Waratah Weekly - Term 2, Edition 8 - Friday, 17 June 2022
- Message from the Headmaster
- Deputy Headmaster's Report
- Term 2 Working Bee
- Teaching & Learning Secondary News
- Secondary Sports News
- Primary Sport News
- Performing Arts News
- Visual Arts News
- Mini Movers K-2
- P&F Pie Drive
- WAC Country Fair Stall Holders
- Recruitment - Mathematics Teacher
- P&F Clothing Pool
- College Sponsors
- Church Services
- Community News
Message from the Headmaster
Recently, many of our parents completed a survey about what they value at Wollondilly Anglican College. Thank you for contributing to this survey as it helps guide our future planning and development. There are consistent messages from the survey and from my conversations with current and prospective families. These key messages are that Wollondilly has;
- Great staff who care for our students and families
- Excellent teachers who are providing essential academic development for all students and
- A strong culture of high expectations and strong character and values development.
Responses from our parents are also very similar to a survey of parents who have chosen Independent Schools in Queensland which has identified the following as the top reasons why families choose their school:
- Preparation for students to fulfil potential in later life
- School seemed right for the child’s individual needs
- The high-quality of teachers
- Encouragement of responsible attitude to schoolwork
- Teaching methods/philosophy
- Reputation of school
- Good discipline
Your responses, and the additional independent research we are conducting, have reinforced our strategic direction over the next three to five years as we focus on Learning, Care and Culture. I look forward to sharing further developments of our Strategic Plan with you later in the year and invite you to share any additional thoughts you have as this plan is developed. Please email email@example.com with your feedback or catch up with me after school at afternoon pick-up.
Mr Trevor Norman
Deputy Headmaster's Report
Backing Up Your Files
It is always good practice to maintain duplicate copies of your assignments and classwork. These copies could be kept either in the cloud or on an external thumb drive. I take the extra step of keeping an external drive with my important files and photos at a place other than my primary residence.
Year 12 are currently in the middle of a heavy assessment period and I encourage all students to be backing up their working files to prevent unnecessary stress from computer malfunctions or loss of a device.
Semester 1 Reports
In the coming weeks, parents will be receiving their child’s Semester 1 Report. This report provides information on how your child has applied themselves and achieved during the first two terms. The definitions below give guidance as you read the report. Parents are reminded that if they would like to discuss their child’s social development or academic progress, they can arrange a meeting with either the relevant Year Patron or Class Teacher.
Course Grade - Is the grade achieved by the student across the course. This grade factors both formal and informal assessment data.
Application - A measure of each student’s achievement and effort in individual class work, assignments and homework for the semester.
Indicators of Learning - Are used to indicate the level of each student's performance against course outcomes for the semester.
Course Grade Distribution - Percentage of students achieving each grade in the Yearly Report.
Mr Paul Burns
Term 2 Working Bee
The Term 2 College Working Bee provides a great opportunity to build community. 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 as a community, serve with an outward focus and make new connections with one another.
Term 2 Working Bee Program: Saturday, 18 June
8.00 am - BBQ Breakfast - Please RSVP to Daniel Warland (Property Manager) by Thursday, 16 June at firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate if you are attending this section for catering purposes. Bacon and Egg rolls are on the menu.
Matt Roberts our Community and Pastoral Support Aide will be around during this time to facilitate a prayer breakfast. This will see attendees able to grab a Bacon and Egg Roll and engage in some prayer for the College and our world.
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 to working on the gardens around the Flynn Building. Tasks around other parts of the College include weeding and mulching gardens, raking up bark that has spread outside of the 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 a Community Service Merit.
Mr Liam Toland
Director of Pastoral Care T-12
Teaching & Learning Secondary News
Year 8 into Year 9 2023 Stage 5 Subject Information Evening
Next Tuesday, 21 June, our Year 8 students will have the opportunity to hear more about some of our Stage 5 electives that are on offer at the College. During the evening, parents and students are invited back to the College to hear more about the Stage 5 curriculum offerings.The evening will start at 7.00 pm in the Warne Auditorium and students are expected to attend in their full College Winter uniform. Please let me know if you have any questions around this.
Mrs Kelly Evans
Director of Teaching & Learning 7-12
Secondary Sports News
NSW All Schools Swimming
Two of our outstanding swimmers, Heidi Jones and Denise Grabe attended the NSW All Schools Swimming Championships recently. This is the highest level of competition in the State to gain selection for Nationals in Brisbane later this year. Heidi had some great results in the U/12s coming 6th in the 50m Butterfly, 7th in the 50m Freestyle and 9th in the 50m Backstroke. Denise had an excellent performance with 2nd in the 100m Freestyle, 4th in the 400m Freestyle competing up an age group and 4th in the 50m Freestyle. After her performances, Denise qualified to represent NSW at the National Championships.
Congratulations to our Year 7-9 Boys' Hockey side who were crowned MISA Champions on Tuesday. After a strong season under the guidance of Mrs Talbot, they finished off the season with a 1-0 win in the Grand Final. Finley Wells found the back of the net with the assistance of Tom Frappell, whilst in defence, Hemi George McDonald and Nathan Jones held strong with two great saves from Sam in goals.
Our Open Boys' Rugby League side had gone the season undefeated, however, faced a strong John Terry Catholic College side in the Grand Final. After injuries depleted our side and we were left with no reserves, the boys did their best but could not hold out the opposition. Congratulations on a great season nonetheless.
NASSA Athletics Carnival - 2nd Overall Point Score
Congratulations to the 100 Wollondilly athletes who competed at the NASSA Athletics Championships last week. We had a great event with some amazing performances by our students that saw us finish in 2nd place in the overall point score! This follows our 2nd place finish at the NASSA Cross Country carnival. This is a fantastic achievement due to both our top performers as well as the numerous athletes who stepped up as replacements on the day to ensure we filled as many events as possible! Congratulations to the following students who were named NASSA Age Champions on the day; Isabella Evans (13 Girls), Myles Brooks (13 Boys), Kaitlyn Williams (14 Girls), April Foster (17 Girls) and Rebecca Mills (18 Girls).
Term 3 MISA Sport
Trials will take place in Weeks 9 & 10 for our Term 3 MISA teams. All students have received a Google Form to complete their nominations. The sports on offer are:
Male and Female
Hunter Schools Mountain Bike Event
It was great to see a large contingent of students travel up to Newcastle to compete in the Glenrock XCO event, held across two days. Below are the results that have been communicated back to me so far (my apologies that not all students have been mentioned):
Piri Mozejko - 1st U/11
April Foster - 1st U/19
Quil Mozejko - 3rd in U/9
Jimi Townsend - 12th in U/9
Cameron Denford - 19th in U/13
Liam Moroz - 22nd in U/13
7-9 NASSA Volleyball - 17 June
Term 3 MISA Trials - 21 & 28 June
Mr Mark Goldsbrough
Secondary Sports Coordinator 7-12
Primary Sport News
IPSSO results vs Macarthur Anglican School (MAS)
A pleasing lot of IPSSO results for Wollondilly. Another emphatic win for Mrs Maher’s Senior Netball side. The Junior Boys' Soccer team seems red hot with great performances against MAS from Will Rodden and Nicky Laukaitis. Mr Wayne already has his eyes set on the finals in September. The WAC AFL teams seemed unstoppable last Wednesday, with two comfortable victories.
Junior: WAC 3 - MAS 0
Senior: WAC 2 - MAS 1
Junior: WAC 1 - MAS 3
Senior: WAC 32 - MAS 8
Junior: WAC 27 - MAS 6
Senior: WAC 56 - MAS 19
Junior: WAC 0 - MAS 2
Senior: WAC 1 - MAS 1
The next round on 22 June will be a BYE. IPSSO students will be participating in training sessions.
Mr James Gooden
Primary Sports Coordinator T-6
Performing Arts News
Musical Update - Shrek
Hopefully, the students in the cast of the College Musical, Shrek, have rested over the long weekend and are ready for another rehearsal. A general reminder to the Secondary cast that rehearsals will continue next Monday, 20 June. Students should continue to meet staff under the shelter at 2.45 pm for the rehearsal before we move to designated areas.
Set Design students will continue to meet Mrs Ware at Melba 3 classroom at 2.45 pm on Monday 20 June as well.
Information regarding Junior Chorus signups will be made available to the students VERY soon via Mrs Barker. Stay tuned!
Dance Company News
MISA Dance Festival
Next Tuesday, 21 June, the WAC Dance Company will be attending the MISA Dance Festival at Campbelltown Catholic Club, The Cube. Students will be performing in the first session of the event which begins at 10.00 am with an expected performance time of approx 11.00 am. If parents/families or caregivers would like to come and watch the Dance Company performance, you are welcome to and it would be lovely to have your support.
Students in Dance Company must travel in and return home via the transport arrangements given. Students are expected to stay and watch the second session of performances and return back to the College with the Company. This information is on the Edumate note and parents are instructed to provide permission on the app ASAP, if they have not already done so. If there are any issues or concerns please email Miss Valente (email@example.com)
Wollongong Bluescope Eisteddfod
Dance Company is also planning for an upcoming competition in Wollongong known as the Bluescope Eisteddfod. The students are competing in the school division/category and I know Miss Valente and the students are working extremely hard preparing for this Eisteddfod.
Parents should have already been notified via the College App regarding information for this competition and I encourage parents to reply to this ASAP. As this is a public competition, it is a ticketed event. Miss Valente and I are encouraging parents and the wider WAC community to support these girls by purchasing a ticket.
The event is on Saturday, 2 July (the first Saturday of the upcoming holiday period).
Tickets are ON SALE NOW via merrigong.com.au
All Tickets are $15.00 (If the dancers would like to enter the theatre after their performance, they must purchase a ticket.) Tickets are General Admission - Not Allocated Seating.
Thirlmere Festival of Steam - College Cheer and College Strings
Our College Cheer and College Strings groups are performing/participating at the upcoming Thirlmere Festival of Steam. The Festival was postponed due to weather conditions earlier in the year. The groups will be at the Festival on Sunday, 26 June.
The College Strings will perform on stage at 10.30 am. They are to meet Ms Bridge at the College tent at 10.00 am.
The College Cheer group will be participating in the parade, scheduled to meet Miss Valente at the College Tent at 10.00 am.
Both groups will then proceed to their designated areas for their respective performances.
Parents of the students involved will receive communication via the College App regarding specific details.
Wollondilly Anglican College offers Music Tuition throughout the College day by a number of qualified music tutors, for a range of musical instruments and styles. All of the lessons at the College are run in our music tuition rooms in Melba Cottage (or in some circumstances, in other rooms).
If you are interested in our Music Tuition program, I’d encourage you to visit our dedicated webpage on the College website - https://www.wac.nsw.edu.au/college-life/creative-arts-co-curricular/music-tuition/
We have a range of information including our dedicated music peripatetic tutors, the age ranges they cater for, instruments they are available to teach and the respective application forms.
If you have any specific questions about this program, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Lloyd Grant
Performing Arts Coordinator T-12
Visual Arts News
Incursion Artist Talk - Make Art Not Waste
This Term, Year 7 and Year 10 Visual Arts classes were treated to an artist talk and practical artmaking workshop with local artist Freya Jobbins. Freya is a contemporary Australian multidisciplinary artist based near Sydney. Her practice includes assemblage, installation, video, collage and printmaking. The students learnt about found object assemblage sculpture and how to create art out of recyclable materials. The goal was to make art from recycled objects and save plastics from going to landfills. Year 7 students made steampunk masks and Year 10 created sculptural busts using recycled plastic and collage. We would like to thank Freya Jobbins for sharing her knowledge, skills and passion for the environment.
Mrs Belinda Taylor
Visual Arts Teacher
Mini Movers K-2
Mini Movers is a new Performing Arts co-curricular group for students in Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2. Mini Movers engage in a range of games and activities that incorporate music, drama and dance. They meet during Wednesday lunchtimes for one term. At the beginning of each term, a new group of students are invited to join the group. This week, the Mini Movers group were singing and acting the story of 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'.
Mrs Sallyanne Barker
Assistant Performing Arts Coordinator T-6
Primary Music Teacher
P&F Pie Drive
WAC Country Fair Stall Holders
Recruitment - Mathematics Teacher
P&F Clothing Pool
With all this wet weather, it is a good idea to have some spare uniform items at home.
Come and say hello and see how we can help you!
Come and join the friendly team at the P&F Clothing Pool! We are currently looking for volunteers to help out on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday mornings from 7.45 am to 8.30 am. If you are interested, please contact Melissa on 0415 402 013.
We have greatly appreciated your donations of high quality and clean uniforms. If you would like to make a donation, please leave your items at the Clothing Pool in the mornings or at Student Reception.
The P&F Clothing Pool only accepts card payments. EFTPOS, VISA, Mastercard or use your phone with Apple or Google Pay. Payments can also be accepted over the phone.
Monday to Friday 7.45 am to 8.00 am
White Cottage Windows
Mrs Melissa Whishaw
P&F Clothing Pool Coordinator
0415 402 013
Tahmoor Colliery is an underground coal mine producing high-quality coal for steel production. Tahmoor Coal is a proud supporter of local charities, businesses, organisations and schools; and is committed to responsible mining operations, and taking care of the community and environment.
Double Gold Sponsors
Little Elves Childcare Centre
T/ Little Elves OOSH
Bargo Public School
Ph: 0487 000 245
Thirlmere Quality Timbers
60 Oaks Road Thirlmere, NSW, 2572
Phone: Deb 0417 486 522
Office 02 46841 8580
About our business:
We supply quality rural hardwood fencing products and quality seasoned firewood sourced from sustainable regrowth forests. We produce 90% of our stock on-site and strive to supply the best timber products in the area to our customers.
The Associates Insurance Broking Services Pty Ltd
Address: PO Box 56, Bowral NSW 2576
ABN: 90 638 881 660
Contact Person Name: Victoria Holt (Company EA)
Email address: email@example.com
Insurance Investment Solutions Pty Ltd
Address: PO Box 56, Bowral NSW 2576
ABN: 94 604 594 345
Contact Person Name: Victoria Holt (Company EA)
Email address: Victoria.firstname.lastname@example.org
About our business:
Insurance Investment Solutions (IIS) opened its doors for business in 2017 and quickly built a reputation as one of Australia’s leading strata insurance specialist underwriting agencies. We provide brokers with market-leading insurance solutions.
Wollondilly Anglican Church
Our church services are all held at St Stephen’s Thirlmere at 9.30 am and 4.30 pm. Both are family services and all ages are welcome. 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 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.
Wollondilly Council Calling for Expressions of Interest
Are you passionate about your community? Do you love working with people? Do you have skills and knowledge to share?
Consider joining one of Wollondilly Council’s Strategic Reference Groups or an Advisory Group!
These groups provide community members with meaningful opportunities to engage with Council – whether you’re a high-level strategic thinker, or would like to work with Council more at a grass-roots level.
Head to Council’s website to find out more about the groups available, and complete a short Expression of Interest explaining more about yourself and why you’d like to be a member.
Alternatively, you can call Council on 4677 1100.
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
Our Seminars covering Maths (Standard), Maths (Advanced) and English (all levels) will get you prepared to ace your upcoming Trials.
Places are strictly limited in these FREE sessions.
Book now to secure your place- https://www.library.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/youth#hsc
Pump Track Celebration
Join us to celebrate the brand new and epic Tahmoor BMX Pump Track on Saturday,18 June 2022 from 10.30 am until 12.30 pm.
We will have displays from Macarthur BMX & B's Bike Worx, a BBQ complimentary of Community Links and lots of freebies.
Book your spot here- https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/353466817767
Healthy Eating/ Nutrition Online workshop
Want to learn how to cook healthy meals from a professional in the comfort of your own home?
We have a free online Nutrition/Healthy Eating workshop for 18 -30 year-olds which includes certificates of participation, healthy food and nutrition activities, food cooking demonstrations while you cook along with free food which has been delivered to your home.
There are limited places, book now!
Mittagong Junior Disco
Venue: Mittagong RSL – Bessemer Street
Date: Saturday, 25 June
Time: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Please note, that all money raised goes back to the children in the Southern Highlands community.
We hope to see you there. Thank you as always for your ongoing support.
Chris and Sandra Roberson - and the amazing committee of the Mittagong Junior Disco.
Phone - 0412 321 555.
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.