Waratah Weekly - Term 3, Edition 2 - Friday, 5 August 2022
- Message from the Headmaster
- Deputy Headmaster's Report
- Employment Opportunities 2023
- Secondary Sports
- Primary Sports
- Performing Arts News
- TAS News
- UOW Learning Labs
- Year 5 Excursion to Chinatown
- Library News
- Secondary Homework Club
- Enrolment News
- P&F News - WAC Country Fair
- P&F Clothing Pool
- College Sponsors
- Church Services
- Community News
Message from the Headmaster
I am thoroughly enjoying reading to Kindergarten each week (rotating through our four classes). Today we read "Theodore the Unsure" about Theodore the Lion who was made King over all the animals. We learned about making difficult choices and how Theodore's choice was helpful to his animal friends. I strongly encourage all of our families to keep reading with or to your children.
As educators we know that the simple practice of daily reading can help your children in every aspect of their learning. Reading helps with spelling, punctuation, grammar and extends a child's vocabulary. It may be surprising that reading also assists with numeracy skills, mental health and reading in the evening promotes healthier sleep.
Some studies have demonstrated that regular reading to children during their pre-school and early school years can lead to up to 12 months of advanced progress by mid Primary. There are certainly many reasons that encourage us to read to or with our children.Children in upper Primary and Secondary can also benefit greatly from reading regularly for many of the same reasons. It doesn't even matter what children and young adults are reading; novels, newspapers, magazines all have value. It is almost an unfair advantage that regular readers have over those who don't read regularly so please encourage your children to take advantage of this.
Mr Trevor Norman
Deputy Headmaster's Report
Staffing Update Term 3
It was with sadness that we farewelled both Miss Emma Caughey and Mrs Emily Madden from the Mathematics faculty at the end of Term 2. We continue to pray for them as they seek God's direction in their new roles. We are pleased to announce that Mr Tim Hicks who has had a long association with the College will be rejoining the Mathematics faculty. Tim is an extremely experienced teacher and has a real passion to see students love Math and Jesus. We have advertised for a Mathematics Teacher and in the interim, Mr Jay Hart will be teaching a number of Math classes commencing Week 3 of this term.
The College is always looking for suitable casual staff and we encourage suitable applicants to apply through the employment pack available on the College website.
Local Primary School Athletics Carnivals
Wollondilly had a great opportunity to support two local Primary schools during the Professional Development week. Both Thirlmere and Picton Public Schools were unable to hold their Athletic Carnivals due to ground closures from the recent weather events. It was wonderful to welcome both these School communities into Wollondilly. Both were amazed at the wonderful grounds here at the College and were very thankful for the opportunity. I would like to particularly thank our ground staff for going above and beyond to ensure the WACA was marked and set up ready for our guests.
Mr Paul Burns
Employment Opportunities 2023
Due to the consistent ongoing growth of the College, we are currently accepting applications for the positions listed below.
The sun was out and the grounds were open for sport this week! Our U/15 Rugby League side had two shorter matches as part of the Division seeding process. Despite facing some sizable opposition, the Boys' team put together two wins and as a result, will play in Division 1 this Term. In Netball, our Year 9/10 side made it two in a row after winning by a huge 26-2 whilst the Year 7/8 side had a narrow three-point loss. This Term we have three Soccer teams in action. The Year 7-9 Girls' side had an impressive 3-1 win over Thomas Hassal, however, both our Boys' sides opened their competitions with losses and will look to improve next week. Our Girls' AFL side out-muscled St Benedict’s, cruising to a 57-2 victory, whilst our Year 10/11 Boys' Indoor Cricket Team fell short against William Carey Christian School with Jye Spinks and Angus Liddiard top scoring in the 18-run loss.
NSW Representative - Dante Machiavello
Congratulations to Dante Machiavello (Year 12) who was selected as a member of the NSW side to compete at the Australian All Schools Softball Championships in Perth in September. Dante was selected for his excellent pitching and this is a great way to finish his College softball achievements after being a regular on the NSW CIS side during his time here at the College.
NASSA Opens Basketball Gala Day
In Week 5 we will be competing in the NASSA Opens Basketball Gala Day. Boys and Girls in Years 9-11 wishing to compete in the side need to ensure they attend the lunchtime trial held during Week 3. Dates for the trials will be published in the Daily Broadcasts once confirmed with coaches. If you cannot attend the trial, please speak with Mr Goldsbrough.
The AICES Carnival will be held in Week 7 of this Term. At the Carnival, additional events are run to those at the NASSA Carnival. Students wishing to nominate for the Triple Jump or the 3000m event need to submit distances/times from recent competitions. Generally, only times in the last season of competition will be accepted. Please note this is for high-level competitors only. If you wish to submit a result please contact Mr Goldsbrough ASAP.
The ACT Schools Championship is Canberra's biggest mountain bike competition, held at Stromlo Forest Park. This year, the event is on Friday, 26 August and the College is hoping to send a team/s of students. Please contact Mr Lobb or Mrs Mozejko to register your interest and for more information see http://corc.asn.au/act-schools-championships/. Please note, that parents will be required to transport students and bikes to the event.
NASSA AFL Gala
In Week 6, the College will send two teams to compete in the Years 7-9 AFL Gala Day held at Greenway Park. Boys and girls in Years 7-9 wishing to compete in the side need to ensure they attend the lunchtime trial. Dates for the trials will be published in the Daily Broadcasts once confirmed with coaches. If you cannot attend the trial please speak with Mr Goldsbrough.
Mr Mark Goldsbrough
Secondary Sports Coordinator
Mr Wayne’s Boys' Soccer team played St Gregory’s to two hard-fought draws. The Juniors remained as they started at 0-0. Lachlan Malcolm’s late goal stole a draw for the Senior WAC boys.
Mr Stark’s Junior AFL team had their toughest test yet with a one-point win over St Gregs. Astoundingly, the Seniors played to a 20-20 draw. They remain in a commanding position on the ladder.
Mrs Frederick’s Newcombe and Volleyball teams went down to strong St Greg’s opposition.
Mrs Maher’s Junior Girls' team suffered a hard 0-16 loss. The Senior Girls' team were back to their winning ways, triumphing 14-11.
Our next IPSSO match is at WAC against Mt Annan Christian College.
Primary NASSA Athletics Carnival - Friday, 12 August
On Friday, 12 August 2022 a large group of Wollondilly students will be heading to Campbelltown Athletics Field to compete at the Primary NASSA Athletics Carnival. This team is based on the results of our WAC Years 3-6 Athletics Carnival held back in Term 2. Students who qualified for the Carnival will be notified in the coming days.
Date: Friday, 12 August 2022
Venue: Campbelltown Athletics Field
Departure: The College will be providing a bus to transport students to Campbelltown Athletics Field. The bus will be leaving the College at 7.30 am.
Uniform: Students are to wear their full College Sports Uniform.
Return: The bus will return to the College by 4.00 pm.
Mr James Gooden
Primary Sports Coordinator
Performing Arts News
Our upcoming College Music ‘Shrek’ preparations continue next Monday.
It was great to see the Junior cast involved in our rehearsals and I appreciate Mrs Barker and Ms McMaster who are working closely with these students.
Rehearsals continue each Monday and conclude at 4.15 pm for both Secondary and Primary students. We will be communicating with parents soon with regard to extending rehearsals for specific groups of students in the coming weeks, to provide ample time for parents to work on pick-up arrangements for students.
With regard to the current pick-up arrangements, students will continue to wait behind the Johnson/Melba buildings in the back carpark. We are asking parents to please proceed to this area to pick up their children. If students are utilising the services of the late bus, staff are on hand to accompany these students to the bus bays after rehearsal.
Set Design for the musical continues on Monday with Mrs Ware in Melba 2 from 2.45 pm - 4.15 pm. Pick-up arrangements are the same (as above) for these students.
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 encourage you to visit our dedicated webpage on the College website:
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 email@example.com
Mr Lloyd Grant
Performing Arts Coordinator T-12
Over the Term 2 holiday break, Year 11 Hospitality students completed their first work placement. Here they had the opportunity to work in the Hospitality Industry for a week and apply the content they have learnt in class in a real industry environment.
All students received excellent feedback from their host employer, and they should all be proud of the professionalism they showed.
Thank you to the following host venues for giving the following students this opportunity
- Campbelltown Catholic Club – Kaden Warren
- The Fat Cat Café – Jemma Noblett
- Vaby’s Restaurant – Anna Zrnic and Mathew Eagles
- Bargo Sports Club – Bailey Dodds
- Leaf and Bean Café – Sophia Whishaw
- George IV – Hannah White
Miss Emily Taylor
UOW Learning Labs
In the upcoming September/October Holidays, the UOW Learning Labs will be running enrichment courses for students in Years 1-10 on the Wollongong Campus (Primary) and the Shoalhaven Campus (Secondary).
If you are interested in attending any of these enrichment programs, applications close Wednesday, 10 August 2022.
Further information can be found on the website below: https://www.uow.edu.au/engage/
Mr Stuart McIntosh
Advanced Learning and Learning Support T-12 Coordinator
Year 5 Excursion to Chinatown
On Friday, 29 of July, Year 5 students ventured into Sydney CBD to explore Chinatown and the Chinese Gardens of Friendship. The students engaged with three activities throughout the day.This was related to their Geography unit in Term 2 ‘A diverse and connected World’.
One activity involved creating a dragon with cardboard and a variety of additional materials. Students were able to use their creativity to produce fantastic creatures which symbolise good luck in Chinese culture.
Year 5 walked through Chinatown. They were told plenty of interesting facts about the history, traditions and culture of China. Year 5 were amazed by the detail of a variety of the artworks, sculptures and shops throughout.
Finally, students were treated to the calm and peaceful Chinese Gardens of Friendship. They were astonished by the silence and beauty of the gardens. Year 5 had an awesome experience!
Mr Matt Stark
Book Club Order Due Date: Sunday, 7 August
The Book Club Issue 5 catalogue is now available. Secondary students should select the class ‘Secondary’ when ordering. Primary students should select their usual class. All orders are to be made online or through the LOOP App. Orders are due Sunday, 7 August.
Please note that the Book Club catalogue is set out with suggested age ranges for the books, each page has a different age range, with the 12+ range towards the back. The College does not necessarily endorse the books available through Book Club and parental discretion is advised.
Premier’s Reading Challenge closes in August
The Challenge closes for student entries Friday,19 August 2022. Make sure you have finalised your online reading record by that date if you are in Years 3-9.
Book Week Parade 2022 for T-2 students
The T-2 Book Parade will be on Friday, 26 August 1.35 pm with the theme 'Dreaming with Eyes Open'. Students are to dress as their favourite book characters and carry the book in the parade. Students will arrive at the College in their costumes, so please be mindful to use practical costumes as enclosed shoes will be required. Parents are welcome to come and watch the event—further details to come.
Mrs Justine Colombo
Secondary Homework Club
There will be no Secondary Homework Club in Week 3 (Wednesday, 10 August) due to Parent-Teacher Interviews.
We will be back on deck in Week 4 of Term 3 (Wednesday, 17 August 2022).
Dr Rob Bearlin
Secondary Homework Club Coordinator
Students Leaving at the End of 2022
If your child will not be attending the College in 2023, please give written notice by the end of Term 3 so that your bond may be returned and to avoid the Term 1, 2023 fees and charges, as agreed in the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.
Should you have any further general queries, please do not hesitate to contact me on 4684 2722 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year 7 2024 Sibling Applications
The College Headmaster will begin reviewing places for Year 7 2024 siblings in the upcoming holidays. If your child is in this cohort, please send in their application ASAP to avoid disappointment. If your child is already enrolled at the College, they do not need to apply.
Mrs Kristy Biddle
P&F News - WAC Country Fair
Save the date! The WAC Country Fair is on Saturday, 10 September!
CWA Cake Competition
This year, the Cake Competition will be judged by the wonderful ladies at the Picton District CWA Branch. The competition will be run per CWA guidelines. Please note that the cakes entered cannot be sold after judging.
Competition Categories are per age group. You can enter a higher age group, however, you are unable to go down an age group. You can choose your own recipe, however, no packet cakes are to be used.
- Infants – Best Decorated Biscuit (Arrowroot)
- Primary – Plate of four Decorated Cupcakes
- Years 7-9 – Plate of four Butterfly Cakes
- Years 10-12 – Plate of six pieces of a slice (three varieties)
- Open – High Tea Tray, Preserves
- Open – Jam of any variety
Entry Forms will be available at the Student Reception Office soon.
Get the camera out and ready for the Country Fair Photo Competition.
- Under 8 years
- 9-12 years
- 13-16 years
- 17+ years
- People & Pets
- Plant Life
Entry Forms will be available at the Student Reception Office soon
To help with the running of the Country Fair, we are seeking College parent/carer volunteers. Once again, if you are interested in helping out, please give Leah Frost a call on 0413 942 243 or email@example.com
2022 Country Fair Amusements:
- Camel Rides
- Pony Rides
- Wood Chopping
- Animal Farm
- Prizes for Cake Competition
- Prizes for Photo Competition
Silent Auctions - Seeking Donations
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 on 0417 249 877 or firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship packages and information.
Mrs Deidre Fitzsimmons
P&F Clothing Pool
The Clothing Pool has a great selection of used College uniforms from Transition to Year 12 for purchase. Our friendly volunteers can help you Monday-Friday 7.45 am-8.30 am at White Cottage. Payment is via EFTPOS only. If you can't make it in, call us on 4623 0286 or email email@example.com
Volunteers to run the shop are also needed, if you can help, please contact Melissa via the clothing pool at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations of used uniforms are gladly accepted at the clothing pool during opening hours or can be left at Student Reception.
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.
Phone: 02 4640 0100 (within office hours) 1800 154 415 (after hours)
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 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.
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.