please RSVP to Daniel Warland Property Manager on email@example.com to indicate if you are attending this section for catering purposes. Bacon and Egg rolls on the menu.
8.30 am - Working Bee Commences. A special encouragement to Year 11 and Year 12 students to attend and assist in a specific project tailored at working on the gardens around the Flynn Building. Tasks around other parts of the College include weeding and mulching of gardens, raking up bark that has spread outside of Gardens and blowing paths and walkways. We do have equipment, but if you have your own hand tools, gloves, wheelbarrows and even blowers that may be helpful.
12.30 pm - A Sausage Sizzle Lunch served by our P&F with the day to conclude at 1.00 pm
All students who attend will be issued with a Community Service Merit.
On Friday, 1 April, 7.00 pm under the Shoulder to Shoulder Shelter, the College will host our first Family Chapel for 2022 which will focus on Year 7, so our Year 7 students and families are invited to attend. This event allows us to gather and hear God's word as well as engage in worship together. The House Captains will be on hand as students and parents arrive to receive non-perishable food items and gold coin donations. This will be used to provide meals to families in need as part of our WAC Kids Care outreach. Each gold coin or item donated will count as a point toward the Overall House Shield. Students are to attend in their College Summer Uniform, have their name marked off by their Class Teacher or Year Patron.
Students who attend Family Chapel will be issued with a Community Service Merit.
This is a significant event that is focused on strengthening the Christian culture of our College.
Please come along and join us for this event.
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Pastoral Care T-12
Teaching and Learning 7-12
Year 12 Examination timetable
Year 12 have been issued their Half-Yearly Examination timetable this week. Half-Yearly Examinations will occur in Week 9 and it is an opportunity for students to sit in ‘exam like’ conditions and answer questions that will be similar to what they will face in the Trials and in the actual HSC exam. Sitting and writing in a specific time frame is also a skill that students need to practise as well as working to timed conditions. Students will attend the College as normal and in some of the afternoon sessions will have regular classes. Students are not permitted to leave the College early or come to College late – a normal College day will exist.
TexStyle – Best of the Textiles major projects from 2021
Last Wednesday night I was privileged enough to attend an online presentation in which I presented awards on behalf of the Technology Educators Association (TEA) to the 2021 Textiles and Design Students whose major works were considered to be the best in the State. 40 students were selected to have their projects exhibited at Gallery 76 which is part of the Embroiderers Guild in Concord West. The gallery is open to the public and where students’ major projects can be viewed weekdays 9.00 am – 4.00 pm and on weekends 10.00 am – 2.00 pm from Tuesday, 8 March – Friday, 25 March.
Wollondilly Anglican College was excited to see Brianna Nance from the 2021 cohort, selected as one of the best in the State! Brianna's work was featured in the online presentation and can be seen at the gallery. Brianna produced a two-piece apparel set inspired by the work of fashion designer Zimmermann with elements pulled from Greek culture. Her project features lace inserted bishop sleeves, an altered pattern, traditional embroidery on a removable belt that was adorned with beads and hand skill techniques.
Congratulations Brianna we are very proud of you.
Mrs Kelly Evans
Director of Teaching and Learning 7-12
Secondary PE Timetable Change
Due to recent timetable changes, there have been some changes in the days that students are to wear their sports uniform to College, commencing in Week 8. Many classes remain unchanged but some have moved days. These changes are underlined in the schedule below. If you have any questions please contact
Mr Josh Hewitt
Education Perfect Language Championships
Education Perfect Language Championships
What a busy week our students learning German have had. In the last week, Wollondilly students have answered 243,104 questions and have collectively spent 505 hours online. In the end, we finished 3rd in German out of an impressive 1,228 schools around the world. Altogether our students earned two Elite awards (10,000+ points), two Gold Awards (3000+ points), eight Silver Awards (2000 + points), 21 Bronze Awards (1000+ points) and 29 Credit Awards (500 + points). Well done to all certificate recipients. Frau Holmes and I are very proud of everyone's effort.
Mrs Carolyn Clark
Secondary Sports News
This week, four matches went ahead in the MISA competition with ground closures impacting some of our outdoor sports. Both our Basketball sides notched up strong wins with the Girls' Team continuing their undefeated run. It was a solid team effort at both ends of the floor and it was good to see the girls having fun and sharing the ball around to get as many on the scoreboard as possible. In the Boys' match, it was a dominant performance all around in their 34-16 victory.
In Volleyball it was a tight win for our Boys' side 2-1, winning the final set by just two points over Broughton Anglican College. Our Girls' Volleyball Team is continuing to improve each week but couldn’t overcome their opposition today.
Students and parents are reminded that the MISA website is up and running. You can access all draws, results and competition tables at https://www.misaonline.org.au/
On Wednesday evening we took a team of 20 students to the rescheduled NASSA Swimming Carnival at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. It was great to see so many strong performances in the pool with 11 students qualifying through to AICES. We had two NASSA Age Champions on the night - Heidi Jones and Denise Grabe with both girls also breaking one record each on the night. Congratulations to the following students who all put in excellent performances, qualifying through to AICES on the 28 March; Cara Barnes, Noah Bartolo, Abby Cupitt, Blake Dalrymple, Hemi-George McDonald, Sofia Novak, Olivia Smith, Grace Turkington and Lachlan Waites.
NASSA Netball Gala Day
The NASSA Netball Gala Day will take place next Monday, 21 March at Netball Central. All the best to our Open and U/15 Girls' sides. Not only does the Gala Day look to determine the NASSA Champions, it also acts as a trial for the NASSA Representative Squad with selectors watching each of the matches on the day. Students need to ensure they come to the College in their full Sports Uniform. Netball dresses will be distributed on the day.
NASSA Netball Gala Day - 21 March
AICES Swimming - 28 March
NASSA Soccer Trial - 31 March
WAC Cross Country - 8 April
Mr Mark Goldsbrough
Secondary Sports Coordinator
Year 7 Family Chapel - Friday, 1 April
Due to COVID restrictions we have decided that our first Family Chapel of the year will focus on Year 7 and it will be held at 7.00 pm under the Shoulder to Shoulder shelter on Friday, 1 April.
We will be praising God and listening to our very own Mr Matt Roberts. Students are also encouraged to bring a donation of gold coins or canned goods which will be counted for the annual House point shield. Our College House Captains will collect these donations at the rear of the Assembly area. The donations will then be used in the WAC Kids Care Program to create meals for those in our Community who are experiencing hardship.
I would like to thank you in advance for your donations to this important ministry and I look forward to seeing Year 7 families at our Family Chapel.
Mrs Carolyn Clark
Family Chapel Coordinator
There may be times when a student’s device is damaged or not functioning properly. In order to ensure that students do not miss out on important learning opportunities, the College has a limited number of loan devices that students may borrow. In order for a student to borrow a loan device they need to fill out a ‘MyTech’ Student Loan Agreement.
A handwritten note from a parent is not sufficient as it is important that you are aware of the terms of the loan before we loan out a device.
This agreement can be picked up from Student Reception or downloaded from the ‘MyTech’ website at the bottom of the Devices tab http://mytech.wac.nsw.edu.au/
If you have any further questions about this or any other ‘MyTech’ issue please do not hesitate to send these to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Lloyd Grant
Secondary Learning Innovations Coordinator
Parent-Teacher Interviews T-6
Transition to Year 6 Parent-Teacher Interviews are occurring online via Zoom on Tuesday, 22 March and Thursday, 24 March. If you have put in preferences for interviews, you should have now received your schedule. If needed, you can make changes to the time of your interview by following the instructions in the email. If you did not put in a preference, you can still go online and see if there are available time slots that suit you using the original booking instructions. Changes can be made up until 9.00 am on Monday, 21 March. Zoom links for your interview(s) will be sent to you later on Monday. If you have questions about booking Parent-Teacher Interviews you can contact me at email@example.com
Mr Wayne Baulch
Book Club Orders due Thursday, 24 March
The Book Club Issue 2 catalogue will be handed out this week during Primary Library Lessons. Secondary students can find them at Student Reception and Johnson and Flynn Libraries. Secondary students should select the class ‘Secondary’ when ordering. All orders are to be made online or through the LOOP App. Orders are due Thursday, 24 March. If you have any concerns about your Issue 1 books please contact Mrs Colombo: firstname.lastname@example.org
Premier’s Reading Challenge 2022.
Student Logins remain the same from year to year. Miss Baker will be reminding students in Years 4-6 of theirs in Library Lessons. Year 3 and new students will also receive their logins. Please note:
K-2 do their reading as a group in class and do not need to log anything as the teacher does this for them.
From Year 3 onwards students log their own books on the PRC website.
If you are in Years 7-9 and would like to take part, please direct all questions to Mrs Colombo: email@example.com
Students doing the challenge can include books read from the end of the previous challenge in August 2021.
Mrs Justine Colombo
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 Visitor's Reception or from the College website www.wac.nsw.edu.au
Mrs Kristy Biddle
Ph: 4684 2722
Let your fingers do the walking! The College Clothing Pool now has a telephone line which you can call to check stock availability! The Clothing Pool's direct line is 4623 0286 extension number 286.
Thank you for all your great donations of clothing, please keep them donating them at the Clothing Pool during opening hours or neatly leave them at Student Reception.
We have sold out of most sizes and styles of socks. We have placed an order with Lowes and will notify you when they arrive.
Thank you and Welcome to our newest volunteers - Renu and Amanda. If you would like to join our team, we still require volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday Mornings. Please call Melissa for more information on 0415 402 013.
Locations and Opening Hours
Located at the back of White Cottage (Transition)
7.45 am to 8.30 am Monday to Friday
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)
Traditional Church Building - 8.00 am, 9.30 am & 4.00 pm
Church Auditorium - 9.30 am & 5.30 pm
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 Evans at the College. Confidentiality will be respected. If you know of anyone who may need meals at this time, please contact the College office.
2022 ANZAC Day - Picton Memorial Park
MW Physie & Dance
If you or your child is interested in trying out Physie and Dance, your first lesson is free. Please visitmwapda.com.au
Wollondilly Wellbeing - Free Self-Defence Classes
Wollondilly Shire Council was successful in gaining a grant from the Consumers Health Forum of Australia to provide our new project “Wollondilly Wellbeing”
The aim of this project is to support 18 to 30-year-old Wollondilly residents to look after their wellbeing through a holistic approach.
As part of this project, there will be free Self-Defence classes available for 18 to 30-year-old Wollondilly residents.
Click here to register for these classes- https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wollondilly-wellbeing-self-defence-classes-tickets-266364843417
Wollondilly Community Relief Program - Local Community Ventures
Criteria - Must be a resident of the Wollondilly LGA and have been financially impacted by COVID-19
Apply at lcventures.org.au/wollondilly-
Interpreter services available
Rugby League Ready Program 2022
It is an exciting time for our game moving into season 2022 with a lot of exciting opportunities for our area.
As a game, we are looking for SUPERSTAR coaches and deliverers for the upcoming Rugby League Ready program which is a program designed to get young participants in the Under 6 ages group “ Rugby League Ready”. The successful Coaches and deliverers will possess an ability to communicate effectively with volunteers, be confident and have experience working with young children. This is a paid role.
The Rugby League Ready program runs over a period of 6 weeks of an afternoon at local junior rugby league clubs. This position is suited to an existing junior league coach or school teacher.
To apply please follow the link below. Alternatively please circulate within your club or school network.
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.