Waratah Weekly - Term 2, Edition 9
- Message from the Headmaster
- Deputy Headmaster
- Foundation Day
- Performing Arts News
- German News
- NSW Evatt Competition
- Senior Homework Club
- Secondary Sport
- Primary Sport
- Application for Enrolment
- Save the Date
- P&F Association
- Clothing Pool
- Church Services
- Pretend Headmaster
Message from the Headmaster
As you receive this you are probably contemplating the upcoming College holidays. I am sure your children are looking forward to this short break from the routine of College days. May I encourage you to encourage your children to persevere right through until the end of term. I know that it has been a busy term, and many of our students are tired, but there is still a week of great learning to be experienced. Our teachers have worked hard this term to provide inspiring and thoughtful lessons every day, working closely with the students to help them achieve their best each day. They are also looking forward to the break, but I know that they will continue to provide great care, support and excellent lessons to your children right up to the end. I know that your children will benefit from staying engaged during this week and they can look forward to a wonderful rest knowing they have given their best right up until the end.
Deputy Headmaster 2022
As you would be aware, Mr Ian Croger will be retiring at the end of 2021 after 17 years of outstanding service in our College. I am very pleased to announce that after a thorough recruitment process that received a dozen applications from across NSW and interstate, we have appointed Mr Paul Burns to the position of Deputy Headmaster from January, 2022. Please pray for Mr Burns as he prepares for and steps into this important role next year.
Mr Trevor Norman
Fourteen-year-old William sat heavy-hearted in the chair with his father next to him, with an arm on his shoulder. William was upset and his dad was trying to find out what was bothering him. His voice was quiet, and his words were soothing.
William told his father that a friend had lied about him to a girl in his class. He told her that William had been spreading rumours about her around the school. Unable to articulate his shame and disappointment William’s father did so for him. “I guess you feel embarrassed and let down by your friend. I’d be mad as well if something like that happened to me.”
William began to sob as he relaxed into his father’s arms, secure in the knowledge that someone close to him understood how he was feeling. Empathy has a calming effect on young people.
Popular parenting author Steve Biddulph is correct when he wrote that activity is the main language of fathering. Dads use physical touch and play to build relationships and as a tool to develop self-control, teamwork, fairness, and other values.
However, if activity is the only way a man relates to his children, then his impact will be limited. As William’s father discovered, physical touch may provide an entry point but it’s through talking that we get to the heart of matters that bother children and young people.
Anecdotally, talking with kids about their worries and anxieties is still largely a mother’s preserve. Sexuality educators report that mothers do most of the talking when it comes to sexuality, respectful relationships, and consent.
Talking through personal problems with a son or daughter is a new role for many men, especially for a generation whose fathers advised them ‘get on with it’ when problems emerged. Many men feel more comfortable giving advice rather than solace when kids struggle.
The most effective parents are those who adapt to the times in which they live. The COVID-19 era requires parents to be even more patient, calm and focused on children’s wellbeing. Parents need to communicate from their hearts as well as their heads, finding words to support and heal, as well as to advise when children and young people struggle.
( Michael Grose – parentingideas.com.au)
Mr Ian Croger
Director of Teaching & Learning 7-12
Wollondilly Anglican College welcomes applications for the following permanent position.
Please click on the link below:
Foundation Day Mission fundraising has become a tradition at the College where our community looks outward and supports organisations that care for those in need. I am proud to report that 2021 has seen that spirit of 'We' thinking maintained and built upon with our College community raising significant funds for the organisations we are supporting. I would like to thank students, parents and staff for their contributions toward this total and am encouraged that outreach and care for those in need is a shared value within our community.
Below is the breakdown of the funds raised and the organisations it will make a difference to.
1st - Telopea $1202.80
2nd - Sollya $914.30
3rd - Grevillea $906.30
4th - Acacia $723.40
5th - Wollemi $692.35
TOTAL - $4,439.15
Telopea - 2021 Mission Fundraising Champions
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Pastoral Care T-12
Performing Arts News
Performing Arts Website
Our College Performing Arts Website has been created and we are looking forward to launching it in next week's Waratah Weekly. Students from every Performing Arts Ensemble will have their work showcased on the website. If your child has been involved in any of our ensembles, please make sure you check next week's Waratah Weekly, or the College Website, for access to this online exhibition of performances.
MISA Dance Festival
On Tuesday, 15 June, our Dance Company and Elite Stunt Group students performed at the MISA Dance Festival. They performed a 7 1/2 minute dance routine called ‘DIVAS’, choreographed by our own Dance Teacher, Miss Valente. Congratulations to all of our performers, and to Miss Valente for their fantastic efforts!
Last week, we wrote about some of the water-droplet depth-of-field projects being completed by our Photography Club students who work with Mrs Taylor. Please enjoy these images which represent just a sample of their work.
Performing Arts Ensembles
As we finish Semester 1, it is a good time for your child to start planning how they will get involved with Performing Arts in Semester 2. Please consult our rehearsal timetable to help with decision-making.
Mrs Sarah Talbot
Performing Arts Coordinator
Auf Deutsch bitte!
Some of our elective German students had the opportunity to make and eat Currywurst mit Pommes.
In the words of one student, "Danke Frau Clark, es war lecker".
Remember, Monolingualism is curable. Learn another language!
Mrs Carolyn Clark
NSW Evatt Competition
On Friday, 11 June, six students from the College participated in the NSW Evatt Competition, Australia’s premier debating and diplomacy competition. Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. The round they participated in was based at the James Ruse Agricultural High School. Our students came up against peers from a range of elite Sydney schools. It was an intellectually challenging but invigorating experience. They handled themselves with pleasing maturity and confidence. In the coming weeks, we will find out if they have been selected as one of the top 30 teams to participate in the next round, the State semifinal.
Congratulations to Shelby Luppino (9), Audrey-Rose Darby (9), Caleb Boardman (9), Amelie Borthwick (9), Annabelle Ryan (10) and Shaun Parasher (10).
Mr Jay Hart
Senior Homework Club
Senior Homework Club will run in Week 10!
Generally, we don't run Senior Homework Club in the final week of term but this term is different. Students in years 7 and 8 have an assessment due in Mathematics so we are willing to run a special Senior Homework Club to let you make use of the generous guidance provided by teachers and senior students.
When: Wednesday afternoons 3.00 pm - 4.30 pm
Where: Flynn IRC and selected Flynn classrooms
What to bring: Homework, tasks, puzzling questions, necessary equipment and a positive attitude!
It is essential that you have a work plan for the time you attend Homework Club and can work productively on your own. However, there are plenty of staff to help if you need assistance.
Pick up: Students need to be picked up by 4.30 pm in the Melba carpark or catch the late bus at 4.20 pm.
Contact: Dr Bearlin, Mr Badger, Mr Beckinsale, Mr Clarke, Mr Powter, Mr Smiltnieks, Mr Stewart and Mr Ware.
See you there!
Dr Rob Bearlin
This Week the Term 2 MISA competition came to a close with our Boys' Hockey side finishing the regular season with a 1-0 win thanks to a late goal from Finley Wells.
Below are the final standings for each of our MISA teams this Term:
7-9 Girls' Basketball
7-9 Boys' Basketball
7-9 Mixed Frisbee
7-9 Boys' Hockey
10-12 Girls' Cricket
10-12 Girls' Soccer
10-12 Boys' Softball
11/12 Girls' Netball
11/12 Boys' Soccer
Term 3 MISA Trials
In Week 10 of Term 2, students will have the opportunity to trial for one of the MISA sports on offer. Students need to ensure they have signed up (outside Mr Goldsbrough’s office) to be considered for selection. Those students not wishing to trial will remain at the College next week for Year Group Sport. The sports on offer are:
10-11 Indoor Cricket
U/15 Rugby League
NASSA Soccer Gala Day
In Week 2 of Term 3, we will be sending five teams across two days to the NASSA Soccer Gala Days. Teams for this event will be selected from the Term 2 and Term 3 MISA sides. Any student who could not participate or trial for a MISA team this year needs to speak with Mr Goldsbrough to be considered for selection. Information will be distributed via the College App for those students selected to represent the College.
Mr Mark Goldsbrough
Secondary Sports Coordinator
Tuesday, 22 June - MISA Term 3 Trials
The Junior Boys' Soccer team overcame St Greg’s in a 2-0 nil victory. The Senior Boys' team went down 3-0. The Newcombe Ball side lost 2 sets to nil. The Volleyball team won 2 sets to nil. It was mixed results for the AFL teams. Juniors lost heavily 88-7. The Seniors won ever so narrowly 18-17. The Junior Netballers lost 6-13. Seniors were successful, winning 10-6. Next week’s game is away against St Peter’s (SPAPS). AFL and Soccer games will be at Campbelltown Showground. Netball and Volleyball will be at SPAPS campus.
Term 3 WASP Soccer
The WASP after school Soccer program run by the Football Star Academy will be running again in Term 3. This is open to all students from Years 3-8 and runs on Wednesday afternoons. Unless they already have done so previously, participants must purchase a special WASP shirt from Student Reception and return a completed note to Mr Gooden. Please contact the Football Star Academy on 0488 372 666 or email email@example.com for the cost of the program.
Permission notes will be distributed next week.
After College Sport Programs for K-2 in Term 3
On Friday afternoons throughout Term 3, K-2 students have the opportunity to sign up for a Football (Soccer) program provided by the Football Star Academy. Email Eddie Urra at the following link for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr James Gooden
Primary Sports Coordinator
Friday, 18 June - WAC Primary Athletics Carnival at the WACA
Application for Enrolment
Applications continue to pour in for 2021 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
Save the Date
Wednesday, 4 August - 7.00 pm Deakin Administration Building
Save the date for the Country Fair: Saturday, 11 September 2021
The Country Fair is happening for 2021!
We are happy to say that we are already planning for our Country Fair for 2021. This year will be a little different to others, however, we are still planning for it to be amazing with Stall Holders, Food Vendors, Amusement Rides, Wood Chopping, Pony & Camel Rides, Petting Farm, Climbing Apparatus and much, much more.
The annual Photo Competition will be going ahead so the approaching holidays will be a perfect time to get some happy snaps of different themes like animals, landscapes and people. See the attached flyer below for information regarding the Photo Competition.
The Cake Competition is also going ahead. See below for details.
Toy Brick Display at Country Fair - Volunteers Required
We are looking at having a Toy Brick display (including Lego, Megablocks, Nanoblocks) at the Country Fair. For this to run we are seeking volunteers to coordinate entries and supervise on the day. Please contact Leah Frost on 0413 942 243 or email@example.com
Volunteers Required for Country Fair
To help with the running of the Country Fair we are also seeking Parent/Carer involvement for volunteers. Once again if you are interested in helping out, please give Leah Frost a call on 0413 942 243 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Seeking Sponsorship for the Country Fair
This year our Silent Auction will be running again. We are seeking donations of goods or services for our Silent Auction. If you have a business or know of anyone who might be able to assist please contact Mrs Deirdre Fitzsimmons for sponsorship packages and information.
This year our Country Fair is requiring sponsorship of these events:
- Camel Rides
- Pony Rides
- Animal Farm
- Prizes for Cake Competition & Photo Competition.
Please support the businesses that support our College.
We are seeking a volunteer to be able to work in the Clothing Pool on a Tuesday or Thursday morning. No prior experience is required. This would be a great way to help at the College. If you could assist by filling this vacancy (Friday, 7.45 am - 8.30 am), please call Melissa. It is a great way to meet other parents and be part of the WAC volunteer community.
With the cool change, you may need a spare warm item of uniform. We have a good supply of second hand woollen jumpers and sports jackets for only $20.00 each!
Keep dry with our new ponchos for $18.00 each. A great item that will keep your child and their bag dry! Available in all sizes.
Please visit the Clothing Pool before the end of this Term to check for any of your lost items.
The Clothing Pool has been holding lost items of uniform that Student Reception can't return to students due to lack of clear identification. Any unclaimed items will be added to the Clothing Pool as stock. A cheap way to add your child's name to uniform items is to purchase white hemming tape. The tape can be cut to a suitable size and ironed onto your items. Please write your child's full name on the tape in permanent marker or pen.
Opening Days & Times
- Monday to Friday
- 7.45 am to 8.30 am
- Location - White Cottage - side windows
- Payment - EFTPOS or cash
Have a great week!
Mrs Melissa Whishaw
WAC P&F Clothing Pool Coordinator
Ph: 0415 402 013
- Grace Anglican Church at Harrington Park - 9.30 am at Harrington Park Public School
- Wollondilly Presbyterian (Tahmoor) - 9.15 am service + links via FB page to recorded service
- Wollondilly Uniting Church - 110 Thirlmere Way, Tahmoor - 9.15 am Sunday. Kids Church
program. All welcome. https://picton.uca.org.au/about-us/im-new/
- Wilton Anglican Church - 9.30 am at St Mark's, Picton at 5.00 pm. https://pwac.org.au
- Narellan Anglican Church meets at 9.00 am, 10.30 am and 5.00 pm every Sunday, with full
children’s programs available at 10.30 am.
- Wollondilly Anglican Church service meeting at St Stephen's, Thirlmere - Sunday at 9.00 am and 10.30 am. Sunday School offered at both services.
- St Jude's Anglican Church Bowral are as follows:
- 8.00 am Traditional Service of Holy Communion in the old church building
- 9.30 am Traditional Service of Morning Prayer alternating with Holy Communion in the old church building
- 9.30 am Contemporary Service in the Auditorium
- 5.30 pm Auditorium Church Service - aimed at teenagers and young adults but open to all Online services can be found here: https://bowralanglican.org.au/online
- St Marks Anglican Church Picton Services - Sunday 9.30 am
- Campbelltown Christian Community Church (C4) - Sunday at 10.00 am (also online)
- Mittagong Anglican Church - Cnr Main St & Church Ln, Mittagong
- 8.00 am Traditional 9.30 am Contemporary with Kids & Youth programs
- 11.15 am Traditional 5.00 pm Contemporary: young adults and beyond www.mittang.com.au email@example.com Find us on Facebook or Instagram
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.
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. The College is accepting food donations towards the WAC Kids Care Meals Ministry.
WAC Kids Care
If you would like to practically support the WAC Kids Care Program, you are able to contribute food goods at any time.
The following items are very helpful when preparing meals:
- Rice, Pasta, Noodles and Lentils
- Tinned Vegetables eg Kidney Beans, Corn and Tomato
- Sauces eg Passata, Sweet & Sour and Curry bases
- Stock - Chicken, Beef, Vegetable
- Wheat Flours + Gluten Free Flours
- Tinned and Dried Fruit
All donations need to be within their use by date. Wish Cards or cash are also welcome which can be handed directly to the Office Staff.
Thank you to everyone supporting this ministry as we serve our Community.
Mrs Lisa Rockwell
WAC Kids Care Organiser
- The Wollondilly Redbacks Junior AFL U/14s team is looking for more players
- When: Wednesday Nights from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm at Hanaford Oval, Wilton
- Ages : 12, 13 or 14 years - Please contact Clinton on 0467 001 002
- St Jude's Bowral Anglican Church Holiday Club - Years 1-6
- Where: St Jude's Bowral
- When: Monday, 28 June - Wednesday, 30 June
- Where: St Jude's Bowral
- Mittagong Junior Disco
- Where: Mittagong RSL
- When: Saturday, 26 June
- Time: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
- Cost: $5.00 per person
- For more information, please contact 0412 321 555
- Getting Korina Back on the road Trivia Night
- When: Friday, 13 August
- Time: 6.30 pm doors open
- Cost: $60.00 per ticket
Two-course buffet dinner served at 7.00 pm. Please contact Mittagong RSL on 4872 6700.
Please note that the above is a service to the Community and items advertised do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the College. The College tries to be selective with what is advertised but cannot take responsibility. Please look into events advertised carefully.
Pretend Headmasters Abel Smythe (KJ) and Isaac Thompson (KJ) have been flat out like a lizard drinking getting ready for the end of the term.