Waratah Weekly - Term 1, Edition 9 - Friday, 1 April 2022
Message from the Headmaster
Last Friday, 25 March was another landmark in the history of the College where a formal ceremony was held for the commissioning of the second Headmaster of Wollondilly Anglican College.
From Mr Trevor Norman
It was a very meaningful ceremony for me, where student leaders had an opportunity to speak and they used this time to challenge me to be the best leader I can be under God's guidance. They used God's Word to highlight some characteristics that they felt were important for any Leader to demonstrate. The following thoughts reflect their words and I encourage you to reflect on these as you lead your families and as you lead in your workplace; we are all Leaders wherever we are because we always have the opportunity to positively influence others through our words and behaviour.
- We are accountable for our actions; accountable to the people we live and work with and also accountable to God
- We must be humble leaders; God's strength is often revealed in our weakness
- Be a role model of the character and values that you hope to see in your own family and in those you work with
- We are created by God, for God; He has wonderful plans for our lives when we submit to his guidance
- Leadership requires service, we should always look to build others up for we are all made in God's image and likeness
- God will strengthen and support us as we undertake to live and lead in these ways
Thank you to our College Leaders who spoke on Friday: Dali Martin, Nathan Jones, Emily Galea, Caleb Boardman, Klarisza Ricciarelli & Joshua Phillips. Your words of encouragement were appreciated.
Mr Trevor Norman
Family Chapel Years 5-8
On Friday, 1 April at 7.00 pm under the Shoulder to Shoulder Shelter, the College will host our first Family Chapel for 2022 which will focus on Years 5-8, so our Years 5-8 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
Secondary Sports News
Congratulations to the 7-9 Girls' Hockey Team and the 10-12 Girls' Basketball Team who were both crowned Term 1 MISA Champions in their respective competitions. Both teams remained undefeated this Term with the Basketball side winning their Grand Final 27-17 after dominating in each of their matches. Due to the wet weather, the Hockey Grand Final was cancelled with our Girls' team taking the Championship trophy based on their ranking from the regular season.
On Monday, 28 March we had 11 swimmers attending the AICES Swimming Championships. We had some stella performances in the pool with two individuals and one relay side progressing through to the CIS Championships in Term 2.
Heidi Jones secured two Gold (50m Butterfly and 50m Freestyle), two Silver (50m Backstroke and 100m Freestyle) and a Bronze (50m Backstroke. Denise Grabe also won three Silver (50m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle) as well as a Bronze (200m Freestyle).
In addition to these great individual achievements, the 12-14 Girls' Relay team, consisting of Denise Grabe, Heidi Jones, Olvia Smith and Sofia Novak, claimed silver in the 4x50m Freestyle and 4th place in the 4x50m Medley Relay.
Congratulations to all our students who represented both WAC and NASSA in one of our most successful AICES Swimming Championships to date.
It was a rain-interrupted day at the AICES Hockey Championships last Wednesday with very difficult conditions to play in. A big thank you to the parents who braved the rain and got each student to the carnival. The Girls' NASSA side fielded a strong team winning both their games and having six players selected for the AICES side, including Laura Jefferys who is a shadow. The Boys' side had a win and a loss with five players being selected for AICES including Alex Jefferys and Connor Miller.
Term 2 MISA Sign Ups
Trials for our Term 2 MISA teams will take place next Tuesday during sport. Students have all received a Google Form via email to indicate which team they would like to trial for. The sports on offer in Term 2 are listed below. Please be aware that if a sport is not on offer in a child’s age group this term it simply means their competition is held in Terms 3 or 4. This is due to limited officials and grounds being available across several sports to run all age groups in the one Term.
Year 7-9 Boys
Year 7-9 Boys
Year 7-9 Boys and Girls (mixed)
Year 7-9 Girls
Year 10-12 Girls
Year 10-12 Girls
Year 11-12 Girls
Year 10-12 Boys
Year 11-12 Boys
Year 10-12 Boys
NASSA Football Trials
Due to the constant wet weather the NASSA Football Trials have been postponed until 4 May. New permission notes will be sent out via the College App at the start of Term 2.
WAC Secondary Cross Country
The annual Secondary Cross Country Carnival will take place between 8.30 am and 10.35 am Friday, 8 April. All students are encouraged to participate for House Points with the top five progressing through to the NASSA Carnival next Term. Parents are permitted to attend however, need to ensure they park in the regular College carparks and are encouraged to distance themselves from staff and students during the event as part of the COVID protocols. Estimated start times and event distances have been sent to all parents this week.
NASSA Touch Football - 5 April
WAC Cross Country - 8 April
Mr Mark Goldsbrough
Secondary Sports Coordinator
ANZAC Day is a day of national significance and one that marks the anniversary of Australia’s first major military action during World War I. This year, ANZAC Day will be observed on Monday, 25 April, which is the last day of the holidays.
ANZAC Day is a major event in the life of the College and students are encouraged to join us as we remember the men and women who have sought to serve their Nation in that first engagement and over the over many decades that have followed.
Those students who attend the services in their full Winter Uniform will be acknowledged with the receipt of a Community Service Award. There will be teachers present at the services and students should get their names marked off with staff.
Assemble in the car park behind the Picton Hotel between 6.00 am and 6.15 am in preparation for the march which will commence at 6.30 am sharp. As there will be a significant number of WAC students attending this march, it is asked that students please be prompt.
Parents of K-2 children are asked to collect their child at the gate of the park after the march as we enter the park before the service commences.
Mr Norman, Mr & Mrs Hay, Mrs Colombo, Mrs Rockwell and Mr Hewitt will be attending.
Hill Top Dawn Service
Please meet at 5.45 am for the service to commence at 6.00 am at Hill Top Memorial Hall. Hannah White of Year 11 will deliver the address at this Service.
Camden Dawn Service
Please meet at 5.00 am at the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park Memorial, Cawdor Road, Camden. Service commences at 5.15 am. Mr Clarke and Mr Aquilina will be attending.
Those who would like to march are asked to assemble in Elizabeth St between Mitchell and Elizabeth Streets from 10.15 am with the march commencing at 10.30 am. The march will then move to Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park for the commencement of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Service at 11.15 am. Mr Powter will be attending.
Mittagong Dawn Service
Meet from 5.15 am at the Cenotaph, Hume Highway, Mittagong. Service commences at 5.30 am. Mrs Miller will be attending.
The march for Mittagong traditionally assembles at the Tourist Information Centre on the Old Hume Highway at 10.15 am for a 10.30 am start. The start location and route are still being finalised, but the RSL envisages that it will be back to the traditional time and route. The Service will follow at 10.45 am. Mr Smiltnieks will be attending.
Thirlmere March and Service
There has traditionally been a march and Service at Thirlmere to commemorate ANZAC Day. As soon as details of this event become available, I will update the Waratah Weekly.
RSL Lifecare Queen Victoria Memorial Home
A service will be held at the RSL Lifecare Queen Victoria Memorial Home, 615 Thirlmere Way, Picton on Sunday, 24 April at 10.30 am. Henry Good of Year 12 will deliver the address at this Service. Students who would like to attend this Service are asked to contact Mr D Hewitt at the College prior to the end of Term 1 for details.
Students from across the College are encouraged to participate and join with the community in this important commemoration.
Please note that parents are responsible for all transport to and from ANZAC Day events and for the supervision of their child whilst at the event.
It is understood that students may attend a variety of services to commemorate ANZAC Day, both locally and further afield. If a student attends a service and a photo is made available of them representing the College by wearing their full Winter Uniform, they too will be acknowledged by receiving a Community Service Award.
Email ANZAC Day images to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Mr Doug Hewitt
HSIE & ANZAC Day Coordinator
Year 10 Vaccinations
The NSW School Vaccination Program will be onsite at the College for Year 10 on Tuesday, 24 May. Students will be given Meningococcal ACWY.
Students are to wear their College Sports Uniforms.
All students in Year 10 will have received their vaccination information pamphlet and parental consent form. Consent forms need to be returned to Student Reception. If your child does not return their signed vaccination form, they will not be vaccinated.
If your child has recently recovered from COVID and is feeling well, they are able to receive the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine. If you have any concerns relating to this, please contact your local GP or local Public Health Unit to discuss further.
The Australian Government would like to encourage families to consider COVID-19 vaccination for their children. If you would like more information about this please go to https://www.health.gov.au/
Wollondilly Anglican College would like to remind parents that vaccination is not a condition of enrolment and students will not be vaccinated at the College without parental consent. When any vaccination clinic is held at the College, parents are required to provide written consent for their child/ren to receive any vaccination.
Mrs Sally Lloyd
Ph: 4623 0200
Year 10 Minimum Standards
On Monday, 4 April 2022, we will be running catchup sessions for those students who were absent earlier in the Term for the Year 10 Minimum Standards. To assist in the smooth running of the tests, please ensure that the latest lockdown browser has been loaded from the MyTech website.
Mr Stuart McIntosh
Advanced Learning & Learning Support Coordinator T-12
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 Visitors' 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
Wollondilly Uniting Church
110 Thirlmere Way, Tahmoor.
Sunday Service 9.15 am
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.
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 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.